Xiaomi launched a Midrange smartphone Named Mi 9 SE. This Mi 9 SE was released in India on 22 Aug 2018. Mi 9 SE is priced at CNY 1999 Which is 21,000 Indian rupees Or 305 US Dollars @ 64 GB Variant.
Xiaomi Released Mi 9 SE in 6GB + 64GB, 6GB Ram + 128GB Internal Storage Model. when I’m using Mi 9 SE I got a Flagship Smartphone feeling when holding in the hand with a Triple Camera Setup on rear and single camera set up on the front & SD 712 Underhood at a Un Believable Price makes this Smartphone a true Performance & Camera beast.
Mi 9 SE features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 712 which is available on Vivo Z1 Pro too. this chip is made of 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 2 x A76 High power cores which are clocked at 2.2GHz, second part features 6 x A55 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.7GHz. it has Adreno 616 GPU which increases its work by 33% compared to SD 710 the last Midrange processor from Qualcomm. it has an X15 LTE Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 800 & 150MBPS. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.
I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of Mi 9 SE and Jump into the review.
Mi 9 SE Specs
- 5.97” FHD+ 19:9 AMOLED Waterdrop notch Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 CPU
- Adreno 616 GPU
- 6 / 8 GB LPDDR4X Ram
- 64 / 128 GB Internal Storage.
- Triple Camera: 48MP F/1.8 (main) + 8MP F/2.4 PDAF ( Telephoto ) + 13MP F/2.4 PDAF ( Wideangle)
- 20MP f/2.2 MP Pop-up front camera
- 3070mAH battery with 27W charging support
- Android One 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top
- In-Display fingerprint scanner
- Volte / Dual GPS / WiFi /
- Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C / NFC / UFS 2.1
5.97″ Full HD+ AMOLED Screen :
Here in Display Department, Mi 9 SE Features an Excellent Full HD AMOLED panel Notchless screen made by Samsung with 403 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also Excellent. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. there is also Support to View HDR Content.
it is Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 On Front Which is Drop resistant and Protects the AMOLED Screen.
Stereo Speaker and Headphone Jack:
In Mi 9 SE, Xiaomi Used the traditional Single Speaker System and it is Much louder and equal when Compared to Single Speaker System used in 2019 Flagship Smartphones. The Out From the Speaker is Clear.
Xiaomi Has Included Headphone jack In Mi 9 SE Smartphone which is a good thing in my opinion. All the brand are not taking interest in the headphone jack and removing it. Coming to 3.5mm and earphones, the 3.5mm port provides a punchy and clear sound.
Build Quality :
Xiaomi is Build with Aluminium Frame on the side on Back & Front of the Device Is Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with the build quality. Mi 9 SE well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 5.97″ Fluid Amoled screen.
In-Display Fingerprint scanner:
Mi 9 SE Features an In-Display mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the Bottom Front of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user.
Mi 9 SE has face unlock feature. It works Nice in Normal Conditions Very Quickly and And Securely but in Night Conditions it will work 40% Screen brightness to recognize the user.
Mi 9 SE feels A bit Heavy with 5.97″ Screen and 3070 mAh battery equipped. This Mi 9 SE can be used by one hand But, You Will feel Little Heavy While Using. You Will Not Feel After Using a Week. The weight balance is done well on the device though it is made Up of Aluminum and Glass On Front and Back of the Device.
My Mi 9 SE Thinq lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 15% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3500 mAH Battery. We got 4.5 to 5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 5.5hr Battery life if you use Continuously on WiFi. The ideal drain of Mi 9 SE is very low. the 18W Quick charging 4+ makes a difference and charges the phone in 110 min which is a bit good.
MiUi Based On Android 9 Pie :
MIUI 10 based Android 9 Pie present on the Mi 9 SE SmartPhone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has a ton of bloatware like Huawei Devices. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this MIUI 10 OS special for Mi 9 SE SmartPhone. there are some Battery Optimizations Present on MIUI 10 makes Mi 9 SE SmartPhone last longer
My Mi 9 SE managed to do day to day tasks very well like the Mi 8 SE Which was Released Last Year. there are No issues and problems with the UI. there are no heating issues with Mi 9 SE. It Feels a bit warm In Outdoor Conditions While Recording 4K Videos and Gaming.
Ram Management :
Ram Management is done very well on this Mi 9 SE device. it features 6 / 8 GB ram variants and I did not notice any lags with the 6GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this Mi 9 SE. Multitasking experience is good.
Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. this Snapdragon 712 Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.
In Mi 9 SE, Out of 64, 128GB Storage, we get 64GB, 108GB With Google Account Included.
Call Quality :
The Call quality on Mi 9 SE is outstanding and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain about call Quality. The earpiece is present in Top Bezel Which Acts as a Stereo Speaker Too. In Mi 9 SE the Calls are very clear through the Loudspeaker.
Coming to the Camera Department, Mi 9 SE features a Triple Camera setup on the back of the device and a Single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in Mi 9 SE. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them
1. Primary Camera: the 48MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain exquisite details Which are near to natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting Conditions. In low light Conditions, the images are very clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see.
2. Ultra Wide Angle Camera: the 13MP ultra wide angle lens on Mi 9 SE does a good job in good lighting conditions and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. it captures a much wider picture in 108˚ field of view with good details. exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 13MP camera also captures good photos with decent sharpness and in Controlled Exposure.
3. Telephoto camera:
the 8MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. The Telephoto camera is Very Good and provides Average bokeh and Zoom in Pictures.
Video recording can be done up to 4k@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Electronic Image Stabilization. The video quality in the low night conditions is very good with good Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range. the Telephoto Camera Makes Difference in Video Recording with 2x Lossless Zoom. Slow Motion video Recording is Good.
Selfie camera :
Mi 9 SE has a 20MP pop-up selfie camera with large 0.8 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2 the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures Equal lowlight images compared to the rear camera. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range. This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.
We can record Video Up to 1080p@30fps. the Video Footage is pretty Great Through Selfie camera.
- Awesome AMOLED Panel with HDR 10 Support
- In-Display Fingerprint Sensor In Budget
- Fast and Fluid MiUi
- Great Performance With SD 712 Soc
- Excellent Piece of camera’s
- Good Battery Life
- No Expansion Of Storage
- No 3.5mm Jack
- No stabilization in 4K
- Telephoto Cameras Are Not Used For Video Recording.
Who can Get Mi 9 SE SmartPhone view:
if you want a Midrange Flagship Phone with Bright AMOLED Full HD+ screen, with Snapdragon 712 processor and 18W Wired fast charging pop-up Style Camera, Triple Rear Camera Setup then you can go with Mi 9 SE SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone then
Sony Xperia 10
Huawei P30 Lite
Pixel 3A XL can be your Alternatives to Mi 9 SE.
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