The MWC in Barcelona filled in as the stage for the triumphant passage of Xiaomi’s most recent star. The MI 9 attempts to confront the challenge with a package worthy of admiration. And not just for having the most recent technology, as you would expect from any flagship nowadays, yet for having a price tag that is practically scandalous. Xiaomi Mi 9 is a worthy rival in the present high-end market. In addition, it could even involve one of the top places on the platform.
- ✓Value for money
- ✓Great camera
- ✓Enhanced facial recognition and fingerprint reader
- ✓Champion performance
- ✓Fast charging and wireless charging
- ✕Rear side too slippery
- ✕No headphone jack
- ✕Mono sound
Lowest price: Xiaomi Mi 9
The best quality-to-price ratio on the market
449 of the Queen’s English pounds. Indeed, £449! This is the shocking starting price of the Xiaomi Mi 9. As I called attention to my article of its predecessor, the Mi 8 Pro, the new flagship from the Chinese brand is significantly less expensive than that with a superior configuration. Seeing the present flagship prices on the market, we can say that this is the smartphone with the best quality-to-price ratio today. That much is sure.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 comes in black, purple and blue, although black and blue are the main colors accessible on the brand’s website in the UK. The main version you can presently order is the one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. There are as of now no plans to release the Mi 9 in the US.
Sparkling case reminiscent of the Huawei P30 Pro
In the event that there’s one thing that the Mi 9 doesn’t emerge in, it’s in its design. Some might even consider it a flat smartphone. For me – an admirer of black above all other colors and of the opinion that something simple and sober is superior to colorful chaos – it’s not an issue. An incredible inverse. Xiaomi’s flagship is an attentive yet elegant, simple and subtle smartphone. You don’t need the bother with frills to like it.
Its body, which feels generally excellent in the hand, is provocative and stylish because of the combination of metal and gem and the rounded lines that give it shape. On the left side, Xiaomi has added a button dedicated to Google Assistant that disturbs me a little, as I press it without wanting to more frequently than I would like. It will be helpful for many, I will not deny it, yet the truth is that I don’t invest quite a lot of time with the Assistant of the Big G.
At the rear, the Mi 9 is slightly reminiscent of the Huawei P30 despite the fact that the finish and curvature of the body have transported me to the feeling I had with my adored Mate 20 in my hand. That triple lens configuration organized vertically on the upper left of the device is to blame for conveying it closer to look of the most recent Huawei flagship. In any case, the design of the device and what distends from the phone are yet reminiscent of Apple. There are no compelling reasons to remember how the Chinese like to look up to the Cupertino company.
A large AMOLED screen
Xiaomi keeps on to rely on Samsung for its screen and, like its predecessor, the Mi 9 has an AMOLED panel. We definitely know what this implies: excellent quality, good and brilliant colors, very deep blacks and a lot of sharpness even in full daylight. Made with Gorilla Glass 6, the 6.39-inch screen – the same size as the Mi Mix 3- has a Full HD+ resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and emerges for occupying 90.7% of the smartphone’s body.
The edges around it have been diminished to nearly the minimum possible, similar to have the notch, which is currently in the form of a drop of water. All this makes it conceivable to have a really vivid experience and enjoy all kinds of media content, for example, your most loved Netflix Shows, as it should be. Much thank you, Xiaomi!
2D facial recognition and fingerprint reader under the screen: unity makes strength
Like the Mi 8 Pro, Xiaomi depends once again on 2D facial acknowledgment and an in-display fingerprint reader to unlock the device, a couple that works flawlessly. The fingerprint sensor, in spite of the fact that it is not my favorite technique to access my mobile, is noticeably quicker than in its predecessor and is found a little lower, making it easier to access.
I have no complaints about either framework, a remarkable the contrary. I have both activated in the event of some unforeseen case, yet the truth to be told that face unlock is so effective that I have once in a while needed to put my finger on the screen of the Mi 9. However, I have to state that it is not as good as its predecessor. This is what it takes to diminish the notch. You miss out on the infrared sensor that can perceive your face at night.
Xiaomi Mi 9 technical specifications
|DIMENSIONS:||157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm|
|BATTERY SIZE:||3300 mAh|
|SCREEN SIZE:||6.39 in|
|SCREEN:||2340 x 1080 pixels (403 ppi)|
|FRONT CAMERA:||20 megapixels|
|REAR CAMERA:||48 megapixels|
|ANDROID VERSION:||9 – Pie|
|INTERNAL STORAGE:||128 GB|
|REMOVABLE STORAGE:||Not available|
|CHIPSET:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|NUMBER OF CORES:||8|
|MAX. CLOCK SPEED:||2.84 GHz|
|CONNECTIVITY:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0|
Final verdict: the true rival of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei
The genuine rival of the stars of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei is here. No, it’s serious stuff. For a large portion of the cost, the Chinese brand once again demonstrates that it is possible to make a smartphone with all that you need and a little more. And the Xiaomi Mi 9 can address the needs of any client, even the most demanding.
Qualcomm’s most recent processor, an in-display fingerprint reader and facial unlocking, a triple rear camera with 48 MP Sony lens and wide angle lens, fast charging, wireless charging, NFC… every one of the elements of a top-notch smartphone is here.
Xiaomi once again advances for the overall public what was recently reserved for just a few. Who wants a Galaxy S10, an Apple iPhone XR or XS or even a Huawei P30 Pro in the event that you can have nearly the same for much less? Not me, obviously. And even more so given that in these circumstances such as the present when we change smartphones more regularly than we change shirts!