Xiaomi Mi 9T: Premium hardware on a budget price
July 14, 2019

Read to find out if the Mi 9T is as awesome as its bigger brother, the Mi 9.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 that we reviewed last April already is one of our favorite Android devices thanks to its premium hardware and design and its incredibly cheap price. This time, they’re back with the Mi 9T a supposedly even more affordable Android smartphone that brings excels both in design and performance.

It’s one shiny little device just like its big brother, which is why it’s best to have a case ready to avoid fingerprints and smudges. Thankfully Xiaomi has included a matte case inside the box of the Mi 9T. There’s a large 6.39-inch display that supports a 2340-by-1080 pixel resolution – it doesn’t have a notch though so you’re getting an all-screen display with the Mi 9T.

Just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the front camera of the Mi 9T is hidden on the top part of the smartphone where it automatically pops-up when needed. It’s 20 megapixels, and actually takes bright decent selfies – I’m not a fan of the beauty mode though, so I mostly just turn it off. At the back, you will find the triple camera setup that includes the 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and the 13-megapixel ultrawide camera.

In the weeks I’ve spent with the Mi 9T the camera mostly delivers decent shots, especially in sunlight. Colors are spot-on, and it didn’t have any problems capturing images in portrait mode. It struggles in low light with some images showing too much noise – but overall, it’s a great performing camera considering its price.

Unlike the Mi 9 that’s powered by the newer Snapdragon 855 chip, the Mi 9T runs on the Snapdragon 730 with 6 GB of RAM and a 64 GB/128 GB of storage. To be honest, the performance between the two is barely noticeable and every game and app that I load on the Mi 9T launched without any hiccups.

The Mi 9T comes with MIUI 10, a skin that’s based on Android Pie. It’s fast, clean, and smooth but for some reason still isn’t a visual treat compared to other Android skins. This smartphone would’ve fared better with a stock Android skin, but you can always install another launcher if you don’t like the default interface.

There’s a 4,000 mAh battery that should be enough to give you more than a day’s worth of usage. In my case, I managed to have around 30 percent of battery life when my workday ends at 6, with enough juice for me to use the smartphone until bedtime.

For the 1,099 AED starting price of the Mi 9T, it definitely delivers. From a great design and performance, it ranks as a worthy alternative for users looking for a great smartphone in a budget.

We Love: 

– Excellent design

– Great screen

– Incredible price

We Hate: 

– MIUI could be better

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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