Redmi 9 Power Available Only at Redmi Authorized Dealer Idris Electronics Raipur
The Redmi 9 Power has a somewhat new design, and the back panel looks very different from the other smartphones in the Redmi 9 ₹ 8,999 series. You have a big Redmi logo plastered on one side, and the entire rear has a textured finish which makes it resistant to fingerprints. Xiaomi has gone with some flashy colours on the Redmi 9 Power: you get Blazing Blue, Electric Green and Fiery Red. If you don’t like these you could go for the more subtle Mighty Black colour option. I had an Electric Green unit, which didn’t go unnoticed by people around me.
Interestingly, there is a top-firing speaker on the Redmi 9 Power, offering you stereo sound. At the top, the Redmi 9 Power also houses a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR emitter. At the bottom, it has a USB Type-C port, the primary speaker, and the primary microphone, while the SIM tray is on the left. The power and volume buttons are on the right, and the power button has an integrated fingerprint scanner. I found these buttons to be well-positioned, and did not have to stretch too much to hit them. The display has a dewdrop notch for the selfie camera.
In terms of software, the Redmi 9 Power runs MIUI 12 on top of Android 10. It had the November Android Security patch which is acceptable. I noticed that the phone recommends installing a lot of apps while setting it up. Even after skipping the suggestions, I found a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled on the Redmi 9 Power including Osom Rummy, Moj, Dream 11, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Linkedin, and a few more games. GetApps, which seems to be a Play Store alternative, shows even more app suggestions on the home screen. It also sends push notifications every once in a while, which can get a little annoying, and I saw some notifications from the Themes app too.
The Redmi 9 Power ran quite well, giving me no reason to complain in terms of performance. It could load apps fairly quickly and multitasking wasn’t an issue with the 4GB of RAM it has onboard. I found the fingerprint scanner to be quick to unlock the device, never needing more than one attempt. You also get face recognition which is easy to set up and quick.
Xiaomi has packed in a quad-camera setup on the Redmi 9 Power. You get a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Xiaomi’s camera app is still the same and the settings are easy to find. There are quick toggles for HDR and AI, among other things. Xiaomi has still kept the Macro camera button in a different sub-menu, which isn’t very easy to notice, rather than allowing it to be selected as a shooting mode.