Redmi 9 Power Review: Redmi 9 Power begins at Indian Rs. 10,999. Our dependence on electronic devices has grown to the point where our smartphones have become the main gateway to the outside world.
Battery life is the most important thing. A dead smartphone is just as useful as a mask on your chin. Xiaomi now has the Redmi 9 Power. The Redmi 9 Power is the largest Redmi smartphone to feature a 6,000mAh battery. How does the Redmi 9 Power perform? Here’s my review.
Redmi 9 Power Design
Smartphones with large batteries tend to be heavy and bulky. This is why you need to be prepared for one compromise. Xiaomi tried to make this less compromise and more of an adjustment, by keeping the Redmi 9 Power’s weight in check. The phone weighs in at 198g, which is lighter than the Redmi 9 Pro Review (Review), that weighs in at 209g, despite having a smaller capacity battery.
Redmi 9 Power features a new design and a back panel that is very different to the rest of the Redmi 9 series smartphones. The rear panel has a large Redmi logo on one side and a textured surface that makes it resist fingerprints.
Redmi 9 Power comes in three flashy colours: Blazing Blue and Electric Green, as well as Fiery Red. These colours are not for everyone, so you can choose the subtle Mighty Black option. People around me noticed my Electric Green unit.
Redmi continues to follow the current trend and offers a quad-camera set up in a rectangular module. The back panel protrudes slightly from the front panel. Redmi 9 Power’s plastic body is curved at the sides and flat at its top and bottom.
Redmi 9 Power has a top-firing speaker that provides stereo sound. The Redmi 9 Power’s top also contains a 3.5mm headset jack and an IR emitter. It has a USB Type C port, primary speaker and primary microphone at the bottom.
The SIM tray is located on the left. The volume and power buttons are located on the right. Additionally, the power button includes an integrated fingerprint scanner. These buttons were well-placed and didn’t require me to reach too far to hit them. The selfie camera is protected by a dewdrop notch on the display.
The box comes with a case and a 22.5W charging cable. The phone can only charge at 18W, but the charger supplied exceeds that requirement.
Software and Specifications for Redmi 9 Power
Redmi 9 Power features a 6.53 inch full-HD+ resolution display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC powers the Redmi 9 power. I used it in my Moto G9 review.
The Redmi 9 power comes with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The base variant costs Rs. 10,999, while the higher variant costs Rs. The base variant costs Rs. 10,999, while the more expensive variant costs Rs. 11,999 It’s very close to both the Redmi 9 (Review), and the Moto G9. For this review, I had the 64GB variant.
Software-wise, the Redmi 9 Power runs MIUI 12 over Android 10. The November Android Security Patch was installed. This is acceptable. The phone recommended that I install a lot more apps when setting it up.
Even though I skipped the suggestions, I discovered a lot of bloatware on the Redmi 9 Power, including Osom Rummy and Moj, Dream 11 Netflix, Amazon, Facebook WPS Office Office, Linkedin, and a few other games. GetApps is a Play Store alternative that shows more app suggestions on your home screen. It sends push notifications occasionally, which can be annoying. I also saw notifications from Themes.
Redmi 9 Power now has all the changes to MIUI 12. To quickly access quick toggles and notifications, swipe to the right from the screen. This feature is not enabled by default. Redmi 9 Power also has other features like Game Turbo and Ultra Battery Saver.
Redmi 9 Power Performance
I had no complaints about the performance of the Redmi 9 Power. The 4GB RAM onboard made it easy to load apps quickly. Multitasking was also no problem. The fingerprint scanner was quick to unlock my device. It never took more than one try. Face recognition is also available, which is quick and easy to set up.
The stereo speakers made watching videos on Redmi 9 Power enjoyable. Widevine L1 support means that you can stream HD content from the Redmi 9 Power. Although I enjoyed watching content indoors, the brightness was too low when outside.
To see how the Redmi 9 Power performs, I ran benchmarks. It scored 180,054 points in AnTuTu and 5,768 in PCMark Work 2.0. It scored 317 points and 1323 in Geekbench 5 single-core and multiple-core tests.
In GFXBench’s T-Rex test, it could average 32fps. These scores are similar to the Moto G9’s, with the Moto showing a better performance in graphics benchmarks due to its higher-resolution HD+ screen. Redmi 9 Power is slower than the Redmi 9 Prime Review in terms of CPU performance.
Call of Duty Mobile was able to run on the Redmi 9 Power. However, it takes a while for the game to load. The game could be run at medium graphics quality and medium frame rate on this phone. The phone was usable with these settings.
However, the phone got warm after only five minutes of play. I noticed a drop of 5 percent in battery life after playing Call of Duty Mobile for about 20 minutes.
A larger battery will allow you to be away from the charger longer. The battery should last for about a day and a quarter. The Ultra Battery Saver mode can be used to extend this time.
The Redmi 9 Power was able to last for 17 hours and 39 mins in our HD video loop test. This is quite impressive. The battery’s large capacity and 18W fast charging support make it easy to charge. Redmi 9 Power reached 28 percent in 30 mins and 44 percent in one hour. It takes more than two hours to fully charge the smartphone.
Redmi 9 Power Cameras
Redmi 9 Power has a quad-camera setup by Xiaomi. The Redmi 9 Power comes with a 48-megapixel primary, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensors.
The camera app by Xiaomi is the same, and it’s easy to find the settings. You can toggle between HDR and AI in the camera app. Xiaomi has not removed the Macro camera button from a sub-menu. This makes it more difficult to see and allows you to select it as a shooting mode.
The Redmi 9Power took decent daylight photos, with good detail. For a smartphone this low-end, the dynamic range was acceptable. Although the wide-angle camera captured a wider field of vision, it could not capture details as well as primary camera. The edges showed noticeable distortion.
Average close-up shots. The main camera sometimes struggles to focus. The background will have a nice depth effect once it locks focus. You can get very close to your subject with the macro camera.
Although it can take sharp photos at close range, it is limited to only 2 megapixels. This is a common problem with smartphones this price. Portrait shots were well-detected, and the Redmi 9 Power allows you to simulate the aperture before you take the shot.
The Redmi 9 Power was unable to capture details in shadows and low-light shots were not as good as the average. The dedicated night mode takes approximately 4-5 seconds to capture a shot. The output was more detailed and brighter than shots taken in default mode.
Portrait selfies taken with the Redmi 9 Power in daylight were good. Edge detection was decent for portrait shots. Low-light selfies were average. I could see grain when zooming in.
The Redmi 9 Power has no video stabilisation, so video recording is limited to 1080p. Low-light footage and daylight looked good, but it could be difficult to capture usable shots when moving.
Two things are different about the Redmi 9 Power. The device has stereo speakers that enhance video and gaming, while the large battery provides a boost in terms of battery life. It still feels like a Redmi smartphone and delivers the same software experience.
The camera performance is good for the price but not great. The Redmi 9 Power is a solid choice if you are looking for a smartphone for media consumption. The Moto G9 , and the Redmi 9 Power are also options.