Retailer leaks the full specifications and features of Xiaomi’s Redmi 9
Xiaomi is preparing to launch the successor to its budget Redmi 8 smartphone: the Redmi 9. There will apparently be 3 devices in the new budget lineup, but so far we know the most about the standard model. Thanks to a Filipino retailer, we now know even more about the Redmi 9, including almost all of its specifications, features, and even pricing.
For the most part, the new Redmi 9 appears similar to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, at least on the design side. Case in point: The vertically-mounted quad rear camera setup looks identical with the three main sensors and the fingerprint scanner on the main module and a secondary module holding the macro lens and the LED flash. The device has the same size and resolution display (6.53″ FHD+ teardrop notch LCD) and even similar dimensions. Notably, the whole device is made of polycarbonate, just as we’ve known about for a while from earlier leaks.
The retail listing mentions that the phone’s processor is fabricated on a 12nm FinFET process and has 2 big ARM Cortex-A75 cores and 6 small ARM Cortex-A55 cores, all of which run at 2.0GHz. The phone also has an ARM Mali-G52 GPU. These specifications match the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, which is mentioned by name in one of the promo images—there were conflicting reports on whether the device would launch with the Helio G80 or the Helio G70, but those rumors should now be put to rest. This also continues Xiaomi’s trend of using MediaTek processors on some of its cheaper Redmi phones; the Redmi Note 9 has the Helio G85 while the Redmi Note 8 Pro used the Helio G90T, for instance.
Other specifications include LPDDR4X RAM, eMMC 5.1 storage, and a 5,020 mAh battery. Then we have the things that don’t need double-checking such as the fact that the phone will launch with MIUI 11 based on Android 10, though it will probably receive an update to MIUI 12 soon.
The Redmi 9’s full specifications as shared by the retailer are as follows:
- CPU: 12 nm FinFET, Up to 2.0 GHz; 2 ARM Cortex A75 + 6 ARM Cortex A55, Octa-core CPU
- GPU: Mali-G52 MC2, 950 MHz
- RAM: LPDDR4X RAM
- ROM: eMMC 5.1
- Display: 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop display
- Battery: 5020mAh (typ)
- Rear Camera: 13MP+8MP+5MP+2MP quad camera
- Front Camera: 8MP selfie camera
- Unlock: AI Face Unlock, Rear Fingerprint sensor
- Network & Connectivity: 2+1 card slot design
- Height: 163.32 mm
- Width: 77.01 mm
- Thickness: 9.1 mm
- Weight: 198g
We don’t know yet when the Redmi 9 will launch, but given that a listing has already gone up and it actually seems like you can buy it (we haven’t tried, though, so don’t take our word for it), it’s safe to assume that an announcement is very, very close. The Redmi 9 starts at 6,990 Philippine pesos (~$140/₹10,603) for the 2/32 variant and goes up to 7,990 Philippine pesos (~$160/₹12,120) for the 4/64 variant. You can check out the retailer listing right here for more details.