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Redmi 9 Power: price in India, specs, and launch date

Redmi 9 Power is now official in India. This is Xiaomi’s latest budget device in the Redmi 9 series lineup. The Redmi 9 Power is the eighth...

Redmi 9 Power is now official in India. This is Xiaomi’s latest budget device in the Redmi 9 series lineup. The Redmi 9 Power is the eighth device in the ‘9 series’ in India including the three Redmi Note 9 series devices.

The Redmi 9 Power packs in a 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor which is a rarity on this price point. It is also the only Redmi device in the series to powered by Snapdragon chipset apart from Note series. The Power in the moniker stands for massive battery which is a 6,000mAh unit. 

The Redmi 9 Power is a rebranded version of the recently launched Redmi Note 9 4G in China. The device was released alongside the Redmi Note 9 5G series in back in November. In the near future, the Poco M3 is also expected to launch in India, which has similar specs and pricing. It remains to be seen how Xiaomi differentiates the two phones. 

Xiaomi says the Redmi 9 Power is built on top of the success of the previous Redmi number series devices. The Redmi 9 Power takes the goodness from the number series and takes one step ahead of the Redmi 9 Prime which was launched a few months back in India.

Redmi 9 Power price in India and launch date

Redmi 9 Power was unveiled in India on December 17, just a day after the unveiling of the new Xiaomi QLED TVs. This is also likely to be the last major launch from the brand this year.

The base variant of the Redmi 9 Power is priced at Rs 10,999 while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 11,999. The device will go on sale in India starting December 22 on Amazon

Redmi 9 Power: Design

Redmi 9 Power

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The Redmi 9 Power sports a quad rear camera setup on the rear which has a slight protrusion, thereby giving a bump. The design, unlike the Poco M3, is kept very simple and minimal here. So basically, the Redmi 9 Power comes with a regular design instead of  OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 inspired design as seen on the Poco M3. However, there is a Redmi logo embossed on the back, which is a first for a Redmi device. 

The Redmi 9 Power follows design language which is pretty similar to the Redmi 9 lineup. There is a textured finish on the rear which Xiaomi calls Aura power design. The back generates a radial pattern with a silk-like texture finish. The detail on the rear changes as the light falls. The device is available in four colour options in China- Mighty Black, Blazing Blue, Firey Electric Green.

Poco M3: Display

Redmi 9 Power

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The Redmi 9 Power sport a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a small notch. It is an LCD panel with a resolution of 2,340 × 1,080 pixels with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90.34% screen-to-body ratio, 400 nits of brightness. A layer of Gorilla Glass 3 sits on top of the display. Furthermore, it is also TÜV Rheinland certified for low blue light emission. The display supports colour temperature adjustment, reading mode, and sunshine mode.

Poco M3: Performance

Redmi 9 Power

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Under the hood, the Redmi 9 Power is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset. It is an octa-core chipset built on an 11nm fabrication process which runs at a max frequency of 2GHz and has a third-gen AI engine. Gaming and graphics performance will be taken care of by Adreno 610 GPU. 

For context, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Pro Max devices are powered by Snapdragon 720G while the vanilla Redmi Note 9 is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 SoC. The Redmi Note 9 sports Helio G85 chipset. The Redmi 9 Prime has Helio G80 in the heart while the Redmi 9 and Redmi 9i/9A are powered by MediaTek Helio G35 and Helio G25 processors respectively.

The Redmi 9 Power is available in two configurations in India - 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB (USF 2.1) and the other variant packs in 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. You also get a dedicated microSD card slot. Going by the previous track record, the Poco M3 might pick the top-end variant with 6GB of RAM. 

Poco M3: Camera

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There is a 48MP Samsung GM1 primary shooter with f/1.79, an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field-of-view, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, there an 8MP shooter which is located inside the dew-drop notch. It has an f/2.0 aperture. The camera features include night mode, Color focus, QR code scanner, AI scene detection, AI beautify, portrait mode, movie frame, AI Camera 5.0, Panorama, Raw mode. 

Poco M3: Battery

Redmi 9 Power

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The Redmi 9 Power packs in the biggest battery on any Redmi Note 9 series device yet with a 6000mAh unit. The Redmi Note 9 Pro series has a 5,020mAh unit. The Redmi 9 Power also supports 18W fast charging. It comes with a Type-C connector on both ends. The company is bundling a 22.5W charger in the box. 

Further, the phone supports QC 3.0 fast charge protocol as well as OTG 2.5W reverse charging to charge other devices using the Redmi 9 Power. Just like many other Xiaomi devices, it also comes with a long cycle battery which is said to last 25% longer than other smartphones. 

Everything else

Redmi 9 Power

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Apart from the aforementioned specs, the Redmi 9 Power runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 10. For security, the handset sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and also AI face unlock support. For audio, the device packs in dual stereo speakers with Hi-Res audio certification. 

Furthermore, the Redmi 9 Power packs in IR blaster, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, splash-proof design, dual-band Wi-Fi support, dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Corrosion-proof & rubberized ports, and auto cleaning ports. For navigation, there is GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo and lastly, sensors onboard included Proximity, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Electronic compass.

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