Xiaomi Redmi 9C vs Redmi 9, which is the best cheap mobile?

Two of Xiaomi's cheapest phones, face to face: we compare the Redmi 9C with the Redmi 9.

If you are looking for a cheap mobile, less than 150 euros, and you do not clarify yourself, you will probably leave this article with much clearer ideas. Because this time we are going to compare the Redmi 9C and Redmi 9, two of the cheapest mobiles available on the market today.

Both terminals are part of the Xiaomi mobile catalog, although they are still recommended terminals in 2021. And if you had doubts about which of the two to choose, today we are going to show you the most important differences that exist between the two, and the details that make one is clearly better than the other despite having a very similar price.

Redmi 9C vs Redmi 9

Redmi 9C and Redmi 9, two of Xiaomi's cheapest mobiles.

Design and screen: the same panel with different density

If we take a look at the front of these two devices, we will see that the differences are, apparently, minimal.

In both cases we are talking about devices with a 6.53-inch diagonal panel based on LCD technology, although only the Redmi 9 bets on a Full HD + resolution. The 9C, on the other hand, reduces the pixel density until it stays in HD +.

For the rest, we have a notch in the shape of a drop of water in the upper central part, and a rear made of plastic.

Redmi 9C three colors

The Redmi 9C is available in three colors.

However, the back of the terminals is very different in aesthetic terms. The Redmi 9C features a fingerprint reader located in the central part, and a camera module square It houses three sensors and an LED flash.

Instead, the Redmi 9 bets on a not so classic aesthetic, with a vertical camera module integrated inside a ring, and a fingerprint reader that integrates perfectly to go unnoticed. In both cases, yes, we have a 3.5 mm headphone port and USB Type C.

Cameras: four against three

Speaking of cameras, in the photographic section we find a clear difference between the two models.

Both terminals have the same 13 megapixel resolution main camera, and the same 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensors and 5-megapixel macro camera. However, in the case of the Redmi 9 we also have a extra depth chamber which should help to generate a more natural blur effect in portrait mode images.

Redmi 9 cameras

The 4 rear cameras of the Redmi 9, along with the fingerprint reader

On the front, the Redmi 9 equips an 8 megapixel camera, which in the Redmi 9C happens to be 5 megapixels.

Of course, neither of these two mobiles is a portent as far as photography is concerned. However, within the range to which they belong, we consider that the two are capable of doing a decent job, and the fact of having a ultra wide angle camera that allows you to capture scenes from a different perspective.

Battery and performance: two references in its category

Where there are not too many differences is in the section of the drums. The Redmi 9 equips a battery 5,020 mAh capacity, only 20 mAh higher than the Redmi 9C.

Both also have 18W fast chargeSo you don't have to spend too much time glued to the charger when recharging the battery.

Therefore, the two devices are capable of offering a fantastic autonomy even the most demanding users.

Processor and memory: MediaTek brain for both family members

Xiaomi Redmi 9

The Redmi 9 is available in several striking colors.

Don't expect to see the most advanced processors inside these two terminals. However, the Redmi 9 Win this battle by equipping a more powerful and efficient chip than Redmi 9.

Its about MediaTek Helio G85, an eight-core chip whose performance is far from that of the MediaTek Helio G25 platform, oriented to the low-end.

The configurations available, as the Redmi 9C arrives with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and the Redmi 9 is available with 3 or 4 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of internal storage. Fortunately, in both cases it is possible expand internal memory via microSD card.

Connectivity: NFC only on the original model

Another aspect to talk about is the connectivity. Well, although neither of the two terminals are up to date in terms of connections -forget 5G if you choose either of the two-, it must be mentioned that the two terminals have a multifunction NFC chip, so that it will be possible to make mobile payments with either of the two models. You just have to make sure buy global version to avoid surprises.

Other features

The rest of the characteristics and details are similar: in both cases the fingerprint reader is capacitive, we have a single speaker and it is possible to use two SIMs simultaneously.

Further, Android 10 It's the version that runs low inside MIUI 11, and sooner or later both should be updated to MIUI 12Although the Redmi 9 is likely to do so before its younger brother.

Redmi 9 vs Redmi 9C, which is better?

Redmi 9C

The Redmi 9C is Xiaomi's cheapest mobile with NFC.

The differences between the Redmi 9 and the Redmi 9C have already become clear. Now, it's time to decide which of the two mobiles is better.

And in this case, it must be said that considering that both phones can be purchased at a very similar price, of less than 150 euros and with a difference close to 10 euros between the two, I am afraid that the Redmi 9 will be a better choice for most people due to its more powerful processor, its larger RAM memory capacity and the fact that it has a higher resolution screen in the same size.