When the Redmi Word 8 Professional got here to our arms, we mentioned that it is likely one of the greatest mid-range telephones we’ve tried at the moment – particularly for its principal 64MP digicam. Quick-forward to as we speak, now we have the brand new Redmi Word 9S. Xiaomi fulfilled its promise of bringing the most recent and biggest gadget to Malaysia as quickly as potential – and that is the second time they’ve finished so.
There’s numerous hype and anticipation for the Redmi Word 9S – and it’s protected to say that Xiaomi didn’t disappoint. For the worth of RM799 – right here’s all it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the Redmi Word 9S.
The entire field design is relatively easy. Nothing spectacular right here however it does present how the telephone appears like – and that’s all that issues.
Digging out all the things, now we have:
- The Redmi Word 9S itself
- A TPU case
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- 22.5W charger (extra on this later)
One factor I discover humorous is the colours out there for the Redmi Word 9S. Formally, there are three colours to select from – Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Gray – which now we have right here.
Once I unboxed this telephone, the very first thing that got here into my thoughts is a query – you certain that is gray? Within the official renders offered by Xiaomi, it’s gray for certain. However taking a look at it in individual, it’s just about bluish. My relations checked out it and mentioned it’s blue too.
However I’m not complaining. I like this refined trace of blue on the telephone. It’s distinctive, although I feel it shouldn’t be known as gray. The included TPU case does make it black, although.
The brand new Redmi Word 9S can be sandwiched with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 – which implies it’s lined from the entrance and the again. Furthermore, Xiaomi additionally included a movie display screen protector proper out of the field!
Like a number of the newer mid-range smartphones we’ve seen, Xiaomi built-in the ability button with the fingerprint scanner and moved it to the aspect. Good.
Connectivity & Ports
The Redmi Word 9S is just about top-notch by way of connectivity right here. We’ve got 5GHz WiFi assist, triple card slots, and an IR blaster on the prime.
The IR blaster is one thing that I’ve been accustomed to since utilizing the Mi 9 as part of my each day driver for a yr. I management nearly management air conditioners, followers, TVs, and even my Nikon D7000 digicam utilizing the Mi 9. It’s one thing handy to have.
Additionally, the Redmi Word 9S has an audio jack and a USB-C port for charging. Just about the norm for all the fashionable mid-range smartphones these days.
The Redmi Word 9S comes with a relatively massive 6.67-inch IPS LCD display screen with 2400×1080 pixels in decision – and it has a round cutout on the heart prime of the show. It’s a pleasant show and I find it irresistible.
Oh – right here’s the attention-grabbing half. Firstly, lots of people have been saying that the digicam bump is big. However truthfully, it’s not. And right here’s the digicam spec that the Redmi Word 9S has:
- Quadruple rear-facing cameras
- Fundamental: 48MP f/1.8 with PDAF
- Extremely-wide angle: 8MP f/2.2 with autofocus
- Macro: 5MP f/2.4 with autofocus
- Depth sensor
- 16MP f/2.5 selfie digicam
Xiaomi made numerous massive claims in regards to the cameras on the Redmi Word 9S. Since we’re caught on this restricted motion order, we are able to’t exit and take lovely footage. We’ll make do with what now we have.
For all the image samples, please watch the video on the prime of this evaluation.
Software program – Android 10 with MIUI 11.zero.1.zero
We’ve been accustomed to MIUI over the yr. There’s nothing notably completely different from the earlier variations of MIUI, and it really works general. A minimum of the Redmi Word 9S is utilizing the most recent model of Android and MIUI.
I’ve to say, the Redmi Word 9S that now we have on our arms for evaluation solely has 4GB RAM. Whereas 4GB RAM would possibly sound prefer it’s adequate, the best way MIUI handles it’s fairly aggressive. We consistently have the launcher killed, too.
The display screen randomly lights up as properly. A small matter, however simply one thing to level out.
Efficiency & gaming
I feel that is the half the place many people are involved in. Right here is the hardware that comes with the Redmi Word 9S:
- 6.67-inch IPS LCD display screen
- 2400×1080 pixels in decision
- Punch gap notch on the heart prime
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB of inside storage (expandable through microSD)
- 5,020mAh battery
- Helps 18W quick charging
By way of efficiency, check out these benchmarks right here. It’s just about the perfect available in the market proper now. We can’t exactly trust the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset benchmarks as MediaTek as a chipset vendor has been cheating in benchmarks.
As for gaming, it’s going to be adequate for lots of the video games that we’ve examined. Most notably, PUBG Cellular can run at extremely body price with the bottom graphical settings.
Battery & charger
With an enormous 5,020mAh battery, the Redmi Word 9S manages to final for a supremely very long time in our battery life check. Somewhat too scary, to be trustworthy. Mixed with the supremely power-efficient Snapdragon 720G chipset, the Redmi Word 9S manages to final greater than 20 hours in our battery life check.
For no matter cause, Xiaomi included a 22.5W charger within the field – as a result of why not? Nevertheless, the Redmi Word 9S itself can solely cost at 18W most. Don’t fear, nothing will occur to your telephone.
The charging time is fairly good for a 5,020mAh battery because it takes about 130-ish minutes to cost from 15% to 100%. Keep in mind – a single cost means we are able to use it for 2 days.
Wrapping up the Redmi Word 9S evaluation
The brand new Redmi Word 9S is a stupendous mid-range smartphone. It’s stylish and doesn’t have any cheesy lightning bolt design on it. It’s a glossy gadget with a singular coloration – keep in mind, our Interstellar Gray seemed bluish – and it felt nice on my arms.
We’ve used a number of Xiaomi telephones prior to now and we’ve additionally been accustomed to MIUI. It does work properly regardless of having room for additional enchancment.
The Redmi Word 9S is offered in two completely different configurations. The one now we have right here is the bottom mannequin and is offered at RM799.
- 4GB RAM + 64GB storage @ RM799
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM899
With all issues thought of, the Redmi Word 9S is a simple suggestion. However we are going to recommend splurging a bit and get the higher-specced model with 6GB RAM. That’ll supply an excellent higher person expertise.