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“The Ultimate Budget Champion” – Redmi 9 Series Launched in Nigeria: Full Specifications, Features and Price

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Xiaomi officially announced its next lineup of Redmi devices to the Nigerian market yesterday which it dubbed “entry-level smartphones but

I tell you what, these devices are nowhere near ordinary!

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones which is a bit toned down version of the Redmi Note 9 devices and successor to the Redmi 8 announced last year all packs impressive specs whilst doing it job pretty fine.

Also, it is worth recalling this is a company that only made the leap into the Nigerian smartphone market space, but so far has incredibly worn the heart of Nigerians if not really taking occupancy with its premium-budget yet affordable devices.

The Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9C are sold at different prices, but all of them are between N41, 900 – N66, 900 and offer good value for money.

Marketing Director, Mr. SomoyeHabeeb speaking during the launch event dully acknowledges that the “Xiaomi Redmi 9 comes in as a smartphone intended to pacify enthusiasts who cannot afford the Redmi Note 9 series. It offers a cheaper price tag, which can be seen as a strategy to reach customers with a lower budget.”

So, too much of the post-launch rituals over; here comes the new arrivals then

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Given that they carry different prices(which we’ll talk about later) and they are all devices released by Xiaomi, you probably understood that don’t REALLY offer same specifications.

But you don’t really have to worry about which one to buy or worth spending more money.

Just hang on with me here

Redmi 9 Specifications and Features

The Redmi 9 features a 6.53” FHD+ Display (2340 x 1080 pixels) with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera. The display is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 protection with the phone measuring 9.1mm thick and weighs at 198 grams.

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The Redmi 9 has the impressive MediaTekHelio G80 chipset running under the hood with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G52 GPU and runs on MIUI 12 which is based on Android 10. This is paired with up to 4GB RAM starting option and up to 64GB storage options to choose from. There’s also an option to increase the phone’s storage further by using microSD cards of up to 512GB.

Moving on, the camera department is where the real teaser is. There is a rear quad-camera setup that consists of a primary 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 118-degree field-of-view, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, useres will have to make do with an 8MP selfie camera housed within the waterdrop notch cutout.

Furthermore, the Redmi 9 offers a fingerprint sensor on the back for security measures and the likes and also comes with a 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging out-of-the-box.

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Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 9 starting at N66, 900 for the 4GB RAM +64GB RAM variant. The phone comes in three colours– Grey, Green and Purple.

Redmi 9C Specifications and Features

While this would be pretty evenly hard to say, there had to be a difference by the way. Though the Redmi 9C features same 6.53” display, it is only a HD+ Display (2340 x 720 pixels) with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera.

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The Redmi 9C is powered by MediaTekHelio G35 chipset with an octa-core CPU and PowerVR GE8320 graphics. This is paired with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB storage with an option to increase the storage by up to 512GB with microSD card. It also runs on the latest MIUI 12 which is based on Android 10.

While the Redmi 9 comes with camera setup akin to the Redmi Note 9, Xiaomi has chosen to go with an iPhone-like boxy arrangement for the Redmi 9C. The phone comes with a triple camera array that consists of a primary 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s a 5MP selfie camera on the front housed within the waterdrop notch cutout.

Overall, this could have been on point but a 5Megpixel camera for selfies? Your thoughts right now are as good as mine.

For sensors, the Redmi 9C also features a rear fingerprint sensor and is fitted with a 5,000mAh battery which doesn’t support fast charging.

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The Redmi 9C is priced starting at N46, 900 for the base variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage and N53,900 for the 3GB RAM variant with 64GB storage.

Redmi 9A Specifications and Features

Arguably the last baby of the lineup but the Redmi 9A smartphone still delivers on ‘promise and agreements’.

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The Redmi 9A features the same set of display, battery and selfie camera as the Redmi 9C. It is powered by the MediaTekHelio G25 chipset under the hood with octa-core CPU and PowerVR graphics for fair gaming tasks.

The phone also runs on MIUI 12 and features a single 13MP primary camera. However, the catch is that this toddler here can record in 1080p at up to 60FPS which is a major win too.

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This device is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage with an option to expand the storage further by up to 512GB via microSD cards. The smartphone retails at N41,900 for the base variant however, the Redmi 9A doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor.

Final Verdict and which Redmi 9 Series to Buy

Xiaomi has always pride itself in it’s consistency in offering mid-range and flagship-killer devices and the Redmi Series is no exemption.

However, if you were observant enough(which you really should be when it comes to spending money), you will notice the Redmi 9 lineup specifications and features takes a particular trajectory.

This implies that the base Redmi 9 device is the most valuable of the triumvirate while the Redmi 9C is the least.

In other words, if you are in for something closer to the Redmi Note 9, you might want to go for the base Redmi 9 smartphone. Also, if you find the retail price a little bit over the top and ready to make some camera sacrifices, there is the Redmi 9C which also offers value for money.

However, in all fairness, the Redmi 9A is the real entry-level smartphone here with both its specs and lack of features.

The call is yours to make!

Redmi 9 Key Specifications

Display: 6.53″ LCD IPS

Resolution: FHD+

Processor: MediaTek Helio G80

RAM: 4GB & 6GB options

Storage: Starts at 64GB

Camera Rear: Quad rear camera (13MP+ 8MP + 5MP + 2MP)

Front Camera: 8MP

Battery: 5020mAh

Connectivity: Type-C, Infrared, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Card Slots: Dual nano-SIM + dedicated MicroSD card slot (up to 512GB)

Redmi 9C Key Specifications

Display: 6.53″ LCD IPS

Resolution: HD+

Processor: MediaTek Helio G35

RAM: Starts at 2GB/3GB

Storage: Starts at 64GB

Camera Rear: Triple rear camera (13MP + 5MP + 2MP)

Battery: 5000mAh

Connectivity: Type-C, Infrared, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Card Slots: Dual nano-SIM + dedicated MicroSD card slot (up to 512GB)

Redmi 9, Redmi 9C and Redmi 9A Price and Availability in Nigeria

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The three budget Champion devices are sold at different prices, but all of them are between N41, 900 – N66, 900 and they all offer very good value for money.

The Redmi 9 triumvirate are all available from purchase from all Xiaomi retail outlets all over the nation as well as online shopping malls including Jumia, Pointek and SLOT.

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Infinix Zero 8 with 90Hz display, Helio G90T SoC officially launched: Full Specifications, Features and Price

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Hong Kong-based smartphone maker and sub-Transsion company, Infinix, has launched one of its most anticipated device of 2020 in Indonesia, called the Infinix Zero 8.

We brought you new the latest Infinix Zero smartphone was out of the works and ready to make a public appearance and now the device has been announced officially in Indonesia.

Infinix Zero 8 officially launched

The smartphone brand which has so far captured the heart of Nigerians and African countries at large with budget smartphone offering including the Smart 4 Plus and recently released Hot 9 series hopes to take a different route with its latest offering.

A lot has already been made with the increasing acceptance of the Xiaomi and Oppo competition in the Nigerian market and with the Zero 8 device, Infinix hopes to target the mid-range smartphone segment whilst keeping the competition flame blazing.

Although the smartphone has only been launched in Indonesia for now, it’s only a matter of time before we get a proper launch date for the Nigerian smartphone space.

The Infinix Zero 8 smartphone comes with a tone of high-end features unlike any infinix product you know and packs a powerful processor at an affordable price. So let us have a look at everything the device brings to the table as well as the expected price.

Infinix Zero 8 Specifications and features

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Infinix has so far been making great strides with better display panels and lightening on their devices lately as illustrated with the Hot 9 series and the Infinix Zero 8 might just have taken things a notch a bit.

Infinix Zero 8 Display and OS

The newly launched Infinix Zero 8 features a 6.85-inch FHD+ display panel with a refresh rate of 90HZ and180Hz touch sampling rate which is just about a whole selling point on its own. The display flaunts the bezel-less design with a dual-punch-hole cutout for selfie cameras.

The smartphone runs on Android 10 out of the box based on Infinix XOS 7 custom skin.

Infinix Zero 8 Processor

Under the hood, the Transsion sub-brand went with the recently announced MediaTek Helio G90T processor which is a pretty mid-range SoC but highly characterized with providing seamless gaming experience as previously seen in devices including the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme 6.

Talk about waking up to reality then…

Infinix Zero 8 Storage

The Infinix Zero 8 also packs an 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity single variant which can be expandable using a microSD card.

Infinix Zero 8 Camera

Infinix Zero 8 camera specs

In terms of camera, Infinix have always messed things up a bit but the sensor on this latest offering points to a huge kick up the backside and a huge awakening to reality from them.

The Infinix Zero 8 features a quad-camera setup on the rear which comprises a 64-megapixel Sony IMX696 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens along with macro sensors and depth sensor.

It might look beautiful average but let’s not forget Xiaomi advertise the IMX696 sensor on the Redmi 8 to brings outputs just as with the Pixel phones. The story however is different all together.

However, it will be pretty awesome to see what Infinix has come up with on their own and how they go about processing images on this device.

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On the front, there’s a dual-camera setup with a 48-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens all enclosed in the dual punch-hole cutout.

The battery capacity on the Infinix Zero 8 smartphone is also very much welcome. A 4500mAh battery capacity on top of a Type-C port for refilling the juice means we get support for 33W fast charging on this piece of hardware.

Infinix Zero 8 Price and Availability

Infinix Zero 8 price and availability in Nigeria

The Infinix Zero 8 smartphone has been launched in Indonesia for now though the global launch date remains unknown.

For bringing themselves up to recent trend with the specs on this device, Infinix promises to take a chunk out of your saving if you ever consider getting a unit. The Infinix Zero 8 will retail at Rp. 3,799 (roughly $210 for the 8GB and 128GB storage variant.

Meanwhile, the device will be available in two different color options including Black and White.

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Nokia C3, Nokia 150, and Nokia 125 launched in India: Full Specifications and Features

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Nokia phone family in India have been given a boost as HMD Global have announced the launched of the Nokia C3 on Tuesday after a long wait, alongside their other latest members, including the Nokia 125, and Nokia 150.

The Finnish company has so far found solace and a slight return to success in the budget and entry-level smartphone segment with offer of functional Android One devices.

Nokia budget and entry-level smartphone launch

It has launched the entry-level Nokia C3 smartphone and Nokia 125, Nokia 150 feature phones in India. Nokia C3 was launched sometime back in China with low-end specifications but stock Android software while the two feature phones are just additions to the strong portfolio HMD Global enjoys in India.

Here, we take a look at everything new with the trio of newly launched Nokia smartphones.

Nokia C3 Specifications, Features and Price

Arguably the peak of the entire bunch, the Nokia C3 brings a 5.99-inch HD+ LCD display without a notch or a punch-hole, very much akin with its predecessor, the Nokia C2. There is an octa-crore Unisoc SC9863A processor running on Android 10 and is paired with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with the ability to be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB.

For optics, the Nokia C3 features here an 8-megapixel camera at the back of the Nokia C3 while the shooter on the front is a 5-megapixel sensor.

Nokia C3 specifications and price in Nigeria

However, the main downgrade here is a 3040mAh battery that can be removed after you take the back panel off. Not least for the moderate battery capacity but I couldn’t find a reason to make it removable.

Whoever does that in 2020?!

The Nokia C3 India price is set at Rs 7,499 for the base variant that comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and Rs 8,999 for the one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It comes in Nordic Blue and Sand colours.

The Nokia C3 is scheduled to go on sale starting September 17 but the pre-orders will begin on September 10 on Nokia official online store.

Moreover, you also get the 1-year replacement guarantee on the Nokia C3 and 2-years of software and security updates much like select smartphones HMD Global has launched preciously.

Nokia 125 Specifications, Features and Price

Next on the line is the Nokia 125 feature phone. I mean, it’s only in 2020 that a feature could garner much attention right?

Nokia 125 price in Nigeria

As a feature phone, the Nokia 125 provides you with the basics. A 2.4-inch colour display with a T9 keyboard. It has the iconic Snake game and offers FM radio. It can store up to 2,000 contacts and 500 SMS on its storage but there is no support for microSD card on it. It is a dumbed-down smartphone that you can use for calling, texting, and listening to FM radio.

Anything other than this lot, you’re definitely on your own!!

So, if you are looking for a phone that has the Nokia brand slapped on it (not the copyrighted market types) and provides you with the basics, Nokia 125 could be one of the options. It costs Rs 1,999 and comes in Charcoal Black and Powder White colours. It is now available to purchase from Nokia online store and mobile retailers across the globe.

Nokia 150 Specifications, Features and Price

Last on the bill but definitely not the last of this lot we get to see from Nokia. The Nokia 150 feature phone is everything double what you get on the Nokia 125 though a slight resemblance here-and-there.

Nokia 150 price in Nigeria

Nokia 150 has a 2.4-inch colour display with a T9 keyboard but a larger footprint than that of the Nokia 125. It supports the FM radio function without the headphones, unlike the Nokia 125. This one also has the Snake game and a battery which Nokia says will last you for weeks*.

An upgrade over the Nokia 125 definitely means a slight shake of the wallet again. The Nokia 150 offers things such as FM radio and an MP3 player. It comes in Red, Cyan, and Black colours for a price of Rs 2,299. The sale for the Nokia 150 is now live across retailers in India.

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