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Xiaomi Mi 9T analysis: a smartphone that convinces

The Xiaomi Mi 9T has a clear objective: to be among the best mid-range smartphones in the market. With a very competitive price, taking into account the set of features and components, it can be said that this smartphone is successful. That's why Xiaomi Mi 9T convinced me.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Good OLED screen
  • Autonomous
  • Photographic experience

Cons

  • No support for microSD
  • No IP67 / 8

A well made and complete smartphone

As soon as I took the Xiaomi Mi 9T out of the box, I immediately noticed the similarities with OPPO's Find X: the body style is practically identical.
Nice and well finished
: This will define in two words the Mi 9T, which does not give up the front and rear windows and that opts for a photographic compartment only slightly protrudes.

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The power button is distinguished by its colorful / AndroidPIT

I will not describe in detail the appearance of the Mi 9T because, in addition to the pop-up camera, it offers nothing really peculiar that we have not seen. You can see it in the photos yourself, just to give you an idea. I will tell you, however, that it offers the mini headphone jack along the top edge, integrates a mono speaker in the lower right, allows you to use two SIM cards (but not a microSD) and that the USB Type-C port is 2.0.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T is manageable with one hand but it is not a very light smartphone.

Although it is easy to handle with one hand, when he first grabbed it, he thought: "Wow, it weighs a lot" (191 grams to be exact). The Mi 9T also offers a notification LED placed in the pop-up window of the camera and therefore is not always easy to locate.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T integrates an OLED panel without notches / AndroidPIT

The Mi 9T can be unlocked using the integrated fingerprint reader below the screen and the 2D face unlock. The latter questions the emerging camera that appears quickly. Both methods of unlocking are effective, but personally I have mainly used the fingerprint reader. The reason is that to activate the unlocking with the face you need an upward slide to activate the camera, one more step.

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With mini-jack connector, but without support for microSD / AndroidPIT

Thanks to the implementation of the pop-up camera, the Mi 9T removes the notch and offers a full 6.39-inch screen. This is an OLED panel, with a ratio of 19.5: 9 and resolution in Full HD +: ideal for this price range. Bright and easily readable in sunlight, it is compatible with DRM Widevine L1 for videos, so it lends itself to the contents of Netflix of which many of us are now slaves.

The Mi 9T offers a good 6.39-inch OLED panel

The dedicated screen configuration allows you to customize the contrasts by choosing between three modes (default, hot, cold), in addition to offering the reading mode, the ambient screen and the dark mode, perfect for harnessing the potential of the OLED panel. Be careful, however, that not all applications support this mode.

androidpit xiaomi mi 9t full backThe Xiaomi 9T measures 156.7 x 74
, 3 x 8.8 mm and weighs 191 grams. /
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Good performance and features for all tastes

Android Pie and MIUI 10
send here. The security patches of the device I tested are updated to May, so they are not the latest. The experience with the device is fluid but, as with highly customized interfaces, we need to get carried away a bit. Visually MIUI is not one of my favorites, but for the rest it offers many possibilities of use.

In The Mi 9T you will find a series of features that other brands, first of all Chinese, have become accustomed: you can duplicate some applications such as Facebook, create a completely private area where you can hide applications and photos, customize the device with themes of everything type, gestures and monitor and optimize the system with the application of the Security brand. Xiaomi does not give up its own bloatware, such as Mi Video or Music, which unfortunately cannot be uninstalled. FM radio present.

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MIUI 10 offers many customization possibilities, but you'll have to get used to it / AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The Mi 9T, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 9, does not integrate the Snapdragon 855 but relies on the Snapdragon 730, the workhorse among the mid-range devices. The CPU consists of eight cores (4 Cortex-A76 and 4 Cortex-A55), while the GPU is Adreno 618. All this is supported by 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. It is a shame that UFS 2.1 internal memory is not expandable: Xiaomi offers Mi 9T in two variants, 64 or 128GB.

Good performance guaranteed by the Snapdragon 730

On the performance side you can be sure because the Mi 9T is very good at managing any type of task. The mono speaker does its job but you will find yourself covering it with your hand during the game sessions in landscape mode.

Xiaomi Mi 9T in the 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 9T219320623199not supported2539/69182623562802
Honor 20187019512261390192907/54832784373412
Xiaomi Mi 9565947627028669073479/109212804374126

Mi 9T offers LTE up to 400Mbps, Bluetooth 5.0, ac WIFI and NFC.

Three cameras in the back plus a pop-up camera

The Mi 9T offers three sensors
, but the configuration is not the same as that of Mi 9:

  • 48MP aperture and f / 1.75, standard lens
  • 13MP, f / 2.4 aperture, wide angle lens
  • 8MP aperture, f / 2.4 with 2X optical zoom
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The camera appears on accin / AndroidPIT

The photos taken during the day are sharp, detailed and colorful. In some photos I found the colors too bright with yellow tones that tend more to orange. When the light conditions are good, the Mi 9T offers well-made shots. Artificial intelligence and automatic HDR come into play when you take 12MP photos but if you want to take 48MP you will have to give up these features, the portraits are isolated without problems and with Pro mode you can manage all the parameters to your liking.

Artificial intelligence is not available if you shoot at 48MP and night shots are worth trusting only the standard lens.

When the light conditions worsen, the standard lens gives the best results, the other two immediately show their limits. The night mode helps to better illuminate the scene and avoid or reduce noise, but you will have to remain still for a few seconds.

With the Mi 9T you can record videos in 4K at 30fps. For selgfies, on the other hand, the front pop-up camera was designed with a 20MP sensor and an f / 2.2 aperture. Once again, the Mi 9T works worse when lighting conditions deteriorate. The portrait mode also defines the subject in the frame and AI can be activated with one click.

Take a look for yourself:

4000 mAh battery and fast charge

Xiaomi Mi 9T incorporates a 4000mAh battery that benefits from a fast charge using the supplied 18W charger. Wireless charging is not supported. Also from the standpoint of the autonomous region, the Mi 9T does not disappoint me: it always managed to stay alive for a while.
Whole, even when using the device more intensively.

4000mAh that guarantee an autonomous day under intensive use

During the weekend, when the use was limited mainly to Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Gmail, lnavegar, some video calls, Flappy Royale and some short videos, the Mi 9T arrived the next day.

Xiaomi Mi 9T – Technical Specifications

Dimensions:Weight:Battery Size:Screen Size:Screen Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Flash:Android version:User interface:RAM:Internal memory:Removable Memory:Chipset:Number of cores:Speed:Connectivity:
156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
191 gr
4000 mAh
6.39 inches
AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixels (403 ppi)
20 megapixels
48 megapixels
Dual-LED
9 – Foot
MIUI
6 GB
64 GB128 GB
Not available
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
8
2.2 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0

Final verdict

Is it worth buying a Xiaomi Mi 9T? Yes, it is certainly a good device if you are looking for a complete smartphone that is not an expensive flagship. Modern design, good screen, performance and battery life are no problem. The photographic sector offers a good global experience; It obviously cannot compete, especially when it comes to zoom and night photos, with devices such as the Huawei P30 Pro and the OPPO Reno X10, but this is certainly not the goal of the device. We are talking about different market segments and the price of 329 euros for the 64GB model of internal memory reminds us.

Everything Mi 9T offers is not exciting, they are features and technologies already seen especially in the high-end, but Xiaomi has managed to integrate them nicely in a mid-range device. Xiaomi did a really good job with the Mi 9T!

Xiaomi Mi 9T

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