Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T Unboxing & Review (UK)

Amazon UK
Amazon USA

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, Life of Tech may earn from qualifying purchases

Right now, the Redmi Note 9T is one of the cheapest 5G handsets that you can buy in the UK. It handles 2 x 5G sim cards, it has a triple camera setup, a nice clean display, and a 5000MAh battery.

BUILD QUALITY

So, first of all, build quality. There really isn’t much to say – it’s very good. It doesn’t bend or flex while you are holding and using it, and all of the buttons feel good. Nice and clicky.

The back is made of plastic which has a slight texture to it which helps with grip, and even though most of the handset is plastic…it doesn’t feel cheap. If you ask me, it’s a nice change to holding a phone with a glass back.

At the top is a noise-canceling mic, infrared blaster (always comes in super handy), and top firing speaker. On the left is the sim tray only, which holds 2 5G sim cards and a micro SD card. On the right-hand side is the volume rocker and power button which has a built-in fingerprint reader….that has worked every time, without fail. It’s fast too!

Finally, at the bottom is a 3.5mm headphone socket, USBC charging port, and bottom-firing speaker.

The display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It did have a screen protector installed – I removed mine, but that is always great to have. It will stop scratches and marks when you first take it out of the box.

SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE (IT’S FREE)

Performance

So, in everyday use, this handset has done a great job. Navigating Menus, launching and running apps has all been smooth and fast. No lagging, no major issues – everything has been great. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip, and that is responsible for this nice smooth experience I’ve had launching and running apps.

The games I have played all run well, there were a couple of ever so slight moments where the phone had to think about what it was doing, but that was only when running some of these games for the first time. Apart from that, the experience has been nice and smooth.

Display & Sound

The HD+ display looks great. Nice and bright, very clear and for me the size is nice at 6.53 inches. The resolution is 2340×1080, perfectly acceptable for a handset in this price range.

Movies, games, photos and things like YouTube videos all look great on that display, and something that makes the experience even better is the addition of stereo speakers. The sound you get from the speakers is also very acceptable. They are nice and loud and very clear. Just as good as many other handsets.

5G

5G is the main feature of the Redmi Note 9T. It makes owning a 5G handset affordable. At my studio, where I shoot YouTube content, I don’t have 5G coverage yet. I managed to test the speeds though in a few areas that do have coverage, and while they were not the fastest speeds I’ve ever seen, it was definitely faster than my usual 4G speeds. 5G is still being rolled out where I live and so the speeds are not amazing yet. In other parts of the country, you will see much faster speeds.

Software and MiUI

The Redmi Note 9T is running Android 10 with Miui 12 on top. I’m not sure if we’ll see an updated version of Android on this handset, but right now it’s Android 10.

Miui is also a lot better than it ever has been – I like the look of Icons and menus. It’s all personal taste, but I actually like it! I also like what Xiaomi are doing with things like the storage indicator for example, which visually shows you how much storage you’ve used with this kind of liquid animation. It moves as you tilt the phone – quite clever!

But back to the software experience, and as I said, everything is snappy – opening apps, switching apps, using apps – all of that works really well.

Ram & Storage

There is only 4GB of Ram, not a bad thing and it seems to be holding up well actually…6Gb would have been nice, but the handset probably would have been more expensive.

You get 128GB of storage with the model I have – and that is UFS 2.2 storage for faster read and write speeds. The 64gb storage option is UFS 2.1 which has slightly slower storage speeds but for most people…I don’t think it will make a huge difference at all. Also, if you decided to go with the cheaper 64gb storage version, you can add an SD card in the future if you need more storage space. Awesome!

Camera

First of all…the design of the camera module is so good. I really love how it looks. You’ve got 3 sensors on the back. A 48mp wide-angle, a 2mp macro sensor, and a 2mp depth sensor. The main sensor is the one you’ll use all the time, and the photos and video you can shoot with it are not bad at all.

The depth sensor and macro sensor are both great to have. They are only 2mp though – so you simply can’t expect too much from them.

It’s hard to explain the photo and video quality – for that, you really need to see it. But my full review video has photo and video samples, which should give you an idea of how the camera performs.

For video though, you can shoot in 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and 720p at 30fps. The electronic image stabilization is actually fairly decent and you can also shoot slow-motion video at up to 120fps. Low light video can be noisy and that is one thing the camera does struggle with a bit. Video you shoot during the daytime with plenty of light though, looks ok. The front-facing camera uses a 13mp sensor, and the images with that aren’t bad either.

Battery

5000mAh! And it really does last all day. With super heavy usage, that’s YouTube, Netflix and all the normal daily stuff like emails and messaging, most days my battery level would be at around 20 percent, by the time I plugged it in. For me with real heavy usage – that’s not bad at all!

Final thoughts

So, the ultimate question…should you buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T? The simple answer – yes! Especially if you are looking for a 5G handset.

Nice handset, good value….and 5G!

Official Sponsor: Beyond NRG