Xiaomi Redmi 9C Review
Sergio Montana

Xiaomi Redmi 9C Review

Inexpensive smartphone with NFC

Xiaomi has recently introduced another new product that really deserves its attention. Today in the review we will talk about a new smartphone called Xiaomi Redmi 9C.

First of all, Redmi 9C is not only a modern smartphone that has received NFC support, but also a good MediaTek Helio G35 processor and a large 5000 mAh battery. In addition, the device received a triple main camera and has a global version of the operating system.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C: Specifications

Display: 6.53 inches IPS with 720 x 1600 pixels
CPU: MediaTek Helio G35 Octa Core 2.3 GHz
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
RAM: 2/3GB
Internal memory: 32/64GB
Memory extension: up to 512GB
Cameras: 13MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 5MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS
Battery: 5000mAh
OS: Android 10 (MIUI 12)
Connections: Micro USB
Weight: 196 grams
Dimensions: 164.9 x 77 x 9 mm

In the box

Inside the box, the smartphone itself is located in protective shipping cellophane and a protective film with the main features.

Below are other typical components. This is a SIM tray needle, a 10W power adapter, and a Micro USB cable.

I was not very happy that the package lacked a protective case, as well as the presence of a Micro USB cable instead of Type-C. 


The new Xiaomi Redmi 9C model is made of durable and structured plastic on the back of the lid.

The smartphone comes in three colors – gray, blue, and orange. The build quality is of a high standard, just like other smartphone models in the Redmi lineup. There are no any squeaks or sounds. In this case, the buttons are pressed with good feedback.

On the back of the Redmi 9C smartphone, there is a square island with a triple main camera and an LED flash. In the central part, there is a round fingerprint scanner module.

The power button and the volume rocker are located on the right side.

On the opposite side, there is a slot for dual nano-SIM cards and one memory card up to 512 GB. This is not a hybrid slot and each slot can be used at the same time.

A 3.5 mm audio jack was installed in the upper part, but they did not provide a standard infrared port for controlling home appliances.

And finally, at the bottom, there is a Micro USB port for charging, a microphone hole, and the main speaker.

As for the front, the device received a large 6.53-inch screen with HD + resolution or 1600 x 720 pixels.

The screen received quite rich and bright colors. Even in sunny weather, the brightness of the screen will be sufficient for comfortable reading. The Redmi 9C received such indicators as 70.8% NTSC and 1500: 1 contrast ratio. In addition, the smartphone has a wide range of settings where you can choose blue eye protection and a reading mode.

In appearance, the smartphone turned out to be not ideal, since the manufacturer considered it necessary to get rid of the infrared port and leave the old Micro USB port. Other aspects such as build quality and materials used are pretty decent.

Performance and OS

The Helio G35 processor can be found in two other budget smartphones from Realme – the C11 and C15 models.

The Helio G35 processor received eight cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz. This chipset also works with the PowerVR8320 graphics accelerator. If we talk about games, then the smartphone runs even the most difficult and heavy games, but do not forget that this is a budget smartphone and it is not intended for constant pastime in games.

Also, the smartphone received two memory modifications – 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. We have a 2/32 GB version and it will be enough for everyday tasks. In addition, the smartphone received a separate memory slot for up to 512 GB of space.

Below you can find the results of AnTuTu benchmark. Of course, the indicators are not the greatest, but given its low cost, there is no strong objections.

The Redmi 9C received a clean operating system. It is built on Android 10 with the MiUI user interface.

The user interface itself is very fast and there is no any delays. Any application opens quickly and swipes very smoothly and without jerking.
Another important feature is the presence of the NFC module. In addition, Redmi 9C received a dual Wi-Fi network with ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for an accurate and fast GPS signal.


The triple camera on Redmi 9C is real and each sensor works flawlessly.

The main module received a 13-megapixel resolution and it shows good image quality during daylight hours. The second and third modules have a 2-megapixel resolution for macro and bokeh shots. Of course, the result of macro photos is not the best, but portrait shots are not bad enough.


Another positive thing about the Redmi 9C is the 5000mAh battery capacity. Considering that the screen resolution is only 720p, the power consumption will not be significant, such as Full HD resolution.

Also, the new and modern processor from MediaTek shows good power consumption. In practice, the smartphone spent about 9% of the charge when watching a video on Youtube at maximum brightness in one hour.

In general, a full two days for Redmi 9C will not be a problem. Therefore, the battery life on one charge is a strong point.

But here is also the negative side of the coin – it is slow charging via the Micro USB port and a 10W power adapter. A full charge from 0 to 100% will take you just over three hours of your time.


The main advantage of the inexpensive Redmi 9C is the presence of an NFC module. This is a really big leap that will help bring even budget smartphones to higher sales levels.

Other features are not bad, as for a budget smartphone – a large and bright screen, a modern processor, and large battery capacity.
The main disadvantage I can attribute is the Micro USB port.

Xiaomi Redmi 9C 4G Smartphone 6.53 inch Media Tek Helio G35 2.3GHz Octa-core 13MP AI Triple Camera 5000mAh Battery Global Version



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