Many of you have asked me if I can test the Xiaomi Mi 9 . Gearbest obviously heard them since the sign sent me a copy of the phone. He will of course be entitled to a complete test, but you will be able to get to know him through this grip.
Xiaomi has become in the space of a few years a major manufacturer in the smartphone market.
Not content with having invaded China, the brand is also very well established in Europe and it even has many fans.
This success is due to its very aggressive pricing policy, of course, but also to the quality of its products. Xiaomi has indeed proven time and time again that its engineers are capable of innovating and you just have to take a product like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in hand to be convinced.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is of course fully in line with this trend and I was really looking forward to testing it.
It will take me a few weeks to complete my tests, but while waiting for the publication of the full article, I suggest you discover the phone through this grip. A grip that will focus on the packaging and accessories delivered with the phone, but also on its design and ergonomics.
Packaging & Accessories
We have to admit it, the Xiaomi Mi 9 box really looks good. Very minimalist, it does not show any visual of the product and it simply features the number “9” on its front, with the manufacturer's logo in the upper right corner.
Xiaomi has opted for a glossy gray coating and the box will thus change color depending on the ambient light and its exposure to the sun. The effect is really successful.
As often, Xiaomi has chosen to highlight the main features of its phone on the back. The focus is in particular on the on-board Snapdragon 855, the fingerprint reader integrated into the panel, the 20 W wireless charging and the terminal photo module. A module structured around a 48 million pixel sensor.
When you open the box, you come across another box of a similar color to the first. It contains a lot of things. In addition to the usual documentation, we will find the utensil allowing access to the card door, a USB Type-C / Jack adapter and a transparent silicone shell.
The phone is underneath, but we'll leave it out for now.
The rest of the accessories have been placed under the phone. Here, we will find a charger compatible with fast charging and sync cable.
No hands-free kit is placed in the box, but this is normal since the version sent to me is the global version. If you buy the international version in France, then you will have a hands-free kit.
Design & Ergonomics
Xiaomi has taken over all the flagship codes. The Mi 9 therefore has a beautiful glass shell reinforced by a metal frame. The finishes are impressive and the whole looks solid.
At the back, there is a glass plate tinted in iridescent blue on my model. The color of the glass will therefore vary depending on the ambient light and the result is frankly magnificent.
Note that the manufacturer has opted for a slightly curved slab to make the phone comfortable in the hand.
On the facade, there is a slab with contained borders. The Mi 9 doesn't go as far as the Mi Mix 3, it's true, but it still offers a decent display / front panel ratio. The screen thus stretches over a good part of the front of the case and there is simply a small notch in the shape of a drop of water at the top and a thin chin at the bottom. It should also be remembered that the Mi 9 is equipped with an AMOLED panel, but we will talk about it again in my test.
The usual three physical buttons are all placed to the right, stacked one below the other. The fingerprint reader is for its part directly integrated into the screen. During the presentation of the device, Xiaomi had focused on its responsiveness and I can't wait to test it.
Note that there is also a fourth customizable button on the left edge of the phone, under the card door. Hatch that can only accommodate two Nano SIM cards.
Like many other flagships at the moment, the Xiaomi Mi 9 does not have a headphone jack. There is simply a USB Type-C connector on the lower edge, framed by two grids.
The photo module is placed at the back and it includes three optics and three sensors. The part is placed in the upper left corner and it protrudes a few millimeters from the hull. We also have a triple focusing system based on a laser, phase detection and contrast detection.
Xiaomi has long been considered a copycat manufacturer, and therefore a manufacturer drawing too much inspiration from its competitors.
Over the years, the brand has finally found its own style and that is what finally stands out with this Mi 9.
If the device does not reinvent the wheel in terms of design, it has its own identity and it is even very convincing. The iridescent color of its back plate is indeed magnificent and gives it a lot of character. The same goes for this screen with thin borders.
So of course, there is still a lot to say about it, but we will come back to the Mi 9 in detail in my test.