Xiaomi Mi 9T review: full package without expensive price

Xiaomi Mi 9T has a clear goal: to be among the best middle-class smartphones on the market. Thanks to its competitive price, features and specifications, he achieves this goal and won me over. Here is my full review.

Xiaomi Mi 9T: Pros and Cons

Pros:

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  • Great price
  • Cool OLED display
  • Long battery life
  • A good camera

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Cons:

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  • No microSD support
  • No certification IP67 / 8

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Well done and fully equipped

As soon as I pulled the Xiaomi Mi 9T out of the box, I immediately noticed the similarities with the OPPO Find X: the case style is almost identical. Beautiful and high quality: this is Mi 9T in a nutshell. It has glass in front and behind, and the camera module protrudes quite a bit.

The power button is distinguished by its coloring.
The power button is distinguished by its coloring.

I'm not going to go into the details of the appearance of the Mi 9T, because, apart from the pop-up camera, it does not offer anything particularly unique from what we have already seen. You can admire this in photos just to give you an idea. I will tell you, however, that it offers a headphone jack on the upper edge, integrates mono speakers in the lower right corner, allows you to use two SIM cards (but not microSD), and that it has a USB-type C 2.0.

Although it’s easy to handle with one hand when I first picked it up, I thought, “Wow, this is hard!” (191 grams, to be exact). Mi 9T also offers a notification LED, located in the pop-up window of the camera, so it is not always easy to find.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T has an OLED panel without grooves.
The Xiaomi Mi 9T has an OLED panel without grooves.

Mi 9T can be unlocked using a fingerprint reader integrated under the screen and using a two-dimensional face unlock. The latter questions the speed of the pop-up camera. Both methods of unlocking are effective, but personally I used mostly a fingerprint scanner. The reason is that to activate the unlocking of the face, you need to hold your finger up to activate the camera, which is just a step for me.

Headphone connector is present, but there is no support for microSD
Headphone connector is present, but there is no support for microSD

Thanks to the implementation of the pop-up camera, Mi 9T avoids notching and offers a full-screen 6,39 inch display. This is an OLED panel with an 19,5: 9 aspect ratio and Full HD + resolution: great for this price range. Bright and easy to read in sunlight, it supports DRM Widevine L1 for video, thus, is well suited for Netflix content, which many of us are now slaves.

Special display settings allow you to adjust the contrast, choosing between three modes (default, warm, cold), as well as offering a reading mode, an external display and a dark mode, which is ideal for using the OLED panel features. Be careful, however, that not all applications support this mode.

Xiaomi 9T has dimensions 156,7 x 74,3 x 8,8 mm and weighs 191 grams.
Xiaomi 9T has dimensions 156,7 x 74,3 x 8,8 mm and weighs 191 grams.

Good performance and characteristics for every taste

Mi 9T comes with Android Pie and MIUI 10. The security updates of the device I tested are updated until May, so they are not the latest. The experience with the device is smooth, but, as is the case with other highly customizable interfaces, it can get a little carried away. Visually, MIUI is not one of my favorites, but otherwise it offers many possibilities.

With Mi 9T you will find a number of functions that other brands are used to, primarily Chinese: you can duplicate some applications, such as Facebook, create a completely private area where you can hide applications and photos, configure the device using all sorts of themes, use special gestures, as well as monitor and optimize the system using the manufacturer's security application. Xiaomi does not give up its proprietary program, such as Mi Video or Music, which, unfortunately, cannot be removed. FM radio is also present.

MIUI 10 offers many camera setup options.
MIUI 10 offers many camera setup options.

The Mi 9T, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 9, does not include the Snapdragon 855, but relies on the Snapdragon 730, the usual riding horse among the middle-class devices. The central processor consists of eight cores (4 cores Cortex-A76 and 4 cores Cortex-A55), and the graphics processor is Adreno 618. All of them are supported by 6 GB of RAM LPDDR4x. It is a pity that the internal memory does not expand: Xiaomi offers Mi 9T in two versions, 64 or 128 GB.

As for performance, you can be sure, because the Mi 9T does a great job with everything you throw at it. The mono speaker is doing its job, but you will find yourself covering it with your hand during game sessions in landscape mode.

Xiaomi Mi 9T in various benchmarks

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme 3DMark Sling Shot Vulkan 3DMark Sling Shot 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Geekbench 4 (Single / Multi) PassMark Memory PassMark Disk
Xiaomi Mi 9T 2193 2062 3199 not supported 2539 / 6918 26235 62802
Honor 20 1870 1951 2261 39019 2907 / 5483 27843 73412
Xiaomi Mi 9 5659 4762 7028 66907 3479 / 10921 28043 74126

Mi 9T offers LTE up to 400 Mbps, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi and NFC. Of course, check for compatibility with the media before purchase.

Three rear cameras and one pop-up camera

Mi 9T offers three sensors on the case, but the configuration is not the same as on the Mi 9:

  • 48MP and f / 1.75 aperture, standard lens
  • 13MP, f / 2.4 aperture, wide-angle lens
  • 8MP, f / 2.4 aperture with 2 multiple optical zoom
Pop-up camera in action!
Pop-up camera in action!

Photos taken throughout the day are crisp, detailed and colorful. In some photographs, I found that the colors are too bright with yellow tones, which tend to be more orange. When the lighting conditions are good, Mi 9T offers very good pictures. Artificial intelligence and automatic HDR come into play when you take a 12 megapixel photo, but if you want to take a 48 megapixel photo, you have to give up these functions. Portraits are isolated without any problems, and in Pro mode you can adjust all the parameters to your liking.

When shooting with 48MP, artificial intelligence is not available, and it is best to rely only on the standard lens for night shots

When lighting conditions deteriorate, the standard lens gives better results, since the other two immediately show their limits. Night mode helps to better illuminate the scene and avoid or reduce noise, but you have to stand still for a few seconds.

With Mi 9T, you can shoot videos in 4K at 30 frames per second. For selfies, on the other hand, the frontal pop-up camera was designed with an 20-megapixel sensor and f / 2.2 aperture. Again, Mi 9T fights when lighting conditions deteriorate. Portrait mode also defines the object well in the frame, and AI can be activated with one touch.

Take a look at the photo album:

4000 mAh battery and fast charging

Xiaomi Mi 9T includes a battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh, which provides fast charging using the included charger for 18 watts. Wireless charging is not supported. Mi 9T did not disappoint me even in terms of battery life: he always managed
All day, even when I used the device more intensely.

4000 mAh, which guarantees a day of battery life, even with heavy use

On weekends, when I mainly used the device for Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Gmail, to read online content, some video calls, Flappy Royale and a few short videos, Mi 9T went all the way until the next day. In our test, PC Battery scored 16 hours 57 minutes.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Specifications

Dimensions: X x 156.7 74.3 8.8 мм
The weight: 191 grams
Battery: 4000 mAh
Screen size: 6.39 in
Screen technology: AMOLED
Display: 2340 x 1080 pixels (403 ppi)
Front-camera: 20 MP
Rear camera: 48 MP
Flash: Dual-LED
Android version: 9 - Pie
Interface: MIUI
Everything is: 6 GB
PZU: 64 GB
128 GB
Removable media: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Number of Cores: 8
Maximum frequency: 2.2 GHz
Communication: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0

The final verdict

Should I buy Xiaomi Mi 9T? Yes, this is undoubtedly a good device if you are looking for a smartphone with a complete set, which is not an expensive flagship. It has a modern design, good display, and performance and battery life is not a problem. The camera offers a good overall impression; Obviously, it cannot compete with devices such as the Huawei P30 Pro and OPPO Reno X10, especially with regard to zoom and night photos, but this is still not the goal of the device. The price of 329 euros for the model on the 64 GB puts it firmly in a different price category than these smartphones.

Mi 9T is not the most exciting smartphone on the market, but this is not the main thing. Its functions and technologies have already been seen in high-end smartphones, but what makes it special is how Xiaomi managed to integrate these aspects in such a pleasant way into a middle-class device.

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