Xiaomi Mi 9 Processor, Memory + Storage, Setup, Battery Life + Recharging Speed
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Launched in February 2019, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is a very powerful mobile SoC for flagship smartphones.
It combines eight Qualcomm Kryo 485 processor cores, with an Adreno 640 GPU, a Snapdragon X24 and X50 modems, a Spectra 380 camera ISP and a Hexagon 690 DSP.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 uses a 1+3+4 cluster architecture :
- one turbo-speed Kryo 485 Gold core running at 2.84 GHz,
- three high-speed Kryo 485 Gold cores running at 2.42 GHz, and
- four Kryo 485 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz
In addition to an X24 LTE mode, the Snapdragon 855 also features the X50 modem, which allows it to deliver 5G mmWave connectivity.
Memory + Storage
Xiaomi does not allow anyone to check the amount of free memory, not even in Developer mode. But we used AIDA64 to confirm that with a clean system, it has 2.5 GB (42%) of free memory.
This is enough space to store about 31,000 photos, or 16.5 hours of 1080p videos, or 6 hours of 4K videos.
We highly recommend you get the 128 GB model, because the Mi 9 does not offer expandable storage using a microSD card.
Setting Up The Xiaomi Mi 9
We tested the Xiaomi Mi 9’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.
|Work 2.0||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Xiaomi Mi 9||OPPO R17 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S10+|
|Battery Capacity||4,000 mAh||3,300 mAh||3,700 mAh||4,100 mAh|
|Battery Life||12 hours 19 mins||12 hours 12 mins||11 hours 54 mins||10 hours 17 mins|
|Battery Utilisation||4.33 mAh / min.||3.61 mAh / min.||4.15 mAh / min.||5.32 mAh / min.|
|Review Links||Redmi Note 7
|OPPO R17 Pro
|Price Check||MY||US | UK | MY||MY | US||US | UK | MY|
IMPRESSIVE! Even with a relatively small 3,300 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) lasted almost as long as the Redmi Note 7, which has a much larger 4,000 mAh battery.
This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for almost 12.25 hours!
Battery Recharging Performance
However, it only comes bundled with an 18-watt MDY-08-E1 fast charger. Well, let’s see how fast it recharges the 3,300 mAh battery!
|Recharging Speed||OPPO R17 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 9||Samsung Galaxy S10+||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7|
|Battery Capacity||3,700 mAh||3,300 mAh||4,100 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Charger Output||50 Watts||18 Watts||15 Watts||10 Watts|
|Recharging Time||33 Minutes||84.5 minutes||91.6 minutes||133 mins|
|Recharging Speed||90 mAh / min.||31.2 mAh / min.||35.8 mAh / min.||24.0 mAh / min.|
|Review Links||R17 Pro
|Redmi Note 7
|Price Check||MY | US||US | UK | MY||US | UK | MY||MY|
This is good performance for its 18 watt charger, but falls short of the Samsung’s 15 watt charger that delivers 15% more juice with 16.7% less power consumption.
Thanks to its long battery life, it has a phenomenal battery life : recharging ratio of 8.7 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you only need to charge it for 7 minutes.
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