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realme C11 vs Redmi 9A Specs Comparison

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The rivals are at it again as we compare the specs of two new entry-level smartphones below PHP 5Kthe realme C11, and Redmi 9A. Let's see who comes out on top.
realme C11 vs Redmi 9A Specs Comparison
realme C11 vs Redmi 9A

realme C11 vs Redmi 9A Specs Comparison

Devicerealme C11Redmi 9A
Display6.5-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3+ protected IPS (LTPS) screen w/ HD+ 1600 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi6.53-inch LCD (LTPS) screen w/ HD+ 1600 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU
2.3GHz 12nm Helio G35 octa-core processor
2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor
GPUPowerVR GE8320 (680MHz)PowerVR GE8320 (650MHz)
RAM2GB2GB LPDDR4X
ROM32GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)32GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Back Camera13MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash13MP f/2.2 w/ AF + LED flash
Selfie Camera5MP f/2.45MP f/2.2
Battery
5,000mAh w/ 10W charger
5,000mAh w/ 10W charging
OSAndroid 10.0 w/ realme UI 1.0
Android 10 w/ MIUI 12
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others
Face unlock, P2i splash resistance, Dirac HD Sound, Colors: Mint Green, Pepper Gray
Face unlock, Splash-proof nano-coating, Colors: Granite Grey, Peacock Green, Sky Blue
Dimensions164.4 x 75.9 x 9.1 mm164.9 x 77.07 x 9 mm
Weight
196 g
194 g
PricePHP 4,990
PHP 4,690


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Build/Design - The two phones are equipped with sturdy-looking polycarbonate shells with textured finishes to prevent fingerprint smudges. The C11 has a square camera hump while the 9A sports a vertically-aligned camera + LED bump.

In the front, the two sports a display with a notch. The C11 has 2.5D curved panel. Redmi 9A has a traditional flat screen.
Textured back designs
Textured back designs

Display - The realme C11 has a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved LTPS with 1600 x 720 HD+ resolution at 269 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection.

The Redmi 9A 6.53-inch LTPS screen with 1600 x 720 HD+ at 269 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

In this aspect, it is virtually a tie with both devices sporting the same size, resolution, and glass protection.

Specs - For performance, realme C11 has a 2.3GHz Helio G35 octa-core processor, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC 5.1 storage, and 5,000mAh with 10W charger.

Redmi 9A has the 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC 5.1 storage, 5,000mAh batter with 10W charging.

In terms of CPU and GPU speeds, RAM size, and storage size, and even battery capacity, it is almost a tie. Helio G35's GPU  is just 30Hz faster than the GPU of G25 at 650MHz.
Single cam vs dual-cam
Single cam vs dual-cam

Cameras - The realme C11 has a dual-camera setup with a 13MP f/2.2 main sensor with PDAF + 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor with LED flash. For selfies, there's a 5MP f/2.4 sensor.

Redmi Note 9A has a 13MP f/2.2 with AF for the rear camera. For selfies, it has a 5MP f/2.2 sensor.

The realme C11 takes the lead here with a dual-camera setup. It's a tie for the selfie camera though.

Other features - realme C11 has WiFi, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, face unlock, Dirac HD sound, Bluetooth 5, P2i splash resistance, and dual SIM slots.

The Redmi 9A also has WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, OTG, face unlock, splash-proof nano-coating, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Both run with Android 10 OS with different skins.

realme C11 advantages - Slightly better CPU and GPU, dual-cameras, Dirac HD sound
Redmi 9A advantages - Slightly lower price with almost the same specs

Our thoughts

Both devices are close in terms of overall specs. However, realme C11 has a faster-clocked CPU and GPU. It also has a dual-camera setup.

If you can spend a bit more, C11 is more attractive. If you PHP 4,690, Redmi 9A is the phone to get.

You can't go wrong with either one.

What do you guys think?
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