Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T hands-on: 5G on a budget

Xiaomi’s newest release, the Redmi Note 9T, offers the typical great-value-for-money-device from the brand. Except this time around, it’s also 5G.

I got my hands on the phone so let’s see what the fuss is about.

This phone rocks a nice purple back dubbed “Daybreak Purple” which coincidentally matches my manicure. The plastic that wraps from the sides of the phone to the back is textured so that means no annoying fingerprint smudges. All in all, its a good looking phone in a cute color I’d rock.

It feels solid and rocks a circular camera module for that triple-cam setup on the back: A 48-megapixel main camera coupled with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera. That fourth dot on the back is the LED flash.

On the right side of the phone, there’s a volume rocker and an unlock button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. On the left side, the SIM tray which houses two separate SIM slots and another Micro SD slot. At the bottom, we find some bottom firing speakers, a USB-C charging port, and an audio jack (yes folks, wired listening is still in on this phone!).

That 6.53-inch display is interrupted by a 13-megapixel selfie camera and on top of the screen we have speaker grills – which complete this thing’s dual-speaker system.

And yes, that screen is durable – that’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Up on the top side on the phone, we find an IR blaster, in true Xiaomi fashion. This device also rocks NFC capabilities.

The Xiaomi Note 9T packs 5000mAh battery power, 8W fast charging and it runs on MIUI 12 on Android 10. Not to be confused with the Redmi 9T which Xiaomi unveiled at the same time, the Note 9T 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor with dual 5G. There are two configurations: The 4GB+64GB version which will retail for EUR 229 and the 4GB+128GB version which retails for EUR 269.

Watch the whole Redmi Note 9T 5G hands-on video here:

More info from that Xiaomi launch: Redmi Note 9T, Redmi 9T: Affordable 5G + Long-lasting budget phone