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Hey everyone as 5G is being rolled out across the globe 5G handsets haven’t yet taken over the market especially when it comes to cheaper devices the Redmi Note 9T is one of the cheapest 5G phones that you can buy and I was really curious to see what Xiaomi has included and what they haven’t in order to get it to this price point so if you’re on a budget is this the phone to buy to keep up with the times I‘m Amir for MyTech Paradise and this is our review of the Redmi Note 9T.
Design and build quality
Right from the get-go while Xiaomi doesn’t try to hide the budget nature of this device it definitely seems nicely designed all the same though it has a plastic back in frame the phone feels incredibly sturdy and Rigid and when we tried to bend it. It turned out that it has zero flex at almost 200 grams it’s not that light for a phone of its size probably thanks to the huge battery and in general it feels dense and reassuring the Note 9T has a water repellent coating on its innards and has a Gorilla glass 5 screen so as far as durability goes things look really promising as for the front of the phone there are some pretty thick bezels and a not so small punch hole which makes it look like an older design there’s some discoloration around the punch hole especially on lighter backgrounds but it’s not too intrusive the Note 9T comes in either nightfall black or ,our daybreak purple colour and unlike the Note9 5G both of these colours have a textured finish on the back this means that the phone doesn’t get smudgy and greasy easily and we also like the extra grip that it provides the volume buttons are quite clicky.
Side-mounted fingerprint reader
Right below the volume buttons you’ll find a power button that doubles as a fingerprint Reader it’s fast and accurate though as with all side mounted readers it has a tendency to pick up smudges and false reads that might slow it down.
The Note 9T has a few legacy features like an IR blaster on the top of the Phone and a headphone jack on the bottom there’s also an FM radio if you prefer that over Spotify there’s also NFC support for contactless payments and easy device pairing.
Storage & card slot
The phone comes with 64 or 128 gigabytes ,of base storage and the option of expandable storage the card tray has three slots so you won’t have to choose also if you do choose to have two sims the phone supports two concurrent 5Gcellular connections it also supports an extensive list of 5G bands which is not always guaranteed.
Nice LCD: 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
The Note 9T has a 6.53 inch IPS lcd with a full HD resolution and a Standard 60 Hz refresh rate it’s an adequate screen but far from impressive the display managed 471 nits of brightness in the standard colour mode which was more than the advertised 450 Nits but it only goes up to 413 in the saturated colour mode it should be enough for decent slight legibility though as far as colour accuracy was concerned we weren’t exactly dazzled standard mode was more true to life than the saturated Mode but no matter what we tried whites were bluish the screen response time was also less than stellar and we noticed some ghosting in fine text and fine UI elements when scrolling most lcd budget panels have this issue but it’s worth a mention.
Speaker & sound quality
The screen was mediocre the speaker setup was surprisingly nice for the class the phone has a stereo speaker setup ,using the amplified earpiece as a second channel, loudness was good but we noticed ,distortions at higher volumes vocals were clear but overall the ,speakers lack fullness.
MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
The phone sports the new Mediatech demensity 800U 5G and it’s only the second phone that we’ve seen with it, it performs similarly to phones with the Snapdragon 690 but phones with the snapdragon 750G or 765G offer better CPU performance the Redmi Note 9T offers plenty of power for everyday tasks and running most popular game titles.
Super battery and charging speed
Where the phone really pulls its weight and I mean that literally is the massive 5 000 million power Battery it got an excellent 118 hours of ,Endurance and we were also happy to see that in ,terms of power efficiency ,the new chipset performs similarly as on the Realme 7 5G since this is new silicon the consistency is really nice to see charging wasn’t quite as impressive as the phone supports only up to 18 watts of power input even though the charger ,is 22.5 watts itself ,with it the Note 9T got from zero to 33 in half an hour which is typical for, Xiaomi’s current budget lineup.
Android 10 & MIUI 12
The Note 9T has android 10 with MIUI 12 on top ,it’s not the latest android version available but still MIUI 12 offers most of the proprietary Xiaomi features baked in so you won’t find yourself missing many things while android 11 is slowly being rolled out MIUI12 has An unusual notification shade style that’s heavily iOS inspired with notifications and quick toggles separated ,of course if you don’t like it you can switch back to a more standard android style there’s a lot more customization than that and you can change almost every aspect that you’d want to you can hide the hole punch choose smoother animations or choose between a simplified home screen and an app Drawer ,even the battery settings menu has been ,revamped with a lot more options from an ultra battery saver mode to adjusting the power draw of some individual apps the game turbo has individual profiles ,you can set for each game ,and a selection of features that should allow for better game performance even the camera UI has been switched up a bit and you can rearrange camera modes and choose between colour accents or even adjust the shutter sound.
Triple camera set-up
As far as the triple camera setup goes here you’ll find a 48 megapixel main camera that captures shots at a default 12 megapixel a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor.
During the day photos had plenty of resolved detail and good contrast dynamic range was adequate and colours were on the warmer side but looked Pleasing and were colour accurate enough for our taste the noise processing was balanced and sharpness was pleasant though we did notice some banding in the sky if you choose to snap shots with a full 48 megapixel resolution you won’t Find much of a difference in detail or quality so just save yourself the storage and use the default mode as far as portraits are concerned the Note 9T captured good shots with proficient subject separation and natural looking blur the 2 megapixel macro camera was a pain to use it takes around six or seven tries to get a sharp photo and even when there’s enough light contrast isn’t great for a comparison these are the close-up shots you’d get if you just used the main snapper.
In low light the Note 9T continues to perform well despite the budget class detail is adequate and even though it had quite a bit of noise it wasn’t too bad the AI mode was actually helpful here and restored some of the highlights of course if you want even brighter evening shots just use the night mode it brightens the entire scene restores highlights and generally looks better than the regular mode you’ll find much less detail in these shots because of the heavy noise Reduction but they’re more than good enough for social media.
Video capture quality
The Note 9T can record videos up to 4K at 30 fps footage has a solid and stable frame rate and quality was decent especially for the class colours are subdued but not dull and detail is high though far from perfect we saw some noise but the only issue that actually concerned us was the limited dynamic range that said even in low light video capture was good despite the occasional frame stutters during testing full HD video has a lot more noise and ,weird fringing and moving objects so we wouldn’t recommend it unless you decide to switch on EIS the stabilization works great even if it crops quite a bit of the frame.
The 13 megapixel selfie camera performed surprisingly well and photos had plenty of detail and sharpness the focus depth was liberal so it was easy to capture an in-focus shot there’s even some natural depth of field in the shots though you can also use the selfie portrait mode which was quite competent there was a lot of noise and lower lighting conditions but it stills too dits ground this phone has great battery life a solid build a durable back a good screen for the class and even a 5G but it’s far from perfect.
Short Technical sheet
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
The verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
The Note 9T doesn’t have an ultrawide camera the charging speed is limited to 18 watts and there are a host of other sacrifices that come with cramming 5G into a budget phone it makes more sense to spend a little more money and buy something like the Xiaomi Mi 10 i5G or ditch the 5G entirely and get the Poco X3 NFC now if 5G on a budget is your highest priority then this phone is a good buy but if 5G at a super low price isn’t that important to you this phone doesn’t have the best value and you should take a look at some other phones before you get this one thank you for watching stay safe and I will write you guys next time you.