||WiFi + 4G
The Xiaomi Redmi 9C is a budget smartphone. It’s the more affordable version of the Redmi 9 and the device packs a monster 5000 mAh battery capacity. Xiaomi Redmi 9C sports a 6.53-inch IPS display and three cameras on the back. This phone will make the best buy for those that need more battery than performance. It has average specifications and also a triple rear camera set-up.
Xiaomi Redmi 9C Key Specs & Features
- 6.53 inches IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 PPI)
- Android 10, MIUI 12
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 (12 nm)
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB Built-in Storage up to 128GB Memory Card
- 13 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP Triple Rear Cameras
- 5 MP Front Camera
- 4G LTE Network
- Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)
- 5000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Redmi 9C has a nice body design. At first glance, it looks like the new iTel P36 phone. However, looking closely you will get to notice the visible triple cameras alongside the LED flash. Below is the Redmi logo which is an indication that the phone is in the Redmi series.
There is also a fingerprint scanner. The Xiaomi Redmi 9C has a waterdrop notch offering a large screen display size of 6.53 inches under the IPS LCD panel.
The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels, a tall 20:9 ratio, and 269 PPI density. It’s equipped with a glass that is scratch resistant.
As for the camera, the Chinese OEM equipped the device with a triple shooter. The primary camera is 13 MP wide with another 5 MP macro camera and lastly, is the 2 MP depth, sensor helper.
The camera has an LED flash to capture bright photos in a dark environment. There is also HDR, and panorama. Upfront is a single 5 MP snapper featuring HDR and can shoot the same 2K videos as the main camera.
Hardware and Software
On the performance, the Redmi 9C packs the newly launched Helio G35 chipset by Mediatek. The SOC is based on 12nm process technology and has an octa-core processor clocking at a speed of 2.3 GHz.
The smartphone has PowerVR GE8320 for graphics and runs on an Android 10 operating system with MIUI 12 on top.
The onboard storage is 32GB or 64GB with 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB RAM. The phone has a dedicated slot on the inside that you can use to expand the memory.
Battery and Network
The Xiaomi Redmi 9C is blessed with a massive 5000 mAh. The company claims the battery will last for many hours under normal usage. Sadly it lacks fast charging technology. This means you have to use the recommended 2.0, Type-C 1.0 USB for charging.
The dual SIM on the phone have a 4G LTE network while other features include Wi-Fi, GPS for location tracking, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Xiaomi Redmi 9C Specs
Here are a few specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 9C:
- Platform: Android 10, MIUI 12
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G35 (12 nm), Octa-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320 (680 MHz)
- Memory: 2GB RAM, 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM
- Colours: Twilight Blue, Midnight Grey, Sunrise Orange
- Dimension: 164.9 x 77.07 x 9.0 mm
- Weight: 196g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM, dual stand-by
- SIM Count: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Display: 6.53 inch IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi)
- Screen Protection: Yes
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 13 MP (wide) + 5 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) Triple Cameras, 1080p@30fps
- Rear Camera Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Front Camera: 5 MP Camera, HDR, 1080p@30fps
- Built-in Storage: 32GB or 64GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, microSDXC (dedicated slot)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes
- 2G GSM: Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
- 3G WCDMA: Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: Yes
- USB Port: USB 2.0, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: Yes
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- SpO2: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear)
- Iris Scanner: No
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: Yes
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 5000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: up 33 hours, up to 19 hours video playback
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: No
The Poco M3 is the latest smartphone from Poco to hit the Indian market. The company has positioned it in the sub-Rs.15,000 price segment to compete with the likes of the Redmi 9 Power and the Moto G9 Power. It is the successor to the Poco M2, and has some improvements in the form of a bigger battery, more RAM, and upgraded cameras. Will this be enough to make it better than the competition? Check out our full review to find out.
Poco M3 design
The Poco M3 is roughly the same size as the Poco M2. You get a 6.53-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the top. The bezels are thick all around but this is acceptable given the price of the smartphone. Poco has used a plastic body for the M3, and it feels solid enough. The back panel has a textured finish which helps keep fingerprints off it, and helps when gripping the smartphone.
Poco has bumped up the battery capacity on the M3, and it has a 6,000mAh battery compared to the 5,000mAh one in the Poco M2. As a result the smartphone now weighs 197g, and this is noticeable while you are holding it. Poco has curved the back of the smartphone along the sides which makes it comfortable to hold.
The power and the volume buttons are on the right, and are well-positioned, making them easy to hit. The power button has the fingerprint scanner integrated into it. These buttons also provided good clicky feedback which prevented second guesses. On the left side is the SIM tray, while the 3.5mm audio jack and an IR emitter are on top along with a secondary speaker. The Poco M3 has a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the frame, along with the primary microphone and the speaker.
The 8-megpixel selfie camera sits in the dewdrop notch
The back of the Poco M3 is well designed and makes the smartphone look more expensive than it actually is. The raised camera module has a piano black design element around it that across the back of the phone and has a large Poco logo. While this looks good, it's the only spot on the Poco M3 that picks up fingerprints. This also prevents the phone from rocking about too much when lying flat on a table.
You get a 22.5W charger in the box along with a transparent case. Poco also pre-applies a screen protector on the M3. There are three colour choices: Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black. I had a Poco Yellow unit for this review, and its bright colour did grab attention.
Poco M3 specifications and software
The Poco M3 is among the few sub-Rs. 12,000 smartphones to sport a full-HD+ display. Most manufacturers offer an HD+ resolution in this price range, with the Xaomi Redmi 9 Power (Review) being one other exception. The 6.53-inch display on the Poco M3 has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio which makes it tall and narrow. Poco offers Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which is a neat touch.
In terms of hardware, the Poco M3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor which is a common choice at this price. It is also seen powering the Redmi 9 Power and the Moto G9 Power. You get 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM on the M3, paired with either 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage or 12GB of UFS 2.2 storage. I had the base variant with 64GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 10,999, for this review. The higher variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. It is a little odd that the storage variants have two different standards. Given the small price difference between the two, there is very little incentive to choose the base variant. Storage is expandable by up to 512GB using the dedicated microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, the Poco M3 gets Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G, and five navigation systems.
The side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Poco M3 is easy to reach
You get MIUI 12 on top of Android 10 on the Poco M3. The UI is very similar to MIUI on Xiaomi devices, with a few subtle changes. This smartphone was running the December Android security patch which is recent enough. The Poco M3 is supposed to be free of ads in the UI, unlike its Redmi cousins, and I did not notice any during the review period. There were also no spammy notifications, which tips the scales in favour of Poco over Xiaomi. However, you still get a fair number of preinstalled apps on the Poco M3 such as Facebook, GetApps, Netflix, LinkedIn, Mi Credit, Mi Pay, and a few games. I could uninstall all of these except Mi Pay.
If you have used a Poco or a Xiaomi smartphone in the past, the UI will feel very familiar. Even if you are switching from a different device, you wouldn't face any major issues here. The Poco M3 uses the three navigation buttons by default, but you can switch to swipe-based navigation very easily. Other gestures such as the three-finger swipe to take a screenshot are also present.
Poco M3 performance and battery life
The Poco M3 ran without any complaints for the entire week I was using it. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is convenient to reach and quick to unlock the smartphone. You do have the option to set up face recognition too, and it worked well. I could multitask between apps easily, and with 6GB of RAM, the phone could juggle between several apps before killing them in the background. The display on the Poco M3 is decent enough to be legible indoors but I found the brightness to be slightly on the lower side when outdoors. While watching videos, the stereo speakers do enhance the overall experience.
I ran the usual benchmark tests to see where the Poco M3 stands compared to the competition. In AnTuTu, the Poco M3 scored 180,594 points, which is in the same range as the Redmi 9 Power. It also managed to score 5883 points in PCMark Work 2.0. In Geekbench 5's single-core and multi-core tests, it scored 312 and 1,340 respectively. The Poco M3 managed 31fps and 12fps in GFXBench's Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics tests respectively.
Poco M3 has a 48-megapixel primary camera
I played Call Of Duty Mobile on the Poco M3, and it defaulted to the High graphics quality and Medium frame rate. The game was playable without any stutter but the rear did get slightly warm around the camera module. I played the game for 10 minutes and noticed a 3 percent battery drop. The battery drain is slightly on the higher side, but given the big battery, you should be able to play for quite some time before needing to charge the phone.
With my usage, the Poco M3 could easily last over a day and a half. In our HD video loop test, the phone went on for about 16 hours. Charging the M3 using the supplied charger got it to 28 percent in 30 minutes and 54 percent in an hour. Charging the phone fully took over 2 hours.
Poco M3 cameras
The Poco M3 sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter in the dewdrop notch. The camera app is simple and easy to use. All the settings are well laid out, but you still need to go into a sub-menu to use the macro camera, something Poco hasn't changed yet. The camera app has AI built in, and when it's enabled, it can recognise what the phone is pointed towards and apply settings accordingly.
Photos taken with the Poco M3 turned out well. In daylight, the phone managed decent shots but I had to set HDR to Auto every time I relaunched the camera app. Objects at a distance had decent detail in brighter areas but the shadows lacked definition. Close-up shots were average, and I had to wait at times for the phone to lock focus. The Poco M3 did manage to separate the subject from the background and apply a soft depth effect.
Poco M3 daylight camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Poco M3 close-up camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
In portrait shots, the Poco M3 managed good edge detection. It is capable of recognising people as well as objects, and it lets you set the level of blur before taking a shot. The Macro camera lets you get closer to the subject compared to the primary camera. The output is of a lower resolution with much lower levels of detail.
Poco M3 portrait camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Poco M3 macro camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Low-light camera performance was below average and I could see grain in the output. With Night mode enabled, the phone takes about four seconds to capture a shot. The output in Night Mode has better detail and grain is more under control, but it looks oversharpened.
Poco M3 low-light camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Poco M3 Night mode camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Selfies taken with the Poco M3 were just average and the colour tone was a bit off. You do get the option to take portrait shots, which had good edge detection. Low-light selfies were average as well, and had excessive smoothening applied.
Poco M3 low-light selfie camera sample (tap to see full-size image)
Video recording tops out at 1080p for the primary camera as well as the selfie shooter. There is no stabilisation, resulting in shaky footage.
Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G smartphone was launched on 30th September 2020. The phone comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G runs Android 10 and is powered by a 5000mAh non-removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G supports proprietary fast charging.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G on the rear packs a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.89 aperture and a pixel size of 0.8-micron; a second 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron and a third 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 0.8-micron.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G runs MIUI 12 based on Android 10 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G measures 165.10 x 76.40 x 9.33mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 216.00 grams. It was launched in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver colours.
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Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, NFC, Infrared, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G supports face unlock.
Faster runningQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 with 5GLeading 5G chipset of 2020The highly improved CPU, GPU and AI performance provides a fast and exciting
5G experience8GB LPDDR5
256GB UFS 3.1 Flash storage
||2019, November 06
||Available. Released 2019, November 11
||157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm (6.21 x 2.92 x 0.38 in)
||208 g (7.34 oz)
||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
||AMOLED, HDR10, 600 nits (typ)
||6.47 inches, 102.8 cm2 (~87.8% screen-to-body ratio)
||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~398 ppi density)
||Corning Gorilla Glass 5
||Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, MIUI 12
||Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
||Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
||108 MP (7P lens), f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.0, 50mm (telephoto), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 2x optical zoom
8 MP, f/2.0, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.7x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom
20 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.8", 1.0µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
||Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@960fps
||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
||FM radio, recording
||USB Type-C 2.0
||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
||Li-Po 5260 mAh, non-removable
||Fast charging 30W, 58% in 30 min, 100% in 65 min (advertised)
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Poco X3 NFC Summary
Poco X3 NFC smartphone was launched on 7th September 2020. The phone comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels at a pixel density of 395 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Poco X3 NFC is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Poco X3 NFC runs Android 10 and is powered by a 5160mAh battery. The Poco X3 NFC supports proprietary fast charging.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Poco X3 NFC on the rear packs a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.73 aperture; a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies with an f/2.2 aperture.
The Poco X3 NFC runs MIUI 12 is based on Android 10 and packs 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Poco X3 NFC is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Poco X3 NFC measures 165.30 x 76.80 x 9.40mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 215.00 grams. It was launched in Cobalt Blue and Shadow Black colours.
Connectivity options on the Poco X3 NFC include Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, Infrared, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.