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Redmi seems to have a global version of the 9 Power in the works

The new "Redmi 9T" leak. (Source: YouTube)
The new "Redmi 9T" leak. (Source: YouTube)
Xiaomi launched a new, cost-effective 6000mAh phone it called the Redmi Note 9 4G in China recently. It then proceeded to re-brand the device as the 9 Power for the Indian market. Now, a new leak suggests it has yet another new name for an imminent debut in Thailand and possibly Europe.

Redmi generated significant hype and sales on the launch of its new Note 9 2020 series in China. This product name may have been only new to this market, yet contained some good specs at very novel prices. This was as true of its 5G variants as its 4G/LTE model, which combined a massive 6,000mAh battery with quad rear cameras and the Snapdragon 662 processor.

The same phone also recently popped up in the Indian market, although it had been re-badged the Redmi 9 Power in this country. This was a particularly intriguing move on its part, as the device is essentially a version of the Poco M3 (launched as this brand's last phone designed while overtly under the Xiaomi umbrella) with 1 more rear camera.

Now, there are signs the Note 9 4G is headed for yet more regions under yet another new name. According to the Thai regulator NBTC, it will be called the 9T. The YouTube channel Mobile Tech Podcast also recently claimed to have been sent the same phone directly from the OEM without mention of an NDA or embargo.

This video appears to demonstrate that it is indeed identical to the Note 9/9 Power, down to its quad rear cameras and relatively pronounced thickness to accommodate its battery. It was also compared to a Poco M3 and found to exhibit ports in the exact same places.

However, another pressing observation to be made here is the CE mark on the back of the phone (which also gives its model number as M2010J19SG). This suggests it has also been approved for sale in the EEA,

There is another twist in this tale, however: the original video has subsequently been pulled from YouTube (although there is a re-post by a different channel out there at present). Therefore, it is hard to say if this Redmi 9T is really on the way (to Europe, at least).

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01- 1 (Update: 2021-01- 1)