The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has added two models to its range of affordable smartphones. The Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T 5G have very similar names, but there are some differences in terms of equipment. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals which ones they are.
Xiaomi smartphones are popular in Germany, as they mostly offer good features at an affordable price. The manufacturer also likes to try out new functions and play with current features, above all 5G. With the Xiaomi Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T 5G, there are now two new models that will hit the market for less than 200 and 300 euros respectively.
5G smartphone with all the important bands
The Redmi Note 9T 5G is particularly in the focus of Xiaomi, as it supports the new cellular standard that is currently being expanded worldwide. Providers like Telekom, Vodafone and O2 already offer 5G tariffs in Germany. With the new smartphone, the appropriate hardware is now also being expanded. Compared to many competitors, the Redmi Note 9T 5G is even very cheap with a price of less than 300 euros.
The Redmi Note 9T 5G covers quite a lot of 5G bands. It supports the frequencies around 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 800 and 850 MHz, 2600 MHz, 900 MHz, 700 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3500 MHz, 3700 MHz and 4700 MHz. For the German area, band 1 (2100 MHz), band 3 (1800 MHz), band 7 (2600 MHz) and band 20 (800 MHz) are particularly relevant. Band 8 (900 MHz) and band 28 (700 GHz) support are a nice addition. The other bands, however, do not play a role in this country.
Differences between LTE and 5G cell phones
But the new LTE model from Xiaomi also has a lot to offer and is particularly interesting for users who have not booked a 5G tariff. The manufacturer has not only given the Redmi 9T more extensive camera equipment, the smartphone also has a more powerful battery on board, which even supports reverse wireless charging, i.e. can charge other devices wirelessly.
The display size is the same for both models. However, the 5G model is a bit ahead, as Xiaomi relies on a lighter panel and the protection of Gorilla Glass 5 instead of the third generation. The two devices also differ in terms of processor, as can be seen in the specifications listed below:
If the Snapdragon 662 with 4 GB of RAM and Adreno 610 graphics is used in the Redmi 9T, a chip from Mediatek works in the 5G model of the series. More precisely, it is the Dimensity 800U, an octa-core chip with up to 2.4 GHz. The chip is a SoC (System on Chip) with an integrated 5G module, which was only presented in August and is manufactured using the 7 nm process, and is aimed primarily at mid-range smartphones. It is divided into two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.4 GHz and six energy-saving Cortex-A55 cores with up to 2.0 GHz. Overall, it offers a little more performance than the Snapdragon 662.
With its quad camera, the LTE model Redmi 9T has more extensive equipment. The 48 megapixel main sensor is supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle, a macro camera and a depth sensor with two megapixels each. The camera software automatically detects subjects and adjusts the image settings accordingly. The Redmi Note 9T 5G, on the other hand, has one less sensor, i.e. a triple camera. The manufacturer does not use the ultra-wide angle here. The camera bezel is round and therefore also looks different from that of the other camera. For the main camera of the Redmi Note 9T 5G, Xiaomi relies on a 1⁄2-inch sensor and the ISP architecture, which promises improved image quality and faster image processing. In addition, the smartphone supports modes such as night recording, Pro + RAW,
Both smartphones have an infrared sensor and support NFC. This also makes them suitable for cashless payments. Both are also dual-SIM-capable and have a polycarbonate housing that is less prone to fingerprints. A powerful 22.5 watt charger is included with each smartphone.
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Good smartphones at a low price
The Redmi 9T and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G are particularly interesting because of their price. The manufacturer offers them in the memory versions 64 GB and 128 GB, each of which can be expanded using a micro SD card. The 64 GB model of the Redmi 9T costs 169.90 euros, more memory is available for 199.90 euros. At 229.90 euros and 269.90 euros, the 5G smartphone is only slightly more expensive. It is therefore one of the cheapest models that support the new cellular standard – and so far also the only 5G Note model from Xiaomi with dual SIM. It is precisely these points, coupled with the overall good equipment, that make the Redmi Note 9T 5G the ideal 5G entry-level smartphone.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T will be available in Germany from January 25, 2021. The Redmi 9T goes on sale on March 15th. The smartphones are available from common electronics dealers and online shops.