Hello guys, today we are going to talk about the Redmi Note 9T 5G smartphone. This comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 5000 mAh battery, 6.53 inch large LCD display, and MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor. If we talk about the camera, it has 48 MP primary, 2 MP depth and 13 MP punch hole selfie camera.
|Launched||January 18, 2021|
|Rear Camera||48+2+2 (MP)|
|Quick Charging||18 Watts|
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Today we are looking at the Redmi Note 9T with 5G. Yeah, is it any good? Well, let's find out. Let's go.
So here it is, and in the box we'll find a SIM card ejector tool, some instructions, basic protective case, and below that you'll find a Redmi Note 9T 18 watts wall charger and USB type C cable. The Redmi Note 9T is 161 by 77 by nine millimeters in size weighs in and around 199 grams. on top. It's got a six point 53 inch LCD display with a 2400 by 1080 pixels resolution and a brightness of 450 nits. On top it's got a small pinhole selfie camera with a resolution of 13 megapixel on the inside it's got a MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor and that gets this phone 5G connectivity. It's got 4 gig RAM and 64 or 128 gigs of storage comes with a 5000 milliamp hour battery that supports 18 watts fast charging, and it's got NFC. On the right side of the phone. It's got its volume rockers and power button, which also has the fingerprint scanner for unlocking. And on the left side you'll find its dual SIM card slot with micro SD card which you can use to expand its internal storage.
On top it's got the infrared or IR blaster to use it as a remote controller. And it's got dual speakers that gives you stereo sound, which is nice. On the back of the phone you'll find its main camera setup which might be a little bit misleading at first sight, it's got a 48 megapixel main camera with an aperture of F 1.79 with a 6p lens, then it's got a 2 megapixel depth sensor with an aperture of F 2.4. And it's got a 2 megapixel macro lens also with an aperture of F 2.4. And besides that it's got an LED flash. So the phone is pretty much the same size as most Xiaomi phones over the last year and instead of having a glass backside, the Redmi Note 9T has a plastic back which admittedly does feel quite nice.
So let's start by looking at the camera and photos and videos and then we'll dive into how well this phone performs. So the photos with the main 48 megapixel main camera are there quite good. During the day I went around the block here in Shanghai and I managed to take some pretty good shots with it. Also, when you zoom into something like this here, you can see that the details are really not 100% sharp, but they're really not all that bad. When it gets dark though things change drastically. You can see with some more ambient light like hair on the table, it does still do quite well. But when it gets darker, the photos become grainy and overall very fuzzy. Some of these are actually quite bad. But here in the middle of the street with enough streetlights you can see that it does manage to do quite well so when there's just a bit of lighting in that scene, it tends to come out looking a lot better.
We can also shoot 4k video with this lens and these videos come up quite alright, nothing overly spectacular and sometimes they do look very, very vibrant or overly saturated. But it's not all that unfor Kato it's a stabilization for its lack of it becomes quite obvious when walking these shots are quite shaky, to say the least. We're not walking and just do more of a steady shot or a little pan like this video comes out looking a lot better, pretty gets darker the video quality goes down with the sun. You can see here on the bike it starts to get a little bit more noisy and well at night the video quality isn't all that much. It's grainy, still shaky and it doesn't come out all too well. Especially when walking it's really not that good. Here in the car, you can see this shot is somewhat better, but during the day you can clearly see that this same shot looks so much better in HD video is a little bit more stabilized but the difference is not that significant to always shoot in HD. Then we've got macro, you know, two megapixel and I really don't even want to talk about this one. I don't want to spend time on it because Well yeah, two megapixel and we have a front facing selfie camera that shoots 13 megapixel photos. And these are quite alright. During the day these photos actually do come up quite sharp and they're not all that bad. They can also shoot HD video and these look quite good during the day. I've walked around with that during sundown and the lighting and all look pretty cool and the shots come out looking quite well stabilized especially in this golden hour. At night. Well this one becomes more of a blurry mushy grainy suit. I'm not sure it Looks quite fuzzy. During the day wasn't that bad? it's lacking most details. And it's overall just noisy. So during the day, this one is just fine, but at night, not so much.
How was the phone in use? Well, at first, I was a little bit disappointed to hear that it's got a MediaTek dimensity processor. But in normal use is actually not all that bad. I managed to do all the daily stuff like looking at some Facebook, scrolling through my photos did quite well. And it could even handle playing some PUBG, although that was not on its highest cinema settings. But it did play quite well. So there you go. I did a Geekbench test, which really placed this phone in line with something like the Poco F1. And it had a pretty low score. But in daily use, it wasn't as bad as that score might suggest, I could open up a whole bunch of apps, and it still loaded all of these quite quickly. The only thing that was really noticeable is that sometimes when opening up the camera, it might take a second for the image to actually load on the screen. And you can experience some lag here. In general use, it's pretty much like you'd expect it's running MIUI 12. And it's got all the features that you would expect. Although some of the newer camera functions are not in this phone, as I kind of expect that these might be too much for this processor to handle. Like the dual camera, for example, like it doesn't have that into camera menu, and there's no option for it.
The battery life was good, though, it's 5000 milliamp hour battery is enough to last a day, and in some occasions a lot more than a day. So it did quite good with the battery life.
The 5G speeds, they were good. I had 850 and 900 Mbps download speeds on 5G, which is quite typical here on my network in my area, I'm sure on some days it will be faster, and on some days in some areas, it will be slower. But it was quite good and pretty much in line with a lot of my previous tests with other phones.
So now how is the audio? Well, let's just have a listen. You can clearly hear as it has those dual speakers, it always gives you a much better and fuller audio experience than having just one speaker, even though it might be two not so great speakers, having two of them creates that wider and stereo audio experience. And that really helps to make it sound better and fuller. So it's nice to see that I've included that on this phone. Also, the recording with the internal microphone is pretty much like I had expected and wasn't that bad. Let's go, so overall in the audio department, it's really not that bad.
After 1 Month Usage:
So now after having this phone for about a month, what do I think of the Redmi Note 9T, I got to point out that at first I thought this was going to be a rebrand of the Redmi Note 9 pro 5G that Xiaomi has launched in China. So that started off with a little bit of disappointment. Then after adjusting my expectations and finding out it had a MediaTek processor instead of one of the snapdragons it honestly did perform better than I had expected. The day to day use on this phone is just fine. I managed to do fine with all the daily tasks and it handled a little bit of gameplay. And it also handled some slight photo editing. Although it took a few seconds for it to process. The battery capacity in general is very good. And I had times where it lasted me for two full days. So it's actually pretty good. The photos are average, but acceptable for this phone. And this price range. Video is the same. It's not very well stabilized as we might see in some of these higher end phones. But during the day, the video was quite good. It was fine actually. The thing that's still kind of weird to me is to see these three lenses and that flash, which almost makes it look like there's three or four lenses on this phone. Wow In reality, probably just the 48 megapixel main camera is really usable. The two megapixel macro camera Well, not exciting, and they mostly seem to be there to make it look like it has three lenses, I guess. But yeah, like I said, you'll probably just use one of them. Overall being a lower tier smartphone. It did do quite good, even though I personally would have hoped it to be closer to the Redmi Note 9 pro series that did get launched in China. But I start to doubt that these will get an international launch though. So That's a little bit unfortunate but for what this phone is and how much it costs it's actually quite good.
Talking about costs the Redmi Note 9T came out in Europe last week for around 250 euros for the four gig and 64 gig storage model and around 270 euros for the 4 gigs with 128 gigs of storage. So I think these are priced quite well for what these phones are. But I'm slightly disappointed to not see some higher end specs like we had under Redmi Note 9 pro here in China is that one was really really impressive for its price range. Anyway, that's about it for the Redmi Note 9T with 5G.
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