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Xiaomi Mi 9T smartphone with 64 GB for 240 €
After that Redmi K20 (Pro) for China, the normal K20 appears in Europe as Xiaomi Mi 9T. This means that it is at least one of a number of very good smartphones by name. You can read in our test whether it can live up to the high expectations and become another price-performance tip!
Technical data of the Xiaomi Mi 9T (Pro)
|Xiaomi Mi 9T||Redmi K20 Pro|
|Display||6.39 ″ AMOLED display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5: 9 aspect ratio)||6.39 ″ AMOLED display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5: 9 aspect ratio)|
|processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 @ 2.2 GHz & 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 @ 2.84 GHz & 2.42 GHz & 1.8 GHz|
|Graphics chip||Adreno 618||Adreno 640|
|random access memory||6 GB LPDDR4X RAM||6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM|
|Internal memory||64/128 GB UFS 2.1||64/128/256 GB UFS 2.1|
|Main camera||48 MP Sony IMX582 with ƒ / 1.75 + 8 MP telephoto camera with ƒ / 2.2 + 13 MP ultra wide angle (125 ° angle of view)||48 MP Sony IMX586 with ƒ / 1.75 + 8 MP telephoto camera with ƒ / 2.2 + 13 MP ultra wide angle (125 ° angle of view)|
|Front camera||20 MP f / 2.2 pop-up camera with panorama mode||20 MP f / 2.2 pop-up camera with panorama mode|
|battery pack||4,000 mAh with 18W QuickCharge 3.0||4,000 mAh with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 (supports 27W Quick Charge 4+)|
|Connectivity||LTE band 20, WLAN AC, GPS / Galileo / BDS / GLONASS, Bluetooth 5, Dual SIM, NFC||no LTE Band 20, WLAN AC, Dual GPS / Galileo / BDS / GLONASS, Bluetooth 5, Dual GPS, NFC|
|Features||Fingerprint sensor in the display | USB Type-C | Headphone jack | Pop-up camera||Fingerprint sensor in the display | USB Type-C | Headphone jack | Pop-up camera|
|operating system||MIUI 10.3, Android 9 with Play Store in German||MIUI 10.3, Android 9 with Play Store in English|
|Dimensions / weight||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm / 191 g||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm / 191 g|
Xiaomi Mi 9T in Europe | Redmi K20 (Pro) in China
Brief history: Redmi, which are more or less independent from Xiaomi, presented the Redmi K20 & K20 Pro on May 28 in China and for China. For China, because LTE Band 20, which is not unimportant in Germany, is neither supported nor the German language can be selected on the cell phones. The Play Store is also only available via a small detour. Shortly thereafter, Xiaomi began to announce a new member of the Mi 9 family and officially presented it to Europe on June 12 as the Xiaomi Mi 9T. This smartphone is nothing more than a Redmi K20, which now supports all LTE bands that are important for Europe and Germany, the Google Play Store has already officially preinstalled and allows German to be set as the language.
So far, however, there is no trace of a Mi 9T Pro, i.e. the Redmi K20 Pro for Europe. When or whether the 9T Pro will even exist is still completely unclear. Perhaps, so my guess, you don't want to compete with your own Mi 9 too much and therefore don't officially bring the cell phone to Europe.
New design in the Mi 9 family
If you look at the Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE, it quickly becomes clear that these two smartphones belong to a "family". With the same camera arrangement on the back, the same teardrop notch and the same three designs / color variants, the two can be confused. The Mi 9T breaks completely with this design language, which is largely due to the fact that it is not originally a smartphone from the Mi 9 series.
So what's different? Instead of a triple camera, which sits in a housing and sits vertically in the upper left corner, with the 9T we get a triple camera placed in the middle on the back, which, however, sits in two separate housings. The upper single camera still gets the ring around the lens known from the other Mi 9 models and two new lettering with "48MP" and "AI TRIPLE CAMERA".
The color design of the back also looks different. The popular twilight effect gives way to a large black vertical stripe in the middle, which then changes into either “carbon black”, “glacier blue” or “flame red” - a design that is already familiar from the Oppo Find X. While the carbon black is quite plain, the blue and red variants are of course a bit more conspicuous and also have a slight twilight effect, so that depending on the light, some green shines through in the blue. Depending on the color variant chosen, the metal frame and the volume rocker on the right side are either black, blue or red. The power button below, however, is always in a striking metallic red.
The other change compared to the Mi 9 (SE) that is visible at first glance is the elimination of the teardrop notch for the front camera. This was replaced by a motorized pop-up camera on the top, so that you have a display completely without interruptions and, according to Xiaomi, a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9%. In addition to the pop-up camera, there is also a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top, while the USB-C input, the dual SIM slot (no memory expansion) and the mono speaker are located on the bottom.
As is typical for Xiaomi, the workmanship is very good. The corners are pleasantly rounded and the transition between the frame and the front or back does not have any sharp edges. The pop-up camera is also flush with the frame. However, with dimensions of 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm and a weight of 191 g, the Mi 9T is of course not a small or handy smartphone, but thanks to the rounded back on the left and right it is comfortable in the hand and also offers one practical one-hand mode for those with normal-sized hands. The handling of the Mi 9T is most similar to that of the Mi 9, even if the 9T weighs a few grams more due to the larger battery.
6.39 ″ AMOLED display at Mi 9 level
The display is not only on par with the Mi 9, I suspect it is very strong is the display of the Mi 9, what we see here in the Mi 9T. Because everything is the same: 6.39 inches diagonally, a FullHD + resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, a maximum brightness of 600 nit and the AMOLED technology are 1: 1 with the Mi 9. The only difference was I was able to Identify the version of the protective Gorilla Glass, which is "only" installed in version 5 here, while version 6 of the Mi 9 is already installed.
The display behaves almost identically not only on paper, but also in practice. The colors are beautifully strong as is typical of OLEDs and can be adapted to personal taste thanks to MIUI. There is also an eye-friendly reading / night mode, an energy-saving dark mode and an always-on display. The brightness is very good with an average of 430 nit and a maximum of 600 nit, so that you have no problems reading the display in the sun.
In contrast to the Redmi K20 (Pro) intended for China, the European Mi 9T can also enjoy Netflix and Co. in HD, since Widevine L1 is supported. The display can also show HDR content. A perfect display for commuters like me who like to watch Netflix and Prime Video on the train.
Fingerprint sensor in the display
According to Xiaomi, the fingerprint sensor in the display is supposed to be the seventh generation of this technology. Whether this is true is an open question, but I can confirm that the sensor works even faster and more reliably than that of the Mi 9. In practice, this means that you can sometimes not put your finger on perfectly and the mobile phone is still unlocked . I would rate the reliability at around 95%, only the much more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro works better here.
Performance between Mi 9 and Mi 9SE
In addition to the € 600 expensive Samsung Galaxy A80, the Xiaomi Mi 9T is currently the only smartphone with the new one Snapdragon 730 processor. The currently most powerful processor in the upper middle class is even more powerful than the Snapdragon 712, which works in the Mi 9 SE. The Kryo 470 cores with a clock frequency of up to 2.2 GHz have been specially designed for AI tasks and, thanks to the 8 nanometer manufacturing process, are even more energy efficient. There is also 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of mass storage, which unfortunately cannot be expanded.
In practice you notice that the Mi 9T is a tad faster than the Mi 9 SE and slower than the Mi 9 in a direct comparison. However, this difference in performance is only really noticeable in a direct comparison and I did not have any cases of jerking, hanging or in the test otherwise poor performance. Apps open and load quickly, inputs are implemented immediately and multitasking is no problem even with over 6 apps. Gaming is also really fun on the large display and, thanks to the Adreno 618 GPU, games run smoothly at up to 60 fps even on the highest graphics setting.
MIUI 10.3 with many options and the latest Android
As on every Xiaomi smartphone, the current version of the in-house MIUI interface, which is available here in version 10.3, is also used on the Mi 9T. This is based on the current Android 9 Pie with the security patch from May 2019. As is so often the case with Xiaomi, you are up to date, because the Chinese bring out updates for their own devices relatively quickly and long after the release.
Since it is MIUI in the global version, the mobile phone can be used completely in German and all Google services including the Play Store are preinstalled and certified. Typical for MIUI you have an extremely large number of customization options and features. Useful shortcuts can be set, there is a practical one-hand mode and you can choose between key and gesture navigation, to name just a few of the many settings.
Bloatware comes in the form of Facebook and the AliExpress app, both of which can be uninstalled. The Xiaomi apps (notes, weather, Mi-Video, etc.) are unfortunately permanently available. If you don't like the MIUI interface at all, you can of course simply install another launcher. By the way: notification icons are displayed in the notification bar without any problems - Xiaomi has had problems with that in the past. To do this, simply activate the item "Show notification symbols" in the settings under "Notifications".
Triple camera for a lot of flexibility
The main camera on the back is a 48 megapixel sensor (f / 1.75) from Sony (IMX 582), which is a slightly weakened version of the Sony IMX 586, which can already be found in many flagships such as the Mi 9 and OnePlus 7 Pro knows. The biggest difference we noticed is that you can only record videos at 4K resolution at 30 frames per second instead of 60. An 8 MP sensor with an f / 2.4 aperture (OV8856) provides twice the zoom and a 13 MP sensor with an aperture of f / 2.4 (Samsung S5K3L6) for ultra-wide-angle shots with 125 °. These are the two exactly the same sensors as in the Mi 9 SE.
48 megapixel Sony IMX main camera
Accordingly, the photos of the Mi 9T are also very similar to those of the Mi 9 SE, which is absolutely nothing bad. The main camera takes photos that can also keep up with the Mi 9. The photos are characterized by sharpness, details, high dynamics and good contrast. The autofocus works quickly and precisely and the shutter release time is also fast.
We could only find one real mistake: If the camera doesn't have a real reference point for “white”, the white balance cannot work properly and colors therefore look very washed out. As soon as there is something for a white balance again, the colors are correct again. I hope that Xiaomi will improve this with a software update, especially since the Redmi K20 Pro that we have also does not seem to have this problem.
125 ° ultra wide angle & 2x zoom + macro shots
In a direct comparison, the 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera takes slightly better photos than the Mi 9 SE. The software was probably worked on here so that the white balance and colors match the main camera more closely. However, people and objects at the edge of the ultra-wide-angle photos still appear somewhat distorted and out of focus, despite activated distortion correction.
The zoom camera also does a good job with twice the optical magnification. However, one notices here on the PC that the pictures were only taken with 8 megapixels, so you shouldn't zoom in any further.
If you want to get even closer to an object, you can digitally zoom in up to ten times. Of course, the quality suffers as a result, but at least you can still tell what exactly you have photographed. Personally, I would stop at the double optical zoom. This is particularly useful if you simply cannot get closer to the object physically, as with the tower in the second picture below.
The zoom camera can also be used again for macro photos. You can get even closer to small objects here than with the main camera. In practice it's more of a gimmick, but I always like macro shots like this very much, even if they are not quite so close like the OP 7 Pro or the P30 Pro.
Good portraits - bad night mode
Portrait shots with a nice bokeh effect have become one the Strengths of Xiaomi smartphones. The software for edge detection and correct separation of foreground and background is very sophisticated and hardly ever makes mistakes. You can also adjust the amount of blur of the background, after and before creating the photo! I left it with the standard setting for the test, as this is also used by most users in practice.
Unfortunately, the night mode is not yet fully developed. Google, Huawei / Honor and OnePlus are miles ahead in terms of noise reduction and the richness of detail when recording with night mode. With Xiaomi, the scene is brightened overall by a longer exposure time, but the white balance is no longer really correct and the image remains very blurred. The good news: Xiaomi can catch up with software updates and updates can - so let's keep our fingers crossed. Until then, I would rather use the normal photo mode for low-light shots.
Videos with a maximum of 4K / 30FPS
The Mi 9T can record videos with all three cameras on the back with a maximum of 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. However, the recording time is limited to 8 minutes in 4K and you cannot switch between the individual cameras during the recording. In terms of sound, you can notice a small improvement over the Mi 9, but wind is still a problem.
Google Cam Mod / GCam for the Xiaomi Mi 9T
As is so often the case, you can install and use a modified version of the Google Camera on the Mi 9T. Currently only the main camera is supported, zoom. and ultra-wide-angle shots are not yet possible with the GCam. In addition, the selfie camera is limited to 5 megapixels. In return, the main camera and the night mode work very well and without having to change any settings.
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