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Xiaomi Redmi 9T Review : Long-Life 48MP Smartphone!

We put the Xiaomi Redmi 9T to the test, and came back pretty impressed with this long-lasting 48 MP smartphone!

Take a look at the Redmi 9T, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Launch Presentation

The Redmi 9T is Xiaomi’s latest entry-level smartphone with a 48 MP camera, and a massive 6,000 battery.

Confusingly, it is the 4G little brother of their Redmi Note 9T – perplexing nomenclature, indeed!

For those who did not catch the official launch presentation, you can take a look in this video :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Specification Comparison

To help you differentiate between the Redmi 9T (4G) and the Redmi Note 9T (5G), here is their specification comparison.

Specifications Redmi 9T Redmi Note 9T
Display 6.53-inch IPS
– 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi, 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
OS MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm
Snapdragon 662
MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD (Up to 512 GB)
Front
Camera
8 MP camera (f/2.05) 13 MP camera (f/2.3)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
GPS GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC No Yes
Fingerprint
Sensor
Yes, Side-Mounted
IR Emitter Yes
Audio FM radio (with earphones)
Dual speakers (Hi-Res Audio certified)
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 6,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 18 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
77.3 mm
162.3 mm
9.6 mm
77.3 mm
161.2 mm
9.1 mm
Weight 198 g 199 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Price + Availability

Xiaomi will offer the Redmi 9T in four colour options – Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange and Ocean Green.

It will be available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Unboxing

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes in a simple white cardboard box. Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T smartphone
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T clear TPU bumper case
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T user guide and warranty card
  • Xiaomi MDY-11-EP power adaptor (22.5 watt)
  • USB Type A to USB Type C power and data cable
  • SIM tray pin

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Key Features

Here is a quick run-through of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s key features.

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

The Redmi 9T sports a large 6.53-inch Dot Drop display, with a FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has a pixel density of 395 ppi, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662

The Redmi 9T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 – a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020.

It has an 8-core processor, with four high-speed Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz, and four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz.

In addition to the Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, and 3rd Generation Qualcomm AI Engine, it offers 4G LTE and WiFi-AC connectivity.

Memory + Storage Options

Xiaomi is offering two memory and storage options – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

It also comes with a microSD card slot, in a triple card tray that also supports two nano SIM cards.

This is a big advantage for those who need additional storage, as well as the ability to support two SIM cards.

Five Cameras

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has an 8 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.05 aperture, hidden in a teardrop notch. A decent front camera at this price point.

At the back, it has a camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture
  • a single LED flash

This is really a triple camera system since the depth sensor does not capture any images, only provides depth data for better software bokeh effects.

Fingerprint Sensor

While many entry-level smartphones do not come with a fingerprint sensor, Redmi 9T has one on the side – an FPC102x sensor.

It is actually built into the Power button, which is more useful than a rear sensor if you attach it to your car’s dashboard.

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 6,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging.

Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt Xiaomi MDY-11-EP charger in the box, so that’s a nice “freebie”.

Audio Port + IR Emitter

Those who are still hanging onto their wired earphones will be happy to learn that the Redmi 9T comes with a 3.5 mm port at the top.

In addition, it also comes with an IR emitter that lets you use the Redmi 9T as a remote control.

Next Page > Camera Performance + Photo Samples

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Camera Performance + Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T’s 48 MP main camera takes 12 MP photos by default, with a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels.

The 48 MP sensor basically combines four pixels into one large “virtual pixel”, for better image quality and low-light performance.

The Redmi 9T produces pretty good photos with more than enough detail at 12 MP, unless you are planning to print large format photos.

There are three issues with this camera though, which we will go through below. In the meantime, take a look at three of the better photo samples we took.

Very Narrow Depth Of Field

First – its large f/1.79 aperture makes for better low-light performance, but has very narrow depth-of-field.

If you take a look at the these photos, you can see how only a small segment is in focus.

This is great for portraits, giving you a nice bokeh for the background. However, if you do not frame and focus properly, you will end up with an out-of-focus photo.

Long Minimum Focus

This camera has a rather long minimum focus, which makes for tricky close-up shots. It doesn’t help that the Redmi 9T won’t tell you when the camera cannot focus properly.

If you take pictures of close-up objects, you will more than likely end up with a bunch of out-of-focus photos.

Post Processing Issues

Finally – its AI post-processing sometimes can wipe out details.

If you look at this photo, you can’t really tell the yellow flower petals apart because the saturation boost just wiped out the detail and contrast.

Next Page > Battery Life + Recharging, Performance

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T comes with a massive 6,000 mAh battery.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained :

Work 2.0 Redmi 9T Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Battery Capacity 6,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 19 hrs
50 mins
12 hrs
25 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
4.03 mAh 4.30 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.44 mAh 5.91 mAh
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Will you look at that? Almost 20 hours of battery life, and this was based on running work apps non-stop!

This is incredibly long battery life – almost twice as long as the Galaxy Note20 Ultra!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Recharging Speed

Take a look at how fast it recharges its 6,000 mAh battery.

Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Note20
Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Redmi 9T
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,000 mAh 6,000 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 27 watts 18 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 67 mins 184 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
69.6 mAh 54.6 mAh 54.1 mAh 47.8 mAh 26.1 mAh
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The Xiaomi Redmi 9T may support 18 W charging, and even comes with a 22.5 watt fast charger, but it sure is slow at charging.

It takes over 3 hours to fully recharge its 6,000 mAh battery from 20% – almost twice as slow as the next slowest smartphone – the Black Shark 2 Pro!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Work Performance

We tested the Redmi 9T using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
BS 2 Pro Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Mobile Platform Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD
855+
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Performance Score 10523 8981 8384 7846 5986
Web Browsing 8865 8293 6768 8583 5844
Video Editing 6232 9166 5948 5524 3423
Writing 11112 9579 9226 9076 6657
Photo Editing 30789 19376 17595 10710 12031
Data Manipulation 6825 6155 6339 6450 4799

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a mid-range mobile SoC released in early 2020. So it isn’t surprising to see that it’s only about half as fast as a flagship SoC like the Exynos 990.

Even so, it offers pretty good work performance at this price point. Unless you are comparing smartphones side-by-side, you probably won’t notice the difference.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Redmi 9T using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6642 6258 5037 4470 1174
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5722 5386 4794 4314 1098
Sling Shot 8128 8127 4883 4343 1844

Needless to say, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T is no speedy Gonzales, when it comes to games.

On average, it only offers about 20% the gaming performance of a flagship chip like the Exynos 990, which powers the Galaxy Note20.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Overall Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Redmi 9T using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Note20
Ultra
B Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
SD
855+
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 662
AnTuTu Score 522735 434168 348397 330549 173559
CPU 146783 126170 101187 100272 64505
GPU 215205 188158 156700 149930 31734
Memory 89376 65052 72051 68188 40377
UX 71371 54788 18459 12159 36943

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 has decent CPU and memory performance, but falls short in the graphics department.

It’s good enough for work and the average mobile game. But don’t count on it to push the envelope when it comes to gaming.

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : A Quick Wrap

When we first received the Xiaomi Redmi 9T, we didn’t think much of it. But after a few weeks of trying it out, we came away pretty impressed with a few aspects.

But we also had some concerns, so let’s do a quick wrap…

Fantastic Battery Life

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T has seriously great battery life. This is a smartphone you can count on for a full day’s work without a power bank.

We have actually gone 2 days without recharging, so most users will probably never have battery anxiety with this phone!

Nice Large Display

The large 6.53-inch IPS display is pretty nice, especially at this price point. You would expect a 720p display without protection, but no, this is a Full HD+ panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

It is not particularly bright though, with 400 nits of maximum brightness. So don’t be disappointed if it appears a little washed out in bright sunlight.

Small Niceties

There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are no longer available in other smartphones :

  • 3.5 mm audio port
  • IR emitter
  • Triple card tray with microSD card slot

Pretty Decent Camera

Forget about the 48 MP marketing. It’s really a 12 MP camera. And it’s a nice camera at this price point.

Just watch out for the narrow depth-of-field, inability to take close-up photos and potential over-processing.

Not For Serious Gaming

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is a pretty good processor at this price point, and offers decent work performance.

However, it has a rather weak GPU. Perfectly fine for those playing simple mobile games, but not for serious gamers.

Slow Charging

Xiaomi may quote a 18 watt charging capability, and even pack a 22.5 watt fast charger in the box. But this baby sure takes its time recharging.

Fortunately, its long battery life ensures that you really don’t need to keep it plugged more than once a day.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Our Verdict + Award

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T offers a lot of decent features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.

There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large Full HD display, a decent processor and camera system, with a large battery.

This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Where To Buy?

The Redmi 9T is available for purchase, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

And here are some online purchase options :

 

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Xiaomi Mi 11 : Price + Pre-Order Deal in Malaysia!

The Xiaomi Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, boasting studio-grade cameras and top-of-the-line performance – is now available in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11, including its price and pre-order deal in Malaysia!

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Now Available In Malaysia

On 8 February 2021, Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, built around the latest Snapdragon 888 mobile platform. It was finally introduced to Malaysia on 25 February 2021.

Let’s start with their official launch presentation on the Mi 11 smartphone :

6.81-inch 120 Hz AMOLED Display

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a large 6.81-inch AMOLED display, with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 480 Hz sampling rate.

It has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, a maximum brightness of 1500 nits, and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

The Mi 11 is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile SoC, fabricated on the 5 nm process.

It boasts eight CPU cores with a triple-tier architecture, consisting of :

  • 1 x Kryo 680 Prime core (based on ARM Cortex-X1) at up to 2.84 GHz
  • 3 x Kryo 680 Gold cores (based on ARM Cortex-A78) at up to 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Kryo 680 Silver cores (based on ARM Cortex-A55) at up to 1.8 GHz

It also comes with an Adreno 660 GPU, Hexagon 780 DSP, Spectra 580 ISP and a built-in X60 5G/LTE modem.

RAM + Storage Options

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 SDRAM memory running at 3200 MHz.

Xiaomi will offer 128 GB and 256 GB storage options, with no external storage expansion through a microSD card.

Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 20 MP selfie camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. In the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • 108 MP main camera, f/1.85 aperture
  • 13 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, f/2.4 aperture

This triple-camera system is supported by a single LED flash.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 11
Display 6.81-inch AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3200 pixels, 515 ppi
– 120 Hz refresh rate
– 480 Hz sampling rate
– HDR10+, DCI-P3 colour gamut
– 1500 nits max. brightness
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus (front)
Operating System MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5-3200
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage None
Front Camera 20 MP selfie camera (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
108 MP Samsung HMX (f/1.85) main camera
13 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera
5 MP (f/2.4) macro camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC Yes
IR Emitter Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Battery 4,600 mAh
Charging 55 watt wired,
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
74.6 mm
164.3 mm
8.06 mm
Weight 196 g

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Price + Pre-Order Deal In Malaysia

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will come in two variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 2,799, approximately $691 / £494 / A$878 / S$915
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 2,999, approximately $740 / £529 / A$940 / S$980

There will be two colour options – Horizon Blue (left) and Midnight Gray (right) initially, with a third Cloud White colour coming later.

The 8 GB + 256 GB model is available for pre-order from 25 February until 10 March 2021 at their official online store.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 11 : What You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, boasting studio-grade cameras and top-of-the-line performance.

Here is what you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone!

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : What You Need To Know!

On 8 February 2021, Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, built around the latest Snapdragon 888 mobile platform.

Let’s start with their official launch presentation on the Mi 11 smartphone :

6.81-inch 120 Hz AMOLED Display

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a large 6.81-inch AMOLED display, with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 480 Hz sampling rate.

It has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, a maximum brightness of 1500 nits, and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

The Mi 11 is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile SoC, fabricated on the 5 nm process.

It boasts eight CPU cores with a triple-tier architecture, consisting of :

  • 1 x Kryo 680 Prime core (based on ARM Cortex-X1) at up to 2.84 GHz
  • 3 x Kryo 680 Gold cores (based on ARM Cortex-A78) at up to 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Kryo 680 Silver cores (based on ARM Cortex-A55) at up to 1.8 GHz

It also comes with an Adreno 660 GPU, Hexagon 780 DSP, Spectra 580 ISP and a built-in X60 5G/LTE modem.

RAM + Storage Options

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 SDRAM memory running at 3200 MHz.

Xiaomi will offer 128 GB and 256 GB storage options, with no external storage expansion through a microSD card.

Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 20 MP selfie camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. In the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • 108 MP main camera, f/1.85 aperture
  • 13 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, f/2.4 aperture

This triple-camera system is supported by a single LED flash.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 11
Display 6.81-inch AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3200 pixels, 515 ppi
– 120 Hz refresh rate
– 480 Hz sampling rate
– HDR10+, DCI-P3 colour gamut
– 1500 nits max. brightness
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus (front)
Operating System MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5-3200
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage None
Front Camera 20 MP selfie camera (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
108 MP Samsung HMX (f/1.85) main camera
13 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera
5 MP (f/2.4) macro camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC Yes
IR Emitter Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Battery 4,600 mAh
Charging 55 watt wired,
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
74.6 mm
164.3 mm
8.06 mm
Weight 196 g

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Price + Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will come in two variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : €749, approximately $903 / £657 / A$1172 / S$1203 / RM3688
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : €799, approximately $963 / £699 / A$1250 / S$1283 / RM3934

There will be two colour options – Horizon Blue (left) and Midnight Gray (right).

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : New Entry-Level 5G Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 5G smartphone – the Redmi Note 9T!

Take a look at the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T, and see if this is what you have been waiting for!

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : New Entry-Level 5G Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 5G smartphone – the Redmi Note 9T! This is the 5G big brother of their Redmi 9T. Confusing naming, indeed!

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

The Redmi Note 9T sports a large 6.53-inch Dot Drop display, with a FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

MediaTek Dimensity 800U

The Redmi Note 9T is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U mobile platform, with 5G and WiFi-AC connectivity.

It has an 8-core processor, with two high-speed ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.4 GHz, and six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 2 GHz.

It comes with the ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, and a built-in AI accelerator.

Memory + Storage Options

Xiaomi is offering two memory and storage options – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

Five Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T has an 13 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.3 aperture. At the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a large 5,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging. Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt charger in the box.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : Specification Comparison

To help you differentiate between the Redmi 9T (4G) and the Redmi Note 9T (5G), here is their specification comparison.

Specifications Redmi 9T Redmi Note 9T
Display Size 6.53-inch IPS
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi
Display Brightness 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 MediaTek Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage Options 64 GB / 128 GB
External Storage microSD (Up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera (f/2.05) 13 MP camera (f/2.3)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
IR Emitter Yes
Audio FM radio (with earphones)
Dual speakers (Hi-Res Audio certified)
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 6,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 18 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
77.3 mm
162.3 mm
9.6 mm
77.3 mm
161.2 mm
9.1 mm
Weight 198 g 199 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T : Price + Availability

The Redmi Note 9T will be available for purchase starting 11 January 2021, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : 229 (approximately RM1133 / US$281 / £207 / A$361 / S$372)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : 269 (approximately RM1331 / US$330 / £243 / A$424 / S$436)

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 9T : New Entry-Level 48MP Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 48 MP smartphone – the Redmi 9T!

Take a look at the new Xiaomi Redmi 9T, and see if this is what you have been waiting for!

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : New Entry-Level 48MP Smartphone!

Xiaomi just introduced a new entry-level 48 MP smartphone – the Redmi 9T! This is the 4G little brother of their Redmi Note 9T. Confusing naming, indeed!

6.53-inch FHD+ Dot Drop Display

The Redmi 9T sports a large 6.53-inch Dot Drop display, with a FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and is TUV Rheinland-certified for low blue light.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662

The Redmi 9T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 mobile platform, with 4G LTE and WiFi-AC connectivity.

It has an 8-core processor, with four high-speed Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz, and four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz.

It comes with the Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, and the 3rd Generation Qualcomm AI Engine.

Memory + Storage Options

Xiaomi is offering two memory and storage options – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

Five Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Redmi 9T has an 8 MP selfie camera, with a f/2.05 aperture. At the back, it has a quad-camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.79 aperture and 4-in-1 Super Pixel capability
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture

Power + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 6,000 mAh battery, which supports 18 watt fast charging. Oddly enough, it comes with a 22.5 watt charger in the box.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Specification Comparison

To help you differentiate between the Redmi 9T (4G) and the Redmi Note 9T (5G), here is their specification comparison.

Specifications Redmi 9T Redmi Note 9T
Display Size 6.53-inch IPS
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 395 ppi
Display Brightness 400 nits
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System MIUI 12 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 MediaTek Dimensity 800U
Memory 4 GB / 6 GB
Storage Options 64 GB / 128 GB
External Storage microSD (Up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera (f/2.05) 13 MP camera (f/2.3)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
48 MP wide (f/1.79)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
WiFi-AC (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
IR Emitter Yes
Audio FM radio (with earphones)
Dual speakers (Hi-Res Audio certified)
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 6,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 18 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
77.3 mm
162.3 mm
9.6 mm
77.3 mm
161.2 mm
9.1 mm
Weight 198 g 199 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9T : Price + Availability

Xiaomi will offer the Redmi 9T in four colour options – Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange and Ocean Green.

It will be available for purchase starting 15 January 2021, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 599 (approximately US$148 / £109 / A$191 / S$196)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 699 (approximately US$173 / £128 / A$223 / S$229)

 

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without Charger : Good Or Bad?

Xiaomi CEO just announced that the Mi 11 will NOT come with a charger. Instead, he hints at something better.

Is that a good decision, or a bad one for Xiaomi? What do YOU think?

 

Confirmed : Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without In-Box Charger

Not everything Apple does should be copied, but Xiaomi appears to be following their lead in dropping the in-box charger.

The upcoming Mi 11 smartphone will be the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship without a charger in the box. As the picture below shows, the Mi 11 box is very thin.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced this, citing “environmental protection”, and saying that they are well aware that this decision may not be popular with their customers.

The picture of the box also gives sharp-eyed Xiaomi fans a preview of the Mi 11’s key features :

  • 108 MP AI Super Camera
  • Super AMOLED Display with HDR10+ support
  • Sound by Harman / Kardon

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Good Or Bad To Ship Without Charger?

Echoing Apple’s words, he said that everyone has a lot of idle charges which is both a hassle for users to keep track of, and a burden to the environment.

Apple may be correct in that assessment since they have been using the same, piddling slow 5 watt charger for umpteen years until they introduced the 18 watt fast charger for the iPhone 11.

So iPhone users can use their old chargers from years ago without any change in charging experience.

But Android smartphones, including those from Xiaomi, have long provided much faster charging :

All those fast charging capabilities require new in-box chargers that support their higher charging speeds.

While you can use the old 5 watt or 10 watt chargers from years ago, they will not deliver the charging performance Xiaomi is quoting for their smartphones.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : A Better Solution Than In-Box Charger?

Lei Jun cryptically suggested that there may be a better solution for both the industry and the environment, which he will reveal at the Mi 11 press conference on 28 December 2020.

This is quite possibly some form of fast wireless charging technology, of which Xiaomi recently demonstrated an 80 watt prototype.

But it will doubtless be offered as a separate upgrade, although it is possible that Xiaomi may bundle a fast wireless charger with the Mi 11 as a sweetener during these difficult times.

If Xiaomi ends up doing that, the talk won’t be about how they screwed their fans out of an in-box charger, but how they generously ushered in a new world of wireless charging.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro : Malaysia Price + Specifications!

Here are the price and deals in Malaysia for the Mi 10T Pro – the new Xiaomi flagship smartphone with cutting-edge features, and an “honest price”.

Find out what the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro : Now Available In Malaysia!

The Mi 10T Pro continues Xiaomi’s emphasis on ultra-high resolution photography with its 108 MP main camera that boasts OIS and 8K video support.

It is a more affordable variant of the Mi 10 Pro launched earlier today, targeted at a world struggling against COVID-19.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

Like the Mi 10 Pro, the new Mi 10T Pro is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with eight Kryo 585 cores, and a Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10T Pro, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Flat Display, Higher Refresh Rate

The new Mi 10T Pro dropped the curved AMOLED display of the Mi 10 Pro, replacing it with a flat display with a higher 144 Hz refresh rate.

It has a lower peak brightness of 650 nits, but maintains its DCI-P3 colour gamut, support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

108 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T Pro comes with a triple-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • an 108 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

Larger Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T Pro has a 5,000 mAh battery – 11% larger than the Mi 10 Pro. However, it only supports 33W wired charging, and drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T Pro vs Mi 10 Pro : Specifications In Malaysia

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T Pro against the Mi 10 Pro in Malaysia.

Specifications Mi 10T Pro Mi 10 Pro
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AMOLED Display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels
– 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 1200 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
12 MP tele (2X) camera (f/2.0)
8 MP tele (10X hybrid) camera (f /2.0)
Connectivity Network : 5G (Sub-6), 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted In-Display
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only 50 W wired
30 W wireless
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 218 g 208 g

 

Mi 10T Pro : Price + Availability In Malaysia

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T Pro in three colour options – Lunar Silver, Aurora Blue and Cosmic Black, in one variant :

  • 8GB + 256GB : RM1,999 (about US$481 / £371 / A$672 / S$654)

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10T : Malaysia Price + Specifications!

Here are the price and deals in Malaysia for the new Mi 10T – a cheaper variant of the Mi 10T Pro, with a 64 MP camera!

Find out what the Xiaomi Mi 10T offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T : Now Available In Malaysia!

The Mi 10T is a curious oddity. It is essentially a cheaper variant of the new Mi 10T Pro smartphone, with a 64 MP camera as the main differentiating feature!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

Like the Mi 10T Pro and the Mi 10, the Mi 10T is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with eight Kryo 585 cores, and a Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10T, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Flat Display, Higher Refresh Rate

Xiaomi dropped the curved AMOLED display of the Mi 10, replacing it with a flat display with a higher 144 Hz refresh rate.

It has a lower peak brightness of 650 nits, but maintains its DCI-P3 colour gamut, support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

64 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T comes with a triple-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

Larger Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T has a 5,000 mAh battery – just 5% larger than the Mi 10.

It supports 33W wired charging – slightly faster than the Mi 10, but drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T vs Mi 10 : Specifications In Malaysia

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T against the Mi 10.

Specifications Mi 10T Mi 10
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels (395 ppi)
144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AMOLED Display
– 1080 x 2230 pixels
– 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 1120 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
Memory + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 5G (Dual SIM)
Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted In-Display
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,780 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only 30 W wired
30 W wireless
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 216 g 208 g

 

Mi 10T : Price + Availability In Malaysia

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T in two colour options – Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black, in one variant in Malaysia :

  • 8GB + 128GB : RM1,699 (about US$409 / £315 / A$573 / S$556)

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite : Malaysia Price + Deals!

Here are the official price and deals in Malaysia for the new Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, which runs on the new Snapdragon 750G and comes with a 120 Hz display!

Find out what the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite : Now Here In Malaysia!

The Mi 10T Lite is a mid-range smartphone designed for the COVID-19 age – offering all the key features we need at a very affordable price point.

Pegged right below the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T, it is built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G and features a 120 Hz display.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Mobile Platform

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a mid-range mobile SoC with eight Kryo 570 cores, and a Adreno 619 GPU.

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, it is more power-efficient, runs cooler and offers a longer battery life than the last-generation mobile SoCs.

It features an integrated Snapdragon X52 5G modem that supports mmWave and Sub-6 GHz spectrums.

120 Hz AdaptiveSync Display

Like the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T, the Mi 10T Lite comes with a 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The Mi 10T Lite display has a lower peak brightness of 450 nits, and a slightly slower 120 Hz refresh rate. But it maintains its support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

64 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T Lite comes with a quad-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • a 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture

4820 mAh Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T Lite comes with a 4,820 mAh battery – slightly less than the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T.

It supports 33W wired charging – slightly faster than the Mi 10, but drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T Lite vs Mi 10T : Specifications In Malaysia

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T Lite against the Mi 10T.

Specifications Mi 10T Mi 10T Lite
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 450 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 570 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
6 GB + 64 GB
6 GB + 128 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2) 16 MP camera (f/2.45)
Rear Cameras 64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 5G (Dual SIM)
Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,820 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
76.8 mm wide
165.38 mm tall
9.0 mm thick
Weight 216 g 215 g

 

Mi 10T Lite : Malaysia Price + Deals

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T Lite in three colour options – Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray and Rose Gold Beach, in two variants :

  • 6GB + 64GB : €279 (about US$328 / £254 / A$456 / S$447 / RM1359)
  • 6GB + 128GB : €329 (about US$386 / £300 / A$538 / S$527 / RM1603)

 

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Mi 10T Lite : Snapdragon 750G + 120Hz Display FTW!

The Mi 10T Lite is mid-range variant of the new Mi 10T Pro, featuring the new Snapdragon 750G with a 120 Hz display!

Find out what the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite : Snapdragon 750G + 120Hz Display FTW!

The Mi 10T Lite is a mid-range smartphone designed for the COVID-19 age – offering all the key features we need at a very affordable price point.

Pegged right below the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T, it is built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G and features a 120 Hz display.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Mobile Platform

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a mid-range mobile SoC with eight Kryo 570 cores, and a Adreno 619 GPU.

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, it is more power-efficient, runs cooler and offers a longer battery life than the last-generation mobile SoCs.

It features an integrated Snapdragon X52 5G modem that supports mmWave and Sub-6 GHz spectrums.

120 Hz AdaptiveSync Display

Like the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T, the Mi 10T Lite comes with a 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The Mi 10T Lite display has a lower peak brightness of 450 nits, and a slightly slower 120 Hz refresh rate. But it maintains its support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

64 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T Lite comes with a quad-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • a 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture

4820 mAh Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T Lite comes with a 4,820 mAh battery – slightly less than the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T.

It supports 33W wired charging – slightly faster than the Mi 10, but drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T Lite vs Mi 10T : Specifications

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T Lite against the Mi 10T.

Specifications Mi 10T Mi 10T Lite
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels

120 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 450 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 570 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
6 GB + 64 GB
6 GB + 128 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2) 16 MP camera (f/2.45)
Rear Cameras 64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 5G (Dual SIM)
Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,820 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
76.8 mm wide
165.38 mm tall
9.0 mm thick
Weight 216 g 215 g

 

Mi 10T Lite : Price + Availability

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T Lite in three colour options – Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray and Rose Gold Beach, in two variants :

  • 6GB + 64GB : €279 (about US$328 / £254 / A$456 / S$447 / RM1359)
  • 6GB + 128GB : €329 (about US$386 / £300 / A$538 / S$527 / RM1603)

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10T : Cheaper 64MP Variant Of Mi 10T Pro!

The Mi 10T is a cheaper variant of the new Mi 10T Pro smartphone, with a 64 MP camera and an even lower price!

Find out what the Xiaomi Mi 10T offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T : Cheaper 64MP Variant Of Mi 10T Pro!

The Mi 10T is a curious oddity. It is essentially a cheaper variant of the new Mi 10T Pro smartphone, with a 64 MP camera as the main differentiating feature!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

Like the Mi 10T Pro and the Mi 10, the Mi 10T is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with eight Kryo 585 cores, and a Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10T, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Flat Display, Higher Refresh Rate

Xiaomi dropped the curved AMOLED display of the Mi 10, replacing it with a flat display with a higher 144 Hz refresh rate.

It has a lower peak brightness of 650 nits, but maintains its DCI-P3 colour gamut, support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

 

64 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T comes with a triple-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

Larger Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T has a 5,000 mAh battery – just 5% larger than the Mi 10.

It supports 33W wired charging – slightly faster than the Mi 10, but drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T vs Mi 10 : Specifications

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T against the Mi 10.

Specifications Mi 10T Mi 10
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels (395 ppi)
144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AMOLED Display
– 1080 x 2230 pixels
– 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 1120 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
Memory + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 64 MP main camera (f/1.89)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 5G (Dual SIM)
Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted In-Display
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,780 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only 30 W wired
30 W wireless
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 216 g 208 g

 

Mi 10T : Price + Availability

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T in two colour options – Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black, in two variants :

  • 6GB + 128GB : €499 (about US$586 / £456 / A$815 / S$799 / RM2432)
  • 8GB + 128GB : €549 (about US$645 / £502 / A$897 / S$879 / RM2676)

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Smartphone : What You Need To Know!

The Mi 10T Pro is a new Xiaomi flagship smartphone with cutting-edge features, and an “honest price”.

Find out what the Mi 10T Pro offers, as well as its price and specifications!

 

Mi 10T Pro Smartphone : What You Need To Know!

The Mi 10T Pro continues Xiaomi’s emphasis on ultra-high resolution photography with its 108 MP main camera that boasts OIS and 8K video support.

It is a more affordable variant of the Mi 10 Pro launched earlier today, targeted at a world struggling against COVID-19.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

Like the Mi 10 Pro, the new Mi 10T Pro is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with eight Kryo 585 cores, and a Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10T Pro, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Flat Display, Higher Refresh Rate

The new Mi 10T Pro dropped the curved AMOLED display of the Mi 10 Pro, replacing it with a flat display with a higher 144 Hz refresh rate.

It has a lower peak brightness of 650 nits, but maintains its DCI-P3 colour gamut, support for HDR10, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

108 MP Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Mi 10T Pro comes with a triple-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • an 108 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • a 13 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

Larger Battery With 33W Charging

The Mi 10T Pro has a 5,000 mAh battery – 11% larger than the Mi 10 Pro. However, it only supports 33W wired charging, and drops the wireless charging capability.

 

Mi 10T Pro vs Mi 10 Pro : Specifications

In this table, we compare the Mi 10T Pro against the Mi 10 Pro.

Specifications Mi 10T Pro Mi 10 Pro
Display 6.67-inch AdaptiveSync Display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 144 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 650 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
6.67-inch AMOLED Display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels
– 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 1200 nits max. brightness
– HDR10 certified
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating None
Operating System MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion NA
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear Cameras 108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
13 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
108 MP main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
12 MP tele (2X) camera (f/2.0)
8 MP tele (10X hybrid) camera (f /2.0)
Connectivity Network : 5G (Sub-6), 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted In-Display
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 33 W wired only 50 W wired
30 W wireless
Dimensions 76.4 mm wide
165.1 mm tall
9.33 mm thick
74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 218 g 208 g

 

Mi 10T Pro : Price + Availability

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 10T Pro in three colour options – Lunar Silver, Aurora Blue and Cosmic Black, in two variants :

  • 8GB + 128GB : €599 (about US$703 / £547 / A$979 / S$958 / RM2916)
  • 8GB + 256GB : €649 (about US$762 / £593 / A$1060 / S$1038 / RM3160 )

 

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Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi just unveiled their 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, which is being put into mass production!

Here’s a quick primer on what will soon be coming to a Xiaomi smartphone near you!

 

Xiaomi Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi has been working on their Under-Display Camera technology for quite some time. Their first generation effort did not go far – it didn’t even leave their lab.

Their second generation Under-Display Camera technology was good enough to showcase to the public, but never made it to production.

That changes with their new 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology!

 

Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

In the 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the “full-screen effect” through better pixel arrangement, and optimisation of their camera algorithm.

The new pixel arrangement of the display allows light to pass through the gaps between the sub-pixels. This allows each pixel to retain a complete RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.

Xiaomi claims that their unique pixel arrangement doubles the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, compared to competing solutions – delivering the same pixel density over the camera, as the rest of the display.

According to Xiaomi, the display area over the camera will have the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.

The Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase light transmittance to the camera below.

Xiaomi claims that these improvements allow the new under-display camera to deliver the same performance as conventional front cameras.

That’s why they are confident enough to put it into mass production, with plans to introduce these under-display cameras in their smartphones next year.

 

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Redmi Note 9 Pro : Cheap 64 MP Quad Camera Smartphone!

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, offering a 64 MP quad-camera system on the cheap!

Find out if the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Cheap 64MP Quad Camera Smartphone!

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, offering a 64 MP quad-camera system on the cheap!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Mobile Platform

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile platform, with two Kryo 465 Gold high-performance cores, six Kryo 465 Silver low-power cores, and the Adreno 618 GPU.

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, it is power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

64 MP Quad Camera with 4K Video Recording

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a quad-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • a 64 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 4K video recording,
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 5 MP macro camera with 2 cm to 10 cm focal range
  • a 2 MP depth sensor (for software bokeh, doesn’t take any photos)

6.67-inch Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a really large 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

It has a rather low peak brightness of 450 nits, and a reasonably wide colour gamut of 84% NSTC. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in the front and back.

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a large 5,020 mAh battery, and supports 30W wired charging, allowing you to recharge up to 57% in just 30 minute.

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Specifications

Specifications Redmi Note 9 Pro
Display 6.67-inch IPS display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels
– 450 nits max. brightness
– 1500:1 contrast ratio
– 84% NTSC colour gamut
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
Operating System MIUI 11 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
CPU 2 x Kryo 465 Gold core (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 465 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (500 MHz)
RAM 6 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD card slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP sensor with f/2.48 aperture
Rear Cameras Quad Camera System
– 64 MP main camera with f/1.89 aperture
– 8 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
– 5 MP macro camera
– 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi-ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
NFC Yes
Battery 5,020 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 30W wired charging
Dimensions 76.68 mm wide
165.75 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro : Price + Availability

The Xiaomi is offering the Redmi Note 9 Pro in three colour options – Interstellar Grey, Glacier White and Tropical Green, in one variant, at least initially :

  • 6GB + 128GB : RM 1,099 / ~US$254 / ~£207 / ~A$392 / ~S$360

The pre-order kicks off today, 11 May, and ends on 17 May 2020. Every pre-order will entitle you to a free 10,000 mAh Redmi Power Bank.

Delivery and retail sale will begin on 18 May 2020.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro : 5G + 108MP Quad Camera Flagship!

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is their new flagship smartphone, offering 5G connectivity, and a 108 MP quad-camera system!

Find out if the Mi 10 Pro is the 5G smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro : 5G + 108MP Camera Flagship!

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is their flagship smartphone for 2020, offering 5G connectivity with a new 108 MP quad-camera system!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with new Kryo 585 high-performance cores, and a new Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10 Pro, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

108 MP Quad Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro comes with a true quad-camera system, which is comprised of :

  • an 108 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording,
  • a 20 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera with 10X hybrid zoom, and OIS

We have no idea yet just how useful it is to have two telephoto cameras though.

6.67-inch 3D Curved AMOLED Display

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro comes with a really large 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 3D curved edges and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It boasts a peak brightness of 1200 nits, a wide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, and support for HDR10+. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery, and supports 50W wired and 30W wireless charging, allowing you to fully recharge it in 45 minutes and 65 minutes respectively.

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro : Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Display 6.67-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate
– 1200 nits max. brightness
– HDR10+, DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System MIUI 11 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 20 MP sensor with f/2.3 aperture
Rear Cameras Quad Camera System
– 108 MP main camera with f/1.69 aperture, OIS
– 20 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
– 12 MP telephoto (2X) camera with f/2.0 aperture
– 8 MP telephoto (10X hybrid) camera with f /2.0 aperture and OIS
Connectivity Network : 5G (Sub-6), 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
NFC Yes
Audio Dual 1216 linear speakers
1.2 cc sound chamber
Hi-Res Audio certified
Battery 4,500 mAh LiPo battery
– 50W wired + 30W wireless charging
– supports reverse wireless charging
Dimensions 74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 208 g

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro : Price + Availability

The Xiaomi offers the Mi 10 in two matte colour options – Alpine White and Solstice Grey, in one variant :

  • 8GB + 256GB : RM 3,899 / ~US$889 / ~£719 / ~A$1,399 / ~S$1,269

The pre-order kicks off today, 22 April, and ends on 30 April 2020. Every pre-order will entitle you to a free Mi True Wireless Earphones, as well as 24 months warranty and 1-time free screen damage protection.

Delivery and retail sale will begin on 1 May 2020.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 10 : Affordable 5G + 108MP Camera FTW!

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is here, offering an affordable flagship smartphone with 5G connectivity, and a 108 MP main camera!

Find out if the Mi 10 is the smartphone upgrade you have been waiting for in 2020!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 : Affordable 5G + 108MP Camera FTW!

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is designed to offer a cheaper flagship alternative to the Mi 10 Pro, with the same 5G chipset and 108 MP main camera.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

The Xiaomi Mi 10 is built around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, delivering flagship-class performance with new Kryo 585 high-performance cores, and a new Adreno 650 GPU.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it is also more power-efficient, running cooler and offering a longer battery life.

In the Mi 10, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It also supports 5G MultiLink, allowing it to connect simultaneously to 2.4G Wi-Fi, 5G Wi-Fi and mobile data.

108 MP Quad Camera with 8K Video Recording

The Xiaomi Mi 10 comes with a quad-camera system, headlined by the 108 MP main camera that supports 4-in-1 SuperPixel low-light capability, and 8K video recording.

It is paired with a 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor (which does not take photos, but allows for more accurate software bokeh effects).

6.67-inch 3D Curved AMOLED Display

The Xiaomi Mi 10 comes with a really large 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 3D curved edges and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It boasts a peak brightness of 1120 nits, a wide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, and support for HDR10+. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Large, Fast-Charging Battery

The Xiaomi Mi 10 comes with a large 4,780 mAh battery, and supports 30W wired and wireless charging, allowing you to fully recharge it in 56 minutes and 69 minutes respectively.

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 : Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 10
Display 6.67-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate
– 1120 nits max. brightness- HDR10+, DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System MIUI 11 based on Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
CPU 1 x Kryo 585 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (600 MHz)
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 20 MP sensor with f/2.3 aperture
Rear Cameras Quad Camera System
– 108 MP main camera with f/1.69 aperture, OIS
– 13 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture
– 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
– 2 MP depth sensor with f /2.4 aperture
Connectivity Network : 5G (Sub-6), 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Infra-Red : IR emitter
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
NFC Yes
Audio Dual 1216 linear speakers
1.0 cc sound chamber
Hi-Res Audio certified
Battery 4,780 mAh LiPo battery
– 30W wired + wireless charging
– supports reverse wireless charging
Dimensions 74.8 mm wide
162.58 mm tall
8.96 mm thick
Weight 208 g

 

Xiaomi Mi 10 : Price + Availability

The Xiaomi offers the Mi 10 in two glossy colour options – Twilight Grey and Coral Green, in two variants :

  • 8GB + 128GB : RM 2,799 / ~US$639 / ~£518 / ~A$1,007 / ~S$911
  • 8GB + 256GB : RM 2,999 / ~US$684 / ~£555 / ~A$1,079 / ~S$976

The pre-order kicks off today, 22 April, and ends on 30 April 2020. Every pre-order will entitle you to a free Mi Smart Band 4, as well as 24 months warranty and 1-time free screen damage protection.

Delivery and retail sale will begin on 1 May 2020.

 

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro MY + SG Price + Deals!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, and here are their official price lists and deals for both Malaysia and Singapore!

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro MY + SG Price + Deals!

Both the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Glacier White and Aurora Green.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has an official launch price of RM 2,099 and SGD 699, approximately US$503 / £387 / A$734.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 7th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro version has an official launch price of RM 2,499 and SGD 799, approximately US$599 / £461 / A$874.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products, as well as a 12 Months Screen Replacement warranty.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 14th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
Display 6.47-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (~398 ppi)
– 600 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with MIUI 11
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
CPU 2 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (700 MHz)
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
256 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 32 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 108 MP Samsung HMX main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
12 MP portrait camera (f//2.0)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/.0)
5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)

2 MP macro camera
108 MP Camera Lens 7P Lens 8P Lens
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 5,2260 mAh
30 W
fast charging
Dimensions 74.2 mm wide
157.8 mm tall
9.67 mm thick
Weight 208 g
Colour Options Midnight Black / Glacier White / Aurora Green

 

 

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro – the world’s first 108 MP penta camera smartphones – come in three colour options.

Let’s take a look at the three colour options for the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro. Tell us which YOU prefer! 🙂

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro : A Quick Primer

Xiaomi pulled out all the stops with both models, equipping them with 5 rear cameras, including a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera!

Penta Camera System with 108 MP Main Camera!

Their marquee feature is, without doubt, the penta camera system which consists of :

  • a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera (f/1.69 aperture) with OIS
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 2X zoom (f/2.0)
  • a 5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0) with 5X zoom and OIS
  • a 20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
  • a 2 MP macro camera

3D Curved AMOLED Display

Both models come with a large 6.47-inch 3D curved AMOLED display, with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Performance + Storage

They are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a mid-range mobile SoC which is also used by the Samsung Galaxy A80.

The Mi Note 10 comes with 6 GB LPDDR4x memory, and 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. The Pro version, on the other hand, has 8 GB LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB UFS 2.1 storage.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

Check out all three colour options in this video. From left to right – Aurora Green, Glacier White and Midnight Black.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has an official launch price of RM 2,099 and SGD 699, approximately US$503 / £387 / A$734.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 7th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro version has an official launch price of RM 2,499 and SGD 799, approximately US$599 / £461 / A$874.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products, as well as a 12 Months Screen Replacement warranty.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 14th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

 

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro : 108MP Penta-Camera FTW?

Xiaomi just launched the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro – two mobile photography beasts with five rear cameras, including a 108 MP camera!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro smartphones!

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro : 108 MP Penta-Camera FTW?

Xiaomi is pulling out all the stops with both models, equipping them with 5 rear cameras, including a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera!

Let’s dive into their key features…

Penta Camera System with 108 MP Main Camera!

Their marquee feature is, without doubt, the penta camera system which consists of :

  • a 108 MP Samsung HMX camera (f/1.69 aperture) with OIS
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 2X zoom (f/2.0)
  • a 5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0) with 5X zoom and OIS
  • a 20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
  • a 2 MP macro camera

The 108 MP main camera defaults to 27 MP, to ensure maximum image quality in low-light conditions, and smaller file sizes. There is an option to turn on 108 MP if you need the ultra-high resolution.

Incidentally, the Pro version uses a 8P lens design for its 108 MP shooter, while the standard version uses a 7P lens setup.

3D Curved AMOLED Display + Back

Both models come with a large 6.47-inch 3D curved AMOLED edge-to-edge display, with ultra-thin bezels.

Their backs are covered in 3D curved glass for a more comfortable grip and protection. They are protected in the front and back by Gorilla Glass 5.

Performance + Storage

Both models are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a mid-range mobile SoC which is also used by the Samsung Galaxy A80.

It has two fast Kryo 470 Gold cores at 2.2 GHz, six low-power Kryo 470 Silver cores at 1.7 GHz, and an Adreno 618 GPU running at 700 MHz.

The Mi Note 10 comes with 6 GB LPDDR4x memory, and 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. The Pro version, on the other hand, has 8 GB LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB UFS 2.1 storage.

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
Display 6.47-inch AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (~398 ppi)
– 600 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with MIUI 11
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
CPU 2 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 470 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 618 (700 MHz)
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
256 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 32 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 108 MP Samsung HMX main camera (f/1.69)
20 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
12 MP portrait camera (f//2.0)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/.0)
5 MP telephoto camera (f/2.0)

2 MP macro camera
108 MP Camera Lens 7P Lens 8P Lens
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 5,2260 mAh
30 W
fast charging
Dimensions 74.2 mm wide
157.8 mm tall
9.67 mm thick
Weight 208 g
Colour Options Midnight Black / Glacier White / Aurora Green

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Mi Note 10 Pro Price + Deals

Both models are available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Glacier White and Aurora Green.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi Note 10 | Note 10 Pro Colour Comparison!

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has an official launch price of RM 2,099 and SGD 699, approximately US$503 / £387 / A$734.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 7th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro version has an official launch price of RM 2,499 and SGD 799, approximately US$599 / £461 / A$874.

In Malaysia, it will be available at selected Mi Stores from 7-15 December 2019, with a special 12/12 online sale. During this time, every purchase will come with a RM 100 voucher for other Mi Store products, as well as a 12 Months Screen Replacement warranty.

In Singapore, sales will kick off on 14th December 2019, with a SGD 50 voucher for other Mi Store products.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 8 Pro, offering 64 MP photography at ridiculous price points!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, including its key features, price and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Revealed!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is more than just the Redmi Note 8 with a 64 MP camera. In fact, it is built upon the MediaTek Helio G90T mobile platform that is optimised for mobile gaming!

In this video, Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore, explains what the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers!

More Premium Design

Despite the very similar names, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is quite different from the Redmi Note 8. Not only does it boast a more premium curved design, it come with these features :

  • a larger 6.53-inch Dot Drop display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and 84% NTSC gamut
  • 6 GB LPDDR4x memory and 64 GB / 128 GB storage options
  • 20 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera
  • 4,500 mAh lithium-ion battery

Gaming-Centric MediaTek Helio G90T

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) uses the MediaTek Helio G90T, which is a 12 nm gaming-centric mobile platform.

It has two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05 GHz, and six low-power Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0 GHz. And it comes with the Mali-G76 GPU running at 800 MHz.

64 MP Samsung GW1 Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 64 MP main camera built around the Samsung GW1 sensor, paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

In addition, it comes with two additional cameras like the Redmi Note 8 :

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  • a new 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a new 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens

In the front, it sports a higher-resolution 20 MP camera with a bright f/2.0 aperture.

Faster Charging Larger Battery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Lazada | Shopee) comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery.

Like the Redmi Note 8, it supports 18 watt fast charging. But the good news is – it comes with a 18 watt fast charger.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro Comparison

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Display 6.3-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6.53-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (395 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating NA
Operating System Android 9 Pie
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 MediaTek Helio G90T
CPU 4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.05 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 610 ARM Mali-G76 (800 MHz)
RAM 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage
Front Camera 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture 20 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.79 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
64 MP Samsung GW1 camera with f/1.89 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 13 UL, Cat 13 DL
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted
Other Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Acceleratometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
NFC No Yes
Battery 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery 4,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger 18 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
18 W fast charging (maximum)
18 W fast charger in box
Dimensions 75.3 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
8.35 mm thick
76.4 mm wide
161.35 mm tall
8.79 mm thick
Weight 190 g 200 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price + Availability

There are three Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro models :

Both models will be available for sale starting 12 October 2019, with three colour options – Forest Green, Mineral Grey and Pearl White.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Pre-Order Deals

Xiaomi is offering these deals for the pre-order period from 8 to 11 October 2019 :

You can grab these pre-order deals here – Lazada | Shopee

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 8, offering 48 MP photography at ridiculous price points!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, including its key features, price and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Revealed!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) builds upon the Redmi Note 7 that was launched just 6.5 months ago, offering a faster and more efficient Snapdragon 665 mobile platform and expanded photographic capabilities.

Join Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore, for his presentation on what’s new!

Same Key Features

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) retains many of the Redmi Note 7‘s key features :

  • a large 6.3-inch Dot Drop display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and 84% NTSC gamut
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection in both front and rear aspects
  • 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x memory and 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage options
  • 13 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 48 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery

Faster + More Efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) replaces the old 14 nm Snapdragon 660 AIE platform, with a new 11 nm Snapdragon 665 AIE platform.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 actually has a slightly slower CPU, but makes up for it with a much faster Adreno 610 GPU.

More importantly, it is built on the smaller 11 nm process technology, which reduces its power consumption and thermal output.

Expanded Photographic Capabilities

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 first introduced a 48 MP main camera built around the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor, paired with a 5 MP depth sensor.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) uses the same 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera, but pairs it with a 2 MP depth sensor instead while offering expanded photographic capabilities through two additional cameras :

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  • a new 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a new 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens

The Redmi Note 8 Has Faster Charging… Well, Not Quite

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Lazada | Shopee) supports 18 watt fast charging. However, it only ships with a 10 watt fast charger.

If you wish to make full use of its faster charging capability, you will need to purchase a separate 18 watt fast charger.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 7 Comparison

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Display 6.3-inch Dot Drop display
– 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
– 84% NTSC, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP Rating NA
Operating System Android 9 Pie
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
CPU 4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 610 Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.79 aperture
8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
48 MP Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.8 aperture
5 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 13 UL, Cat 13 DL
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted
Other Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Acceleratometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
NFC No
Battery 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger 18 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
10 W fast charging (maximum)
10 W fast charger in box
Dimensions 75.3 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
8.35 mm thick
75.21 mm wide
159.21 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 190 g 186 g

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Price + Availability

Like they did with the Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi will offer three Redmi Note 8 models :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 / ~US$ 143 / ~£117 / ~A$212
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 191 / ~£156 / ~A$282
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 899 / ~US$ 214 / ~£176 / ~A$318

They will make the 4 GB + 64 GB model available for sale starting 12 October 2019, while the other two models will start selling on 18 October 2019.

There are three colour options – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Moonlight White.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pre-Order Deal

If you pre-order the 4 GB + 64 GB model from 8 to 11 October 2019, you will receive a FREE pair of Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic worth RM 99 / ~US$24 / ~£19 / ~A$35.

You can grab this pre-order offer here – Lazada | Shopee

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Preview + Colour Options!

Xiaomi launched the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) in June, and now they finally launched the Mi 9T Pro, also known as the Redmi K20 Pro!

Here is our hands-on preview of the new Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, as well as our comparison of all three colour options!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Preview

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) before its launch. Here is our preview of all three colour options!

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is, in many respects, very similar to the Mi 9T (Redmi K20). In fact, there are only three key aspects in which they differ…

Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Platform

The Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform, while the Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 flagship platform.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has a triple-cluster CPU architecture, that consists of :

  • a prime Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
  • three performance Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
  • four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)

It also has an Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU, with a clock speed of 585 MHz.

Xiaomi took great pains to point out to us that it has great gaming performance, even though it is not the Snapdragon 855 Plus that will power some “gaming smartphones” like the ROG Phone 2, and the upcoming Black Shark 2 Pro.

To ensure sustained performance, the Snapdragon 855 is kept cool by an 8-layer graphite stack, and a bi-directional cooling system.

Xiaomi only let us test the Mi 9T Pro for two rounds of PUBG Mobile. It had no problem (of course) running PUBG Mobile with all the graphics features turned on, but it will get pretty toasty.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

A Better Front Camera

Both models have a 20 MP front camera. But they differ in two aspects :

  • the Mi 9T Pro has a larger sensor, with much larger 1.6 μm pixels (versus 0.9 μm pixels)
  • the Mi 9T‘s front camera has a slightly larger f/2.0 aperture (versus f/2.2)

What this means is the Mi 9T Pro’s front camera will give you better picture quality with less noise. And even though it has a slightly smaller aperture, it will still deliver better low-light performance because it has 78% larger pixels.

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Better Video Recording Capability

The Mi 9T (Redmi K20) uses the Sony IMX582 sensor, while the Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) uses the Sony IMX586 sensor.

However, they are both virtually the same – with the same sensor size, pixel size and 48 MP resolution.

The only difference – the IMX582 can only record 4K videos at up to 30 fps, while the IMX586 can record 4K videos at up to 60 fps.

Recommended : Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582 Comparison – Which Is Better?

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Specifications

We now compare the specifications of both models.

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9T ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 618 (610 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 1.6 μm pixels, and f/2.2 aperture20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
Triple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX582 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
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
NFCYesYes
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorIn-Display Sensor
Other SensorsDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compassDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight191 grams191 grams
Colour OptionsCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame RedCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame Red

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Price + Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants, at these recommended retail prices starting 30 August 2019 :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,599 / ~$379 / ~£313 / ~A564
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,799 / ~$429 / ~£349 / ~A635

They will also be available all three colours – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue, Flame Red for both variants.

Xiaomi is also introducing the Pearl White colour, but it is only available in the 6 GB + 64 GB version, at Authorised Mi Stores only.

It will only be available starting 30 August 2019, but you can pre-order it now – 6GB + 64GB | 6GB + 128GB.

 

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The Xiaomi Mi A3 – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi A3 – their new best-in-class Android One smartphone. It promises to offer a big upgrade over last year’s Mi A2 smartphone.

Let’s take a look at what Xiaomi upgraded in the new Mi A3, and see how much has changed from the Mi A2!

 

The Xiaomi Mi A3 Smartphone

Let’s start with the official Xiaomi Mi A3 tech briefing by Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE Platform

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (MY | US | UK | AU) uses a newer, upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 mobile platform. Despite its name, it actually has slightly slower CPU performance than the Mi A2‘s Snapdragon 660.

However, it boasts a faster Adreno 610 GPU, and is fabricated on the 11 nm process, which means it is smaller, runs cooler and is more power-efficient.

The Mi A3 also comes with UFS 2.1 flash storage, which is much faster than the eMMC 5.1 flash storage used in the Mi A2.

HD+ AMOLED Display

Xiaomi swapped out the Mi A2‘s Full HD+ IPS display, for a HD+ AMOLED display in the Mi A3.

It has a lower resolution, but offers a much better colour gamut of 102.7% NTSC, with a higher contrast ratio of 60,000:1.

Front Camera : 32 MP With Super Pixel

Xiaomi swapped out the Mi A2‘s 20 MP front camera with f/1.75 aperture and LED flash for a 32 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

To ensure great low-light performance, this 32 MP front camera supports Super Pixel technology, which combines four pixels, creating a large 1.6 μm pseudo-pixel.

Triple Rear Cameras : Dual Cameras + Depth Sensor

The Mi A2 paired a 12 MP Sony IMX486 camera with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 low-light camera. Xiaomi took a different direction with the Mi A3.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (MY | US | UK | AU) boasts a 48 MP main camera with a large ½” sensor size and bright f/1.79 aperture. It supports Super Pixel technology, so that takes care of low-light performance.

The main camera is paired with a 2 MP depth sensor, which does not take any photos. Its sole function is to obtain depth data so the Mi A3 can create accurate software bokeh effects.

The second camera is now an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera, with f/2.2 aperture. This offers more creative photography options than the Mi A2.

The Audio Port + microSD Slot Returns!

Xiaomi also listen to pleas from their fans and reintroduced the 3.5 mm audio port, and the microSD slot. So you can now use your wired earphones, and add more storage!

34% More Battery Capacity!

The Mi A2 was criticised for its relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, which did not last long with the power-hungry Snapdragon 660 processor.

Xiaomi fixed that with a much larger 4,030 mAh battery in the Mi A3 (MY | US | UK | AU). Coupled with the more power-efficient Snapdragon 665 processor, it should deliver a much longer battery life.

 

Xiaomi Mi A3 vs. Xiaomi Mi A2

Here are the specifications of both smartphones compared!

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi A3Xiaomi Mi A2
Display6.088-inch IPS display
- 720 x 1560 pixels
5.99-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (403 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 665Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.0 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.84 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 610Qualcomm Adreno 512
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM
Storage64 / 128 GB internal storage
microSD card slot
64 GB internal storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera32 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
20 MP IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture
- single LED flash
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
Rear CameraTriple Lens Camera
- 48 MP Sony camera (f/1.79)
- 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera (f/2.2)
- 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
Dual Lens Camera
- 12 MP Sony IMX486 camera (f/1.75)
- 20 MP Sony IMX376 low-light camera (f/1.75)
- PDAF capability
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB-C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
RadioNoNo
GPSWith A-GPS, GLONASS, BeidouWith A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Infra-red EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-DisplayYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Ambient LightAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Battery4,030 mAh lithium-ion3,000 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71.85 mm wide
153.48 mm tall
8.475 mm thick
75.4 mm wide
158.7 mm tall
7.3 mm thick
Weight173.8 g166 g
Available ColoursMore than White, Not just Blue, Kind of GreyBlack, Gold, Blue, Red, Rose Gold

 

Xiaomi Mi A3 Colour Comparison

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (MY | US | UK | AU) comes in three colour options – More than White, Not just Blue and Kind of Grey.

SERIOUSLY. They are adopting the cutesy Google Pixel colour naming system.

Check out this colour comparison, and let us know which colour YOU prefer! 🙂

 

Xiaomi Mi A3 Price + Availability

Xiaomi is making it available in two models, at these price points starting 3 August 2019.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 7A Price, Specifications + Availability Confirmed!

Xiaomi just launched the highly-affordable Redmi 7A smartphone! Here are its official price list, specifications and availability!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A Smartphone

The Xiaomi Redmi 7A is their new entry-level smartphone, offering a major upgrade over the Redmi 6A.

It has a better design built around a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 platform, a larger 4,000 mAh battery, and splash resistance.

The Redmi 7A has a 5 MP front camera, with a 12 MP rear camera. It also has a 5.45-inch HD+ display, with low blue light eye protection certified by TÜV Rheinland.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Redmi 7A
Display5.45-inch IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- 70% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionSplash-resistant coating
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505 (650 MHz)
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 memory
Storage16 GB / 32 GB
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Cameras12 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : micro-USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Hybrid SIM tray
IR EmitterNo
Fingerprint SensorNo
Other SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, Distance, E-Compass, Ambient Light
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions70.41 mm wide
146.30 mm tall
9.55 mm thick
Weight165 grams
Colour OptionsMatte Black, Matte Blue, Gem Blue, Gem Red

 

Xiaomi Redmi 7A Price + Availability

Globally, the Xiaomi Redmi 7A is available in four colour options – Matte Blue, Matte Black, Gem Blue, and Gem Red.

In Malaysia, it is only available in Matte Blue and Matte Black, at the following price points :

  • 2 GB + 16 GB : RM 399 / ~US$97 / ~£78 / ~€86
  • 2 GB + 32 GB : RM 439 / ~US$107 / ~£85 / ~€95

Xiaomi is only making the 2 GB + 16 GB model available online, starting 22 July 2019 on Shopee, and 26 July on Lazada.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Price List + Special Offer In Malaysia Revealed!

Excited about the new Xiaomi Mi 9T smartphone? Here is the official Mi 9T price list… and the 1-day-only special offer for Malaysia!

 

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Smartphone

The Xiaomi Mi 9T, also known as the Redmi K20, boasts a pop-up front camera and a 48 MP triple camera system at the back!

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Colour Options

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9T (MY) in three colour options – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

The Glacier Blue and Flame Red colour options have a dynamic holographic design, while the Carbon Black option has a textured carbon fibre design.

The back cover is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated to survive 1.6-meter drops on hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.

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

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Price + Availability!

Here is the official Xiaomi Mi 9T price list :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$289 / ~£228 / ~€256
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,399 / ~US$337 / ~£266 / ~€299

The 64 GB model will start selling on 25 June 2019, with pre-booking beginning immediately.

The 128 GB model will only be available from 29 June 2019 onwards.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Launch Offer!

At 10 AM on 25 June 2019, Xiaomi will sell the 64 GB model at a special price of RM 1,099 / ~US$265 / ~£209 / ~€235

To take advantage of this special offer, you need to PRE-BOOK your unit NOW. Do NOT wait until 10 AM on 25 June, as units are limited!

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi 9T smartphone. Also known as the Redmi K20, it boasts a pop-up front camera and a 48 MP triple camera system at the back!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone – its key features, specifications, price and offer!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) Key Features

At the launch, Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore, briefed us on the key features of the new Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Performance

Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform is built on the 8nm process, with two high-speed Kryo 470 Gold cores, six high-efficiency Kryo 470 Silver cores, and an Adreno 618 GPU.

The Mi 9T (MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal flash storage. It is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery that supports 18 W fast charging.

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

Full Screen “Notch-Free” Display

It boasts the same 6.39-inch AMOLED display as the Mi 9, with one big difference though – it has no notch!

This is an excellent display which offers a Full HD+ resolution with 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 103.8% NTSC colour gamut!

Front + Rear Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 9T (MY) has a 20 MP selfie camera that pops-up when you need it. This allows Xiaomi to remove the notch from the display!

In the back, it boasts a triple camera system, which consists of a 48 MP main camera with f/1.75 lens, an 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens, and a 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 lens.

Recommended : Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review : 48MP Photography At A Steal!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9T ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 618 (610 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 1.6 μm pixels, and f/2.2 aperture20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
Triple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX582 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
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
NFCYesYes
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorIn-Display Sensor
Other SensorsDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compassDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight191 grams191 grams
Colour OptionsCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame RedCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame Red

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Colour Options

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9T / Redmi K20 (MY) in three colour options – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

The Glacier Blue and Flame Red colour options have a dynamic holographic design, while the Carbon Black option has a textured carbon fibre design.

The back cover is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated to survive 1.6-meter drops on hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.

Recommended : Xiaomi To Kill POCO Brand With New Redmi Strategy!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Price + Availability!

Xiaomi is offering two variants at these price points :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$289 / ~£228 / ~€256
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,399 / ~US$337 / ~£266 / ~€299

The 64 GB model will start selling on 25 June 2019, with pre-booking beginning immediately.

The 128 GB model will only be available from 29 June 2019 onwards.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Launch Offer!

At 10 AM on 25 June 2019, Xiaomi sold the 64 GB model at a special price of RM 1,099 / ~US$265 / ~£209 / ~€235

 

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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!

 

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.

 

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!

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.

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The Xiaomi Mi 9 Up Close!

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is built around a large 6.39-inch Dot Drop display.

Like the Redmi Note 7, the Mi 9 display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, but it has a superior Samsung AMOLED panel that delivers a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 103.8% of the NTSC colour gamut!

The Mi 9 is protected in the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which offers 2X the damage resistance than Gorilla Glass 5 used to protect Redmi Note 7.

Disappointingly, the bundled TPU bumper case was not well-designed. It does not protect the display or the camera bump at all. It can only protect against falls on the sides of the phone…

Fortunately, the camera bump is protected by sapphire glass, which is tougher and less likely to scratch than Gorilla Glass.

On the left side, you will find the SIM tray and a Google Assistant button (like the Bixby button on Samsung smartphones).

The Power and Volume control buttons are both located on the right side.

Even though the Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is thick enough to support a 3.5 mm audio port, Xiaomi removed it.

So you will only find a second microphone at the top, together with an IR emitter (which lets you use the Mi 9 as a remote control).

At the bottom, you will only find a bi-directional USB Type C port flanked by the speaker and microphone ports.

The Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) comes with a USB-C to 3.5 mm adaptor cable. It allows you to hook up your earphone or an external microphone to the USB-C port.

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Dot Drop Display

At the top of the 6.39-inch AMOLED display is what Xiaomi calls a “dot drop” notch.

This dot drop notch allows for a larger display area, specifically space for more notifications. Barring the complete removal of the notch, this is about as good as it gets!

Thanks to this small notch and thin bezels, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio.

 

In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) boasts an in-display fingerprint sensor.

This is an improved optical fingerprint sensor made by Goodix, that promises to detect your fingerprints about 25% faster.

While this is not as accurate or reliable as the ultrasonic sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones, it works quite well as long as your finger isn’t wet.

 

Double SIM Tray

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. Its SIM tray supports two nano SIM cards for this very purpose.

However, Xiaomi chose to eliminate the option for expandable memory using a microSD card. You must rely solely on the internal flash storage.

Therefore, we highly recommend you opt for the most amount of storage possible, which is usually 128 GB.

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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

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) generally comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, with an 8 GB model in China.

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.

The Mi 9 comes with either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal flash storage. Our review sample came with 128 GB of storage, of which just over 115 GB (90%) is available for use.

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

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) runs on Android 9.0 Pie, so it is really easy to setup. It should take you no more than 7 minutes to set it up as a new device.

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Battery Life

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
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Galaxy S10+
Review
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

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, and up to 27 watts fast charging.

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
Review
Galaxy S10+
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Price Check MY | US US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) took just over 1 hour 24 minutes (84.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

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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Xiaomi Mi 9 Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has a high-resolution 20 MP front camera hidden in its dot drop notch.

The image sensor has relatively large 0.9 μm pixels. Coupled with a wide, bright f/2.0 aperture, it should allow for pretty good low-light performance.

Despite its high resolution, this front camera only supports 720p or 1080p video recording at 30 fps.

However, selfie lovers will enjoy its many beautification features – AI Beautify, AI Feature Adjustment, AI Makeup, AI Portrait Mode, AI Scene Detection, AI Studio Lighting, and AI Lens Flare.

Its killer photography feature though is at the back – a triple camera system that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor (0.8 μm pixels) with f/1.75 aperture
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor (1.0 μm pixels) with 2X zoom and f/2.2 aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor (1.0 μm pixels) with 117° angle, and f/2.2 aperture

This triple camera system supports electronic image stabilisation for jerk-free videos at up to 4K resolution. It can also record ultra-slow motion videos at up to 960 fps (720p or 1080p only).

The Sony IMX586 sensor supports the Super Pixel technology, allowing it to merge four pixels into one large 1.6 μm pixel. This greatly increases its light sensitivity in low-light conditions, delivering 12 MP pictures that are much brighter and clearer.

By default, the main camera uses the Super Pixel mode, both to increase light sensitivity, as well as to keep the picture sizes small.

 

Triple Camera Comparison

You may be wondering just how useful is it to have three cameras, instead of just two, or even one. Let us show you using these two comparisons :

While the telephoto camera is useful in bringing distant objects closer, there can be no doubt that the ultra-wide angle is really useful.

We are also glad to see Xiaomi give the ultra-wide angle camera a high-resolution 16 MP sensor, instead of 8 MP or even 5 MP in other smartphones.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Camera Performance – Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) pairs the 48 MP Sony IMX586 image sensor with a very wide and bright f/1.75 aperture.

The ultra-high resolution sensor has pretty small pixels – just 0.8 µm in size, so by default, Xiaomi combines them to form a very large 1.6 µm pixel for a reduced 12 MP photo resolution.

At the default 12 MP resolution, the photos are 4000 x 3000 pixels in size, with file sizes between 5 MB and 7.5 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution unedited photo samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos. You can also download them to examine up close.

The image quality was superb – the details captured were crisp and clean. However, note again that they were taken at the default 12 MP resolution.

There are some caveats though. The wide f/1.75 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nice bokeh effect. But in many cases, you will end up with an out-of-focus subject because of two issues :

  • trouble autofocusing on the subject in some cases, and
  • the inability to focus at short distances

Look at the last two pictures in particular – mushrooms and star anise. You can clearly see how narrow the depth of field is, with the main camera.

In other words, it will be quite a challenge to take macro or close-up shots. You need to put some distance between the camera and your subject.

Alternatively, switch to the telephoto camera which supports macro photography.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Camera Performance – Video Samples

Unlike the Redmi Note 7 which also has a 48 MP camera, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) can record 4K videos. Here are four video samples :

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

The video is a little under-exposed, and has a yellowish tinge. However, it demonstrated excellent control of the highlights – you can see right to the back of the shop in the background!

The image stabilisation was also very good, and our hand shake was smoothened out very nicely.

The audio recording was a little too bright for our tastes, and we would expected a wider audio range. But it had pretty decent noise cancellation capability.

Video Sample #2 : Piano Performance (4K)

The resolution at 4K is amazing, and what’s really impressive is that the Mi 9 maintained its excellent image stabilisation at this resolution.

It also delivered good control of the highlights and exposure control was actually better at this resolution.

Video Sample #3 : Auto Show (1080p)

In this walk-through of a small auto show, you can see just how effective its image stabilisation is.

Generally, the Mi 9 has excellent image stabilisation performance. It is noticeably better at correcting vertical jerks, than horizontal movement – it jerks a little when you pan.

Video Sample #4 : Auto Show (4K)

Increasing the resolution to 4K appears to slightly impact its image stabilisation. The video is slightly more jerky. But overall, good image stabilisation performance.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Work + Gaming Performance

In this section, we tested the Mi 9’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

We then tested the Mi 9’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

 

Work Performance – PCMark

Work 2.0 Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung Galaxy S10+ OPPO R17 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Performance Score 9471 7846 6475 6145
Web Browsing 7792 8583 6572 5684
Video Editing 6038 5524 5387 5099
Writing 10919 9076 5617 6433
Photo Editing 20161 10710 10740 11091
Data Manipulation 7356 6450 5331 5255
Review Links Galaxy S10+
Review
R17 Pro
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY | US MY

There is no doubt that when it comes to work performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is superior to the Samsung Exynos 9820 used in the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

It is also incumbent upon us to point out that the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is offering a top-of-the-line flagship-class processor at a fraction of the cost of the OPPO R17 Pro which uses a mid-range processor.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Ice Storm Unlimited Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung Galaxy S10+ Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 OPPO R17 Pro
Gaming Score 65518 56808 26746 15354
Graphics 106388 73362 29525 15788
Physics 27945 31741 20118 14005
Graphics Test 1 585.4 fps 397.5 fps 164.1 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 382.3 fps 266.3 fps 105.4 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 88.7 fps 100.8 fps 63.9 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Galaxy S10+
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
R17 Pro
Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY MY | US

The Mi 9’s Snapdragon 855 proved to be 15% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S10+‘s Exynos 9820 in games.

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Our Verdict + Award

Xiaomi has always had the reputation for creating smartphones with exceptional value, and excellent design. While they stumbled with the Redmi Note 7, they hit jackpot with the Mi 9.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) exudes class, with a premium look and feel. It definitely looks like it costs a ton more than you paid!

But more importantly – this is a flagship-class smartphone with a ton of class-leading features.

We cannot emphasise enough that this is literally the cheapest smartphone in the world to feature the class-leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform, and a triple camera system with a 48 MP main camera!

Its large 6.39-inch display may not have the super-high resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S10+, but it boasts the similar AMOLED panel, with a very high contrast ratio of 60,000:1 and 103.8% of the NTSC colour gamut!

Impressively, the Xiaomi Mi 9 manages its power consumption so well, it is able to deliver battery life in excess of 12 hours with a small 3,300 mAh battery!

Now, the 48 MP main camera works as advertised, but in 99.9% of the time, you will end up using it in the 12 MP Super Pixel mode. In fact, Xiaomi recognises this fact, and set the camera to default to 12 MP.

What we found far more useful is the addition of the ultra-wide angle camera. It is extremely useful for taking photos, especially while you are travelling. And we love the fact that Xiaomi gave it a 16 MP sensor, instead of an 8 MP or 5 MP sensor.

Now, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is not perfect. Its bundle bumper case, in particular, was poorly designed and should only be used if you cannot find something better.

We are also disappointed that Xiaomi removed the 3.5 mm audio port, and even worse – removed the microSD card expansion option.

While the Mi 9 comes with a lot of internal storage, we always recommend storing your photos and videos in a microSD card, as a form of insurance. Doing so allows you to recover your media files in the event your Mi 9 is physically damaged.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9 Price + Availability

Here are the common Mi 9 models, and their prices (and direct purchase links) :

 

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Xiaomi To Kill POCO Brand With New Redmi Strategy!

Hang onto your Pocophone! You may have a piece of history! Xiaomi is said to be in the midst of killing off the POCO brand, in favour of Redmi in their new brand strategy.

 

Goodbye, POCO…

Xiaomi introduced the POCO brand last year, with the launch of the Pocophone F1. However, less than a year later, they are in the midst of killing off the POCO brand with a new brand strategy.

POCO was meant to be a Xiaomi sub-brand that will offer flagship-class smartphones at ridiculous low prices.

When it was revealed, the Pocophone F1 rocked the smartphone market by offering a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage at unheard-of prices.

 

No POCO, No Pocophone F1

The runaway success of the Pocophone F1 led everyone to await, eagerly, for the Pocophone F2. However, it looks like the rumoured Pocophone F2 will never exist…

Instead, the Pocophone F2 will now be introduced as the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, which is also known as the Mi 9T Pro in some markets.

 

Redmi Gets Upgraded!

In Xiaomi’s new brand strategy, Redmi will replace POCO and become a sub-brand.

That means Redmi will effectively become a separate company, with its own management team and resources.

This was first announced in January 2019 when they launched the Redmi Note 7, but at that time, it was not known that Redmi would replace POCO.

From what we understand, the process has already been going on for some time in China, and will soon be reflected globally.

Xiaomi’s premium flagship smartphones will be marketed under the Mi brand.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review : 48MP Photography At A Steal!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 promises to offer the 48 MP photographic capabilities of flagship smartphones at a fraction of the cost.

Let’s find out if they deliver on that promise, and learn how they did it!

 

The Official Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Launch Briefing

Let’s start with the official launch briefing by the affable Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore!

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Redmi Note 7
Display6.3-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 84% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE
Processor4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512 (850 MHz)
Memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD card slot (share with SIM2)
Front Camera13 MP sensor
Rear CamerasDual 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
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Hybrid SIM tray
IR EmitterYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, Distance, E-Compass, Ambient Light
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions75.21 mm wide
159.21 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight186 grams
Colour OptionsSpace Black / Neptune Blue / Nebula Red

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Models + Prices

Xiaomi is offering three Redmi Note 7 models :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 679 / ~US$ 167 / ~£126
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 196 / ~£148
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 949 / ~US$ 233 / ~£176

Here are some direct purchase links :

Sales kicked off on 27 March 2019, with three colour options – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red.

For the first time ever, Xiaomi will cover the Note 7 with an exclusive 18-month warranty!

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Unboxing The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) comes in a simple white cardboard box. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

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

  • One Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 smartphone
  • One Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 clear TPU bumper case
  • One set of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 documents
  • One Xiaomi MDY-09-EW USB charger (10 watt)
  • One USB Type C data and power cable
  • 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 Redmi Note 7 and the bumper case.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Up Close!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a new design build around a large 6.3-inch Dot Drop display.

This display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2380 pixels, and covers 84% of the NTSC colour gamut!

The Redmi Note 7 is protected in the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which allows it to survive a 1.6 meter drop up 80% of the time!

Disappointingly, the bundled TPU bumper case was neither well-designed. It lacks an oleophobic coating and so is easily-smudged by fingerprints.

Critically, it does not protect the display or the camera bump at all, as the final part of this video will show. It can only protect against falls on the sides of the phone…

On the left side, you will only find the SIM tray.

The Power and Volume control buttons are both located on the right side.

The 3.5 mm audio port is located at the top – the most ideal location. Xiaomi also retained the IR emitter, so you can use it as a remote control!

We are very glad that Xiaomi chose to use the newer, bidirectional Type C USB port, instead of the old micro-USB port.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) is not water-resistant, but has watertight seals for its buttons and ports to reduce the impact of accidental water splashes.

 

Dot Drop Display

Covering most of the front is a large 6.3-inch IPS display with what Xiaomi calls a “dot drop” notch.

The display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, with a pixel density of 409 ppi.

It boasts a high contrast ratio of 1500:1, with a wide colour gamut of 84% of NTSC.

The dot drop notch allows for a larger display area, specifically space for more notifications. Barring the complete removal of the notch, this is about as good as it gets!

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Launched in May 2017, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is a powerful mid-range mobile SoC. It combines eight Qualcomm Kryo 260 processor cores, with an Adreno 512 GPU, a Snapdragon X12 modem, a Spectra 160 camera ISP and a Hexagon 680 DSP.

 

There are two processor clusters – a high-performance cluster of four Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.2 GHz, and a low-power cluster of four Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.84 GHz. The Kryo 260 Gold is a semi-custom version of the Cortex-A73, while the Kryo 260 Silver is a semi-custom version of the Cortex A53.

Performance-wise, the Snapdragon 660 is up to 20% faster in processor performance than the previous year’s Snapdragon 653, and up to 30% faster in graphics performance.

 

13 MP + 48 MP Cameras

Hidden in the dot drop notch is a 13 MP front camera. It can capture high-resolution photos but is limited to 720p videos.

At the back, it boasts a new 48 MP main camera built around the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor. It has a bright and wide f/1.8 aperture, and is supported by a 5 MP depth sensor and a single LED flash.

The ISOCELL GM1 sensor supports the Samsung Tetracell technology, allowing it to merge four pixels into one large 1.6 μm pixel. This allows it to greatly increase light sensitivity in low-light conditions, delivering 12 MP pictures that are much brighter and clearer.

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

There is no optical image stabilisation, but the camera supports electronic image stabilisation (EIS).

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Fast Fingerprint Sensor

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a fast fingerprint sensor located at the back, just adjacent to the rear camera bump.

In our tests, it was very fast and accurate, taking only 10 finger presses to record a fingerprint. It also supports 360-degree recognition, which makes it easy to activate.

The Redmi Note 7 does not support facial recognition, so the only alternatives to using the fingerprint sensor is to draw a pattern, or key in a PIN or password.

 

Hybrid SIM Tray

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) supports Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. However, it only comes with a hybrid SIM tray.

The hybrid SIM tray allows the second nano SIM slot to double as a microSD slot. You can either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card with a microSD card.

 

Ergonomics

Thanks to its Dot Drop notch, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) is not a large device. In fact, it is about the same size as the Realme 3, and approximately the size of a traditional 5.7-inch device. This is why it fits even smaller hands and pockets.

The Redmi Note 7 has a nice 6.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of  1080 x 2340 pixels. That gives it an ultra-wide / ultra-tall 19:9 aspect ratio, which will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar will be present on the left and right sides of the video clip.

 

Setting Up The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) runs on Android 9.0 Pie, so it is really easy to setup. It should take you no more than 7 minutes to set it up as a new device.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) comes with memory options of 3 GB and 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory. Our review sample came with the full 4 GB. MIUI 10.2 does not allow us to check the amount of free memory, but we used AIDA64 to confirm that it has 2.23 GB (55%) of free memory.

This is eerily similar to the Realme 3. If you opt for the 3 GB model, you will probably have 1.23 GB of available memory to use. That’s still more RAM than entry-level smartphones come with!

Xiaomi offers three storage options globally – 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Our review sample came with 64 GB, of which just under 52 GB (81%) is available for use.

This is enough space to store about 14,000 photos or 6.5 hours of 1080p videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Battery Life

We tested the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7’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 OPPO R17 Pro Realme 3 Honor Play
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 3,700 mAh 4,230 mAh 3,750 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 11 hours 54 mins 10 hours 35 mins 9 hours 56 mins
Battery Utilisation 5.41 mAh / min. 5.18 mAh / min. 6.66 mAh / min. 6.29 mAh / min.
Review Links   OPPO R17 Pro
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Realme 3
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Honor Play
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Thanks to its large 4,000 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a battery that exceeds 12 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 12.25 hours!

This is really surprising, because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is 2 years old, and is known for its higher power consumption. The same processor was used in the Realme 2 Pro, which lasted only 7 hours with a 3,500 mAh battery!

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, which allows for faster charging.

It comes with the MDY-09-EW fast charger with a 10 watt power output. Let’s see how fast it recharges the 4,000 mAh battery!

Recharging Speed OPPO R17 Pro Honor Play Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 3,750 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,230 mAh
Charger Output 50 Watts 18 Watts 10 Watts 10 Watts
Recharging Time 33 Minutes 92 mins 133 minutes 190 minutes
Recharging Speed 90 mAh / minute 32.6 mAh/ / minute 24.0 mAh / minute 17.8 mAh / minute
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Review
Honor Play
Review
  Realme 3
Review
Price Check MY | US MY | US | UK MY MY

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) took 2 hours and 13 minutes (133 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

This is good performance for its 10 watt charger, recharging its battery 35% faster than the Realme 3‘s 10 watt charger.

Its battery life : recharging ratio of 5.6 : 1 is pretty good. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you will need to charge it for 11 minutes.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Camera Performance – Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) has a 48 MP main camera with a bright f/1.8 aperture, and a 5 MP depth sensor.

The ultra-high resolution sensor has pretty small pixels – just 0.4 µm in size, so by default, Xiaomi combines them to form a very large 1.6 µm pixel for a reduced 12 MP photo resolution.

At the default 12 MP resolution, the photos are 4000 x 3000 pixels in size, with file sizes between 3.5 MB and 6 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution unedited photo samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos. You can also download them to examine up close.

The image quality was excellent, and it was more so at night – the details captured were crisp and clean of noise. However, note again that they were taken at the default 12 MP resolution.

There are some caveats though. The wide f/1.8 aperture naturally creates a narrow depth of field, with a nice bokeh effect. But in many cases, you will end up with an out-of-focus subject because of two issues :

  • trouble autofocusing on the subject in some cases, and
  • the inability to focus at short distances

In other words, it cannot take macro or close-up shots. You need to put some distance between the camera and your subject.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Camera Performance – Video Samples

Despite its ultra-high resolution 48 MP sensor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Price Check) only supports 1080p video recording. Here are two video samples.

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

Despite being limited to 1080p, we liked how it is at least electronically-stabilised, which makes for a shake-free video.

The Redmi Note 7 keeps a good focus on the pianist, Mr. Yang I-Deun, who is well-exposed. However, you can see that bright background is over-exposed and washed-out.

Its audio recording was pretty good. It was a little bright, but had a much wider range than we would expect from a smartphone at this price range. It also had pretty decent noise cancellation capability.

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

Thanks to its electronic image stabilisation (EIS) capability, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 delivers a pretty smooth, jerk-free video as we walked through the street market.

Although noise cancellation was pretty good, we noted some wind noise. Still, it was better than what we would expect at this price point.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Redmi Note 7’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Realme 3 Honor Play OPPO R17 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Performance Score 7309 7361 6475 6415
Web Browsing 7779 7695 6572 5684
Video Editing 5292 5499 5387 5099
Writing 7479 6649 5617 6433
Photo Editing 13871 13326 10740 11091
Data Manipulation 4921 5764 5331 5255
Review Links Realme 3
Review
Honor Play
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
 
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7’s Snapdragon 660 held up pretty well, considering it is a two-year old platform. In fact, it was just a little slower than the newer Snapdragon 710 that powers the OPPO R17 Pro.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We then tested the Redmi Note 7’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro
Gaming Score 31622 26746 20205 15354
Graphics 37351