Probably one of the first questions that comes to mind when testing technology is who is it targeting, which audience segment?
From this point of view, obviously Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC is primarily aimed at low-income people. Then I think it is a good smartphone to use for a 6-7-8 year old child or an elderly person. Categories that are in first contact with a smartphone and do not need anything pretentious. Do not rush with comments about the age at which the child should take possession of a smartphone or tablet, this is not the subject here.
The second question was why NFC in the name? Because there is another model without and because the payment with the phone is used more and more often, but not all cheap phones have this option.
I was writing in the review for Redmi Note 9, the version with 3GB of RAM: “in my opinion, 4GB of RAM is minimal for an Android system to work well in 2020.” Well, it applies here too, only the Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC has only 2GB of RAM. There is also a version of this smartphone with 3GB of RAM.
Let me also develop the part of the specifications: the phone is dual-SIM and has a processor MediaTek Helio G35, graphics processor PowerVR Rogue GE8320, 2GB RAM, 32 GB storage and the possibility of expansion with MicroSDXC card. The operating system is Android 10, with the latest interface from Xiaomi, Miui 12.
The screen is IPS LCD, it’s quite large, 6.53 inches (with a screen body ratio of 81.0%), and certainly not the brightest (400 nits), but the colors and contrast are ok. For situations where you are in bright light, an option called sunlight mode is checked in the menu. The fonts are large, everything is visible, well defined, the interface is simple, but there are duplicate applications. The phone has a good grip, thanks to the matte plastic back and I wasn’t afraid I’d drop it.
There is also a classic fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, which works very well.
Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC doesn’t move fast, sometimes crashes in applications, but it’s something that shocked me a little using it. And here came the surprise, I played Call of Duty and Asphalt 9 with the minimum and default settings, respectively, without any problems. With 2GB of RAM! The COD menus crashed at one point and I restarted the application, but the second time it worked perfectly.
In Asphalt 9 he moved just as well, but he resorted to a trick. The screen recording application also “steals” a few fps of the game’s performance. And about every 30 seconds after starting a race, Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC would close the screen recording application and we would only do that at the end. Maybe on a mid-range or top-class smartphone it would have been annoying, unpleasant, it’s really understandable here.
The triple camera consists of:
main, wide (28 mm) with 13 MP sensor, f / 2.2 and PDAF.
the secondary one is macro and has a 2 MP sensor with f / 2.4,
there is also a “third” to get the effect of depth in portraits.
The cameras have HDR and flash option (seen in the image above) and shoot up to 1080p / 30fps. The front selfie camera is wide and has a 5 MP sensor with f / 2.2. The menu is simple but complete, even contains a PRO option.
Daytime photos are ok and nighttime photos are acceptable in this price segment. Below you see a picture of the day and …
… one at night.
For a good selfie you have to zoom in a bit when you turn on the camera. Otherwise you will have a distorted, wide-angle image.
Night filming with Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC. I think night filming surpasses night photography in quality.
Some synthetic tests, Antutu, Geekbench and PCMark.
The 5000mAh battery is fully charged, starting from 0, in about 2 hours, but with normal use it lasts about 2 days. With gaming, tests, video and music I caught about 7.5 hours of lit screen (SOT). I would have taken a screenshot of AccuBattery, but the application did not work on this smartphone, more precisely it did not make the measurements.
I return to the title question, all you can do with one of 1300 euros, only more slowly and at a reduced quality. Financially speaking, the price difference (13x) is debatable, but this is basically the job of the buyers to judge according to the demands and budget.
Although it does things slowly and still crashes, Redmi 9C NFC responds ok to all the basic requirements and as a bonus can be used for gaming. How it will behave in 6 months, I don’t know. A test of a device usually takes between a week and a month. I can say, instead, related to storage that I almost filled it with the 20 installed applications, photo-video and screenshots.
In the package you have the phone, the charger, the SIM key and user manuals.
Although I’m not a fan of cheap smartphones, I can’t contradict the evidence, Xiaomi Redmi 9C NFC is worth the money.