- Analysis by KJ David
Although it is one of Xiaomi's most-ambitious 2019 smartphones when it comes to photography (We'll cover that down this specs-based review), the Xiaomi Mi 9 drops the ball on certain hardware fronts. For instance, its 3300mAh-only battery power ends up as an outright con in our book, knowing that many tantamount high-end phablets pack at least 4000mAh cells. Its 6GB-only RAM count sounds a tad underwhelming as well, seeing that a few tantamount models pack 8GB RAMs, not to mention that this phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 triple-cluster 2.84GHz (top speed) engine , which was a popular pro among performance-driven smartphones around the time of this Phonerated analysis.
Compared to some of rivals' 256GB or 512GB native memory caps, the Mi 9's 128GB maximum internal memory is unimpressive -- this is aggravated by the fact that it does not come with a dedicated memory card slot for storage expansion.
Its mix of pros and cons aren't all about drawbacks, though, seeing that it boasts a triple-lens primary camera consisting of a whopping 48-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. It is accompanied by a bevy of AI optimizations and it captures 4K-2160p videos at 60fps.
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Up front, the Mi 9 features a promising 20-megapixel selfie camera that levels with those of some of the leading selfie-first phones in town, with things like AI studio lighting and AI Beautify leading its perks.
Resembling those of several other high-class large-screen phones on the market, this Mi edition's screen is a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080p) display with a 600-nit peak brightness level and support for HDR10 content. Moreover, it scores a reassuring 103.8 percent NTSC color gamut and it has a damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 6 finish . Also part of its pros and cons is an in-screen fingerprint scanner promising a faster response time than conventional rear-mounted fingerprint detectors.
Offered in colors like Lavender Violet and Ocean Blue, the Xiaomi Mi 9 makes for a solid choice for mobile photographers and tech-savvy Android users.
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