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[Review & Unboxing] Mi 9 SE Review: A Compact Flagship of Xiaomi

2019-05-16 05:14:55
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Hello Mi fans,

What a long time! Mi 9 SE is finally launched in Philippines. As we know,the large-screen smartphones are the mainstream of the current smartphone industry.However, as the screen of the phone gets bigger and bigger, it becomes more and more difficult to hold in one hand.So here is our Mi 9 SE! It has a smaller size,but it still has a very obvious improvement in overall performance.

[Design & Appearance]

Mi 9 SE is a bit smaller than the Mi 9.It uses a 5.97-inch Samsung AMOLED screen with dot drop notch, a resolution of 2340 × 1080, 2.5D grass, 103.8% (Typ) NTSC wide-color domain.

And the reason why Mi 9 SE called "compact flagship", because its screen ratio is up to 90.47%. What's more,Mi 9 SE is very light which is made for one-handed operation without pressure.

There is a 20MP selfie camera in the notch, same as Mi 9. It supports AI beauty, front HDR, and face recognition.

And the other good news is that Mi 9 SE still retains the same improved In-screen fingerprint sensor as the Mi 9,and the unlock speed is also very fast.

In the back cover processing, Mi 9 SE supports holographic rainbow spectrum design for Ocean Blue and Lavender Violet .When light strikes from different angles,it can show different colors which looks really fantastic.

Like the Mi 9, the Mi 9 SE is also equipped with a triple camara.It contains a 48MP main camera, Sony IMX586 sensor and f/1.75 aperture,just same as Mi 9.However the ultra-wide-angle lens and telephoto lens are changed from 16MP + 12MP to 13MP + 8MP.

On the top edge, there is a IR blaster. It  is  very convenient for you to control your appliances at home.

The Mi 9 can take two nano SIM cards but don't allow for memory expansion.

There is no headphone jack so the only recourse is to use USB Type-C.


In terms of  hardware, Mi9 SE has 6 GB of RAM and offers 64GB and 128 GB storage options and it is the first device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 712 Mobile Platform.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Mobile Platform is built on a 10nm process and consisting of the Kryo 360 CPU,Adreno 616 GPU. Qualcomm claims Snapdragon 712 is 10% faster than Snapdragon 710 and offers better integration with AI elements and a smoother experience when playing games on a mobile device.

In order to better understand the performance of this phone, it is better to run benchmarks. And now, let's look at our results.

The AnTuTu results give us a terse summary of the phone's overall performance. In this test, Mi 9 SE gets  a score  of 181604.

Below are the results, starting with Geekbench 4, which tested CPU performance.

We found that it works smoothly with the MIUI 10. It's fast and fluid,no any lags.


In terms of cameras, Mi 9 SE features a  triple camera in the back: a 48MP main camera lens, Sony IMX586 sensor same as Mi 9; a 13MP ultra wide lens,angle of view reached the 123° ; and a 8MP telephoto lens from top to bottom.

So how about the image quality? Let's take some photos by Mi 9 SE.

In the normal conditions of sunlight, white balance is accurate and we can see a lot of details in the image.

Now let’s move on to the 48MP and ultra wide angle, which most people will be interested in these two features.

Mi 9 SE is equipped  with Sony IMX586  sensor same as Mi 9. This sensor ensures Mi 9 SE can output 48MP photos. In this mode, we can really get more details compared to 12MP.

With ultra-wide angle lens, you can capture the larger angle of view in shooting landscape ,architecture and other aspects with a significant advantage.

Mi 9 SE also supports steady handheld night photography, so we needn’t worry about its low-light image quality. You can see a clear contrast between the normal mode and the night  mode below.

Normal Mode

Night  Mode

Here is our Mi 9 SE review. Mi 9 SE is the world's first phone to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and offers the same 48 MP camera and in-display fingerprint sensor as the Mi 9. What’s more, you can hold this phone easily in one hand.

By the way, the MI 9 SE is now available on Lazada & any Authorized Mi Stores for only PHP 15,990!
Do you like it? If you have anything want to know about Mi 9 SE, please reply in the comment below, community will answer.


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2019-05-16 05:14:55
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Grand Master Bunny

Seragios | from Redmi 5


Thanks for sharing
2019-05-16 05:19:48
Great review, Thank you Elaine
2019-05-16 05:32:25

Master Bunny

Andrea3777 | from Mi MIX 2S


Super review!
Thanks a lot!
2019-05-16 05:46:46

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Lhim | from Redmi 6A


thanks for sharing
2019-05-16 06:35:25

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ph.eliezer | from Mi 9 SE


Good review
2019-05-16 06:55:43

Master Bunny

haymanali2006 | from MI 5


Nice review, thanks.
2019-05-16 07:38:14


BeingBishal | from MI 5


Amazing Review!
2019-05-16 07:40:12

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Sony w | from Redmi Note 6 Pro


Thanks for sharing
2019-05-16 07:46:23

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2019-05-16 10:53:02

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ᎮᏒᎥᏁፈᏋ | from Redmi Note 4X


nice review thanks for sharing
2019-05-16 11:05:13
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