The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW!

Right after Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 7 with a 48MP shooter, they released the flagship Mi 9 model, also with a 48MP camera.

But the Redmi Note 7 and the Mi 9 are as different as different can be.

Find out what the Mi 9 offers over the Redmi Note 7, and why we gave it our coveted Editor’s Choice Award!

The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review - 48MP Flagship FTW!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9 Models + Prices

Xiaomi is offering two Mi 9 models in most countries…

But globally, there are two other models :

  • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RMB 3,299 / ~US$478 / ~£380 / ~RM 1,995
  • 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : RMB 3,999 / ~US$579 / ~£461 / ~RM 2,419 (Cancelled)

There are three colour options (from left to right) – Piano Black, Ocean Blue and Lavender Violet.

Xiaomi Mi 9 colour options

 

Mi 9 vs. Redmi Note 7

For those who are wondering how the Mi 9 compares against the Redmi Note 7, we created this comparison table :

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
6.3-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 84% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver (1.8 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640Qualcomm Adreno 512
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-4266 memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD card slot (share with SIM2)
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture13 MP sensor
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
Dual Lens Camera
- 48 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 5 MP depth sensor
- single LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Hybrid SIM tray
NFCYesNo
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsUltrasonic proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Linear motorGyroscope, Accelerometer, Distance, E-Compass, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging / 20 W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions74.67 mm wide
157.5 mm tall
7.61 mm thick
75.21 mm wide
159.21 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight173 grams186 grams
Colour OptionsPiano Black / Ocean Blue / Lavender VioletSpace Black / Neptune Blue / Nebula Red

As you can see, they are really quite different smartphones, even though they both have a 48 MP main camera.

 

Unboxing The Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) comes in a premium pearl white box. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

  • Xiaomi Mi 9 box
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 box

Xiaomi Mi 9 box content

When you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone
  • One Xiaomi Mi 9 clear TPU bumper case
  • One set of Xiaomi Mi 9 documents
  • One Xiaomi MDY-08-E1 USB charger (18 watt)
  • One USB Type C data and power cable
  • One USB Type C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

While we always like it when brands include a bumper case, this bumper case falls short of our expectations. We will explain it in our close-up look at the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) and its bumper case.

Next Page > Xiaomi Mi 9 – Up Close, Key Features

 

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