Sub-Php 5k Smartphone Comparo: Realme C11 vs Redmi 9A

Let's check out these ultra-budget phones!

Realme and Redmi are two brands whose bread and butter is the budget smartphone market, and both brands regularly try to one-up each other in the highly competitive space. Each brand has a phone for every price segment that matter, even in the sub-Php 5K market. With the launch of the Realme C11, we’ll be pitting the new budget phone against the Redmi 9A, as both phones offer large batteries and decently-sized displays for cheap.

We compare the two budget phones in this article to see how different they are from one another:

Realme C11 Specs

  • MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor
  • IMG PowerVR GE 8320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6.5-inch HD+ LTPS IPS Dewdrop display, Gorilla Glass, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 32GB expandable storage
  • Dual rear cameras: 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor; with LED flash and PDAF
  • 5-megapixel f/2.4 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • AI Face Unlock
  • 5000mAh battery with 10w wired charging
  • Android 10 with RealmeOS

Xiaomi Redmi 9A specs

  • MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor
  • IMG PowerVR GE 8320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6.53-inch HD+ IPS display with dot-notch, Gorilla Glass; 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 32GB expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera; with AI, PDAF, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel f/2.2 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • AI Face Unlock
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 10 with MIUI 12


Both phones come with a polycarbonate frame and back panel, which is typical of budget phones. Both employ dual-texture designs, with the Realme C11 going loud for its branding. As for the camera module, the Redmi 9A goes for more conservative design, while the Realme C11 uses a square-shaped module.


While both phones come with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, they differ when it comes to the processor: Helio G35 on the Realme C11 and Helio G25 on the Redmi 9A. While both SoCs are based on a 12nm process, the Helio G35 has a higher 2.3Ghz CPU clock speed and a slightly higher GPU clock speed.


Both the Redmi 9A and Realme C11 are virtually identical when it comes to the display, with the former being slightly bigger. Both come with a dewdrop notch, 20:9 aspect ratio, and an HD+ resolution.


While both have the same front camera, the Realme C11 has a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main snapper and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Redmi 9A, on the other hand, settles for a single rear camera setup with a brighter f/1.8 opening.


Both phones excel in this department with their huge 5000mAh batteries. While both only come with MicroUSB ports and no fast charging, their large batteries are a rarity for the sub-Php 5k segment.


The Realme C11 is priced at Php 4,990, while the Redmi 9A is priced at Php 4,690. For Php 300 more, the Realme C11 gets you a dual rear camera setup and a slightly better Helio G35 processor at the expense of a slower main rear camera.

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