This year, Xiaomi has already released some interesting smartphones. Model Mi9 SE – one of the most interesting. Miniature in modern times, size, flagship features, good camera, NFC and affordable price. We get acquainted with a potential national hit.
Design and ergonomics
Xiaomi Mi9 SE due to external similarity is easily confused with the “older” Mi9 , but the new product is much more compact. The gadget is much more convenient to use. All operations are performed without problems with one hand – it is easy to reach the top edge of the display with any grip.
If with the ergonomics at the SE-version everything is fine, then there are questions to the practicality of the device. The glass case (Gorilla Glass 6 at the front and Gorilla Glass 5 at the back) is covered with prints after several minutes of use. Rescues a good oleophobic coating that allows to quickly erase marks. However, we found one clear advantage of glass design – in our blue sample, the backdrop is completely mirror and can be used to take a selfie on the main camera.
Another controversial point is the protruding block of the main camera. Because of this, the smartphone is rocking lying on the table. Even with a complete silicone case, the cameras protrude by half a millimeter.
An unexpected disappointment was the lack of an LED indicator in the phone. In the usual Mi9 it is. Apparently, the manufacturer decided that the Always On Display feature is enough. We also write down only one multimedia speaker (not of the best quality) and the lack of a memory card slot — there are only two SIM cards in the tray on the left side. There is no headphone jack, but the aptX HD audio codec is supported for high-quality audio transmission via Bluetooth. Xiaomi engineers also took care of the infrared port that allows you to control home appliances.
The Mi9 SE has a 5.97-inch Super AMOLED display. In the off state is visible gray matrix inside the black frame, which is not in the more expensive models. But when you turn on the quality of the picture, there are no complaints: the matrix has a good supply of brightness and pleasant shades of rich color. From the factory, the screen is calibrated in the direction of warmer tones, but in the settings it is easily adjustable – by choosing one of the three presets or fine tuning on the color scale. Provided and night reading mode.
In the upper part of the display is a drop-shaped notch under the front camera. Its shape has been changed programmatically: by dimming the screen so that it appears smoother. It remains only to wonder why the manufacturer did not immediately make it so.
Xiaomi took full advantage of the AMOLED matrix, adding the aforementioned Always On Display mode to the Mi9 SE. In the locked state, time and incoming notifications are displayed, and the display style is easy to customize. Also in the device there is a popular dark theme, when activated, the interface is repainted in black.
Like the Xiaomi Mi9, in the SE version, a fingerprint scanner is built into the display. Fingerprint registration is slower than usual – you need to do about 20 tapes. But everything works in most cases unmistakably. However, the finger must be kept on the screen a little longer than in the case of conventional sensors.
At first glance, the novelty is similar to the photo capabilities of Mi9: three modules are also vertically located in the corner. The basis is identical to the camera of the older brother. It has a Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor with a f / 1.75 aperture lens. The other two are a bit simpler: a wide-angle 13 megapixel and a telephoto with a double optical zoom of 8 megapixels. Today in gadgets, the quality of the pictures mainly depends on the software, and with this the Mi9 SE has a complete order: scene recognition using AI, advanced night mode, HDR, beautification and various filters.
With good lighting, the 48-megapixel module produces good results, but there is a slight limitation of the dynamic range: lights in bright places and dips in the shadows. The quality of the pictures on the tele- and wide-angle cameras is noticeably worse, but they do an excellent job with their tasks: the first gives an honest two-fold optical approximation, and the second allows you to capture more objects in the frame.
Filling and Performance
Mi9 SE is equipped with an eight-core Snapdragon 712 processor, made on 10-nm process technology. This is the overclocked version of the 710th “dragon” with support for 48-megapixel cameras. In AnTuTu, it gives out 178,976, which is half as much as the Snapdragon 855 in Mi9. However, even this figure is quite enough for the quick work of the smartphone. Sometimes there are still some slowdowns, but this is more likely an optimization problem, which will be fixed in future updates. Apparently, the frequent closure of applications in the background is also related to the dampness of the software, although the device has 6 GB of RAM installed.
We have not had time to test the autonomy of the Mi9 SE, which is extremely interesting, given the battery capacity of only 3070 mAh. We also have yet to estimate the charging speed from the complete 18-watt adapter, test the gaming performance and test the camera in detail in different conditions. Read all about this soon in a full review.