The 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) is going to be the witness of many amazing tech products. So, Xiaomi decided to introduce its this year’s flagship in that event too. Though Xaomi Mi 9 was already unveiled in China earlier this week still company decided to show off Mi9 along with its first commercial 5G smartphone – Xiaomi Mi Mix 5G in MWC 2019.
like previous Xiaomi flagships, the Mi 9 comes with an extremely attractive curved back and impressive screen-to-body ratio along with some terrific hardware that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera and the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, making it one of the flagships to beat this year.
Xiaomi Mi 9 detail features
As Mi 9 is company’s latest flagship phone of this year, so it is clear that Xiaomi’s eye on to positioned the phone as a competitor to other devices in terms of its camera and capture worldwide audiences as much as possible.
Starting with the design, Xiaomi Mi 9 is a really stunning device. Like the other flagships of these days, it is slim, made up of curved glass on the back which seamlessly blends with thin metal frames. Due to curved back design, it became more comfortable fit in hand when twisting and turning the device into various angles for the camera. The company has paid very close attention to the rear panel to make the device stand out.
It comes with a weight of 173g, and with thin dimensions 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm It becomes more pleasant to hold and play with.
The back of the phone is mostly clean and covered by Gorilla glass 5 which is bent towards the frame. A triple camera array with LED flash is placed at the top left corner of back. If you hold the phone in the right angles, you will able see the unique “Halo ring” accent around the top 48MP camera sensor that gives really cool looks in the multi-colored pattern.
On the front, Mi 9 features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a small water-drop-style notch and a thin chin. Corning gorilla glass 6 is there to protect your screen. Here Mi9 used the UD fingerprint reader which is hidden under the screen.
On the right side of the phone, there is volume rocker and power placed correctly to your reach. The left side holds the SIM tray and an AI button, which launches the Google Assistant on international units and the company’s own Xiao AI.
The bottom part of the phone houses a speaker grill, primary microphone and USB-C type port for charging and data sharing. The loving 3.5mm headphone jack is missing on the Mi 9, as Xiaomi retired the headphone jack a few years ago.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 features a 19.5:9 aspect ratio type 6.39-inch super AMOLED display with the resolution of 4080×2340 pixels and 402ppi pixel density.
The only distraction you come across on the screen is the water-drop-style U-shaped notch, otherwise, the display is great and you will enjoy pretty immersive views on it.
It is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 6 – the most shatter-resistant glass in the smartphone world right now. Again it supports HDR 10.
The AMOLED panel offers a very decent brightness of 430nits but it can reach up to 620 nits in bright light if you enable the auto brightness mode. There is also support for High Brightness Mode and Sunlight 2.0 enhance the display for outdoor using.
We all know that Mi9 brings the in-display fingerprint sensor but there is an improvement. It apparently unlocks the phone up to 25% faster compared to the predecessor Mi 8.
Camera And Sensor
The triple rear camera setup on the back of Mi 9 includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 1/2 primary sensor of aperture f/1.75, a 12MP telephoto sensor of aperture f/2.2 for 2X optical zoom and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle sensor of aperture f/2.2 which is capable to capture 117° field View.
There is a LED flash sits right under the triple camera array for low light enhancement.
The Sony IMX586 48MP sensor uses a Quad Bayer arrangement, which essentially acts as a 12MP sensor with very large 1.6µm pixels to draw more light and increase the performance. It works similarly that we have seen in Honor View 20.
The Night Mode is also available on the Xiaomi Mi 9 for those long-exposure hand-held shots when the light is really dimmed.
As per the DxOMark result, Mi 9 is the third best smartphone in capturing high-quality images. It is just one point behind the brand new Samsung Galaxy S10, which is costs nearly twice the price of Mi9.
On Xiaomi Mi 9 you can able captures videos up to 4K @60fps, and other common modes are available – 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps.
The DxOMark result for videos in which Mi9 scored 99, is the best smartphone so far available for taking videos, says Xiaomi.
On the front in the water drop notch, there is a 20MP selfie shooter of aperture f/2.2 with fixed focus. It supports portrait and various other modes.
Apart from the under-display fingerprint scanner Xiaomi Mi 9 includes Face Unlock, 3D face recognition, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, and Gyroscope.
Processor And Performances
This flagship is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. It is one of the most powerful processors and promised to deliver 45% higher performance over its predecessor.
This new 855 chipset uses an 8-core CPU design with 1x ultra-high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core (Cortex-A76 derivative) clocked at 2.84GHz, 3x high-performance Kryo 485 Gold at 2.42GHz, and 4x power-efficient Kryo 485 Silver cores (Cortex-A55 derivative) clocked at 1.8GHz.
It can handle intensive apps and multitasking without any hassle and with the presence of Adreno 640 GPU, you will get more effective performance than ever before.
Xiaomi Mi 9 runs on top of Android 9 Pie and company’s own latest MIUI 10. Here MIUI 10 improves further the system looks, gestures, and performance. So, if you already familiar with MIUI 10, then it will become rather easy to operate.
There are some remarkable visual changes in MIUI 10 which include refined system icons, Android Pie-styled volume sliders, and brightness sliders, notification shade, and quick shortcuts.
Another new feature added in MIUI 10 is the Picture in Picture (PIP) mode which can be enabled for each compatible app from the Additional Privacy Settings. Currently, it works on some apps like Google Chrome, Movies, Maps, YouTube, Duo, Instagram, Opera, Messenger, and VLC.
Surprisingly Xiaomi Mi 9 introduces a system Dark mode which will switch all the white system colors to black. As a result, you can able a lot of battery juice. As of now, not all apps support the dark mode, but the majority do.
You won’t find any app drawer in this latest UI, where all the apps are just sitting there on your home screen no doubt you can still add them to folders. However, you can able to install a third-party launcher to bring the app drawer back.
Also, read – New Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Battery And Connectivity
Xiaomi Mi 9 backed with a 3,300mAh battery under the hood. Which is 100mAh less than the predecessor Mi 8.
It supports both wired and wireless charging. Inside the box, it comes with an 18W fast charger which can take the 3,300mAh battery from 0% to 45% in just 30 minutes.
But if that speed is not enough for you, by spending just extra $20 you can purchase 20W wireless and 27W wired turbocharger as a part of Mi 9 wireless charger bundle.
Then by using the 27W wired turbocharger, you can charge the Mi 9 from 0% to 70% in just 30 minutes and it takes 65 minutes to fully charge.
If you use the 20w wireless charging pad, it takes 30 minutes to boost the battery from 0% to 30%. Which is not impressive and nowhere near the 18W wired charger performance that came with the phone.
Standby time of Mi 9 is amazing, it is 91 hours. It can also last up to 10 hours of web browsing or 19 hours of video playback.
Connectivity options include in Xiaomi Mi 9 are Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G and 4G.
RAM And Storage
Though Mi 9 not offers you expandable storage options it comes with an impressive internal storage option.
Xiaomi Mi 9 comes in three different variants. The base variant is 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage or the 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage option.
The high-end variant includes 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. As per some report, there will be a 12GB RAM variant will be released in the Chinese market.
Release Date, Color and Price
Xiaomi Mi 9 has been announced earlier in China and the international announcement came on 24th February and is available for Pre-orders also. It will go on sale from 28th February in Europe.
There is no official declaration has come from the company, but considering Xiaomi’s back approach the Mi 9 may not launch in India.
The price of Mi 9 starts at €449 (which is roughly $500, £390, AU$715, ₹36,460) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal.
And for the 8GB RAM and 128GB internal variant, you’ll have to spend a little more at €499 (approximately about $550, £430, AU$800 ₹40,520).
This device will be available in different colors like Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Violet and a faux Transparent Edition as well.
Xiaomi Mi 9 full specification
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300)|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, March|
|BODY||Dimensions||157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm (6.20 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||173 g (6.10 oz)|
|Build||Back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~85.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Internal||64/128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Triple||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF
16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom
|Features||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+)
Fast wireless charging 20W
|MISC||Colors||Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, Piano Black|
|Price||About 400 EUR|
Overall, there are a lot of exciting features like slim design, Snapdragon 855 SoC, 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, an under-display fingerprint sensor that makes Xiaomi Mi 9 an attractive flagship in the price range of 449 Euro.
Though it is the first device with Snapdragon 855 SoC for the global market so, Xiaomi is on the way to catch flagship market moods and trying to beat competitors at their own games in the global market.