The Redmi 8 debuted alongside the Redmi 8A in October 2019. That’s why we’re expecting its successor to be introduced soon given the six-month product cycle of most phones these days.
(Update, July 2: Our review is up! Read Redmi 9 review: Does it meet, exceed, or betray expectations?)
(Update, June 25: We’ve unboxed it! See Watch: Redmi 9 unboxing, hands-on video.)
(Update, June 15: And it’s official! Read Redmi 9 priced from P6,990 [$139] in the Philippines.)
(Update, June 6: We at Revü spotted the budget phone in the Philippines, complete with specs and prices! Read Redmi 9 unofficial preorders go live in PH ahead of launch.)
(Update, June 5: More leaks! Read Redmi 9 prices, other details surface ahead of expected launch.)
True enough, the details that have surfaced recently do indicate that the next-in-line budget model, the Redmi 9, is launching any day now.
One of the newest information is found on the website of Xiaomi itself. At the bottom of the RF [Radio Frequency] Exposure page, you’ll find a “Redmi 9” listing. Click on that, and you’ll see that its model name is M2004J19G. The last letter there indicates that it’s the global variant.
The same model number has already appeared on the site of China’s 3C certification authority. The last letter is “C,” though, intimating that the said Redmi 9 unit is the version for the Chinese market.
The smartphone is shown to come with a 10-watt charger, but has support for 18-watt fast charging — similar to the Redmi 8 and 8A.
Word has it that Xiaomi’s Redmi 9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G70, the same chip inside the Realme C3, so we expect their prices to be about quite similar, too. In the Philippines, the latter cost P5,990 (around $120) at launch.
Other rumored specs include a 6.6-inch HD+ screen; rear-camera setup that features 13-megapixel main, 8-magpeixl ultra-wide, 5-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth-sensing sensors; and a back-mounted fingerprint sensor.
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