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Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO or Xiaomi Mi 9? Which one is better?

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For all our excitement Redmi K20 PRO launches in Europe as Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO. It is not a particular version of Xiaomi Mi 9, as the name is telling us. So Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO is a quite different phone in comparison with Xiaomi Mi 9, although the performance of both flagships is nearly identical. Either of the smartphones has a different design, cameras, and batteries.

Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9

The Main Differences

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
🔸 Larger Battery
🔸 More Screen to Body Ratio
🔸 Headphone Jack
🔸 Better Camera Performance
🔸 Gorilla Glass 6 Protection
🔸 Wireless Charging

As you can see in the table above, the main differences between smartphones Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO and classic Xiaomi Mi 9 are:

  • Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has a larger battery (700 mAh more), so its battery has to drain out about 17.5 % slower, than Xiaomi Mi 9. Although Xiaomi Mi 9 has wireless charging, while Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has not.
  • Because of the selfie pop-up camera, Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has more screen to body ratio (1.2 % more). Xiaomi Mi 9 has a selfie camera in water notch on the display. Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO Selfie pop-up camera eliminates the need for water notch.
  • Also, Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has integrated headphone jack, as classic Xiaomi Mi 9 has not.
  • But classic Xiaomi Mi 9 has a better main camera performance, as Wide-angle and Telephoto cameras of this smartphone have more Megapixels (3MP and 4MP more).
  • It needs to be mentioned, that both phones have astonishing designs and both are different, it depends on the taste, which one you prefer more. Although, classic Xiaomi Mi 9 has Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the screen, while Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has an older Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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Design

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
191 g
Front/back glass – Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum frame
Carbon black, Flame red,
Glacier blue, Summer Honey
157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm
173 g
Front glass – Gorilla Glass 6
Backglass – Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum frame
Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue,
Piano Black

Both smartphones have awesome designs. They feel like premium phones in your hands. Very smooth and comfortable. Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO is a little bit heavier than Xiaomi Mi 9. Also, Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO gets flares from the light, when Xiaomi Mi 9 gets holographic shine. The biggest difference in the design is that Xiaomi Mi 9 has Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the screen, as Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has older Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It needs to be mentioned, that Gorilla Glass 6 and 5 have the same scratch resistance. But Gorilla Glass 6 is better of surviving multiple drops from greater heights. The newer version is up to 2x times better of surviving multiple drops from a 1-meter height. So Xiaomi Mi 9 screen has a bigger possibility to survive a drop, than Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO.

Backs of Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO vs Xiaomi Mi 9

Display

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
6.39-inch AMOLED
1080 x 2340
86.1% screen-to-body ratio
HDR support
6.39-inch AMOLED
1080 x 2340
85.2% screen-to-body ratio
HDR support

Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO and Xiaomi Mi 9 have the same display. The only difference is that Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has a more screen-to-body ratio. There is no need for water notch on the display for Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO because it has a pop-up selfie camera.

Performance

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
Snapdragon 855
Adreno 640
6GB
128GB or 256GB storage
Snapdragon 855
Adreno 640
6GB
128GB or 256GB storage

The performance of the Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO and Xiaomi Mi 9 are identical. Except that Xiaomi Mi 9 is older in the market, so it has a feature like playing Fortnite in 60 fps. As the hardware of the smartphones is the same, it would be illogical, if Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO would not have this feature in the future.

Camera

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
Rear:Standard: 48MP, f/1.75, 0.8μm,Sony IMX586
Wide-angle: 13MP, f/2.4, 1.12μm
Telephoto: 8MP, f/2.4, 1.12μm, 2x optical zoom

Front:Selfie: 20MP,  f/2.2, 0.8µm
pop-up camera
Rear:Standard: 48MP, f/1.75, 0.8μm,Sony IMX586
Wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2, 1.0µm,
Telephoto: 12MP f/2.2, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom

Front:Selfie: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm

Classic Xiaomi Mi 9 has a better main camera performance, as it has more MP in its Wide-angle and Telephoto cameras. Although there is only a slight difference in the quality of the photos. But if you seek perfection in the photos, in this case, Xiaomi Mi 9 comes in the front of Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO.

Xiaomi Mi 9 main camera scores 110 on the DXOMARK test (115 for photo and 99 for video). While Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO scores 102 (108 for photo and 89 for video). So, these tests show Xiaomi Mi 9 main camera advantage over Xiaomi Mi 9T main camera.

Battery

Xiaomi Mi 9T PROXiaomi Mi 9
Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Fast battery charging 18W
Fast battery charging 27W
Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Fast battery charging 27W
Fast wireless charging 20W

Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO has a 17.5 % larger battery, than Xiaomi, so it will stay alive for a longer period and it will take more time to drain out Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO battery. However, Xiaomi Mi 9 is capable of wireless charging, as Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO does not have this feature.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the review is wery good ,I think that the Mi 9T Pro is a litle bit better , that camera from Mi9 and the gorila glass is not a so big pro for Mi 9.

    • Thanks! I agree with you, but which phone to choose depends on your needs. According to DXOMARK tests, Xiaomi Mi 9 camera scores 110, when Xiaomi Mi 9T PRO camera scores 102. So 8 points of difference are not so big, but still, it is visible on the quality of the photos.