Xiaomi’s popular sub-brand Redmi unveiled the Chinese version of the Redmi Note 9 Series last week, comprising the Redmi 9 Power, the Note 5G, and the Note 9 Pro.
The recently unveiled series doesn’t allude to the Redmi Note 9 series that we have heard before. In fact, the Redmi Note 9 4G can be touted as the Chinese version of the Poco M3, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more like an upgraded version of the Poco X3 model. It is hard to determine the position of the Redmi Note 9 5G among the Redmi models, and it is also the most obstinate model to recommend among these three in our opinion.
In terms of outward appearance, the Redmi 9 Power bears a striking resemblance to the Poco M3, except for the redesigned back. It is powered by the same 6,000 mAh battery, packs the same Snapdragon 662 chipset, and offers the same 60hz 1080p display. After digging a little deeper into the specifications, we found that the Poco M3’s macro camera is being replaced by a wide-angle lens. The Redmi 9 is currently up for grabs on Giztop for $179.
These features confirm that the Redmi 9 Power is actually a rebranded Poco M3, equipped with minor adjustment of the camera module to suit the Chinese market. Equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage capacity, the 4G model starts from $152, which is similar to the price tag the Poco M3 carries.
The Redmi 9 Power comes in a white box with the “Redmi Note 9” printed on it. The accessories in the box are quite similar to what we get with the Poco M3, The Redmi 9 Power is made using one-piece plastic, and there is no leather texture. Moreover, the upper glossy plastic seen on the M3 has been removed, but the camera setup is at the same location. The plastic cover for the M3 is textured into a brushed metal finish, but I prefer a leather-like texture on the M3 model.
The logo is placed under the camera setup. The overall design element is not different from what we have seen on the 2020 models, and even the front face looks exactly like the M3. Some users have complained about the M3 video and the UI fluency of the phone. These issues are quite common for the budget models and the M3 and the Redmi 9 Power are no exceptions. Due to their 60hz display, the UI animation effects on these handsets are not fluent.
A wide-angle lens has been added to the Redmi 9 Power, replacing a macro lens. It looks like the wide-angle lens can be used for shooting macro photos. We shot a few samples using this 8MP wide-angle camera, Other features include a dual speakers headphone jack, a 6,000 mAh battery, a 22.5-watt charger, although the phone supports up to 18-watt charging efficiency.
Xiaomi generously offers a 22.5-watt charger to users. Xiaomi’s naming strategy is often confusing, especially when you look at it from a global perspective. Please leave your comments if you have any questions about the Redmi 9 Power. You can head straight to this link to get your hands on the Redmi 9 for just $139 from Giztop.