Redmi 9 Could be the Next POCO for India, Launches in China at a Starting Price of CNY 799

Turns out the Redmi 9 will launch in India, but it could be arriving as a POCO device.

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Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has finally taken the wraps off its Redmi 9 smartphone in China. The company has launched its entry-level smartphone at a starting price of CNY 799. The Redmi 9 comes with a MediaTek Helio G80 processor, a quadruple rear camera setup, and a large 5,020mAh battery. While the company has launched the Redmi 9 in China, there is still no news on its Indian launch yet. Well, it turns out that the Redmi 9 is likely to launch in India, but interestingly, it can very well launch under the POCO branding in the country. The Redmi 9 model number has been spotted on the BIS certification website (as well as on the TUV Rheinland certification website), wherein it has been kept under the POCO brand. While we are not entirely sure as to what the moniker the Redmi 9 could take if at all it launches as a POCO smartphone, we know its full specifications, features, and pricing in China. So, take a look at what we know already.

Redmi 9 launched in China; could come to India under POCO branding

As seen in the certification images, the Redmi 9 (with the model number M2004J19I) has been listed under the POCO branding on the Indian BIS and the TUV Rheinland certification websites. Neither of the two websites gives us anything about the (re)naming of the device, so we might have to wait for a little longer to receive more intel on the same. Nevertheless, the Redmi 9 is launched in China in three memory variants:

  1. 4GB/64GB: CNY 799
  2. 4GB/128GB: CNY 999
  3. 6GB/128GB: CNY 1199

Coming to the specifications of the device, teh Redmi 9 comes with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a 394 pixel per inch PPI, 400 nits brightness, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a 70 percent NTSC color gamut. At the front, the Redmi 9 sports an 8MP selfie snapper, while at the back, there is a quadruple rear camera setup, which consists of a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The Redmi 9 also makes room for a rear-mounted physical fingerprint scanner.

Under the hood, the Redmi 9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 processor, which is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The internal storage of the Redmi 9 has scope for further expansion with the help of an external SD card. On the software side of things, the Redmi 9 runs Android 9-based MIUI 11 out of the box. A large 5,020mAh battery keeps the lights of the Redmi 9 on and the same has scope for up to 18W of fast charging over a USB Type-C charging port. To learn more about the Redmi 9, you can head to our previous coverage for the same.

What are your thoughts on the potential rebranding of the Redmi 9 in India? Would you like to see it as a POCO device or would you rather prefer the Redmi 9 moniker to stay intact when it launches in the country? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Considering the features of the phone; with its Mediatek gaming chipset and the 5020mAh battery, the price tag on it seems very decent and affordable.

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