Xiaomi Nepal launched the Redmi 9 Power recently in Nepal a couple of months after it launched in Nepal. Like, always the phone was launched in aggressive pricing with great specifications giving a threat to the competitors. I used the Redmi 9 Power for over two weeks now, and here is my Full Review of the Redmi 9 Power.
The design of Redmi 9 Power stands with the bright colour, anti-fingerprint texture and the huge Redmi branding on the rear. People might like the big Redmi branding on the rear, but it might be a turn off for some. And the anti-fingerprint texture also feels nice on the hand as well.
Redmi 9 Power comes in a plastic frame with a glass front protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and polycarbonate back. Despite the plastic built, the phone feels sturdy with great build quality. And the phone also comes in a water-repellent coating.
Talking about the ports, you get a USB-C port on the bottom with the stereo speaker. On the top, you will see the headphone jack. And on the side, you will see the SIM card tray with a dedicated microSD slot on the left, whereas on the right, there is a volume rocker with a power button that also has the fingerprint sensor.
Redmi 9 Power has the same displays we saw on Redmi 9 Prime and Poco M2 with a 6.53 FHD+ display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display is an average IPS LCD which looks sharp and has no pixelations. It has great viewing angles, and with the 400 nits brightness, you can expect it not to struggle outdoors during the day.
Like you expect from this price range, the phone comes in a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. And the best part is with the Widevine L1 certification; you can play HD videos with your streaming services. Overall, the display is decent for a phone in this price range.
Performance- Snapdragon 662
With mid-range phones, sometimes a bigger issue is the performance of the phone. But, with Xiaomi Phones, we can expect the best performance in the segment. In the under 20k segment, Xiaomi brings the best performance with Redmi 9 Power alongside Poco M2 and Redmi 9 Prime, which has a better gaming performance, but the Snapdragon 662 is more power-efficient.
The Snapdragon 662 works perfectly fine for day-to-day tasks like social media, browsing, etc., without any significant lag. But like we expect, the phone isn’t for gaming. You can play games, light games work smoothly, but you will feel the difference during heavy gaming. For heavy games like COD, PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9, you definitely will need to lower the graphic settings for better gameplay.
Personally, I was more impressed by the camera on this phone. Considering the price range, I expected the phone to click decent pictures in optimal light conditions and fail miserably in dark conditions. Compared to Poco M2 and Redmi 9 Prime from the same price range, Redmi 9 Power stands out by a fair margin.
Redmi 9 Power features a quad-camera with a 48MP primary camera that does a great job capturing normal images with great sharp and vibrant pictures with a decent amount of details. The auto-focus sometimes fails to catch up, so be aware of that. Overall, the camera performed pretty decently in low-light conditions as well. The photos weren’t the best but compared to other phones in the price range, Redmi 9 Power didn’t fail miserably.
The phone has an 8MP wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree FOV and a good dynamic range with natural images. Overall the rear-camera is perfect for the price range.
The selfies with the 8MP sensor in the Redmi 9 Power are decent in optimal light conditions but struggles a bit in low light.
You might have already known the Redmi 9 Power comes with the biggest battery you have seen in any Redmi phone. Redmi 9 Power is best in the segment with its 6000 mAh battery topped with a comparatively power-efficient chipset. Even under heavy usage, the phone will last you throughout the day. And the best part is even with the big 6000 mAh battery, it is sleek and lightweight, unlike bulky and heavy Poco X3 with the same battery.
Redmi 9 Power also has a 22.5 W charger in the box, but the phone only supports 18W fast charging. Wit 18W charger topped with a humongous 6000 mAh battery, you can expect the phone to charge slowly in over 150 mins.
Software and UI
Redmi 9 Power come with Android 10 OS topped with MIUI 12. When it comes to MIUI, we all are concerned with a lot of ads and bloatware. Although the phone comes with a lot of bloatware, most of them can be uninstalled, giving you a clean UI.
The UI has been decently optimised for the hardware, and there are no significant lags in the phone’s software. But do note that the apps don’t open the fastest, and you might find heavy games taking quite some time to load.
Xiaomi really did a great job with the Redmi 9 Power; there was a gap between other hardware and the camera in the under 20k segment. With the Redmi 9 Power for the price segment, the performance, camera, and other hardware feel balanced. My phone experience was really great, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Redmi 9 Power to people looking for budget phones with a decent camera and a big battery.