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POCO C3 vs Redmi 9i vs Redmi 9 Prime: Specs Comparison

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POCO C3 came up as the first POCO smartphone in the entry-level segment. At the moment, Xiaomi has a lot of last-generation entry-level handsets. There are so many devices that it is very hard for non-expert people to recognize which one is the best for their actual needs. That is the reason why we decided to publish a comparison between three entry-level phones by Xiaomi. The first is the POCO C3, while the others are Redmi phones: Redmi 9i and Redmi 9 Prime. You can find all of these devices in the Indian market at very affordable prices.

Xiaomi POCO C3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 9i vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 9i Xiaomi POCO C3 Xiaomi Redmi 9
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 164.9 x 77.1 x 9 mm, 194 grams 164.9 x 77.1 x 9 mm, 194 grams 163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm, 198 grams
DISPLAY 6.53 inches, 720 x 1600p (HD+), 269 ppi, IPS LCD 6.43 inches, 720 x 1600p (HD+), 270 ppi, IPS LCD 6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR MediaTek Helio G25, octa-core 2 GHz MediaTek Helio G35, octa-core 2.3 GHz Mediatek Helio G80, octa-core 2 GHz
MEMORY 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot
SOFTWARE Android 10, MIUI Android 10, MIUI Android 10, MIUI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA 13 MP f/2.2
5 MP f/2.2 front camera
Triple 13 + 2 + 2 MP f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
5 MP f/2.2 front camera
Quad 13 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP f/2.2, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 5000 mAh 5000 mAh 5020 mAh, fast charging 18W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot Dual SIM slot Dual SIM slot

Design

While the front side is pretty much the same, POCO C3, Redmi 9i and Redmi 9 Prime have different back covers. All are built with plastic materials, but they have a different look. Given that it comes with just one camera, the Redmi 9i has a cleaner back, but the camera module of the POCO C3 remains small, even though it contains three sensors. The Redmi 9 Prime looks less elegant due to its bigger camera module including a fingerprint reader, but it has better color variants: as you can see in the render, it is available in gradient colors. Last but not least, Redmi 9 Prime has a water-repellent design.

Display

Do not expect a huge quality from these devices when it comes to the displays. Just like most of the entry-level phones, POCO C3 and Redmi 9i have a below-average HD+ resolution. But the Redmi 9 Prime has a Full HD+ panel and it is actually able to provide a higher definition, as well as a high brightness. Further, it has the Gorilla Glass 3 protection making the front panel sturdier. In each case, you get IPS panels with no astonishing color reproduction, but all of them are sufficient displays.

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Specs & Software

Even when it comes to the hardware, Redmi 9 Prime wins the comparison. The reason is simple: it has a better chipset. We are talking about the Helio G80 by MediaTek, definitely superior to the Helio G35 found on the POCO C3. Further, it has more internal storage: up to 128 GB in the most expensive variant. The POCO C3 takes the silver medal with its Helio G35 paired with up to 4 GB of RAM. Redmi 9i loses with its Helio G25, but it runs MIUI 12 out of the box like the POCO C3, while Redmi 9 Prime is still based on the MIUI 11 as it is an older device.

Camera

The best camera phone of the trio is again the Redmi 9 Prime which sports a 13 MP quad camera paired with an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and a pair of sensors with 5 and 2 MP resolutions for macro and depth calculation. POCO C3 lowers the macro camera to 2 MP and lacks the ultrawide sensor, but it has the same main sensor as the Redmi 9 Prime. Even the Redmi 9i has the same 13 MP sensor, but it lacks secondary cameras. Redmi 9 Prime is also the best selfie phone thanks to an 8 MP snapper.

Battery

POCO C3, Redmi 9 Prime, and Redmi 9i all feature 5000 mAh batteries, but the Redmi 9 Prime has a shorter battery life because it has a display with a higher resolution. The battery king should be Redmi 9i because it has a display with lower brightness, but it naturally depends on the usage.

Price

Redmi 9i is priced at less than Rs. 10,000 ($130) in India, Redmi 9 Prime costs Rs. 10,299 ($140) in its base variant and POCO C3 is priced at Rs. 7,499 (appr. $103). While the POCO C3 provides the highest value for money, the Redmi 9 Prime wins this comparison thanks to its better display and cameras, as well as a stronger chipset.

Xiaomi POCO C3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 9i vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: PROs and CONS

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

PROs

  • Best hardware
  • Best cameras
  • Water-repellent
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Wireless FM radio

CONS

  • Price

Xiaomi POCO C3

PROs

  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • MIUI 12
  • Build quality
  • FM radio

CONS

  • No fingerprint reader

Xiaomi Redmi 9i

PROs

  • Very affordable
  • Minimal design
  • FM radio

CONS

  • Inferior hardware
  • No fingerprint scanner

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