Packaging and accessories
In the colourful packaging, the manufacturer has placed a 22.5 W charger, a USB cable, a pin for opening the SIM/microSD card tray and a transparent, silicone cover. The charger has high charging parameters and generally its presence in the sales set is quite surprising - the smartphone supports charging up to 18 W. The cover is flexible, easy to install and protects the device well. An additional element securing the smartphone is the factory-glued foil on the display. It is a pity that there are no, even the simplest, headphones - but there is nothing to complain about the contents of the package.
Construction and screen
Redmi Note 9T is a model with a glass front and all the rest based on plastic. This smartphone is a large device, but it is comfortable in the hand. It has a fair but not exaggerated weight of 199 grams. Although there are no official water resistance standards, the manufacturer claims that the Redmi Note 9T 5G housing is splashproof. The smartphone is sold in two housing colours. In addition to the dark grey version (Nightfall Black), the one I am reviewing, the manufacturer has also prepared a purple casing (Daybreak Purple).
The smartphone has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. It offers a decent Full HD+ resolution, i.e. 2340x1080 pixels, which gives a satisfactory 395 pixels per inch by all means. The display gives the correct colours (maybe slightly shifted towards cold colours), the appropriate brightness levels to use the smartphone in different conditions, sufficient contrast and viewing angles. It can be used with polarized glasses on the nose - the image is visible in both the horizontal and vertical orientation of the device. One thing is missing - a higher screen refresh rate. Of course, this is not something that would prevent you from using the device - it's just a pity that it was missing. It is worth adding that the panel is certified by TÜV Rheinland in terms of low blue light emission.
The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and the screen is factory-glued with foil. There is no notification LED here, and the display surface is disturbed by only one element - the eye of the selfies camera lens. The bezels around the display are moderately thick, with rounded corners and asymmetrical - the lower bezel under the screen is slightly thicker (6mm), while the others are 4mm thick. At the edge of the top bezel and top edge you can see the slot for the talk speaker, which is also part of the stereo system.
I like the back of the device - mainly due to the matte texture. Thanks to this, dirt or fingerprints do not catch your eye so much. In addition, it prevents the phone from slipping and increases its durability. The rear panel is made of plastic, which is generally no longer an appeal in the world of smartphones. It seems that after their romance with glass and metal, manufacturers are returning to good old plastic - and this even applies to devices from a much higher price point. There are printed markings in the lower part of the casing, but the most interesting thing is a nice, round photo module, slightly protruding above the casing (which should not be disturbing after the case is put on). It houses a triple camera and a LED flash, and is additionally embellished with inscriptions indicating the presence of artificial intelligence and a 48-megapixel camera.
Due to the fact that the manufacturer decided to use an LCD screen, we will not find a fingerprint reader built into the display. There is a scanner on the side edge, integrated with the power/lock screen button. It works, in my opinion, quickly and practically flawlessly. Apart from the reader, there is a volume control bar on the right edge. On the top and bottom edges, the manufacturer has placed microphones, speakers and ports (infrared, USB-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm). On the left side there is a tray for SIM and microSD cards - it has three separate slots for individual carriers.