Today we will test the Redmi 9, which is available with a starting price of 8999 Rs and we will see how different the new smartphone is from the Realme C12 and Narzo 20A phones, which are offered at this price and whether it can withstand rivals or not.
Redmi 9: design
The Redmi 9 is quite tall and wide, which we also felt while trying to use it with one hand. Fortunately, it does not feel too thick or heavy, although it is about 9 mm thick and weighs 194 grams. The power button is easy to reach, but requires a little manual adjustment to get to the volume buttons, as they are above the power button. Surprisingly, Xiaomi has given a Micro-USB port in it, its previous model had a USB Type-C port.
The quality of the plastic used in it is good and the phone feels very strong. The Redmi 9 has a square rear camera module that most brands have been adopting for some time. There is a round slot for the fingerprint sensor, which is slightly smaller than usual, but works well in our use. There is also a face unlock, which was not very fast.
Redmi 9 features a 6.53-inch IPS HD + display with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels. Viewing angles and colors are great, definitely better than Realme C12 and C15. The brightness was also sufficient, although it could be a little high. As it is a budget phone, there is no high refresh rate, but complaining about this would not be fair. At the top there is a slot with a drop and thick frames around.
The Redmi 9 box comes with a 10W charger, data cable, SIM tray removal pin and user manual. You do not receive any case or cover.
Redmi 9: performance
Redmi 9 is powered by MediaTek Helio G35 processor, and the same chipset is used by Realme C12 and C15. There are two versions of the Redmi 9, both with 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You can choose storage options of 64 GB and 128 GB, which are priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999, respectively. The flash memory type used here is eMMC 5.1. The phone also has Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 5 and FM radio. The radio requires you to install headphones, but this was not the case with the Redmi 8.
Given the budget nature of this phone, the performance is decent. Redmi 9 works with MIUI 12, which is based on Android 10. There were some noticeable lags in the animations and there was some delay in opening applications or system menus at times. It is similar to the Realme C15, which has the same chipset and RAM.
Gaming performance was a bit poor. Games like Grand Mountain went well, but heavy games like Asphalt 9 didn’t offer a smooth frame rate. The videos played well on the phone’s display and the speaker at the bottom was quite loud.
The standard MIUI 12 applications are full of ads and fill the notification panel with unwanted alerts. Many applications come pre-installed, but fortunately most of them can be uninstalled.
Redmi 9: battery life
Redmi 9 provided a satisfactory battery backup in our experience. We easily get a day and a half of use. A 5000 mAh battery is available in the phone. Redmi 9 lasted 18 hours and 44 minutes in our HD video cycling test, which is quite a decent time. However, charging this large battery takes some time. Even after an hour with the 10W charger on, the Redmi 9’s battery reached just 40 percent. This phone does not support fast charging, which is a bit disappointing.
Redmi 9: cameras
Redmi 9 has a rather modest setup. You get a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 13-megapixel main rear camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera app offers a basic shooting mode, and there is a professional mode.
The quality of the photos is quite average when shooting in daylight. HDR handles detail well when zooming in, but landscape photos tend to have deceptive detail. The close-up was a little better, but the exposure could have been better. Autofocus speed was good, but not very good. The portrait mode works quite well, even for subjects.
Redmi 9 really fights in low light. It also took some time to lock the focus on close-ups. The details were bad when shooting at night. The camera’s AI increases the exposure, but there is no special night mode to use.
Redmi 9 can deliver usable selfies on social media during the day, but struggles to deliver good results in low light.
The video quality was also average when shooting during the day. You can shoot at 1080p, but the stability sucks. While shooting videos, the camera often looks for focus and, as expected, the quality is very poor in low light.
The Redmi 9 smartphone competes with many budget phones at a starting price of Rs 8,999, but when you have a phone like the Realme Narzo 10A, it is a bit lower as the Narzo offers better hardware for almost the same money. The 128 GB storage version of the Redmi 9 is priced at Rs 9,999 and also competes with the Redmi 9 Prime, which offers much better performance and specifications at the same price.
We don’t think there is any special feature in Redmi 9 that sets it apart from other smartphones at this price. It would be a good option at a lower price, but given the recent rise in smartphone prices in the industry, we think you can choose other Redmi or Realme options with similar prices.
OnePlus 10RT to come with 50MP camera, 120Hz display, seen here ahead of launch
According to the recent report, OnePlus 10RT may be launched in India soon. The smartphone is said to have been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification database. Citing a tipster, the report gives information about some specifications of the smartphone. The OnePlus 10RT camera specifications were reported earlier with the same model number. The OnePlus 10RT may get a 50-megapixel primary sensor with a triple rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
According to a report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. According to an earlier report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. A previous report suggested the same model number for the OnePlus 10RT.
OnePlus 10RT expected specifications
A report by 91Mobiles has shared some of the specifications of the OnePlus 10RT, citing tipster Mukul Sharma. For color options, this smartphone can be available in black and green color options. As a display, it can get an AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. This triple rear camera setup is expected to come as a camera setup. As for the memory, it can be offered in two variants like 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB internal storage. As an operating system, it can run on OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12.
The previous report on the OnePlus 10RT said it will come with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.88 aperture with an 84.4-degree field of view and optical image stabilization. It is said to have an 8-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.25 aperture and 119.7-degree field of view. The third rear camera on the OnePlus 10RT is expected to come with an f/2.4 macro lens along with a 2-megapixel lens. It is said to feature a 16-megapixel Samsung S5K3P9 camera with f/2.45 aperture, 82.3-degree field of view and EIS.
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iQoo Neo 6 Review: A Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!
iQOO Neo 6 Price in India
The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs 29,999 in India, which comes with the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. Its top model comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 can be purchased in Dark Nova and Cyber Rays colors.
iku neo 6 design
The iQoo Neo 6 phone is a rebranded model of the iQoo Neo 6 SE that was launched in China earlier this year. Neo 6 is a large smartphone in terms of dimensions and weighs 190 grams. The phone has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole design at the top for the selfie camera. Display bezels are thin. The frame of the phone is made of plastic and is kept flat on top and bottom.
iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter that sits near the secondary microphone on the top. At the bottom there is a slot for a USB Type C port, a speaker and a SIM tray. The back panel is made of plastic with curved sides. The phone is quite comfortable to hold. Its right side is narrow and carries a thin power button and volume rocker.
The dark new color of the phone looks quite elegant. It has a gradient finish that shows a mixed shade of dark blue and bright blue. If you want a flashier phone, then you can also check out its Cyber Rage variant. The phone’s camera module will grab your attention. It has a two-tiered design on which the Neo branding is placed, which is seen separately.
The company has also provided a transparent case inside the phone box. The back panel has a matte finish, so fingerprints don’t fall off so easily. You also get a USB Type C to 3.5mm audio adapter, which is a good thing.
iQoo Neo 6 Specifications and Software
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC is provided in iQoo Neo 6 which is the most powerful processor for this price range. The Mi 11X competes directly with this phone, which has a similar chip. iQoo says it has included a liquid cooling system in the phone to keep the processor cool.
The Neo 6 has a Full HD Plus E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 360Hz touch sample rate that can go up to 1200Hz in some games. The display is also HDR10+ certified and its brightness is 800 nits. iQoo has also provided stereo speakers in the Neo 6, but the phone does not have an IP rating.
This iQoo phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, dual 4G VoLTE and five satellite navigation systems. You don’t get NFC in this. iQoo Neo 6 has a 4700mAh battery and supports up to 80W fast charging. You also get a compatible charger in the box.
Talking about the software, it runs on Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12. The company has promised two years of Android updates and 3 years of security updates with the phone. Its user interface is almost similar to Vivo X80 which I reviewed recently. Too bad I have the same experience with bloated software in this as well. Some applications may be uninstalled. The browser keeps sending spam notifications throughout the day which is quite annoying.
iQoo Neo 6 performance and battery life
iQoo Neo 6 has a powerful processor and there is no lag in the phone even with prolonged use. I had its 12GB variant on which I could multitask, switching between apps very comfortably. I didn’t see any apps reloading at any point. The phone has an extended RAM feature and can use up to 4GB of system memory as RAM.
I enjoyed watching videos on the phone’s AMOLED display. Stereo speakers make the experience even better. The refresh rate is high, so scrolling is smooth in apps and menus. The company has set the Smart Switch refresh rate as the default. It runs at 120Hz most of the time at this setting.
iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is quite reliable and never gets damaged during use. FaceUnlock also works in a similar way. The phone scored well in benchmarks. Its AnTuTu score is higher than the OnePlus Nord 2 with 729,331 points. In Geekbench 5, it scored 983 and 3074 points in single and multi-core. In the GFXBench graph, it scored 50fps in the Car Chase test. Users who want good performance, this phone will not disappoint in terms of results.
I played Call of Duty: Mobile on it, which by default was running on very high graphics and had the frame rate set to high by default. I played the game for 20 minutes in which the battery dropped by 5%. The phone didn’t heat up, which explains its liquid cooling capability.
I loved the battery performance of this phone and it lasted comfortably for one and a half days. In the HD video cycle test, the phone lasted 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is quite impressive. Its 80W fast charger charged the phone 83% in 30 minutes and the phone was fully charged within 50 minutes.
iQOO Neo 6K camera
The iQoo Neo 6 features a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary lens with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 116-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is very easy to use and looks similar to the Vivo X80 app. The main camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default, but you can click full-resolution photos if needed.
His daylight landscape photos were accompanied by detail and subjects were easily recognizable even from a distance. Words written on distant buildings can also be read. AI optimization is available in the phone which improves the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide camera has a wider field of view and gets the same color profile as the main camera.
The phone takes close-up photos with clear and full details. This creates a natural bokeh effect between the background and the subject. Edge detection was good in portrait mode. The macro camera also captured extremely close-up shots.
The phone proved to be very fast when shooting a low-light scene, for which it held the shutter open for a long time. Thanks to this, the image was captured with a clear and detailed picture. In very dark areas, the phone itself suggested switching to night mode.
The phone’s sensor captures the selfie in full resolution. The app adds a beautification filter by default, but it can also be adjusted or disabled if needed. In daylight, the skin tone is accurate to the photo. In low light, the screen flash is activated automatically for better results. Edge detection was good in selfies taken in portrait mode and the level of background blur was also adequate.
Its primary rear camera can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Its selfie camera can also shoot videos at this resolution and frame rate, which is rare. Footage was fairly stable in daylight, but motion in low light was a bit shaky. The camera app has a dual video mode so that the main and selfie cameras can record videos at the same time.
If you are looking for a 30k budget smartphone then you can keep this phone high on your list. The phone’s performance is pretty good, as you’d expect from a device with a Qualcomm chip. The promise of Android and security updates makes it future proof. In my opinion, its base 8GB variant seems better value for money.
I don’t have many complaints about it other than the pre-installed bloatware on the phone. If you pick up the phone for video recording purposes, then be aware that it doesn’t perform as well in low light.
If you want pure software, you can look at the Motorola Edge 30. If you can’t compromise on performance, go for the Mi 11X and OnePlus Nord 2, which are good alternatives in the same price range.
Nokia G11 Plus budget Android smartphone introduced with 50MP camera
HMD Global introduced its budget Android smartphone to the market a few months ago under the name Nokia G11. The company has sold millions of smartphones so far. Now the company has announced the new model of this smartphone, Nokia G11 Plus. However, the addition of the Plus to this Nokia smartphone isn’t really an upgrade over the original model when it comes to specs.
Nokia G11 Plus features and specifications
Talking about the features and specifications, the Nokia G11 Plus features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. Talking about the processor, the company has not yet said which processor is in this phone, but it could be the 1.6GHz octa-core Unisoc T606 SoC.
In terms of storage, the smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that supports expandable storage up to 512GB. Talking about the camera setup, a dual camera setup is given on the rear side of the smartphone which houses a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. At the same time, an 8-megapixel camera is placed on the front of this smartphone for selfies and video calls.
Talking about the operating system, this smartphone runs on the out-of-the-box Android 12 operating system. The company has confirmed that this phone will get the operating system upgrade for 2 years and security update for 3 years. Talking about battery backup, it will get a 4000 mAh battery. Talking about the color option, this smartphone comes in two color options like Charcoal Gray and Lake Blue.
Talking about the price, as of now the company has not revealed the price of Nokia G11 Plus but the price of this smartphone is expected to be around $150 ie. around Rs 11,842 in Indian currency. Speaking of availability, it will soon be available for purchase in select regions.
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