Xiaomi Mi 9 is the company’s first phone with the latest Snapdragon 855 and it’s ready to compete with other phones available in the market. Xiaomi is upping the ante in almost every aspect, but it still had to make compromises to keep the price lucratively low.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is designed like most other smartphones in its class. It has a tall, 19:9 display, a small teardrop-shaped notch at the top, and a thin bottom bezel. Size-wise, the Mi 9 is in the same category as most big flagships today, such as the iPhone XS Max, the Galaxy S10+, and the OnePlus 6T. Despite its dimensions, it’s easy to handle and use.
On the back, you will get what Xiaomi calls “holographic glass design”. What that means is basically “fancy reflective back.” It does look nice, but the downside is that you’ll see every small smudge, fingerprint, and whatever else left its mark on the back, which kind of ruins the nice impression.
DisplayThe Mi 9 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display made by Samsung with a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels and protected by Gorilla Glass 6. Most high-end phones have screens of higher resolution, but even a 1080p one looks sufficiently detailed at this size. Besides, having a lower-resolution screen saves battery and keeps costs down. Colors are vivid and bright.
The notch isn’t a problem either. Because of the taller aspect ratio, it does not cover any content whether you're watching videos or playing games, unless you force a YouTube video to fill the entire screen.