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Xiaomi Mi 9T Unboxing and First Impressions

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Xiaomi is in full steam with the introduction of its newest smartphone offering, the Xiaomi Mi 9T or the Redmi K20 in China). The Mi 9Tjoined the growing number of smartphones sporting a motorized pop up selfie camera resulting to a no notch no punch hole viewing experience from the 6.39-inch screen. We are excited to make this our daily driver so let’s dig in and unbox this!

Xiaomi Mi 9T specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor
  • Adreno 618 graphics
  • 6GB/64GB internal memory
  • 6GB/128GB internal memory
  • 6.39-inch Full HD AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Triple Rear Cameras
    • 48MP Sony IMX582 f/1.8
    • 13MP f.2.4 ultrawide
    • 8MP f/2.4 telephoto with 2x optical zoom
  • 20MP f/2.0 motorized pop up camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Price: Php 15,990 (6GB/64GB) and Php 17,990 (6GB/128GB)

What’s inside the box?

  • Xiaomi Mi 9T unit
  • Free Case
  • USB Type C cable
  • Fast Charge Wall Adaptor
  • SIM Card Ejector Tool

Hardware

First of all, we just want to share that it has an audio jack! Yey! Anyway, back to the phone, it is quite hefty. This is probably due to the motorized mechanism, glass/metal construction and the large 4,000 mAh battery. At the back we have a very glossy and very slippery glass back with a line pattern design which we also found on the Poco F1 only it is very subtle here. Just remember to put on the included hard case because the phone is very slippery.

Yes, we may have a headphone jack but this phone does not have memory expansion. So keep it mind when shooting a lot of 48MP photos. We love the little details here like the pattern design at the back and the red accent of the power button.

The 6.39-inch display is bright with punchy colors. Well, it is an AMOLED so expect this kind of color saturation. The display has no notch, no punch holes for the camera which we like. It means you got all screen goodness when watching videos or playing games.

Software

We admit that MIUI 10 is not our favorite skin on top of Android. Although it has improved a lot in terms looks and functionality. We still don’t like the option to have an app drawer on the home. Plus the fact that there are still pre-installed Mi apps we don’t really use. The immediate remedy we can think of is to download the Poco Launcher which is available at Google Play Store.

Initial Antutu Benchmark score

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 730 chipset in which is our first time to test. That is paired with 6GB RAM with 64 or 128GB internal storage. Our unit here is the 128GB variant which costs Php 18,990. This is something to consider if you save a lot of photos or videos on your phone since this phone does not have microSD card expansion

First Camera Samples

There is a triple camera system here at the back which is a 48MP main lens which shoots 12MP by default, a 13MP ultrawide lens and an 8MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. At the front we have a 20MP pop up selfie camera. All photos were taken in auto mode. We will explore more of its camera on our full review.

First Impressions

The Xiaomi Mi 9T left us very impressed. It may have a simple design but the little design details do stand out such as the red accents on the selfie camera and the power button, the line pattern at the back and the presence of a headphone jack. As always, our concern with moving parts of a phone is still evident but only time will tell. We really have to test the strength of the Snapdragon 730 when it comes to gaming and multitasking.

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