Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9T is an affordable 5G phone… if you can find one


Redmi Note 9T


The Redmi Note series is one of Xiaomi’s most successful family of devices, best known for offering plenty of fancy features in an affordable package. The company launched its latest phone, the next-gen Redmi Note 9T, on Friday, and it appears to be no different. 

The hefty budget handset has several premium features including dual stereo speakers, a 48-megapixel main camera, and fast charging (18W). The company says its 5,000-mAh battery has a “multiday” lifespan. Pricing details aren’t available at the time of writing, we do know that the Note 9 5G, the Chinese model of the device that launched late last year, started at 1,299 yuan (approximately $200, £150 or AU$ 260) for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

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The Redmi Note 9T has three cameras on its rear, led by a 48-megapixel main shooter.

Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET

Also new to the Redmi Note line (for the world outside China, at least) is 5G. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 5G line earlier, but that series was only available in China. With the Redmi Note 9T line, Xiaomi is expanding that affordable 5G experience to overseas shoppers. However, it’s unlikely these phones will arrive stateside, even though the company’s sales are growing quickly in parts of Europe and Africa.

The Chinese phone-maker is able to save on costs by building the 9T with an LCD display and a midrange processor in the form of the Mediatek’s Dimensity 800U chipset. The Redmi Note 9T also has dual-SIM capabilities and an IR blaster like its predecessor.


Redmi 9T


Alongside the Redmi Note 9T, Xiaomi launched the Redmi 9T (seen in the image above). It too offers high-end features including a huge battery and fast-wired charging for a price range that’s expected to be affordable. For specifics, take a look at the chart below.

Key Specs: Redmi Note 9T vs. Redmi 9T

Redmi Note 9T Redmi 9T
Display size, resolution 6.53-inch LCD, FHD Plus 6.53-inch LCD, FHD Plus
Camera 48-megapixel (main), 2-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (depth) 48-megapixel (main) 8-megapixel (ultra-wide) 2-megapixel (macro) 2-megapixel (depth)
Front-facing camera 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Weight 199 grams 198 grams
Processor: Mediatek Dimensity 800U Snapdragon 662
RAM/Storage 4GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB N/A
Expandable Storage N/A Up to 512GB
Battery 5,000 mAh 6,000 mAh
Connector USB-C USB-C


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