Xiaomi Redmi 9C Unboxing, Quick Review: A Better Budget Phone?

Should you spring for the Redmi 9C?

Xiaomi’s celebrating its tenth year as a company, and to commemorate the occasion, the brand is having a massive sale for all of its products and is making its new Redmi 9C available to buy for fans in the Philippines, starting on the 21st of this month. If you’ve been looking forward to purchasing that particular phone, you might want to check out our quick hands-on of the Redmi 9C below.

Packaging and contents:

If you’ve seen one Redmi box you’ve pretty much seen them all, and Xiaomi doesn’t really deviate from the included items in the phones that they sell.

You’re still getting documentation, the phone itself, as well as a USB charger and cable. No silicone case is included for the phone, though it doesn’t really need it, as you’ll see later in the article.

Sturdy, stylish plastic

It’s no surprise that the phone doesn’t come with a silicone case since Xiaomi used plastic on the frame and the back of the phone, which is common for devices in its price range.

Despite the liberal use of plastic though, the Redmi 9C feels solidly built. Sure it’s a budget phone, but it doesn’t feel like a budget phone – the plastic used isn’t cheap or thin, and everything feels solidly put together. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top, while the charging port, which is still a MicroUSB, sits on the bottom.

The SIM card slot is a hybrid one, and allows the insertion of two SIMs as well as a microSD card for bigger expansion.

The phone comes in multiple colors, including Midnight Gray, Sunrise Orange, Twilight Blue.

Then there’s the triple rear camera as well, and while people will debate the usefulness of the two other sensors (2-megapixel macro and depth) their inclusion is still a nice marketing win for Xiaomi. The company also found a way to include a fingerprint scanner at the rear, something that’s usually removed by brands when going down the budget price point to save on cost.

Overall screen size is 6.53-inches, with the resolution topping out at HD+. There’s a water-drop notch at the top that contains a 5-megapixel selfie unit, and the glass at the front is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

The Redmi 9C runs an Helio G35 processor, which is quickly becoming the favorite chipset for budget phones by different brands.

The Helio G35 runs a maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz and comes with a PowerVR8320 GPU. The phone also comes in two configurations: 2GB/32GB and 3GB/64GB. Our experience is that you should spring for the higher variant if you want to game with not so demanding Android games. Only buy the 2GB/32GB variant if you don’t care about casual gaming.

Like most phones made by Xiaomi, the device runs on Android 10 with the company’s MIUI overlay so if you’re coming from the brand’s other budget phones, you’ll feel right at home.

The battery is pretty generous at 5000mAh, so it’s pretty much guaranteed that the Redmi 9C will be able to last you around a day’s worth of use, maybe more. It’s just a shame though that the phone only charges via a micro USB.

Xiaomi is pricing the phones at Php 5,990 for the 3GB/64GB variant. If you want even more savings, you can pick up the 2GB/32GB version for just Php 5,290.

Both variants of the phone will be heading to Shoppee on August 18 and will be dropping in Lazada on August 21.

If you really want to score maximum savings, Xiaomi will be dropping the price of the 2GB/32GB version to just Php 4,990 during the first 24 hours it goes on sale on Shopee and Lazada.


  • CPUMediaTek Helio G35
  • Storage32GB; 64GB
  • Display6.53' IPS LCD
  • Camera13 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), PDAF 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • OSAndroid 10, MIUI 12
  • Battery5000 mAh
  • FeatureFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
  • Front Camera5 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
  • Communication

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

One Comment

  1. Its fun to see redmi and realme go at it again, they just released the redmi 9a vs the realme c11, and now this redmi 9c, while realme is releasing the c15.

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