Redmi Note 9T- Worth it!

The Redmi Note 9T brings with it a fit and a finish that belies the handset’s very affordable asking price — it’s hardly the lightest or most stylish phone we’ve ever seen, and it feels slightly cheap and plasticky in the hand, but just by looking at it you couldn’t guess that it’s as inexpensive as it actually is.

The phone flaunts a 6.53-inch, 1080 x 2340 pixel LCD display — at this price point you can’t expect anything like a super-fast refresh rate, and HDR support is also missing, but it’s big and sharp and bright enough to keep most people happy. Whether watching movies streamed over the internet or browsing through articles on the web, we found the display of the Redmi Note 9T perfectly fine.

There’s just a single punch hole notch for the selfie camera interrupting the display on the front, while the rear camera is in the centre on the back: not the most aesthetically pleasing setup we’ve ever seen, but we can live with it. The phone also sticks its fingerprint sensor inside the power button

In terms of the camera, there is a triple-lens 48MP wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth rear camera sported by the Redmi Note 9T isn’t much to write home about, but you’ve got to bear in mind the price you’re paying. There’s no ultrawide mode, and no optical zoom, but the main 48MP camera does a respectable job of taking good photos in good light — something that most budget phones are able to manage now.

Redmi Note 9T brings with it MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage (and there is a memory card slot if you want to expand that). Looking at those specs you know that the phone isn’t going to offer mind-blowing performance, but the combination of processor and RAM mean you can get through most tasks without too much trouble. While the experience of using the phone isn’t exactly what you’d call nippy, it is perfectly usable

There is, notably, support for 5G here — making this one of the cheapest phones to offer the next-gen connectivity. If 5G has already rolled out in your area, or it’s scheduled to do so soon, then you can take advantage of the improved download and upload speeds with the Redmi Note 9T.

The phone runs Android 10 rather than the latest Android 11, and the usual Xiaomi MIUI skin is here. It’s by no means a disaster as far as software goes, but the bright and almost childish colouring, as well as the array of preinstalled apps — WPS Office, Amazon Shopping, Facebook, TikTok, AliExpress, the bundled Mi apps — leave us yearning for the lightweight and bloat-free stock Android edition.

The inclusion of 5G in a phone so inexpensive is definitely worth noting, while the large screen and the overall design of the Redmi Note 9T are to its credit as well. While the triple-lens rear camera is going to struggle in some situations, especially as it gets darker, it is capable of producing some very good results — and again you have to take into consideration the phone’s affordability when weighing up any aspect of it.

It’s really a question of what you actually need a smartphone to do for you, and the Redmi Note 9T will do just about all of it for a price that undercuts almost everyone else.

Redmi Note 9T because it does bring in a good set of overall features and the specs. It is because of the combination of features, connectivity, build quality and price that you get here. Notably, it has 5G on board, which is very useful if the next-gen network has reached your part of the world. With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T we have a handset that is looking to be one of the best smartphones around while still coming in at a price that’s very reasonable.

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