Xiaomi Mi 9 specs: Bang on the money

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We’re deep into 2019’s flagship season and the new Xiaomi Mi 9 is next up for a spec dissection. The Mi series has always offered an interesting value proposition — not quite targeting the ultra-premium tier but still offering all the key specs. The Xiaomi Mi 9 is no different, with some compelling hardware on offer at a cutthroat price point.

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To start, there’s a bleeding edge 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor onboard. Heavy multitaskers and gamers won’t have any problem running their favorite apps on the Mi 9. The handset sports 6GB to 8GB of RAM, which is plenty, along with 128GB of internal memory.

The handset’s camera configuration is another highly compelling piece of kit. There are three cameras onboard: a 48MP main sensor, a wide-angle shooter, and a telephoto zoom lens. The 48MP Sony IMX586 is a top-end sensor, offering high-resolution shots in good lighting. In low light, the Quad Bayer pixel array can combine to produce larger 1.6μm pixels for less noisy 12MP images. Alongside the telephoto and wide-angle sensors, the Xiaomi Mi 9 looks to be one flexible shooter.

  Xiaomi Mi 9
Display 6.39-inch AMOLED panel
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
403ppi
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855
Up to 2.84GHz clock speed
Adreno 640 GPU
RAM 6GB/8GB/12GB (China only)
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB (China only)
MicroSD No
Cameras Rear:
48MP f/1.75, 0.8/1.6μm, PDAF, 4:1 pixel binning, Sony IMX586 +
16MP f/2.2, 1.0μm ultrawide +
12MP f/2.2, 1.0μm telephoto

Front:
20MP f/2.0, 0.9μm

Battery 3,300mAh
Non-removable
18W standard wired charging
27W wired charging with optional charger (bundled with 20W wireless charger)
Wireless charging 20W wireless charging (with optional charger), 10W charging on Qi chargers
Water resistance No IP rating
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
USB OTG
Included USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
GSM: B2/3/5/8
CDMA: BC0
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TD-SCDMA: B34/39
FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
TDD LTE: 38/39/40
SIM Dual-SIM (dual 4G)
Software Android 9 Pie
MIUI 10
Dimensions and weight 157.5 x 74.67 x 7.61mm
173g
Colors Piano Black, Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, Transparent Edition

There are always compromises to be had at lower price points, and there are a few to observe with the Mi 9. There’s no microSD card expansion slot, for one, which could be disappointing for heavy media users. There’s also no IP rating for water and dust resistance, nor fancy Wi-Fi 6 support. A phone this size could probably also fit in a bigger battery than 3,300mAh.

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The display resolution is also a little behind the curve for such a big phone. Although this is normal for Xiaomi. At 6.39-inches, the 2,340 x 1,080 panel resolution produces a pixel density of 403ppi. That’s certainly not bad but flirts with the limits of a perceivable difference in sharpness compared to a QHD+ display. Still, AMOLED is a nice touch, complete with stylish rounded corners and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

Despite the odd compromise, the Xiaomi Mi 9 has plenty of little tricks up its sleeve that add up to some serious extra value. The phone features an in-display fingerprint scanner, plenty of AI camera options, 27W USB-C fast charging (with an optional adapter), Bluetooth 5.0 support, and 20W wireless charging. Those are all specs that we’ve come to associate with much more expensive smartphones.


Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is a continuation of the company’s successful flagship formula. The specifications are spot on in key areas, offering high-end performance, features, and photography options too. Although we’ll have to go hands-on before giving a definitive assessment of the phone’s camera.

The Mi 9’s ~$446 price point is well below new flagship handsets launched by Samsung and LG, offering serious value for money. What do you think about the hardware inside Xiaomi’s latest model?

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via Android Authority

February 19, 2019 at 11:58PM