The Xiaomi Mi 9T has been available for a few weeks in France. The test will be published within a week, but, in the meantime, you will already be able to enjoy this first grip.
Xiaomi made some adjustments at the start of the year and the manufacturer has thus decided to make its Redmi range a brand in its own right. After unveiling the Redmi 7 ( tested here ) and the Redmi 7A, the latter decided to beef up its game by formalizing the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro, devices respectively offered on the mid-range and the high-end.
Originally these were not planned for Europe, but Xiaomi eventually decided to offer an international version to the K20. A renamed version Xiaomi Mi 9T.
And therefore a version that is no longer marketed by Redmi, but by Xiaomi.
So it's not very clear, we agree, but that's okay. What really matters is the device itself and Gearvita was kind enough to send me a sample for my testing.
Moreover, know that the store has set up a promo on the two models present in its catalog. The 64 GB version is offered at € 257.85 with the code Mi9T02A and the 128 GB model will cost you € 276.58 with the code Mi9T01A .
Be careful, however, because this article is only a simple appetizer, an appetizer that will focus mainly on the design and ergonomics of the phone.
Packaging & Accessories
But before we dive into the phone, we'll start by unpacking it and seeing what's in the box.
The Xiaomi Mi 9T comes in a very classy black box. However, and unlike many manufacturers now, Xiaomi has not opted for a completely stripped-down packaging and a visual of the phone is therefore on the top cover.
A visual highlighting the borderless screen of the phone and its front camera.
Indeed, just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 9T benefits from a borderless design and the brand has therefore moved the front camera in a motorized room located on the upper edge of the terminal.
And we must admit, it is rare to find this type of service on a device offered at this price. The Mi 9T indeed costs 350 € in France.
When you open the box, you find another box that contains the accessory to open the phone cover, but also the quick start guide and a protective silicone shell. This time, Xiaomi has not opted for a flexible transparent shell, but for a black hard shell.
The phone sits underneath and it is covered with a protective film. Film in which the main characteristics of the phone appear. Xiaomi has chosen to place the focus on the 48 million pixel sensor, the 6.36 inch AMOLED screen, the 4000 mAh battery and the Snapdragon 730. It also alludes to the front camera, which for its part achieves a definition of 20 million pixels.
The accessories are located below and they are limited to the strict minimum. So we have a charge / sync cable and a charger unit.
And that's all. The version sent by Gearvita does not indeed contain a hands-free kit.
Design & Ergonomics
The time has of course come to take the course, and therefore to look at the design and ergonomics of the phone.
The Xiaomi Mi 9T comes in three different colors. It is possible to take it in red, blue or black. The first two models show flames at the rear, but this is not the case for the black version which offers patterns reminiscent of carbon fiber.
As far as I'm concerned, it's this last version that was sent to me.
The design does not change anyway. The Mi 9T thus inherits a glass case reinforced by a metal frame. The design is sturdy and the terminal is quite heavy in the hand.
Nothing to say about the finishes. They are exemplary and the telephone is not cheap at all, on the contrary.
The back is even very elegant. Xiaomi has thus chosen not to extend the patterns to the vertical tab grouping together the different sensors and the different optics of the photo module and this therefore brings out the latter. As if that were not enough, the first optic is also circled in red and this little colored touch gives a very modern aspect to the whole.
But it is ultimately the screen that is the most impressive. Xiaomi has taken the concept very far and the panel thus stretches over a good part of the front of the device, with a display / front ratio ultimately very close to that of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
And the best thing in history is that this hasn't stopped Xiaomi from integrating a fingerprint reader on the screen.
The pop-up camera seems pretty fast on the other hand, but of course we will have to wait for my test to find out what it is really worth in the field.
There is little to say about ergonomics. The volume buttons and the power button are grouped together on the right side and the connector is of course located on the lower edge, not far from the speaker.
Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 9T does not sit on the headphone jack and the latter is therefore on the top edge. On the other hand, it seems that the infrared transmitter does not respond present.
And we come to the conclusion of this grip. So of course, we still have a lot to say about this device, but I can at least assure you that the device sends heavy weight to the design arena.
It really has a very modern look and I find it even more successful than the Mi 9. Xiaomi has indeed sought to think outside the box and that's a good thing.
And above all, once again, we are surprised by everything the manufacturer has managed to offer for a price of 350 €. Between the borderless design of the device, its triple photo module and its fingerprint reader, one wonders how Xiaomi still manages to make a margin on the device. Especially since behind, we also have a very valid technical sheet.
Even more for this sale price.