Midrange smartphones have became really powerful in the last few years. So powerful that even entry-level devices in the sub-Php7,000 range have became really capable as well.

In fact, a couple of these budget-friendly smartphones came out in the last few weeks. One of them is the new Redmi 9.

Coming from a line of blockbuster devices, the Redmi 9 offers a bang-for-the-buck value that will be worth your hard-earned money.


But the best part is, that’s not your only option in this price range. A few weeks earlier, the Realme 6i also came out in the country that offers a couple of interesting specs and features for the price.

We know that those people shopping in this price range would really like to get the most out of their money. So, here’s our Redmi 9 versus Realme 6i specifications and features comparison to help you out.

Redmi 9Realme 6i
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Android 10
Realme UI
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
89% screen-to-body ratio
6.52-inch HD+ IPS display
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
89% screen-to-body ratio
Processor2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core
GPUMali-G52 Mali-G52 
eMMC 5.1
expandable via microSD
eMMC 5.1
expandable via microSD
Front Camera8-megapixel
Dewdrop notch
Dewdrop notch
Rear Camera13-megapixel (f/2.2)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro, f/2.4)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night Mode
48-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
AudioHeadphone jack
Single speaker
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
IR blaster
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Dimensions163.22 x 77.01 x 8.1mm164.4 x 75.4 x 9.0mm
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Back: Polycarbonate
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Back: Polycarbonate
ColorsOcean Green
Sunset Purple
Carbon Grey
White Milk
Green Tea
10W fast charger included
18W charging support
18W fast charging
Reverse charging
Price3GB/32GB: Php6,990
4GB/64GB: Php7,490
3GB/64GB: Php7,990
4GB/128GB: Php9,990


With their budget status, it’s no surprise that both devices only has polycarbonate bodies. This is the same material used in more expensive midrange devices, so we’ll accept that. What’s interesting is, they both use Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front to protect against minor scratches.


As for the actual design, well, it will be up to you to decide. The Realme 6i features a bamboo-like pattern on the back that was designed by Naoto Fukasawa, a Japanese industrial designer.

You can get it in Green Tea and White Milk with a matte panel that doesn’t attract fingerprint marks.


On the other hand, the Redmi 9 has a more traditional glass-like texture, which is more prone to fingerprint marks. It also has a premium look, with a rounded design on the back similar to the Redmi K30 series. You can get it in Ocean Green, Sunset Purple, and Carbon Grey.

The two share identical weight, since they both come with 5,020mAh battery. But the Redmi 9 is a bit thinner, while the Realme 6i is narrower and taller.

Display and Audio

Both the Redmi 9 and Realme 6i have a screen that is about 6.5-inch in size, with a standard 89% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-thin bezels.


The Redmi 9 was able to take the win thanks to its FHD+ resolution. Other than beating the Realme 6i’s HD+ screen, it is by itself a great value feature for a device at this price.

Both devices also have a single bottom-firing speaker and a headphone jack. But to keep their prices down, they won’t come with free earphones.


With the intense competition between Redmi and Realme, it looks like both of these devices were made to go head to head with each other. A big evidence to that is the processor they’re using.

Realme 6i Benchmarks

Both the Redmi 9 and Realme 6i come with the new MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor. This is a latest gaming chipset made for entry-level smartphones. To give you an idea about its performance, we got a score of 201,931 in AnTuTu in our Realme 6i hands-on review.

The two also come with 3GB and 4GB RAM options. But since it’s more expensive, the Realme 6i starts with 64GB of storage, while the competition has 32GB.


Other than the storage options, another reason why the Realme 6i is more expensive is the cameras. This thing comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera, while the Redmi 9 only has 8-megapixel.


On the back, the 6i also has a 48-megapixel main shooter, while the Redmi 9 only has 13-megapixel. Albeit, they both come with 8-megapixel ultra-wide cameras, macro, and depth sensors.


The two share an identical pair of 5,000mAh batteries, although the the Redmi 9 is a tad bit larger at 5,020mAh.


To make its price justifiable, the Realme 6i has a faster 18W charger included. The Redmi 9 also supports this standard, but only comes with a 10W charger in the box.

The Realme 6i also has a reverse charging feature, which lets you use it as a power bank to share the battery with friends. We suspect the Redmi 9 also has this feature, but no official mention on its webpage.


As what we’ve been saying, both the Redmi 9 and Realme 6i are pretty similar. Thanks to the advancements in technology, they now have connectivity features that we only saw on more expensive devices before.


There’s the Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and runs on Android 10 with their respective interfaces. However, the Redmi 9 do have an IR blaster, giving it a minor edge. It will let you control your non-smart devices and appliances.



If an overall value for money is what you’re after, then going with the Redmi 9 is a no-brainer. Other than the affordable price, it has FHD+ screen, which is a big deal for most people. This thing starts at only Php6,990


But if you’re planning on taking a lot of pictures, then the sharper cameras on the Realme 6i will serve you better. With a starting price of Php7,990, you’re also getting a faster 18W charger out of the box.

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