(Update, August 17: Read this good news: Redmi 9C pricing for the Philippine market revealed.)
(Update, August 13: We have a release date for the Philippine market!)
Fret not, the budget phone is going to be released in the country even though it’s not listed in Xiaomi Philippines’ July-August 2020 brochure. In the press release the company sent after its global ecosystem-product launch, it says, “The local sales info and prices [of the Redmi 9C] in the Philippines will be announced once the product is available.”
As to when the handset will be rolled out to stores is another matter, but we think it will be around end of this month or in August.
The Redmi 9C debuted in Malaysia with a price tag of RM429 (around P4,975 or $100) a little over two weeks ago. So we’re guessing it will retail at roughly P5,500 ($111) — P5,490 ($111) or P5,690 ($115) perhaps? — in the Philippines. At least for the base model.
At the global announcement yesterday, July 15, a 3GB/64GB was introduced for €139 (P7,839 or $158). Considering that consumer-electronic goods in Europe are more expensive, this particular Redmi 9C model will probably be priced at roughly P6,000 ($121) — if this is the variant that will be offered here.
How about your guess? What do you think the local prices of the Redmi 9C will be?
The smartphone is one of the first to use the new MediaTek Helio G35, the same chip that powers the Realme C11, which is scheduled to go official in the Philippines July 23. It pairs 2GB of RAM with 32GB of storage; features a 13-megapixel triple AI rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, a 5,000mAh battery, and an HD+ screen measuring 6.53 inches; and runs a MIUI version based on Android 10.
Of course, who can ignore its iPhone 11-like rear design and bold orange color option? Those are certainly the first things we noticed.
Xiaomi Redmi 9C specs
- 6.53-inch waterdrop HD+ LCD display
- MediaTek Helio G35 processor
- 2GB/3GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB storage
- Triple AI rear camera: 13 megapixels (main), 2 megapixels (macro), 2 megapixels (depth)
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 5,000mAh battery
- Android 10
- Colors: Orange, blue, black
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