Budget Review Xiaomi Redmi 9A

Another novelty from Xiaomi is a budget smartphone Redmi 9A at a price of 8000r. Although the phone was announced at the end of June, there was a global launch on July 15, and finally the phone made it to Russia.


The phone is available in three colors: black, blue and green. And it looks pretty good.


The back is plastic, but it's textured, which is why it looks so good on camera. Front protective glass from noname manufacturer (what did you want for that kind of money?)

There is a non-hybrid slot on the left side, i.e. you can immediately put 2 nano sim and a microSD memory card.

SIM card slot

On the right side are the power and volume buttons. At the top is a 3.5-inch mini-jack. Bottom – micro-usb connector (taking into account that the version Redmi 8A had usb-c), speaker and microphone.


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The diagonal of the display has grown (from 6.22 inches at Redmi 8A) to 6.53 inches. The resolution remains HD (1600 × 720 pixels), density 269 PPI, aspect ratio 20: 9.

Screen size

Maximum brightness 400 nits. The screen occupies 81% of the front surface. But the main thing is that there is no longer an inscription Redmi under the screen.

The matrix has an IPS screen, very poor viewing angles. In general, the matrix is ​​cheap, and even HD-resolution – the picture quality is very mediocre.

In addition, there is no fingerprint scanner on the front or back. How then to unlock the smartphone? The old fashioned way – with a pin code, or you can set your face to Face Unlock (I do not recommend it in terms of security).

Unblock with pin code

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If Redmi 7A and 8A worked on solutions from Qualcomm, then in 2020 Xiaomi decided to switch to Mediatek. Therefore, in Redmi 9A there is a new chip MediaTek Helio G25.

In Redmi 9C there is a MediaTek Helio G35 chip.

  • The G25 chip is made using a 25 nm process technology, has 8 Cortex-A53 cores with a clock frequency of up to 2 GHz.
  • PowerVR8320 graphics up to 650 MHz.
  • RAM 2 GB. This is very little, considering the “gluttony” Android 10. You can forget about new games on your smartphone.
  • Built-in memory 32GB eMMC 5.1 standard. Support for microSD memory cards.
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b / g / n), 2.4GHz without 5GHz support.
  • Bluetooth 5.0.
  • FM radio.
  • Software: Android 10 + MIUI 12.

During testing AnTuTu 8 and Geekbench 5, the smartphone showed the following results:


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Front camera in front of 8 megapixels (in Redmi 8A was 5 megapixels) with aperture of 2.2. FullHD video recording 30fps. HDR support.


The main camera behind the noname manufacturer is 13 megapixels (there was a camera from Pixel 3A in Redmi 8A), phase detection autofocus, HDR, artificial intelligence. Able to record FullHD video 60fps.

Main camera

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Large-capacity 5000 mAh battery. Moreover, the kit comes with a power adapter for only 10V, and the phone supports maximum charging at 10V, although in Redmi 8A was 18V. Therefore, fast battery charging for Redmi 9A is out of the question ((

Xiaomi claims the battery will last 168 hours of listening to music, 38 hours of calls and 14 hours of gaming.

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Contents of delivery

The box contains a 10V power adapter, cable, instructions.

Pay attention to the inscription on the box in translation into Russian: “with easy access to Google applications that you most often use”.

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Debuted Redmi 9A and 9C in the Malaysian market. Version Redmi 9A is sold at a price of 5840r. And version Redmi 9C priced at 7200r.

Of course, on the Russian market the price is higher and starts from 7700 rubles. for Redmi 9A 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory. And from 9500r. for Redmi 9C with the same amount of memory.

Price Redmi 9A and 9C

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Impressions of use

Redmi 9A is very slow on Android 10, may freeze when launching multiple applications and especially when launching games with good graphics. By the way, the GPU in the phone is very slow.

For 8000r. take Redmi 9A is not worth taking, it loses in many details to the previous model Redmi 8A. Better Buy Redmi 8A – It looks a little more attractive in terms of performance and camera.

The 9A is a throwback to the past:

  • outdated micro-usb connector;
  • low-power charging at 10V. You won't be able to quickly charge your smartphone;
  • RAM is not enough – the phone slows down even when working with native applications.

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