Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T, analysis: the 5G as a distinctive element

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Mobile telephony has been the fastest-growing consumer technology sector for more than a decade and has the greatest impact on our day-to-day life. Brands like Xiaomi have bet very much luck on it even if they continue to create an ecosystem of accessories around them.

In the last twelve months, we have seen many mid-range models released within the Redmi Note family. First came the Redmi Note 9, then the Redmi Note 9 Pro, later the Redmi Note 9S and now it's the turn we assume will be the last of them, the Redmi Note 9T that was leaked in November.

Using plastic the right way

This terminal is one of the cheapest of the firm, at least within the family, considering that it has 5G. We commented because while there are models with metal frames and glass on the back, this time the finish is in plastic.

However, Xiaomi has opted for a matte finish with a rough texture that makes it very comfortable to keep in hand, prevent it from slipping or catching footprints.

We always say that premium finishes are glass or metal finishes but well-executed plastic is a great choice.

The front has considerable frames to be 2021 mobile, although it is compressible given the category of the model. There is a perforation on the screen, but being LCD has a slight dark halo, something that we have already seen on occasion, but that keeps attracting attention.

Let us not note that from a while to this part Xiaomi has started to give more relevance to the sound and has implemented in this terminal two speakers. No, they're not two equally powerful speakers, and the sound is good but not spectacular, but we applaud the gesture. I wish all the terminals already had a double speaker.

It is also important to highlight the presence of the charging port, USB C of course, and the headphone jack. Oh, and the infrared emitter, something undervalued that curiously on this occasion we used a lot because the remote control of one of the TVs that we used in the week in which we had this terminal has been damaged.

The back stands out for its rough finish, but also for the camera module, one that I personally do not like and reminiscent of the Little X3. It's three cameras, the fourth element is the LED flash.

Finally, highlight the presence of a fingerprint sensor on the right side, useful if you use your phone with that hand but not so much if you're left-handed.

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Performance is too tight

It seems obvious that what Redmi wanted to do with this mobile is to offer a 5G device as economical as possible. To do this you have opted for a Mediatek processor, the Density 800U. This chipset offers 5G connectivity in addition to other options that have not been activated here.

The problem is that that processor, with the 4 GB of RAM that all variants of the Redmi Note 9T have, is not the most suitable to play. We've had problems using Genshin Impact to a point where we've stopped using it. Other demanding titles like Honkai Impact Third go well, but even in some apps, we've seen how power isn't the best.

Also, having 4 GB of RAM we had impossible to jump between three applications without the first one closing, something that with 6 GB models is usually possible.

even sometimes we have had some lags and intermittent connectivity issues with Wifi networks.

This is not a terminal designed to demand a lot of power and play, although to be honest, it does not seem to have been designed for it.

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Somewhat elevated reflections

The Redmi Note 9T's display consists of a 6.53-inch diagonal panel and IPS LCD technology. The resolution is FHD+, specifically 2340 x 1080 px.

The positive part is the resolution precisely and is that many competitors opt for HD panels that have less sharpness. The negative is that the reflections in certain circumstances are high and that we have tried in winter, not in the summer sun.

Also, as mentioned above, there is a slight leftover in the perforation of the chamber, which with white backgrounds looks bad.

Three cameras that are one

It seems that one of the bad trends of 2020 continues that year. The need for brands to presume that their mobiles have three cameras means that useless sensors are included. And here we have it in duplicate.

On the one hand, we have the main sensor of 13 Mpx, with a just quality to be used but with a dynamic range quite short as you see in the photo gallery of this analysis. However, the videos stabilize them well despite not having an OIS.

The other two cameras are entirely expendable, for their resolution and their function. Both sensors have 2 Mpx, serving one to take macro photography and the other to calculate the blur of the portraits.

On the one hand, we have the main sensor of 13 Mpx, with a just quality to be used but with a dynamic range quite short as you see in the photo gallery of this analysis. However, the videos stabilize them well despite not having an OIS.

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Good autonomy, but without identity

The 5000 mAh of this Note 9T we thought would give us greater autonomy than obtained. We don't get confused, the battery meets and doesn't leave us lying down, but it gives the feeling that either the system wastes too much power or that the processor doesn't optimize enough.

In the first battery test, we have been playing and using social apps on Wifi and 4G. We've done 2 hours of tethering with an iPad. We have reached 6 hours of the screen with 30 hours of autonomy.

In the second battery test, we have been playing again and using social apps but exclusively in 4G. We have gone out to take photos and some short video and have used tethering with an iPad for over 4 hours. We have reached 4 and a half hours of the screen with 24 hours of autonomy.

In the third battery test we have used mobile much more indoors, with Wifi, and outdoors to listen to music and podcasts. We have reached 6 hours of the screen with 36 hours of autonomy.

The Redmi Note 9T comes with Android 10

There are still a few months until we start watching mid-range mobiles with Android 11 and this Redmi Note 9T proves it.

We have MIUI 12 and Android 10 and while we haven't seen reboots, lags, closures or anything similar every time it gives us the feeling that MIUI is denser, heavier, and that it thwarts some of the performance of the terminal.

Aesthetically we don't have many complaints, especially since we can customize the interface a lot. Also, functions like Mi Share (the Nearby version of Xiaomi) are useful, and the implementation of facial unlocking helps you not always have to use the fingerprint sensor.

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Conclusion: Redmi Note 9T bet is 5G

Xiaomi has such a large terminal catalogue that it is difficult not to compare each new release with the previous options. In this case the simplest choice: if we value the 5G very much this is the Redmi to choose, if not any of the other options make more sense if we look at the value for money since the Redmi Note 9T of 4 + 64GB costs 249.9 euros and the 4 + 128 GB.


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