Xiaomi Mi 9 - a powerful flagship for little money

Meet the new Xiaomi Mi 9! His release took place just a few hours ago, and we have something to discuss.

New exceeded all expectations, the phone does not look likeon its competitors, which means it has great chances to win the mobile market, considering that its price is mere pennies compared to the same iPhone. Let's start the review ...

Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

Products from the company Xiaomi without exaggerationcause more and more interest from the user community. Mi 9 was no exception, and its release was very much awaited. Looking at him, you immediately realize that he is special - different from his predecessors.

First look, design

The back panel of the case immediately attracts attentiondue to the new glass panel, which has thin bends on the sides. Thanks to a new laser engraving of holographic technology, the body has a unique reflective surface. In short, spectacular and stylish. In addition, the triple camera in vertical orientation, which is protected by sapphire glass, immediately catches the eye.


Since we started talking about the camera, I immediately want tosay that the main camera in the center boasts an impressive resolution of 48 megapixels and a f / 1.75 aperture. In combination with the laser autofocus system and AI artificial intelligence technologies, this should lead to serious improvements in the quality of photos.

Also here stands the improved 12 megapixeltelephoto lens that supports 2x optical zoom. And the plus is a new 16-megapixel sensor, which is connected to a wide-angle lens. This provides users with the ability to capture much more on their photos.

Improved screen

Let's turn our attention to the front side.flagship - here, too, there are improvements that are worth mentioning. The new 6.39-inch display AMOLED, which is supplied by Samsung. Thin side panels and a thin chin. The notch (upper cutout) has become noticeably smaller and in its shape it resembles a drop of water. There is hidden 20 MP front camera. The ratio of the screen to the body is impressive - 90.7%.

Teardrop notch on top of the screen, of courseIt looks much more aesthetic than before, but the manufacturer had to make sacrifices for this change. Due to the lack of space for sensor integration, 3D facial recognition technology had to be abandoned. But there is an alternative solution in the form of an optical fingerprint scanner, which is also present inside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T, but it is not as accurate as the ultrasound scanner that will be presented in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 +.

Climb under the hood

Look deeper ... Here we are waiting for the best ontoday Snapdragon processor 855 from Qualcomm. Plus 6 GB of RAM. And this is all in combination with 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory, depending on the preferences of the client. To expand the memory provides support for microSD.

Go ahead ... 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and IR Blaster. It also costs a 3300 mAh battery that supports fast charging technology. Comes with a 18 watt charger. In addition, there is support for wireless charging up to 20 W - this is the fastest version that we have seen so far. The operating system is Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 right out of the box.

Mi 9 Transparent Edition

There is a version of Mi 8 Transparent Edition, whichequipped with a transparent glass panel at the back. This provides an opportunity to look at some of the elements under the hood. But in fact, the components that you see are not real. It's just an aluminum plate covering real, less photogenic details.

External changes of this version are listed, now the turn for internal differences. Namely, the amount of RAM is doubled to 12 GB, the built-in memory is also increased to 256 GB.

Start sales and price

The cost of Mi 9 for the various versions is listed below:

  • Xiaomi Mi 9 (6GB RAM / 128GB) - $ 446
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 (8GB RAM / 128GB) - $ 490
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Limited Edition (12GB RAM / 256GB) - $ 594

First, sales of new items will begin only in China from February 26, then a smartphone will appear in Europe. In the US, the smartphone will not be sold.

By the way, the company Xiaomi also introduced the Mi 9 SEmiddle class with a more compact 5.97-inch screen and a Snapdragon 712 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory at a retail price of 1 999 yuan (~ 300 US dollars).

All technical specifications

  • 6.39-inch display, 1080 × 2280 pixel resolution, Full HD + Super AMOLED, 600 nits, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Snapdragon 855 7nm Chip (1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 485 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 485)
  • Graphics Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Built-in memory - 128GB / 256GB (Transparent Edition)
  • Two sim cards
  • Android 9.0 (Pie), MIUI 10
  • Triple main camera: 48MP, 1/2.0 ″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, aperture f / 1.75, LED flash, L laser autofocus, PDAF, CAF, 12MP 1 / 3.6 ″ Samsung S5K3M5, telephoto lens with aperture f / 2.2, pixel size 1.0μm, 2x zoom, 16MP 1 / 1.3 ″ Sony IMX481 wide-angle lens 117 degrees, aperture f / 2.2, pixel size 1.0μm.
  • 20MP Selfie Camera
  • Fingerprint reader built into display
  • Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh battery, 27W fast charge, 20W wireless charge.