The new Redmi Note 9 4G might launch in India, albeit with a different name

The recently-announced Redmi Note 9 family in China was met with a lot of interest, owing to their high-end specs at mid-range prices. While there are bits pointing at their eventual launches in other markets, the cheapest of the bunch — the Redmi Note 9 4G — just took a big step towards its Indian launch.

Unveiled towards the end of November, the Redmi Note 9 series is a different range from the one that debuted in India in March with the same name. Consisting of the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, the Redmi Note 9 5G and the Redmi Note 9 4G, the new phones bring significant upgrades in areas such as the chipset, camera and display without getting a lot more expensive. There’s now strong evidence that at least one of them will be coming to India soon.

Spotted by leakster Mukul Sharma, a new Xiaomi device with the name ‘Redmi 9 Power’ (codenamed Lime) has been spotted on the Google Supported Devices database. The model number M2010J19SI suggests that it will be the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 9 4G. 

He further said that it makes sense to avoid adding it as a part of the Redmi Note 9 family, which can already seem saturated and confusing. Decoupling it from the ‘Note’ moniker might also help consumers understand the lineup better. 

It also seems like the Redmi 9 Power will retain most of the specifications from its Chinese counterpart. For context, that includes a Snapdragon 662 chipset with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage along with a 48MP triple-camera setup with an ultra-wide lens a depth sensor. It’s headlining feature is the large 6,000mAh battery pack, which is the largest-ever on a Redmi device. 18W fast charging over USB Type-C is also supported. With these specifications, it’s easy to understand why Xiaomi would opt for ‘Redmi 9 Power’ as the name of the device.

In China, the Redmi Note 9 4G starts at CNY 999, which converts to about Rs 11,500 — sitting just under the Redmi Note 9 series’ price in India. Of course, the pricing is only indicative but doesn’t seem impossible. Along with it, there are also rumours that the Redmi Note 9 5G series will land in India as the Redmi Note 10, sometime in early 2021.

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