The Xiaomi Redmi 9t is a decent budget smartphone that offers a lot of good features, but it’s not a perfect device. The Display is not great, the RAM is too small, the Camera app is overly complicated, and the Call quality isn’t fantastic. The bad points are discussed below.
4GB of RAM is too little
If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone with a high-quality display and a good battery life, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is a great choice. It comes with a 6.53-inch Dot Drop display that offers FHD+ resolution. It also has an IPS panel for good viewing angles. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. A 6,000mAh battery also backs the display.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes with many pre-installed applications, which help it keep its price low. Fortunately, these pre-installed apps are not intrusive, and most don’t require a download. The phone also has a front-facing camera and dual-SIM support. It lacks VoLTE support, though. Its 8-megapixel camera is positioned in the display notch and produces acceptable selfies.
Having more RAM means that you can run more apps at once. This is important for gaming, for example. Less RAM means that Android will remove apps more frequently. While this may not seem a big deal, you must remember that RAM is finite. Even if you only use basic applications, your phone will eventually run out of memory.
Display isn’t stellar.
The Mi 11 Ultra from Xiaomi is the company’s first real premium flagship. It’s a powerful smartphone with high-end specs that compare favorably to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, iPhone 13 Pro Max, OnePlus 9 Pro, and others. Our reviewer Eric Zeman praised the phone as an “enticing alternative” to top-end smartphones.
The Redmi’s display has a surprisingly decent contrast ratio, although the screen’s overall quality isn’t outstanding. Though its dE2000 is above average (4.2), the brightness isn’t great. The overall color balance isn’t very vibrant, and the whites are slightly blue. In addition, the maximum brightness of the phone’s display is only 356 nits.
The camera app is overly complicated.
The camera app on the Xiaomi Redmi 9t is overly complex, and it has several issues that make it hard to use. There is also no full-screen option to snap slow-motion videos. Xiaomi should make it more obvious when capturing slow-motion videos and switch the video resolution automatically when you tap the button. Another problem with the camera app is that you can’t easily change the exposure unless you’re in manual mode – you have to tap and hold the icon with arrows to focus.
To fix this problem, Xiaomi has released a new update for the MIUI camera app. This update is available for select global models and comes with a new version number, V4.3.003141.0. The update is designed to address various bugs and improve the camera’s overall performance. However, the camera app might not work as it did before installing this update. If this is the case, you can uninstall the update.
Unlike other smartphones, the camera app is extremely complicated. While it may seem convenient initially, it can make shooting a photo a complex process. This is especially true when you have many images to choose from. Moreover, Xiaomi cameras use a fingerprint scanner to take pictures. This feature is especially useful when taking selfies.
The call quality isn’t great.
Xiaomi’s latest budget smartphone doesn’t have the best call quality. Even though the device has two microphones on its back and a front-facing camera, the quality is mediocre. It isn’t ideal for video calls, but it’s fine for basic calls. It supports dual SIM and Wi-Fi calling but doesn’t support VoLTE. Its front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel integrated into the display notch. It produces a soft but acceptable selfie.
Xiaomi’s new MIUI 12 user interface makes the device much easier to use. The UI has a new search bar and is more intuitive than the previous version. You can also easily access commands by sliding up or down the homepage. You can also use the gestures to go directly to the app drawer and the search bar. The phone also defaults to natural gestures, making it easier to locate what you want.
The phone also features a stereo speaker system. There is a bottom speaker and an earpiece speaker. These are designed to work well in landscape or portrait modes. The bottom speaker produces the highest volume.