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What is the best cheap Xiaomi?


We compare two of the cheapest Xiaomi phones: Redmi 9A vs Redmi 9C.

Both are models of the same family, and today they are two of the cheapest Xiaomi phones that we can find in the brand's catalog. The Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C arrived at the same time to position themselves in the company's entry range, at a ultra-low price.

But which of the two models is better? Considering that both the Redmi 9A and the Redmi 9C have a very similar price, which is around 100 euros, it can be difficult to opt for one or the other. For that reason, today we want compare thoroughly the characteristics of both terminals, and highlight the most important differences.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A vs Redmi 9C

Xiaomi Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C, two of the brand's cheapest phones.

Design and display: the cheap model wins in originality

As is logical, neither of these two models stand out for being built with the more premium materials, nor for having the most groundbreaking aesthetic.

Both devices have a plastic body, of exactly the same dimensions –16 centimeters high, 7.7 centimeters wide and 9 millimeters thick–, and a weight of around 195 grams in both cases.

Although, if we had to choose one of the two models in terms of aesthetics, we would probably have to praise the design of the Redmi 9A, cheapest model of the family, for having a rear with a little more personality thanks to the strip that covers its left part. The Redmi 9C, on the other hand, bets on a much more conservative aesthetic.

On the front, both models have the same HD resolution screen and TFT technology 6.53-inch, which is no wonder in terms of sharpness or color reproduction. Its upper part is led by a small notch in the shape of a drop that houses the front camera.

Cameras: same main sensor, different configuration

The differences in the photographic terrain between these two terminals are confined to the rear, where we find a total of three sensors on the back of the Redmi 9C, and only one on the Redmi 9A.

In both cases, we speak of a 13 megapixel resolution main camera. In the Redmi 9C, this camera is accompanied by a 2 megapixel macro sensor, and a depth sensor of the same resolution as the latter.

In addition, the two devices equip the same 5 megapixel camera for selfies on its front. Therefore, unless you find a clear utility for the additional sensors located on the back of the Redmi 9C, the truth is that the photographic experience It hardly differs when we compare these two terminals.

Redmi 9C three colors

The back of the Redmi 9C.

Battery and performance: 5,000 mAh for the two cheap brothers

Once again, Xiaomi is committed to offering a beastly autonomy on its cheapest mobiles. And it makes it through a gigantic 5,000 mAh capacity battery equipped by both models of the Redmi 9 series.

So, autonomy is far from being a problem in these two terminals, which are undoubtedly postulated as two referents in the field of autonomy within its segment.

It is not so good, instead, performance. At the end of the day, we talk about two mobiles low-end oriented, whose overall performance is not as important as aspects such as durability or autonomy.

Processor and memory: a similar processor and the same memory capacity

Redmi 9A Blue

The Redmi 9A, with its back in blue.

The main reason why the performance of this pair of terminals is not one of its strengths, it is the fact of using two MediaTek processors intended for the mid-range as are the Helio G25 and Helio G35 in the Redmi 9A and 9C respectively.

Both also have only 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Fortunately, the two give the possibility of expand your internal storage via microSD card.

Connectivity: no NFC

There is still time for entry-level mobile phones to catch up with the most expensive models in aspects such as connectivity. Logically, we speak of two mobiles that lack 5G. But not only that: they do not have NFC chip, so that it will not be possible to make mobile payments with either of these two terminals.

As if that weren't enough, both the Redmi 9A and the Redmi 9C have microUSB port instead of USB Type-C, so that both the file transfer as the load are slower processes than in other models.

Other features

There are some other differences between both terminals that are not part of any of the previous sections. For example, him Redmi 9C has a fingerprint reader located on the back, while the Redmi 9A completely lacks this sensor.

Otherwise, both devices have 3.5 mm headphone port, support for dual sim card, Bluetooth 5.0 and face unlock.

Redmi 9A vs Redmi 9C, which is better?

Although the differences between the Redmi 9A and the Redmi 9C are not huge, yes we can declare to Redmi 9C as a much more recommended model for all those who want to spend little money on a competent mobile.

We are talking about a terminal with a more versatile camera system, a slightly more powerful processor, and the ability to choose a model with 1 GB extra RAM and twice the internal storage of the more affordable variant.