If you are a cost savvy consumer, locally there are a number of options to choose from when it comes to entry-level smartphones. In the past we’ve been impressed by the offerings that Nokia and Huawei have had in this department, but Chinese firm Xiaomi does not wish to be forgotten either, having recently made its Redmi 9C available to purchase in South Africa.

While we’re yet to check out the new entry-level smartphone in person, looking over the specifications of the device, there are plenty of features and components to get excited about.

The most notable, which you’ve likely guessed based on the headline, is the massive 5 000mAh battery powering this smartphone. This is more than you’d find in a flagship phone, so Xiaomi is definitely looking to ensure that Redmi 9C users will be able to use their new phone for a full day and then some.

It remains to be seen whether the Redmi 9C can indeed sip on battery power, but there are also a few other elements to highlight here.

These include a large 6.53″ HD+ display with a “dot drop” notch to house the 5MP selfie camera. Added to this is a 13MP shooter on the rear, with an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 (clocked up to 2.3GHz) processor doing the heavy lifting.

RAM and storage are dependent on model, with a 2GB RAM option getting 32GB onboard storage and a 3GB version receiving 64GB of space. Both models support up to 512GB via the microSD slot.

As for pricing, the 2GB flavour carries a recommended price tag of R2 399, and the larger 3GB variant is listed at R2 599.