Xiaomi is known for shaving off battery capacities on its smartphones. Over the last few years, the company has built a reputation for reducing battery sizes compared to its older smartphones. The Redmi 3s and Redmi 4 featured a 4000mAh battery but the Redmi 5 arrived with a 3300mAh battery and the Redmi 6 rocked even a smaller 3000mAh battery. Now, a new Xiaomi smartphone carrying model number- M1901F9T passed through Chinese regulatory portal TENAA, and there's a disappointment out there. This M1901F9T Xiaomi smartphone is confirmed to sport a 2900mAh battery. Considering the model number, we expect this phone to be part of the Redmi 7 series, which is said to be released sometime early next year. Do make a note that other models- M1901F7C, M1901F7E, and M1901F7T already passed 3C certification in China.
Xiaomi Redmi 7: Specifications and Features
Going by the TENAA certification, the M1901F9T is expected to be the Redmi 7 or even the Redmi 7 Pro. The TENAA listing reveals the phone will have a 5.84-inch display, but the resolution is not revealed though. That said, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro arrived with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display. If the M1901F9T is believed to be the Redmi 7 Pro, then it would be a huge disappointment as the Redmi 6 Pro arrived with a 4000mAh battery.
Furthermore, the listing reveals the phone will run MIUI 10 out of the box, but the Android version was not revealed. However, most of the recent Xiaomi smartphones arrived with Android 8.1 Oreo, so that could be the same case with the M1901F9T. The TENAA listing also revealed images of M1901F9T in all angles- the front of the phone houses the notch, back of the phone has dual rear cameras, and it seems like the phone will have a glass back.
As you can clearly see in the image, the M1901F9T seems to have a teardrop notch as the speaker grille is on top. Due to the complete Black colour listing, we're unable to confirm the same. Also, the back of the phone is glossy- so finally we might see a budget Xiaomi smartphone with a glass back, or maybe Xiaomi is following the footsteps of Realme by adding a glossy finish to the back.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 Series: What to Expect?
The Redmi 6 series arrived in India back in September this year, but in China, the phones were launched back in June. So going by Xiaomi's six-month upgrade cycle, we're expecting the Redmi 7 devices to debut in January 2019. The Redmi 7 series might include Redmi 7, Redmi 7A and the Redmi 7 Pro. And these phones are expected to reach India sometime in May or April 2019.
Xiaomi chose MediaTek processors for the Redmi 6 and 6A considering there isn't a good entry-level processor from Qualcomm. But the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC is already available for manufacturers, so we're expecting the Redmi 7 to feature it. The Redmi 7 Pro, on the other hand, might come with the Snapdragon 632 SoC. It will be interesting to see which processor Xiaomi uses for the Redmi 7A.