Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: An All-Rounder, All-Screen Phone

Aadhya Khatri - Mar 01, 2021


Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: An All-Rounder, All-Screen Phone

If you want something decent but cheaper than Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is right up your alley

If you aren’t ready for 5G and want something decent but cheaper than Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is right up your alley.

This handset has the specs of a premium phone with the price of a mid-ranger. Let’s see what you can expect from it.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Price And Availability

The phone is available with either 128GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro price in India is expected to be ₹32,908.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Display And Design

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is good-looking with an all-screen front, courtesy of the pop-up mechanism that hides the front camera when it isn’t in use. Despite the thickness of 8.8mm, the handset still feels slick.

Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro front
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is good-looking with an all-screen front, courtesy of the pop-up mechanism that hides the front camera when it isn’t in use

Under the glass on the rear is a Kevlar-like striated pattern contributing to the high-end look. While the phone does show fingerprint, the situation isn’t as bad as some other phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup.

Despite the top-tier specs, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro still sports a headphone jack – a welcoming change from the current norm. The mono speaker and USB-C port are at the bottom of the phone and the power button, as well as the volume rocker, is on the right.

The phone features a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080x2340, delivering a top-end viewing experience.

The fact that Xiaomi has eliminated the notch on the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro makes the phone looks even more like a flagship. The phone’s brightness and viewing angles are strong so outdoor use won’t be a problem.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Battery Life

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro draws power from a 4,000mAh battery. The phone can survive a whole day with 20% of power left. Even 90 minutes of playing a Full HD video at full brightness setting uses up only 10% of the battery.

Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro draws power from a 4,000mAh battery

The phone has support for 27W fast charging and it’s shipped with an 18W QuickCharge 3 charger. 10 minutes of plugging the phone in with the bundled charger fill 15% of the tank while another 15% bumps it up to 48%. For 100%, you will have to wait for over an hour.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Camera

With a triple-camera setup on the back, consisting of a wide, a telephoto, and an ultra-wide camera, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro packs familiar camera hardware that is becoming more and more popular among flagship phones.

Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro cameras
The phone has a triple-camera setup on the back, consisting of a wide, a telephoto, and an ultra-wide camera

The camera app offers a wide range of shooting modes, from AI scene detection to Pro mode. The star of the show is the 48MP shortcut that allows users to capture a large number of details in the right lighting.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro shoots 12MP pictures by default. Quality-wise, there is nothing to complain about except for the Xiaomi watermark that appears on every single photo. You can remove it in settings but it should be off by default.

When scenes get difficult, like when it’s front-lit or back-lit, we recommend turning auto-HDR on as photos look way better with it.

When you enable smart scene detection, photos taken by the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro packs plenty of details. However, some drawbacks users might have to put up with include noisy blacks and overzealous greens. The flaws are especially visible when you shoot textured and black objects.

The phone's low-light performance is decent but can’t hold a candle to the best of Google and Huawei.

Video quality maxes out at 4K and 60FPS and if you pair the phone with a tripod and record in good lighting, the results can be very flattering.

The selfie camera is fun to use and the camera app comes loaded with a slew of effects, including backdrop changing, portrait mode, and rainbow overlaying.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Interface And Reliability

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro runs on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. Since there isn’t an app tray, users will have to put apps into folders and get a custom launcher.

Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro UI
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro runs on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9

The settings pack a slew of handy features, like the dark theme to take full advantage of the AMOLED screen, and gesture inputs.

Unlike other UIs, you have no notification icons at the top of the display. This design choice makes the whole screen looks a lot cleaner but users might miss unread messages and emails.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Specs

Under the hood, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, a combination that promises power.

There isn’t a choice to expand the storage of the phone but we find the 128GB it offers is enough for most people. Connectivity-wise, the phone has Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD audio support, NFC, and a dual-SIM slot.

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