Xiaomi Mi 9T, first impressions: Xiaomi bets for a pop-up camera for a model that points very high

At the end of May, Redmi, the independent brand of Xiaomi, launched in China its new Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 , two models with high-end features at a mid-range price. A few days later, Xiaomi herself announced that she was preparing a new phone for the Mi 9 family that would be called Mi 9T and that it would be officially presented on June 12, which caused the first speculations about a possible renamed Redmi K20 to emerge. for the international market.

The day has arrived and the rumors have been confirmed: the Xiaomi Mi 9T shares each and every one of the features of the Redmi K20 , including the triple 48-megapixel rear camera, the periscope-type front camera and the fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. At Xataka, we had the opportunity to spend some time with him to tell you the first impressions that the new member of the Mi 9 family has conveyed to us.

In addition to being built in glass, the Xiaomi Mi 9T has rounded corners and a curved back at the edges, so that all, together, provides a comfortable and firm grip . Its weight of 191 grams and its thickness of 8.8 millimeters does not allow us to speak of a light and thin device, but considering its large 6.39-inch screen, they are not an exaggeration either. Just do not expect to use it with just one hand.

The back is available, at the moment, in two colors: blue (Glacier Blue) and black (Carbon Black); the first one presents a holographic design, while the second simulates the appearance of carbon fiber. In both cases, they are very attractive but they are also a magnet for fingerprints (especially the blue model), as often happens with these materials. To avoid this, you can always use the rigid matt black case that has included Xiaomi in the Mi 9T case.

In that back part is where we find the three lenses that make up the main chamber and that are aligned vertically in the center . The left side is completely smooth; in the right, we have control of the volume and the power button, which also serves as a direct access to the Google assistant.

In the lower frame, we have the USB-C port, the card slot (curious location) and the speaker, while the upper edge is reserved for the headphone jack (something that is lacking, however, his brother Mi 9 SE) and for the retractable camera module.

We can only make the front camera enter and exit the device from the camera app; when activated or hidden, it emits a light effect and a sound effect that can be deactivated if they are not to your liking (there are several sounds to choose from, by the way). In any case, the pop-up mechanism, something that we are seeing in more and more smartphones, here works correctly and conveys a sense of durability and consistency. We will have to see if with the passage of time it continues like this.

Ahead, we find a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass screen that occupies practically the entire front , without notch and with quite tight frames. Unfortunately, in this case, the oleophobic treatment is not very effective, and when it is off, the prints are quite visible.

On the technical side, the Xiaomi Mi 9T features a 6.39-inch AMOLED panel with FUllHD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels) and 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. If we add a contrast ratio of 60,000: 1 and a maximum brightness of 600 nit, we have a good overall experience in terms of visualization. At least, indoors, which is where we were able to try it, and with the maximum brightness (the automatic does not work as well as it should).

Kim Hostler
I studied Communication Sciences because as a child I always wanted to be an announcer and make drawings for advertising campaigns. Life took me down another path and now I am a Communicator who has worked for Nokia, and Motorola. Where now instead of drawing, I take pictures, and instead of talking about my passion.