Xiaomi Redmi 9 Malaysia: The entry-level smartphone champion

It’s hard to imagine that the Redmi is already in its ninth iteration. What a journey it has been for Xiaomi. The Redmi (or Hongmi, in its homeland China) is the product series that singlehandedly catapulted Xiaomi’s phenomenal rise in the smartphone ranks; at the same time affording it with a cult-like status across the world. Redmi bears Xiaomi’s unyielding promise of delivering great products at honest prices; this is true until today. The new Redmi 9, just launched in Malaysia, encapsulates the brand’s philosophy of making technology accessible to everyone.

Pricing and availability

The Redmi 9 (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) retails at MYR499 while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant goes from MYR599. Both are available now at official Xiaomi online stores on Lazada and Shopee as well as Authorised Mi Stores in Malaysia. Colour options include Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple.

Xiaomi also revealed three new ecosystem products—Mi Ionic Hairdryer (MYR179), Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop (MYR999), and Mi Wi-Fi Range Extender Pro (MYR59). All three will be available for sale from 25 June 2020.

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Features and specs

The Redmi 9 has the distinction of being the first entry-level Redmi device to pack a versatile quad-camera setup. The all-scenario camera system comprises a 13MP wide-angle camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.

Over on the front is a capable 8MP selfie shooter.

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A far cry from the very first Redmi, the Redmi 9 boasts a large 400-nit 6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop display, offering Gorilla Glass protection and TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification.

Under the hood, the phone sports an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 SoC paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (supports microSD storage expansion).

Keeping things juiced is a massive 5,020mAh battery that supports 18W wired fast-charging—an impressive addition considering its price point. Other big pluses—USB-C port and a 10W charger bundled in the box.

The dual-SIM, dual 4G standby device also comes with Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, an IR blaster, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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All this is housed in an attractive polycarbonate body treated with a splash-proof nano coating.

The discreet fingerprint sensor sits beside the camera array on the back.

Overall, a rock-solid device for those looking for an inexpensive smartphone with all the modern bells and whistles.

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