The Chinese smartphone brand “Xiaomi” is new to a smartphone market outside China – especially in Australia and nearest countries. The last year’s Xiaomi Mi 8 indeed captured a vast part of Australian market but Xiaomi still needs to do a lot more in order make its grounds strong across Australia. The latest and greatest Xiaomi Mi 9 in Australia is a fantastic and state-of-the-art smartphone with powerful processor, gorgeous and quality-oriented camera configuration and super-fast charging feature.
Well, it’s not without drawbacks – Xiaomi needs to cut some corners to get an outstanding chipset and camera array into a handset at such an amazing price and their step at designing their own User Interface for Mi 9 likely wouldn’t please everyone. However, Mi 9 is generally an impressive intermediate, with interiors which, surprisingly, are good at a relatively low price – so is this phone, as well as the Xiaomi brand in general, a grave threat to established mid-range Android players such as Huawei and OnePlus.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 specifications include a 6.36-inches screen which is based on Super AMOLED Technology, Android Pie 9.0 MIUI 10 OS, Bluetooth 5.0, on-screen Fingerprint scanner and multiple colours to choose from. The handset also includes:
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is quite identical to its predecessor Mi 8, yet Xiaomi has reduced its top notch to a small waterdrop-like notch - containing a 20-megapixel selfie camera, from a broad-range iPhone copying eye. Screen size at 6.39-inch is marginally larger than 6.23-inch, but it's again a Super AMOLED panel with an FHD+ resolution. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display in Xiaomi Mi 9 and at this point, it is remarkably speedy.
The right-hand side of Mi 9 is being covered by power and volume buttons whereas a USB Type-C charging port and speakers are holding their position on the bottom. The SIM slot and the dedicated Google Assistant button are on the left side, which serves one (of course) purpose when pressed: to enable the Google Assistant. Since you can already do that by taping the navigation bar or using your voice, this seems unnecessary and, as opposed to other phones, this button cannot also be replaced to initiate other apps. On Xiaomi Mi 9, there is also no Headphone Jack, which is a pity, but it's now not common in today's smartphones.
One can grab it in a choice of three sensational colours - Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and alluring Lavender Violet. The two brighter colours look fascinating and seem to change colours as they reflect the light around, but the Xiaomi Mi9 catches gray fingerprints too easily, as it does with most phones with a glass backrest and a light colour scheme.
For big and fine screens with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, the Mi 9 follows the trend, with a slightly bigger 6:39 inch and a Super AMOLED 2340 x 1080 resolution display. The pixel density of 403PPI provides a high degree of sharpness, and at the top of the screen is a small circular note with skinny bezels both on and below the display. Sources who have tested the handset said that, with regard to screen quality, the smartphone display is the best one ever. The Xiaomi Mi 9 panel shows 98.9 percent of the SRGB-size colour of the "standard" display profile of the phone, with an average E-Delta of 0.69, according to a ColorMunki calibrator. A score below 1 shows that colours are displayed in full throughout the entire palette, and Xiaomi Mi 9 is no exception.
The screen also provides impeccable contrast levels for infinity 1 because of the Super AMOLED panels, while the phone is able to achieve a maximum brightness of 426cd / m2. In short, the screen of this phone is good as it comes with rich and vivid colors that seem to be popping right outside of the screen. If you often tinker with your Instagram shots on the go or are on a morning commute looking for the best device for your Netflix binges, there is simply nothing better.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 engine isn’t shortened - it's one of the first mobile phones driven by Snapdragon 855. What does that mean in reality? Well, it's powerful enough to support advanced camera setups (such as the triple-camera module on the Mi 9), and it is super-efficient too. The device is certainly fast to light when switching between apps and should be even more convenient to handle 3D games in high settings than the already capable Xiaomi Mi 8.
But then again, improved efficiency of the Snapdragon Processor should more than compensate for the fact that the Mi 9’s 3300mAh is slightly smaller than its previous battery. If you wake up often to find your now-fallen smartphone in the back of the sofa, it will also keep you in full health within one hour. Prefer to charge wirelessly? There is good news too – the Mi 9 seems to be the first wireless 20W charge phone to support. Granted, for Xiaomi's Mi Wireless Charging Pad, you will need to shell out (they have a price that has not been confirmed yet), but when you do, it will take 90 minutes to charge from empty in full. And in that entire process, it makes you feel very smug.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is backed by three rear cameras. Unfortunately, last year's Xiaomi Mi 8 didn’t get a benefit from such an amazing arrangement - but ever since Huawei's P20 Pro was first introduced and that appears to be a way flagship smartphones are headed. The newly announced Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are also falling in that category but Apple has yet to jump on board.
However, on the back of the phone, which uses the new Sony IMX586 Quad Sensor – the same bit of kit used on the Honor View 20, the Mi 9's 48-Megapixel (f/1,75) camera unit is pride in place. The Mi 9's AI captures 12-Megapixel images by default and you can't shoot HDR-friendly with a 48MP shot while the main camera is capable to take 48-Megapixel photos.
A 16-megapixel ultra-wide module (f/2.2) and a 12 megapixel (f/2.2) camera are the primary camera reinforcement features. Modernly, you can see which pictures are 48-megapixel and which are 12-megapixel AI pictures at the bottom left of the watermark when viewing photos in the gallery. This can be disabled if you wish to.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is now officially available in China as well as European countries such as Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. The availability of Mi 9 in Australia and elsewhere is still a mystery. If rumours and suggestions around, turn out to be true, it’ll be released in Australia somewhere in April or May 2019.
Very much like its official release date in Australia, Xiaomi’s Mi 9 pricing details are pretty blurred as well. In Italy and Spain, it’s priced €449 (AU$712) for its 64GB variant whereas 128GB variant set users back around €499 (AU$799). That puts Mi 9 against a lineup of solid rivals. The OnePlus 6T is its biggest rival – with identical top-end specifications for roughly the same price as well as an awesome rear camera arrangement that beats almost everything else in the market.