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Xiaomi Mi 9 vs. Mi 9 SE vs. Mi 9T (Pro): 4 easily-confused Xiaomi mobile phones in comparison

Xiaomi Mi 9 vs. Mi 9 SE vs. Mi 9T (Pro): 4 easily-confused Xiaomi mobile phones in comparison

By  Town Kassis 2019-08-21 1327 0

A few months after the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is bringing new models to Europe: the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro. Which smartphone is more worthwhile, we'll clarify below for you in comparison.

With the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 SE, Xiaomi already has two Mi 9 models on offer in Europe. Now two more follow: Xiaomi Mi 9T is the European version of the Redmi K20. The Redmi K20 is also available as a Pro model with better equipment and is called Mi 9T Pro in Europe. The latter is very similar to the Xiaomi Mi 9. This makes the purchase decision more difficult, so we'll show you the differences between the four smartphones below.

Xiaomi Mi 9/SE vs. Mi 9T (Pro) 

Differences of the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro) at a glance

The regular Xiaomi Mi 9 and its lite model Mi 9 SE were presented at MWC 2019 and are available since March. The Mi 9T, published in June, is like the Mi 9 SE a mid-range mobile phone, while the Mi 9 and the Mi 9T Pro, published in August, belong to the upper class. However, the equipment of the models is very similar in some respects. There are also no big differences in price.

Mi 9T (Pro) 

Prices: That's how much Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro) cost

At market launch, the Mi 9 cost 449 or 499 euros, depending on the memory equipment. Meanwhile the price has dropped by about 70 to 80 Euro at some dealers. Comparable Smartphones of other manufacturers cost substantially more. The Mi 9T has been sold since mid-June and costs 319 or 349 euros at the time of comparison, depending on the memory size. It thus ranks slightly above the Mi 9 SE Lite version, which is currently sold from around 280 euros. The latter with a larger memory costs just as much as the basic equipment of the Mi 9T.

Mi 9T Pro  

Xiaomis Mi 9T Pro is offered since August 20th with 128 Gigabyte memory at Amazon. The first 3,000 devices cost almost 400 euros, the regular price is around 450 euros. In the beginning it is cheaper than the 128 gigabyte version of the Mi 9, but even without the special offer it costs only 20 Euro more.

Display: With and without notch

The size of the Mi 9 and Mi 9T (Pro) displays is identical at 6.39 inches each. The display of the Mi 9 SE is somewhat more compact with 5.97 inches. In all models AMOLED panels with FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels) are used as screens. The Mi 9T (Pro) and Mi 9 SE are "only" protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the Mi 9 uses Xiaomi Gorilla Glass 6.

At the upper edge of the screen there is a notch for the front camera in the Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE. The screen of the Mi 9T (Pro) is almost completely borderless, because Xiaomi relies on a mechanically extendable pop-up camera.

Cameras of the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro)

The front cameras have a resolution of 20 megapixels and there are three additional cameras on the back. The main sensors have a resolution of 48 megapixels. In addition, the Xiaomi smartphones also have a wide-angle and tele camera with dual optical zoom. However, the additional cameras of the Mi 9T (Pro) and Mi 9 SE offer a slightly lower resolution than the Mi 9 cameras. 4K videos can be recorded with a maximum of 60 frames per second for the Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro and 30 frames per second for the Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE.

Mi 9T (Pro) Cameras 

Battery of the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro)

The battery capacity of the Mi 9 is 3,300 milliampere-hours, the Mi 9T (Pro) 4,000 milliampere-hours. Due to its more compact size, the Mi 9 SE has the lowest capacity in comparison, 3,070 milliampere-hours. Wireless Charging only supports the Xiaomi Mi 9 and this even with up to 20 watts. An 18-watt charger is included with all models, but the Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro can be charged with a maximum of 27 watts.

Processor and memory of the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro)

The processor in the Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro is a Snapdragon 855, currently the fastest chip for Android mobile phones. Instead, Xiaomi uses a Snapdragon 730 in the Mi 9T. The 7-series of Qualcomm chips is in the upper middle class. The cheaper Mi 9 SE has a Snapdragon 712. Six gigabytes of RAM are always installed. For mass storage you have the choice between 64 and 128 gigabytes. Unfortunately you can't expand the memory.

Mi 9T Pro  Snapdragon 855 processor ​ 

Currently the Mi 9T Pro is only available with 128 Gigabyte in Germany. According to the data sheet there is also a version with 64 Gigabyte, but whether it will be sold in Germany is still unclear.

Xiaomi Mi 9 vs. Mi 9 SE vs. Mi 9T (Pro): other differences

● An optical fingerprint sensor is integrated in the display of all models

● The Xiaomi Mi 9T (Pro) offers a classic headphone connection

● The design of the Mi 9T (Pro) differs significantly from the other models.

● On the upper side of the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE an infrared transmitter is installed.

Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro): How to choose

From our point of view, the Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro are quite similar in price-performance ratio and superior to the other models because of the much faster processor. The Mi 9T Pro has a larger battery and headphone jack, while the Mi 9 has wireless charging and two slightly better cameras.

If you appreciate a longer battery life more, but don't need the fastest performance, you'd better go for the normal Mi 9T. You'll even save some money. The Mi 9 SE is noticeably more compact and lighter than the Mi 9 and Mi 9T, but compared to the latter it's not much cheaper. All in all, all Xiaomi smartphone models are good and offer certain advantages and disadvantages, which you have to consider personally.

Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T (Pro): specs

In the following table we have listed the technical specifications of the smartphones, if you want to see the exact specifications.

Smartphone name

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Xiaomi Mi 9T

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Screen

6.39 inches

5.97 inches

6.39 inches

6.39 inches

Screen resolution

2340 x 1080 pixels

Operating system

 

MIUI 10

Processor

Snapdragon 855

Snapdragon 712

Snapdragon 730

Snapdragon 855

RAM

6GB

6GB

6GB

6/8GB

ROM

64/128GB

64/128GB

64/128GB

64/128/256GB

Memory expansion

Not support

Rear camera

48MP Sony IMX 586 (f/1.75) + 16MP wide angle (f/2.2) + 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.2)

48MP Sony IMX 586 (f/1.75) + 13 MP wide angle (f/2.4)+ 8MP telephoto lens (f/2.4)

48MP Sony IMX 582 (f/1.75) + 13 MP wide angle (f/2.4)+ 8MP telephoto lens (f/2.4)

48MP Sony IMX 586 (f/1.75) + 13 MP wide angle (f/2.4)+ 8MP telephoto lens (f/2.4)

Front camera

20MP (f/2.0)

20MP (f/2.0)

20MP (f/2.2)

20MP (f/2.2)

Battery capacity

3300mAh

3070mAh

4000mAh

4000mAh

Wireless charging support

Yes

No

No

No

Product weight

173 grams

155 grams

191 grams

191 grams


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