Xiaomi gave me a Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro last month for my tests. After a few weeks spent in his company, and a first grip, the time has come to get down to business and thus attack the smartphone test.
So I'm not going to give you the whole history, but it should still be noted that the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is not really a new smartphone. In fact, this is the international version of the K20 Pro, presented in China earlier this year .
As its name suggests, it is placed alongside the Mi 9T while pushing the concept a bit further. It inherits indeed a much better technical sheet.
Design & Ergonomics
If you've already read my Mi 9T review , then it might be better to skip this step. The Mi 9T Pro looks like two drops of water and this part of the video may therefore be quite redundant.
Unsurprisingly, the Mi 9T Pro inherits a glass case, like around 90% of flagships at the moment. This obviously does not prevent it from having a lot of charm.
Xiaomi has indeed done it right. The back plate is slightly domed in order to improve the grip and the manufacturer has in addition inlaid patterns in the glass to recall the texture of kevlar. Be careful, however, because these patterns are only present on the black model, the blue and red versions rely on fairly nice colored flames … and above all very visible.
The screen is huge and it is mostly devoid of notch or hole. Here, Xiaomi has been driven to the lands of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the manufacturer has opted for a pop-up camera placed at the level of the upper slice. This allowed him to free up more room for the slab.
The pop up camera is always located at the top edge. The mechanism will activate itself when we make the device has a function related to selfies. The deployment time is quite long, however, and it will take a good second for the front camera to be ready to shoot. So, if you want to speed up the identification process, it will probably be preferable not to go through facial recognition and to prefer the fingerprint reader.
A reader which is placed directly under the slab and which works extremely well. It is indeed responsive and I even found it faster than the Note 10. Like what.
Still in the department of things that are fun, we can cite the small touches of red present in the optics of the main sensor and the power button. Admittedly, this is only a detail, but I find that it looks pretty good and that it gives a lot of personality on the phone.
And then ? There is also a USB type c connector and a headphone jack. A catch that is becoming scarce over the years. It will therefore be quite possible to connect headphones or wired headphones to the Mi 9T.
Screen, Processor & Autonomy
Now that we have made the tour of the owner, we can move on to the more technical part.
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro once again shares a lot with the base model, starting with the display. There is once again a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel. The definition does not change and it reaches the FHD +.
The slab is of very good quality. The brightness is sufficient to make the phone usable in direct sunlight and we also have beautiful contrasts. The colors are a bit bright, but that's unique to AMOLED and it will always be possible to make some adjustments by going to the platform's settings.
Unsurprisingly, the terminal is powered by a Snapdragon 855 and this is also the main difference with the base model. The latter indeed embeds a Snapdragon 730. The Mi 9T will therefore target gamers more. Still, the Snapdragon 730 is sufficient in most cases. As a bonus we have an 8-layer cooling system. It will be more efficient and in fact the phone has little tendency to heat up, even when the chip is in high demand.
The RAM will depend on the model and it will range from 6 to 8 GB. As for the internal memory, it is offered in three different variants: 64, 128 or 256 GB. On the other hand, we are on UFS 2.1. It's a bit of a shame, but it's hard to be surprised considering the price of the device.
Still, the Mi 9T Pro is perfectly capable and it showed no sign of weakness during these three weeks of testing. Whether in game or playing multimedia content, it has not suffered from the slightest latency. Notice, this had also been the case with the Mi 9T.
The time has come to address the issue of autonomy. If you are afraid that you will not make it through the day, then rest assured, because you can even reach a day and a half or even a little more by being careful.
As usual, I took the time to run PC Mark on the device in order to have a more precise assessment of its battery life. And also to let you compare its performance to that of your own phone. The Mi 9T Pro lasted 12 hours all round. It therefore achieves a better score than the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, while remaining a hair below the Redmi Note 7 and its 14 hours of battery life.
Charging is fast for its part, but be careful because if the device is compatible with 27 W, its charger does not allow to exceed 18 W. You will therefore have to invest in a faster charger if you want to take full advantage of the on-board techno's. on board the phone.
The time has now come to talk about a modem and therefore to assess the performance of the terminal in terms of network connectivity. True to my habits, I relied on nPerf to do it and on my Sosh subscription.
I actually launched the solution several times and at different times from the Paris region and I obtained 136 mbps in reception and 10 mbps in transmission with a latency of 28 Ms. For a score of 82% in web and 95% in video with a total score of 107360 points.
Photo & Video
The design is done. The technical part, too. Now is the time to move on to photography, video and sound.
On paper, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro looks great. It embeds a triple rear module composed, first of all, of a 48 mpx sensor with a wide angle opening at f / 1.75, then of an 8 mpx sensor with 2x optical zoom and finally of a 13 max with ultra wide angle opening at 2.4.
Thereupon, we are also entitled to a dual focusing system operating by laser and contrast detection.
We are not bad at all therefore, but be careful, because in practice the module of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is not without flaws.
As is often the case, the terminal is able to work miracles when the light is there and it thus manages to generate images with a beautiful sensation of sharpness and a frankly natural colorimetry. The contrasts are good, as are the dynamics, even if the shadows sometimes tend to be a bit blocked.
Not much to say about the focus, except that it is very fast, especially in complex scenes. I did not see the Mi 9T Pro fall by the wayside during these three weeks of testing.
But now, the performance of the terminal unfortunately has a tendency to collapse as soon as the light runs out.
While the Mi 9T Pro will perform with full honor indoors, it will quickly show its limits in poorly lit environments, such as a restaurant or pub for example. There, it will produce very messy images with lots of shadow artifacts and slobbery edges.
It will of course be possible to catch up a little with the night shooting mode, at least on the still scenes. If a subject moves, the Mi 9T Pro will not be able to produce a convincing result.
Good point, however, the colorimetric rendering remains the same regardless of the focal length used. Which is not an easy task in normal times.
But here again, it will take a good ambient light to be able to use all the flexibility of the terminal's photo module. The two secondary sensors are indeed accompanied by dimly lit optics and these will quickly show their limits in the most difficult light conditions.
On the video side, there is good. The terminal is indeed able to film in 4K at a rate of 60 images per second and it will thus be possible to produce beautiful slow motion in post production.
Be careful, however, because here again, the device will be dependent on the ambient light. Videos will be very sharp in daylight, with good dynamics and accurate colors, but noise will appear very quickly when the ambient light goes down.
The stabilization, for its part, is frankly perfectible and it will be imperative to invest in a gimbal if you want to produce quality videos.
Now is the time to talk about sound. The terminal has a loudspeaker located on the lower edge. The quality is correct and the power is there.
As a bonus, Xiaomi has kept the headphone jack and that's good news for wired fans. They will not need to force themselves to go wireless. Afterwards, for the quality of the sound reproduction, everything will of course depend on the headphones or earphones used.
You will no doubt have noticed it, but this test does not cover the software part at all. This is obviously not an oversight on my part. In reality, there are very few changes compared to the Mi 9T (if any) and I therefore refer you to the test of the latter to discover a little more about MIUI.
The time has therefore come to take stock of these three weeks spent in the company of this charming smartphone.
To sum up, I think you could say that the Mi 9T Pro is clearly an amphetamine-doped Mi 9T. It does indeed bring nothing new in terms of design, but its Snapdragon 855 will undoubtedly be of interest to mobile gamers hungry for power. With this chip, they should indeed be quiet for quite a while.
Just like the Mi 9T, the only real flaw of the device, from my point of view, is in the photo. The on-board module is very capable and it can get great photos, that's undeniable, but it still depends on the ambient light.
But despite everything, it is very difficult to blame Xiaomi. New, the device is indeed offered from € 429.90, and it can be found even cheaper by import on the gray market. There, it very frequently goes below the € 400 mark. And for that price, it is in my opinion almost impossible to find this good.
Afterwards, I admit that the multiplication of Mi 9s leaves me quite perplexed. Now we have the Mi 9, the Mi 9 SE, the Mi 9T, the Mi 9T Pro and the recent Mi 9 Lite, which I have in fact tested. It's still five devices for the same range. And if people who know the brand well will have no trouble finding their way around, it remains to be seen whether the same will apply to everyone.