In the range ultra low-cost of smartphones it is never easy to choose a suitable device, as at such low prices it is difficult to find a reliable and durable product. However, in this segment Xiaomi she has always been the host thanks to the line Redmi, which is offered at honest prices and with a decent technical data sheet. In today's review, in fact, we will talk about the new Redmi 9C. It will be the best choice below the 100 euro or can we find better? Let's find out together in the article.
Redmi 9C review
Unboxing - Redmi 9C
Given the reference range, we cannot expect much from the sales package and in fact only the following equipment is present inside it:
- Redmi 9C;
- wall power supply with 10W European socket;
- micro USB cable for charging;
- pin for the SIM slot;
Design and construction
Il Redmi 9C has a design simple, but characterized by a youthful appearance thanks to bright colors, a back cover with a knurled texture and a triple camera placed at the top left in full style Google Pixel 4a.
La construction is obviously in plastic with a frame in polycarbonate which, thanks to the opaque processing, resembles aluminum. These give the product a weight of 196 grams which, all in all, is well balanced and doesn't feel much but the size of 164.9 x 77 x 9 millimeters do not make it a very comfortable smartphone to use with one hand.
Below we find the micro USB input, the system speaker and the main microphone, unlike the upper profile on which only the 3.5 mm jack input resides. On the right side you can see the power button and the volume rocker, while on the right there is the dual SIM + microSD slot.
Despite the inevitable use (given the costs) of the micro USB port, two great advantages of the Redmi 9C it is the slot mentioned earlier and the mini-jack input, which are in great demand on the low end.
For the rest let's not forget the fingerprint sensor placed on the back cover, but we will talk about this topic later.
Il Redmi 9C mount a display IPS da 6.53 inches diagonal with resolution HD (1600 x 720 pixels), density of PPI 269, format 20:9 e 400 nits of maximum brightness.
The first thing you notice are some obvious frames, but we could not have expected otherwise, in this segment it is normal. Despite this the panel performed well thanks to gods good colors, a balanced contrast and excellent viewing angles.
There is the limit in Casa del definition, but it is one of the few compromises to accept, also considering that the maximum brightness outdoors will be able to guarantee us good readability. In general, compared to competitors under i 100 € this Redmi 9C it behaves very well.
As for color settings and customizations, the MIUI 12 offers us a truly complete package thanks to the ability to manage color calibration, to activate the Dark Mode, the reading mode and much more.
Hardware and Performance
To move the Redmi 9C a chipset takes care of it MediTek Helio G35, which is inclusive of a processor octa-core with a maximum clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, 2 GB di RAM LPDDR4X e 32 GB di internal memory eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD. We would like to point out that the memory cut from 3 / 64 GB.
Before talking about performance we must say that usually these devices are designed for those who want to enter the world of smartphones for the first time or for those who have no particular needs except WhatsApp e calls.
In this case, the smartphone adapts without too many problems to this type of use since excessive effort is not required. However, when they start to open too many apps at the same time you begin to see gods slowdowns, although the fluidity is not always at the top.
You can still install all the most used social networks, but know that usability will be a bit limited. The alternative could be to download the apps "Go" e "Quarrel" where present.
Turning to Gaming, on board we have a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, which will allow us to reproduce lighter titles such as Subway Surfers o Clash Royale, but will struggle with games like PUBG. In fact, the opening will be a little bit slow and, of course, it will be reproduced with minimal detail.
Let's say that if you want to play similar titles and have sufficient gameplay I recommend you spend 30-40 euros more and take a Redmi Series Notes.
Il Redmi 9C It is characterized by one triple camera rear with main sensor from 13 mega-pixels f / 2.2, one macro from 2 mega-pixels f / 2.4 and one for the depth of field from 2 mega-pixelf / 2.4 with single LED flash.
In the daytime I stayed pleasantly surprised because the photos are characterized by a excellent definition for its price range, accompanied by gods good colors and a rather balanced management of lights, thanks also to theAutomatic HDR that intervenes effectively. The macros are also good, but take a look at the samples to get an idea yourself.
Di notte quality drops and you can see, in fact, in the points where there is little lighting we are not there, indeed, the smartphone does difficulties also to to focus, but where we find slightly brighter lights or scenes, the photos are not as bad as you would expect from a smartphone for less than 100 euros.
We have one frontally camera da 5 mega-pixels which reflects the performance of the rear one. In fact, during the day we have good photos even if the management of colors and lights is a little less effective, while in the evening the results are not that great due to digital noise and poor definition.
I video can be registered up to a maximum of Full HD to 30 FPS, but they do not reach enough due to poor stabilization and low definition. The focus is quite responsive, but sometimes it loses focus.
Audio and connectivity
Il Redmi 9C owns a single lower speaker, which gives us an audio in line with its price range, or with a maximum volume that is not very powerful and with a balance of frequencies that favors above all the medium and high frequencies.
In call the audio is crystal clear and the microphone is very efficient, allowing us to have conversations without any kind of problem.
As regards the connectivityinstead, the Redmi 9C supports dual 4G VoLTE with sufficient reception and in line with the 100 euro range. For the rest we have the Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi single band FM radio and the GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou.
No particular problem in each of these sectors since the smartphone brings home the sufficiency without criticality.
Later we have the fingerprint sensor, which is quite accurate, but a little bit slow in animation unlock. In addition, the classic is also present 2D facial release which is by no means taken for granted at these figures. During the day it behaves well, while at night it goes a little more in crisis and it is advisable to use the biometric sensor.
Aboard Redmi 9C we have, incredible but true, the MIUI 12 Global based on Android 10 and this is the main difference with all entry level smartphones.
In fact, as regards unknown brands (such as those on Wish) or little known, we usually find a Android Stock with back patches and it probably won't never updated, while as far as the most popular brands are concerned, you will hardly see on board the latest interface available even for ultra low-cost smartphones.
In all this we already know very well the MIUI 12 and we have had the opportunity to appreciate it several times thanks to the wide possibility of Customization, themes, many display and lock screen settings, one-handed mode and even business mode.
In short, nothing is really missing, although due to a not very powerful hardware in some more complex situations excellent fluidity is not guaranteed.
Under the body of the Redmi 9C we find a battery from 5000 mAh which allows us to have aexcellent autonomy. Thanks to the HD display it will be possible to go up to 2 days of use with 70% brightness and medium use.
Furthermore, the MIUI allows us to activate the energy saving or the super energy saving to obtain an autonomy beyond the average.
La recharge it will be a bit slow because it will take approx 3 hours with the power supply from 10W included in delivery.
Conclusions - Redmi 9C
Wanting to sum up, given the general characteristics, the Redmi 9C fully satisfies the needs of the target for which it is designed and in more detail I refer to the excellent performance in call, allautonomy and also good usability for the few social networks of reference, but above all WhatsApp.
In short, under the 100 € It is difficult to find a smartphone with software support and offering a fairly complete package, but this device is a excellent balance between data sheet and price.
As already mentioned at the beginning, in fact, the Redmi 9C is available on GShopper usually a 99 € version 2 / 32 GB e 115 € in the variant 3 / 64 GB, but thanks to ours exclusive discount code "JEK8KWY614" you can buy the version 3 / 64 GB only 95 €!
With these figures you will hardly be able to find better and it is an excellent purchase for anyone who wants to approach the world of smartphones or for those looking for a phone for basic needs such as calls, web browsing and WhatsApp.click on the star to insert us in the favoritesi .