Meet the Xiaomi Mi 9: flagship power without the premium price

The Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 Explorer Edition have been officially announced as the brand's latest flagship models. Both devices arrive powered by the Snapdragon 855 and include all-screen displays paired with triple-camera setups.
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1. Bobbii

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

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4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Thanks bro!

2. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 356; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Those gradients are stunning, very tempted

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Excellent phone by Xiaomi. There were initial rumors that it would start at $516 for the 4/64 variant which wouldn't have been good. But I'm glad that's not the case. Now what I wanna know is whether any of the back cameras have OIS like the Mi 8....and whether the phone has stereo speakers+splash resistance again like it's predecessor.

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 485; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

No optical image stabilization from what we've been told and no stereo speakers. Also no mention of splash resistance, although I'd expect this to be included.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's very disappointing! :( All 3 features were present in the Xiaomi Mi 6 so why not include them in the much more expensive Mi 9?? And why a slightly smaller battery either? I really like the phone, but these omissions and the higher price mean I certainly won't buy it. Was looking forward to doing so....

7. adecvat

Posts: 623; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Sensor is too big. But CPU handle stabilization very good.

31. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What?? Sensor should be big. What's wrong with that?

10. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1194; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apparently DxOMark has said it outperforms the Pixel 3XL, which is pretty damn good even if it lacks OIS.

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Never trust Dxomark. They are a joke.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1764; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Did anybody notice that it doesn't have OIS on any of the cameras ? Low-light pictures will simply be inferior, no matter what they advertise. Software-doctored pictures are no match for true optical quality. You can't omit OIS on a flagship !

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1194; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Not what DxOMark say about it though. Scores it higher than the Pixel 3XL.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are those that don't go by DxOMark at all, thinking their reviews are just paid advertising for certain smartphone OEM's, but I'm not one of them. Their reviews are too extensive for that, IMO. I'll take their word for it, but I also want to see some other reviews about the cameras. However, this is great news. And the price is great! Some real bang for your buck here!

15. maherk

Posts: 6702; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mrwhosetheboss posted some pictures, including lowlight ones, and they look stunning. I was mostly surprised by the selfie pictures, the hdr on this phone looks very promising.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1764; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Look at the GSM Arena full review which is already up. Huge loss of detail in order to remove noise. Physics can't be beaten.

21. PeeCee25

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 07, 2018

Yes, I did notice that it missed our on the 4-axis OIS, which has been one of the best features of Xiaomi mi series since xiaomi mi 5. I don't know why Xiaomi decided to skip the OIS, which is a very very wrong move on their part

23. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It simply use pixel-bining with it's new 48MP sony exmor sensor.. The end result will be 12MP.

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yes I did notice. Look at my comment above.

9. strawberry

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

looks very nice.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow, the Mi9 has shaped up to be an amazing smartphone! I need to see some reviews, but I'm pretty certain Xiaomi is definitely getting my money on this one!

17. Whitedot

Posts: 719; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

It will surely will. Xiaomi, at least for now , has very consistent record of providing very decent phones for amazing value.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree.

14. Whitedot

Posts: 719; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Correcting author " Nevertheless, the company has included an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. These can be found inside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T but aren’t quite as accurate " It has newer improved version of IDF reader so ti's not the same. It also has larger active area for that purpose.

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Good price~specs for what could be a fine product. The gradient finishing is looking so appealing. But how many people would actually use this without having a case fitted to it? That's the thing about phones nowadays… all shiny and beautiful. It'd need courage bigger than the one that saw the removal of the headphone jack.

19. Chrusti

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Why a smaller battery??? Why??? Also: No IPX rating No headphone jack No stereo speaker So many draw backs :( kinda disappointed.

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No stereo speakers, no 4-axis OIS, no 3D facial recognition.

20. PeeCee25

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 07, 2018

I don't know why Xiaomi missed out on the 4-axis OIS on at least the main camera, which has been one of the best features of Xiaomi mi series since xiaomi mi 5. The absence of the 4-axis OIS kinda put me off on this otherwise very good phone

25. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

I think the sensor is too big

26. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Can't wait to buy this xiaomi mi 9 to slap some google cam app bad boy.

27. Mikele

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Very interesting phone of all ages!!!
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