Interestingly, the first batch of Xiaomi Mi 9 in China was sold out before the official presentation. The official start of sales in the Middle Kingdom is given at the end of February. Now about the prices, which turned out to be very affordable.
The initial version of 6/128 GB will cost 2999 yuan (29.3 thousand rubles). A smartphone with 8 GB of RAM in China will cost 3299 yuan (32.3 thousand rubles).
Prices in Europe were announced in early April, and the start of pre-orders was opened on April 5. 6/64 GB and 6/128 GB versions will be officially sold on the Russian market for 34.9 and 37.9 thousand rubles, respectively.
Charging 3350 mAh, Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging, 20W wireless
Communication and Interfaces:
4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 + 5 GHz), 2×2 MIMO Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, Infrared
Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 Shell
On-screen fingerprint scanner, face unlock
157.5 x 74.67 x 7.61 mm, 173 g
Finally, the flagship Xiaomi got rid of many unloved “bangs” – now the front camera and a number of sensors are located in a drop-shaped cutout. As befits the company’s most advanced smartphone, the “drop” here is very tiny and made much more elegant than in Redmi Note 7.
The matrix itself has not changed much – it’s a 6.39-inch AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, covered with Gorilla Glass 6. By the way, the useful front surface area is 91%, only with the Mi Mix 3 slider.
The screen frames of the Xiaomi Mi 9 are already narrower, but the main changes can be seen from above and below. Above, the earpiece is inscribed to the brink, and the “chin” has noticeably decreased, approaching the reference iPhone XS.
The smartphone’s replacement frame is also made of metal, but the back cover has noticeably changed – now a unique texture shimmers under the glass. By the way, there is no fingerprint scanner on the back now – it’s screened in Mi9 and has a reasonably large area.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Review about CPU, memory, communications:
Xiaomi Mi 9 has the very manufacturer of the 2019 chipset, which other manufacturers are just starting to receive. This is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 – a piece of microprocessor art, made using the 7-nm process technology.
The octa-core processor can operate at frequencies up to 2.84 GHz. The Adreno 640 video accelerator works together with it. And the new platform also supports Game Turbo technology, which, using machine learning, directs CPU and GPU resources to specific gaming tasks at the right time.
As a result, in the AnTuTu benchmark, the smartphone gives out 387 thousand “parrots,” which is a record today.
The Chinese did not skimp on permanent memory – it is here regardless of the 128 GB version. But only for individual markets. For example, in Russia, a model with a 64 GB drive is announced. But RAM, you can choose between 6 and 8 GB. Traditionally, there is no microSD card slot in the flagship Xiaomi.
With wireless interfaces, Mi 9 is in full order, as befits a real flagship. For example, there is NFC, which does not go to cheaper models of the company. Or, Xiaomi’s particular pride is the Dual GPS, which allows you to determine the location quickly and with high accuracy.
And yet, the infrared port was returned to the smartphone to control household appliances. They decided not to add a 3.5 mm port, despite user complaints to connect the entire periphery, there is a USB Type-C port.
Camera: Xiaomi Mi 9 Review
The most advanced camera among Xiaomi smartphones (and not only them) went exactly to Mi 9. This is a three-sensor module with the top Sony IMX586 primary sensor with a resolution of 48 megapixels. In low light mode, pixels are assembled into fours, their area increases to 1.6 microns, but the image resolution decreases to 12 megapixels.
The second sensor is wide-angle with a resolution of 16 megapixels, the third – 12 megapixels with a telephoto lens, providing a double optical zoom. In addition, the primary camera uses a hybrid phase and contrast autofocus, which helps the laser. All this should give lightning-fast, focusing even under challenging conditions.
By the way, the reputable site DxOMark placed Xiaomi Mi 9 immediately in third place in the ranking of the quality of mobile photography, ahead of the iPhone XS Max.
The front-facing camera with a resolution of 24 megapixels works with artificial intelligence, and fans of selfies will like it.
Battery: Xiaomi Mi 9 Review
Xiaomi did not break the long tradition when the flagship smartphone does not receive the most capacious battery. In Mi 9, this parameter is only 3350 mAh. But there is good news. Firstly, the smartphone received a quick charge, Quick Charge 4.0. A complete 27W power adapter allows you to charge the phone in just 60 minutes fully. And secondly, Xiaomi Mi 9 can be charged wirelessly and quickly enough.
What could be Xiaomi Mi 9:
According to the geek phone, Xiaomi will present its new flagship at the end of the first quarter of 2019. Most likely, this will happen in March. According to other sources, the lineup will update a year after the presentation of Mi 8, which was released in May 2018.
That is, Xiaomi will withdraw its flagship after the start of sales of the “Android King” Samsung S10. According to the established tradition, official deliveries to Russia should be expected 2-3 months after leaving China.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Review Price:
Xiaomi always brings to the market several modifications of its smartphones. Mi 9 Review will not be an exception. The basic version will be sell from $ 500 (32.8 thousand rubles). Official deliveries to Russia will be even more expensive. But, even with the purchase of a “white” device, Xiaomi Mi 9 will remain a bargain. Why? It’s all about its technical stuffing.