With the Mi 9T Pro, Xiaomi has come up with a fantastic product that can stand its own against the OnePlus flagships. The 9T Pro brings most of the flagships chops to an even more affordable price point. Between the large battery, excellent design and construction, and the triple-camera set up, there’s a lot to like here. Lets find that out in detail below.
1. Design: Love it or hate it, the Mi 9T Pro’s design language is unmistakable. The phone takes the “aura prism” language to a new height. The design is flamboyant, in your face, and some might say, overly aggressive. The glass and metal sandwich build of the Mi 9T Pro is polished to a sheen and feels premium. The weight distribution and density of the hardware makes the phone feel equal parts well-built and luxurious. A pretty-looking blue LED surrounds the pop-up mechanism as it, well, pops outLike most recent Redmi phones. The 9T Pro has a p2i coating which makes it resistant to splashes. Don’t go dunking your phone in a pool, but it should take a quick splash in the rain just fine. The phone has a fast and responsive in-display fingerprint sensor as well.
2. Display: Mi 9T Pro has a HDR-capable AMOLED panel with Gorila Glass 5. The panel is great to look at and displays fantastic viewing angles with minimal color shift. It has quite high brightness levels that aid in fantastic outdoor visibility even on sunny days. There are ample software options to tweak the color profile of the display. The default picture profile errs on the side of over-saturation, but is bound to please anyone who watches a lot of multimedia content and likes a contrast-rich panel. The phone has support for the Widevine L1 DRM to allow playback of high-resolution streaming content.
3. Performance: Powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the Mi 9T Pro is quite a powerful device with impressive day-to-day usability. Combined with the highly optimized build of MIUI and Poco launcher, no lags can be found. RAM management is great and the phone can handily juggle a few apps. Games run without a stutter. The Redmi Mi 9T Pro packs enough grunt for almost any user.
4. Battery: A 4,000mAh battery is par for the course for MI devices. Paired with Xiaomi’s great battery optimization, the phone easily manages over one and a half days of use. I routinely managed a day and a half or even more between charges with screen-on-time clocking in at about 9-10 hours. Charging with the included 18W charger takes a little over an hour and a half. The 27W fast charging is an another feather in the cap.
5. Software: Love it or hate it, MIUI is part and parcel of the MI experience. Xiaomi has made strides to add features to their Android skin. The Mi 9T Pro runs MIUI 10.3.0.2, with one big difference: The phone runs Poco Launcher out of the box. Other interesting software additions include a game speed booster. Getting to it is a bit of a task that involves navigating to the pre-installed security app. The game speed booster app gives you recommendations for games to play and optimises your phone for a more streamlined gaming experience. This includes setting the phone to performance mode and providing additional overlays and settings for whitelisted games.
6. Camera: The Mi 9T Pro offers multiple focal lengths. Between the ultra-wide angle, standard, and telephoto lenses, the set up is versatile and competitive. We’ve already seen the primary IMX586 sensor in action on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the tuning hasn’t changed drastically since. Xiaomi expects you to use the pixel-binned 12MP images, but a handy toggle to switch over to full-resolution 48MP shots is provided as well. Daylight shots from the Redmi K20 Pro are rather good. The dynamic range is on point. The Mi 9T Pro’s wide-angle camera offers a whopping 124.8-degree field-of-view, which is among the widest available right now. This lets you capture wide, sweeping landscapes. It is remarkable to see the kind of results the Mi 9T Pro produces. It might not be as good as a Pixel, but the camera set up is among the best you can get under $410.
7. Audio: The Redmi Mi 9T Pro includes a headphone jack but skimps out on the Poco F1’s stereo speakers. Audio output from the headphone jack is neutral sounding. Headphones aren’t included in the box, but music sounded great via earphones. The single speaker along the bottom edge gets loud but could have been better with stereo sound.
8. Specs: Equiped with a Snapdragon 855 Processor, 8 Layer Graphite Cooling, AMOLED FHD+ in 6.39-inch Display, 48MP primary camera with SONY IMX586, plus 13MP ultra wide-angle camera, 20MP pop-up selfie camera, 27W fast charge, 4000mAh large battery is a powerhouse that is tough to beat.
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9. Value For Money: It is an incredible time for customers. Never before has there been so many options with bleeding-edge hardware at less than half the cost of a premium flagship phone. Sure, some sacrifices have been made to hit that price point, but the Redmi Mi 9T Pro represents the pinnacle of engineering at Xiaomi. Mi 9T Pro arrives when Xiaomi needs to start making inroads into the premium segment and it cannot afford to repeat the mistakes it made with previous Mi phones. Starting at ~$400, the Mi 9T Pro is the most hardware you can get for the price and it is right in line with the Xiaomi ethos of offering utmost value for money.
The Mi 9T Pro is Xiaomi flexing its muscles to show off its capabilities. The company that kickstarted the value segment revolution is now set to change the affordable flagship segment. The Mi 9T Pro is a premium smartphone at a fantastic price point. If you are in the market for an affordable flagship, the Mi 9T Pro should rank very high in your list of devices to consider.
What do you think, are you interested in this phone?