Xiaomi Mi 9T Review

Either you prepare a budget of P15,990 or P17,990 for the Xiaomi Mi 9T. That’s because there are two (2) variants to choose from, the 6GB + 64GB version and the 6GB + 128GB version. But before you go ahead and buy it, I politely ask you to read this article first: The Xiaomi Mi 9T Review by Tech Patrol.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Overview

You may already “Googled” this, the Mi 9T is the local name of this phone, but in other markets, this is known as the Redmi K20. The Xiaomi Mi 9T has specs you’d want in a midrange device but with an affordable price tag.

It is a good-looking phone. From the design to the overall build and the intricate accent color of the power button down the curves in the edges.

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Plus the implementation of the real full-screen with that pop-up camera is simply amazing. Media consumption to the max!

Xiaomi Mi 9T specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2280 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen
  • 2.2GHz 64-bit octa-core CPU, Snapdragon 730 chipset
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage
  • 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor + 13MP f/2.4 with 124.8 ultra-wide-angle lens + 8MP f/2.4 2x telephoto shooter
  • 20MP f/2.2 pop-up front camera
  • Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM, supports LTE connectivity
  • Multimedia Player, FM Radio
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • USB-C, with OTG function
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4000mAh non-removable battery with 18W fast charging
  • Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm
  • Weight: 191 grams

Xiaomi Mi 9T Design and Build

This is, hands-down, is one of the most beautifully designed midrange of 2019.  From the solid back with a shade of blue and a concentrated black towards the middle and the installation of the cameras at the back. I like it so much that the three cameras are centered and aligned. The cameras have almost no bump.

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Flip it and it will reveal the 6.39inch AMOLED display with just a little black border. The full-screen experience is a pure joy in this phone. The top and chin bezels are balanced unlike the others that the chin has thick border.

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Even the placement of the Mi brand at the other logos are perfectly placed there. And you can’t remove them because these brandings are under the glass.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Display

There’s a 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2280 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen on this device. The fullscreen view is one of the best in this category. There is no viewing angle issues, only super clear, vibrant and crisp color.

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Alright, let’s talk about the overall performance of the Xiaomi Mi 9T. This phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730 chipset which is partnered wit Adreno 618 GPU. Our test unit is equipped with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

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On regular usage, the phone performed very smooth. I am talking about using Facebook, IG, Page Manager, camera app, mobile data on, all working at the same time.

There are a few times that the phone chocked. I am not sure if it is because I have lots of apps open all the same time and it is just one particular app that messed around. I am using Open Camera app rather than the stock camera app because I record audio externally.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T ships with Android 9.0 Pie with Xiaomi’s own skin MIUI theme.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T in-display fingerprint scanner is easy to set up however, it is kind of sluggish to use. Just slow. Also, there are times that it won’t just cooperate. The face unlocking feature is perfect and on-point, but the execution is slow as well. That’s probably the motor of the front camera is slow. My judgment of the slowness of the face unlock is compared to the Reno 10X Zoom.

The battery of the Mi 9T can last you a day and it is really nice that it has a fast-charging function. You can fully charge the 4,000mAH battery within two hours.

To get the 64GB or the 128GB variant?

xiaomi mi 9t review philippines

I’d say get the 128GB variant. Don’t think about the price difference. This is because of this feature – the Xiaomi Mi 9T SIM tray is a dual Nano-SIM only. There is no expansion or microSD slot for additional storage.

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In case you worry for some accidental scratch or dents, Xiaomi actually provided a high-quality case in the retail package. This case snugs fit with the phone.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Camera: Is it good?

The cameras on the phone include a 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, a 13MP f/2.4 with 124.8 ultra-wide-angle lenses, and an 8MP f/2.4 2x telephoto shooter. The front-facing camera has a 20MP f/2.2 pop-up front camera.

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Let me start with the front camera.

The 20MP F/2.2 pop-up camera has been very useful and functional in my job as a blogger that produces videos and video blogs as well. If you check my Tech Patrol YouTube channel, the last five or so videos were produced using the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

The rear cameras are very functional as well. It snaps photos very fast and records videos without any issues. I super love the ultra-wide-angle camera for event coverages and group photos as well.

Here are a few samples for your consideration.

So whether it is an outdoor shoot, which is always great for smartphones, the indoor shoots delivered superb photos as well.

The night shots are questionable. The camera struggled to deliver a sharp and clear image. Here’s a recent photo I took from the park in Makati.

Selfie shots are nice too!


Highly recommended midrange phone. You’ll get your money’s worth with the Xiaomi Mi 9T. The issues with the face unlock and fingerprint scanners are minor ones. The overall experience is outstanding.

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