Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 9 Prime in India on Tuesday, August 4th and it is being speculated that the phone is essentially the Redmi 9 global variant. To recall, the Redmi 9 was launched in Spain in June as a budget smartphone with a full HD display, quad cameras and the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset. Now, Xiaomi hasn’t fully revealed the Redmi 9 Prime yet, but the company has teased that the phone will come with a waterdrop notch. On Friday, Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain revealed that the Redmi 9 Prime will be one of the most affordable phones with a FHD display.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 prime to come with Full HD+ display
  • Redmi 9 Prime could be the same as Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9 Prime launches on August 4 in India
The Redmi 9 series succeeds the Redmi 8 lineup from last year that aims to offer value for money phones for people who are on a tight budget. While Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed any specifics about its upcoming smartphone, the Redmi 9 Prime is expected to come with Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch cutout and splash-resistance. There are speculations that the Redmi 9 Prime could be a rebranded version of the Redmi 9 with some India-centric features.


XIAOMI REDMI 9 SPECIFICATIONS

If the Redmi 9 Prime is indeed the Redmi 9 global variant, here’s what you can expect – Xiaomi Redmi 9 features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection. The phone is 9.1mm thick and weighs at 198 grams.

It is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G52 GPU and runs on MIUI 12 which is based on Android 10. This is paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage options to choose from. There's also an option to increase the phone's storage further by using microSD cards of up to 512GB.

The Redmi 9 features a quad-camera setup that consists of a primary 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 118-degree field-of-view, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera housed within the waterdrop notch cutout.

The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with a 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging out-of-the-box.

Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 9 in China at CNY 799 (roughly Rs 8,500) for its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. In Europe, the Redmi 9 starts at EUR 149 for the base variant and EUR 169 for the 4GB RAM variant. The phone comes in three colours-- Grey, Green and Purple.

If the Redmi 9 Prime is indeed the Redmi 9 global variant, here’s what you can expect – a 6.53-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Dot Drop display, MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with up to 4GB RAM, 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, 13MP quad camera setup and 8MP front camera. These are the specs for the Redmi 9 and Xiaomi may not change things too much on the Redmi 9 Prime. 

As for the pricing, well, the Redmi 9 was launched in Spain with prices starting at €149 (approx 12,800) for the 3GB + 32GB model and €179 (around Rs 15,400) for the 4GB + 64GB variant. In China, however, the phone was launched at more affordable price starting at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8,500). We believe the Redmi 9 Prime India price will be closer to the Chinese prices.

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