Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi having launched its next Redmi lineup, the Redmi Note 9 couple weeks ago, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer seems to be on the move yet again to unleash a bit toned down yet efficient version of the series, the Redmi 9 reveal tomorrow.
Steady the ship folks, we are in for some budget rollercoaster ride!
Teasing the launch of Redmi 9, Xiaomi Nigeria wrote on its Twitter handle, Go big, exceed expectations and experience more with the all new
#Redmi series!!! Don’t miss our Live Launch and 9series giveaway on 29th July,2020. #GoBeyondExpectations
It should be worth noting this is a memorable event as the new Redmi 9 is yet to launch in major markets including India though scheduled for August 4.
However, as usual we expect a pretty compact and mid-range device from the budget phone king.
Here are a few spoilers which we ultimately expect from the Xiaomi Redmi 9 launch tomorrow.
Redmi 9 Specifications (Expected)
Whilst the Redmi 9 was unveiled in China, it is being speculated in Nigeria that it will launch with the same set of specifications.
The Redmi 9 is expected to sport a 6.53-inch FHD+ screen with a resolution of 1,080×2,340 pixels. A waterdrop-notch style display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating for protection looks a certainty too.
Redmi 9 is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor and paired with up to 4GB of RAM. It is speculated that the device will be available in two different variants including the 4GB and 6GB. Although the 6GB variant wasn’t officially announced, a new leak has confirmed the existence of a 6GB variant, which will most probably launch in Nigeria. Currently, it has the 4GB RAM with 64 GB of storage which is expandable using a microSD card.
The Redmi 9 houses a 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. For connectivity, the Redmi 9 has Bluetooth v5, Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio, NFC, GPS, AGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11.
There is also the basic support for Face Lock and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear of the device.
In terms of camera, the Redmi 9 features a quad-camera setup on the rear which consists of a 13-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera for better selfies.
Redmi 9 Price and Availability in Nigeria
If anything is to go by with smartphone OEMs these days, it’s their ability to balance out specs for every budget user out there.
This means if the Redmi 9 will expectedly launch with same specs as its Chinese variant, we expect same pricing too though you never know
The Redmi 9 was launched in China for CNY 799 (roughly $115) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant whereas the 4GB+128GB variant was priced at CNY 999 ($143) and the 6GB+128GB variant was launched for CNY 1199 ($172).
The smartphone will launch in three color options including Carbon black, Mordecin, Neon Blue, and Lotus Root Powder. It will be available for order from major e-commerce platforms and outlets all over the nation including Pointek, Jumia, Raya, SLOT, etc.
As per the latest tweet by Redmi, the Redmi 9 is all set to launch in Nigeria tomorrow by 12noon(GMT+1) on the Amazon India website. You can follow the launch even live on the Xiaomi Nigeria Twitter account or the Mi Community app.
Mediatek unveils Helio G95 gaming Processor for budget smartphones, could debut on Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7
Adding to its ever-growing portfolio and stern competition to it’s Qualcomm counterpart, Taiwanese chipmaker, Mediatek has announced a new gaming Chipset for the Helio G90 series. The Helio G95 SoC offers a 5% boost in GPU performance over the G90T though the rest of the feature set is identical to the latter.
With the G95, MediaTek aims at closing the huge gap existing between the mid-range and flagship gaming smartphone segment and the first phone to use this processor could be the Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7 with both due for official releases on September 3.
The G90T ended up on phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 , so the odds are on we likely get to see more phones with the G95 chip launch in the final lap of the third quarter of the year.
Here’s everything the Mediatek Helio G95 has on offer
Mediatek Helio G95 Features
Essentially, it would be best to understand that the Helio G95 SoC is an overclocked G90T processor, in that it comes with an upgraded Mali-G76 GPU running at 900MHz. The G90T, on the other hand, is equipped with a Mali-G57 GPU that’s running at 800MHz.
Features like HyperEngine game technology, multi-camera support of upto 4 sensors and an APU (AI processing unit) are also very much welcome. The chip also supports upto HDR10+ enhancement quality in real-time.
The G95 processor is manufactured using the 12nm fabrication process and has two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz while the six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores can run upto 2.0GHz.
MediaTek’s famed HyperEngine game technology is responsible for optimizing the gaming experience to provide the best connection speed, picture quality and ensures a smooth gameplay experience on budget devices. There are several customisation options that users can fine-tune further.
Furthermore, Helio G95 chipset supports upto 10GB LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, upto Full HD+ displays with 90Hz refresh rate and dual 4G SIM cards.
Additionally, the chip can be paired with upto 64MP cameras with upto 4K UHD rerecording.
The MediaTek Helio G95 will power many phones set to launch in September. The first of such as confirmed by Naijatechguy could be the Tecno Camon 16 set to launch on September 3 in India.
The smartphone has been teased with stunning bezeles display, a 64MP camera unit with Samsung’s GM1 or Sony’s IMX686 sensor here which could all play into the hands of the new Helio G95 processor.
Samsung Galaxy M51 launched: A notable upgrade from the M31s? – Full specifications, features and price
After weeks of intense leaks and rumours, Samsung has finally albeit quietly lifted the gaze on its latest mid-range offering, the Samsung Galaxy M51 smartphone.
Enough have been said on the success of the Samsung Galaxy A-series lineup and now the company is looking to add some sauce and spice to further make the competition for spaces very much stiff.
As a brand new entry in Samsung’s popular Galaxy M series, the Galaxy M51 exists as a higher-placed alternative to the Galaxy M31s , which was launched earlier in July. However, belaying expectations, the Galaxy M51 has only been launched in Germany for now, with news about the global launch still anyone’s guess.
The Galaxy M51 smartphone brings with it several notable improvements appearing to be very much in line with what the leaks had suggested over the past few days, with the biggest selling point of the device being the 7000mAh battery pack, which also supports up to 25W fast charging. A switch to Snapdragon processor has also been muted.
Here’s a complete laydown on everything new with the Samsung Galaxy M51 smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Specifications and Features
The Samsung Galaxy M51 is anything to go by any Samsung phone with the device sporting a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a centered hole-punch and full HD+ resolution.
Although Samsung’s official listing doesn’t make it clear which processor the phone is using, reports point to the device been powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC, as previously speculations.
The phone offers a single 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage variant with support for MicroSD card expansion. The smartphone runs on Samsung’s custom OneUI, based on Android 10 operating system.
In the camera department, the Galaxy M51 features the same setup as the Galaxy M31s, packing a rear camera 64MP primary sensor, coupled with an f/1.8 lens. Sat next to it is a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens that brings with itself the promise of 123-degree field-of-view, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro camera. For selfies, there is a 32MP lens which remains unchanged from the Galaxy M31s.
However, the insane 7,000 mAh battery is what gives the Galaxy M51 its headline. The 6000 mAh battery fitted on previous Galaxy M series phones was the largest in its segment. Also, Samsung has includey a 25W fast charger inside the box, the same one that comes with the Galaxy M31s and some of Samsung’s recently launched flagships.
Other usual connectivity and security features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a USB Type C port, a single bottom-firing speaker, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth 5.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Price and Availability
Samsung Galaxy M51 has only been launched in Germany at a starting price of €360 ($429) and can be pre-ordered via Samsung’s German website at the moment. Pre-orders will start shipping out starting September 11.
Samsung hasn’t yet made any announcements regarding when it will bring the device to other markets such, but your guess is as good as ours, we hope to see it launch in the country. The device is available in White and Black colour options.
A major competitor to the recently launched OnePlus Nord smartphone? That’s a different post for another day.
Samsung Galaxy M51 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.7-inch (16.95cm) Super AMOLED & Full HD+
- SoC: Octa-core processor
- RAM & Storage: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
- Battery & Charging: 7,000 mAh battery
- Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
- Rear Camera: 64MP, f/1.8 + 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 + 5MP depth sensor + 5MP macro sensor
- Front Camera: 32MP
- OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.1