According to fresh rumors from China, Redmi is working on two new entry-level phones for the domestic market. A reliable tipster from China, Digital Chat Station, has shared some interesting details on these two new smartphones. The new Redmi devices will be priced lower than the Redmi 10X 4G that is selling with a starting price of CNY 999 (~$141) in the home market. Of course, both handsets will come with inferior specs than the Redmi 10X 4G, which is globally sold as Redmi Note 9. We believe that the report talks about the Redmi 9 and the Redmi 9A.
According to Digital Chat Station, the new upcoming devices will be equipped with the MediaTek MT6969T and MT6769V/CT processors. These processors are said to belong to the Helio G8X series. The Redmi Note 9, or 10X 4G, ships with the Helio G85. It’s a decent processor with a moderate performance for games.
Unfortunately, we still have no idea of the marketing names for these chipsets. Moreover, the source also doesn’t know how Xiaomi will call the new Redmi products. The most recent phone released by the company is the Redmi 9A and it has the Helio G80. We believe that at least one of these two upcoming devices might be the Redmi 9A to continue the lineup of super-budget smartphones. The Redmi 9 has recently been spotted in China bearing similar specifications with the global variant. The only major difference is that China might get a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Storage.
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The report probably is talking about the Redmi 9 and Redmi 9A
The Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch housing a modest 8MP selfie shooter. Under the hood, we have the Helio G80 SoC. Moving around to the back, the handset has a standard Quad-camera array with a 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP combo. The handset ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 10 and draws power from a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support.
The Redmi xA series usually brings modest specifications and a super affordable price tag. Interestingly enough, the last year’s Redmi 8A came with the same specifications of the Redmi 8. The only major changes were in the camera department and in the fingerprint scanner which the Redmi 8A lacks. This year, we’re probably looking into a Redmi 9A with the same Helio G80 chipset and that’s amazing. This particular chipset is a huge improvement over the Snapdragon 439 that came in the Redmi 8 series.
More details will probably surface in the coming weeks. However, we recommend you to digest this report with a pinch or two of salt until an official word comes from Xiaomi.