Redmi 9 and Realme C15 are entry level smartphones that recently launched in India. Both phones have impressive specifications and come at similar, affordable price points, so it can be hard to decide which one is a better investment. Redmi 9 and Realme C15 are both available in two storage variants. The former comes in three colours, while Realme C15 has two colour options. Let's compare the two budget phones side-by-side to compare the price and specifications.
Redmi 9 is available in two storage variants. It starts at Rs. 8,999 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB storage option comes at the price of Rs. 9,999. It is available in three colour options – Carbon Black, Sky Blue, and Sporty Orange. The phone will go on sale in India starting August 31, from 12pm (noon) onwards. It'll be sold only on Amazon and Mi.com for now. It is expected to be available through Mi Home stores and offline retailers in India very soon. It was launched in India on Thursday by Xiaomi.
Realme C15 too, comes in two variants, differing in RAM and storage. The 3GB + 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, while the 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 10,999. The phone is available in two colours – Power Blue and Power Silver. It is available for purchase via weekly flash sales. The phone will be available offline from September 3 onwards. It was launched in India last week by Realme.
Both the phones come with dual-SIM (Nano) support and run on Android 10; Redmi 9 has MIUI 12 on top, while Realme C15 has the Realme UI. Regarding display, both phones also have HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) display with 20:9 aspect ratio, with the display size slightly differing. The Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch display, while the Realme has a 6.50-inch display. Redmi 9 and Realme C15 are both powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, and paired with 4GB of RAM.
When it comes to cameras, Redmi 9 comes with a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary, depth sensor. The Realme C15 has a comparatively superior camera setup, with quad rear cameras at the back that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 2-megapixel “retro” lens. For selfies, the Redmi 9 has a 5-megapixel front camera, while the Realme C15 sports an 8-megapixel camera at the front.
Redmi 9's onboard storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card (up to 512GB) slot, while Realme C15 also has a dedicated slot for a microSD card (up to 256GB).
Redmi 9 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging, while the Realme C15 packs a larger 6,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. When it comes to measurements, the Redmi 9 measures 164.9x77.07x9.0mm, while the Realme C15 is 164.5x75.9x9.8mm
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|Release date||27th August 2020||28th July 2020|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||164.90 x 77.07 x 9.00||164.50 x 75.90 x 9.80|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000||6000|
|Colours||Carbon Black, Sporty Orange, Sky Blue||Power Blue, Power Silver|
|Screen size (inches)||6.53||6.50|
|Resolution||720x1600 pixels||720x1600 pixels|
|Protection type||-||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio G35||MediaTek Helio G35|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Rear autofocus||Yes||Phase detection autofocus|
|Front camera||5-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron)||8-megapixel|
|Operating system||Android 10||Android 10|
|Skin||MIUI 12||Realme UI|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n||-|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|