Xiaomi recently launched the MI 9 in China and is their first premium device of the year with Snapdragon 855 SoC under the hood. And why we’re still waiting for the official international pricing and availability to come through, below is why Xiaomi MI 9 is the deal.
The Xiaomi MI series over the years is known for its strategic selected specs, which is vital in MI 9. The company had to thoughtfully select those features which are important and won’t cause a hike in the price. For a device running Snapdragon 855, there’s no way it’d underperform and with around $455 price tag, it’ll surely compete favorably in the market.
Xiaomi MI 9 even with the price still keeps a premium design. Both the front and back panel makes use of Glass with 7000 series aluminum coming on the frame. On the front is a 6.39-inch AMOLED display of 1080p resolution. It supports DCI-P3 for accurate color representation, HDR10 and can reach 630 nit brightness on light conditions.
Also on the screen is an in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader, though not fast as the capacitive reader, it’s still very accurate and fast. To make sure Xiaomi MI 9 stands the test of time and to provide a bit of resistance, the front glass is made of latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6, while at the back is Corning Glass 5. Apart from the triple camera at the back, is just the glass back to allow the beauty of the device.
For the first time, Xiaomi is going all three at the back, which is among the trends of 2019 phones. The main camera is a 48MP Sony® IMX 586 wide-angle shooter, accompanied by a 16MP ultra-wide cam and 12MP telephoto lens.
The 48MP sensor makes use of a Quad Bayer and is actually a 12MP with 1.6um pixel and real-time HDR. It allows you to get detailed shots, accurate colors, interesting dynamic range during the day. Then there’s the 16MP ultra-wide lens with autofocus and a 12MP telephoto lens. The camera samples of MI 9 is amazing and with a DXOmark score of 99, it beats the likes of Google Pixels 3 and Galaxy Note 9.
Another reason why Xiaomi MI 9 is the deal, battery performance, and fast wireless charging. Meanwhile, the battery inside Xiaomi MI 9 is 3300mAh, 100mAh below what’s on the MI 8, but it comes with some interesting charging functions. The device is the first ever to feature a 20W wireless charging that delivers 45% charge in 30 Minutes. The wired 27W (Charge Turbo) charges your MI 9 to 70% in just 30 minutes and it takes only 1h5s for a full charge.
Meanwhr, the MI 9 only comes with 18W charger and will get your flat battery to 45% in 30 minutes. It’ll take about 90 minutes to get a fully charged battery, but with an extra $20, you can get the fast charging adapter and wireless desk.
The MI 9 is just the second Xiaomi device to run Android 9.0 from the box, after MI Mix 3, on MIUI 10. The launcher is the latest from Xiaomi and offers great system looks, it also introduced gestures and has improved system performance. It greatly revamped the notification shade, volume
You’ll be able to enjoy always on-display in your new MI 9. Xiaomi also introduced Night Mode, which automatically switches all colors from the default white to black. Considering the decent battery it’s a great way to minimize power.
Finally, to what most people consider before shopping for a new phone, which is also why Xiaomi MI 9 is the deal, competitive price tag. The base version (6GB/128GB) starts at CNY 2,999, which translates to about $455. It’s only Lenovo Z5 GT Pro that comes close at $590, and with Samsung slapping $900 on their S10+ means that MI 9 will remain the best-priced device with SD 855 SoC for a long time.