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Friday, October 2, 2020

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Review; The Return of the King


Xiaomi is one of the first, if not the first, brand that always comes to mind of consumers regarding budget-friendly, yet capable smartphones and other devices. The Redmi series, in particular, has always been on top of the list by many buyers, and with the recent release of six Redmi phones in the local market, including the Xiaomi Redmi 9A, their options got a whole lot bigger.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Review; The Return of the King
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Review; The Return of the King

The Redmi 9A is being advertised as the return of the true entry-level king by Xiaomi Philippines. But what are the features that it can offer to be dubbed as such? Let's all find out in this Xiaomi Redmi 9A review!

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The Xiaomi Redmi 9A is closely related to the Redmi 9C. Both devices offer a 6.53-inch IPS DotDrop display with HD+ resolution, that is 1600 x 720 pixels, and has a small notch up to wherein the 13MP front camera is located. There is no mention of Corning Gorilla Glass or any kind of protection, and the retail unit does not come with pre-installed plastic film. So, if you want to save the screen from usual scratches and dings, better head over to the nearest shop and have a protective film installed right away. Moreover, if you can buy a phone case for it, much better, as there is also no free case in the retail box, probably to lower down the production cost.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A 6.53-inch IPS HD+ DotDrop Display
6.53-inch IPS HD+ DotDrop Display

Speaking of the display, it has 400 nits of typical brightness and offers automatic adjustment. It also has a Sunlight Mode, which adjusts the brightness to intense ambient light when automatic brightness is off. This means that unlike auto mode that adjusts brightness level in both bright and dark environments, the Sunlight Mode does it only when the ambient light is really bright. Other display tweaks available are Reading Mode, Colour Scheme, and Dark Mode.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Textured Back Design, Granite Grey
Textured Back Design, Granite Grey

Going at the back, it has a textured design with a column at the left that stretches from the top holding the 13MP camera down to the bottom where the Redmi logo is located. Xiaomi said the texture prevents fingerprints, but it is not the case based on our experience. It is still a fingerprint and smudge magnet. It is available in three colors, namely Peacock Green, Sky Blue, and the one we have for review, the Granite Grey.

At the top is where the 3.5mm audio jack is located; the right side holds the volume keys as well as the power button; the bottom has the loudspeaker, the MicroUSB port, and the microphone; the left holds the card tray. It is a triple-slot card tray, which can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards and a MicroSD card for storage expansion.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Unboxing and Hands-on

The retail box contains the unit itself, paper documents, ejector tool, 10W charger, and MicroUSB cable. There is no earphones, protective case, and again, no pre-installed plastic film. To learn more about its physical appearance, among other things, please watch the above Xiaomi Redmi 9 Unboxing and Hands-on.

See Also: Xiaomi Redmi 9 Review; 9 for Outstanding


Out of the box, the Xiaomi Redmi 9A runs on the latest MIUI 12 based on Android 10. This is quite surprising because the more expensive Redmi 9 still runs on the MIUI 11. The MIUI 12 features several UI, visual, and other improvements over its previous iteration. Some of these features include new animations, new wallpapers, new gestures, revamped dark more, improved security, enhanced privacy, and many more.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Software

However, these changes are not really drastic that users would actually feel the difference. Of course, there are several items that you would quickly notice. One good example is accessing the notification and quick settings. In MIUI 11, these are combined in one window and can be accessed by swiping anywhere from the top of the screen downward. Now in MIUI 12, they are totally two separate things. To access notification, you still need to swipe down from the top, but this time around, users should swipe from the left half of the screen. This is because swiping downward from the right side will bring down the control center.

We won't prolong the discussion of MIUI 12 because Xiaomi has a more detailed explanation about it, which you can read by merely visiting https://en.miui.com/.


The Xiaomi Redmi 9A is powered by the new MediaTek Helio G25 gaming chipset, which sounds very enticing to the ears. However, Helio G25 is just a repurposed MediaTek Helio P22, except that it now has HyperEngine Technolgy, which according to MediaTek, optimizes and helps improve performance.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A CPU-Z Info
CPU-Z Info

Both chipsets have a 2GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor and PowerVR GE8320 graphics. It is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, which is the only configuration available for this handset.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Benchmark Scores
Benchmark Scores

Unlike the Huawei Y6p that has Helio P22, we are able to run other benchmarking applications aside from Anutu with the Redmi 9A, namely PC Mark and Geekbench. Sadly, 3DMark did not run at all, while Geekbench Compute. Nonetheless, this scenario at least proves that there's an improvement from Helio P22 to G25.

In real life, it is generally good for essential to moderate tasks, such as calls, texts, browsing the web, watching videos on YouTube or on streaming apps, online meetings, and very light gaming. Yes, this is not made for gaming, but you can still use it to play non-graphics demanding titles. Actually, we can play Mobile Legends and Call of Duty, albeit at the lowest settings and with some hiccups.


Xiaomi Redmi 9A 13MP f/2.2 Rear Camera with LED Flash
13MP f/2.2 PDAF Rear Camera with LED Flash

Xiaomi equipped the Redmi 9A with a 13MP f/2.2 rear shooter with phase-detection autofocus, while a 5MP f/2.2 module is the one mounted in the front to take care of selfies and videos calls. Yes, it is not as fancy as other devices, and not even a dual-camera setup. But remember, this is an entry-level budget-oriented smartphone. So, please do not look for more cameras modules.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A 5MP f/2.2 Front Camera
5MP f/2.2 Front Camera

If photography is your main interest for a phone at this price range, check out the Xiaomi Redmi 9C instead.

Camera Samples:

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Swing, Day, Normal
Swing, Day, Normal
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Swing, Day, HDR
Swing, Day, HDR
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Catwalk, Day, Normal
Catwalk, Day, Normal
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Catwalk, Day, HDR
Catwalk, Day, HDR
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Buildings, Day, Normal
Buildings, Day, Normal
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Buildings, Day, HDR
Buildings, Day, HDR
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - PedXing, Dusk, Normal
PedXing, Dusk, Normal
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - PedXing, Dusk, HDR
PedXing, Dusk, HDR
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Playground, Night, Normal
Playground, Night, Normal
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Playground, Night, HDR
Playground, Night, HDR
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Selfie
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Camera Sample - Portrait Selfie
Portrait Selfie

As you can see in the above samples, the images are still very much usable, especially with HDR mode. In fact, for its asking price, we can say that the camera output quality is above average.


The Xiaomi Redmi 9A offers basic connectivity features, which include 4G LTE for mobile data, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n for home connection, Bluetooth for pairing accessories such as earbuds, MicroUSB 2.0 port that supports OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sadly, it has NO IR blaster, which we always look forward to with Xiaomi devices. Also, the MicroUSB port is like a one-step backward, since its predecessor, the Redmi 8A, already had USB Type-C.


The Xiaomi Redmi 9A has a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is the same size as the Redmi 9C, and just 20mAh shy with Redmi 9. It supports 10W fast charging, and a 10-watt charger is included in the package. For comparison, the Redmi 8A has the same battery capacity, albeit support faster charging at 18 watts.

Using the supplied charger, it needs about 3 hours to be fully charged from 0%. We tried to run the PC Mark Battery test twice, but both tests didn't push through. In actual day to day usage, it lasts more than a day even when used heavily.


The Xiaomi Redmi 9A offers features that cover more than the basic needs of smartphone users. It has a good build quality that does not feel cheap, a huge display with HD resolution that is great for binge-watching or homeschooling, a new chipset with dependable overall performance, the latest software that offers intuitive experience, and a massive battery that gives more than a day of usage in a single charge.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Specs, Price, Availability in the Philippines
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

Is it the new entry-level king? Well, with its asking price in the equation, we can say it is. At Php4,690, it is tough to beat even with some of its shortcomings. However, if you can spare a few hundred pesos more, there are better options in the market right now, including Xiaomi's very own Redmi 9C.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Specs Philippines:

  • Dual SIM, dual stand-by, supports 4G/LTE connectivity
  • 6.53-inch IPS HD+ (1600x720) capacitive touchscreen display, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Dimensions: 164.9mm x 77.07mm x 9.0mm
  • Weight: TBC
  • MIUI 12 based on Android 10
  • 2GHz 64-bit octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, MediaTek Helio G25 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD, uses a dedicated slot
  • 13MP PDAF primary camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording at 60fps
  • 5MP FF f/2.2 front camera
  • Multimedia player
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • MicroUSB 2.0 with OTG function
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, proximity
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, non-removable, support 10W charging
  • Colors:  Granite Grey, Peacock Green, Sky Blue
  • Price: Php4,690

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