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26 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi has not fallen short that year when it comes to launches. The Chinese company has filled its Mi 9 family with neither more nor less than seven devices: the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Mi 9 Transparent Edition and one of the last to arrive , the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite. It is a premium mid-range that comes between the Mi A3 with Android One and the Mi 9T and that has already passed through our workshop for its corresponding analysis.

It is, as we said, a premium mid-range that incorporates a generous 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, the Snapdragon 710 processor and a triple rear camera with up to 48 megapixels of resolution. Where it also stands out, at least in numerical terms, is in the selfie, with a sensor that reaches 32 megapixels. How does it behave on a day-to-day basis? Let’s see it.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite data sheet

XIAOMI MI 9 LITE

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

156.8 x 74.5 x 8.7 mm
179 grams

SCREEN

6.39-inch AMOLED
FullHD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels)
403 pixels per inch
Format 19.5: 9
Gorilla Glass 5

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 710
Adreno 616 GPU

RAM

6 GB LPDDR4X

INTERNAL STORAGE

64/128 GB UFS 2.1
MicroSD card compatible

REAR CAMERA

48 MP f / 1.8
8 MP wide angle
2 MP depth
LED flash

FRONT CAMERA

32 MP f / 2.0

DRUMS

4,030 mAh
Fast charge 18W
Compatible charger included

OPERATING SYSTEM

Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM 4G VoLTE HD WiFi 5 Bluetooth 5.0
GPS
NFC
FM Radio

OTHERS

Fingerprint reader under the screen
Headphone jack
USB type C
Infrared sensor

PRICE

319 euros

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite - Smartphone with 6.39 AMOLED FullHD Screen" (Qualcomm SD710 2.2GHz, 48 + 8 + 2 MP Triple Camera and 32MP Selfie, NFC, 4030 mAh, 6GB + 64GB) Color Onyx Gray [Versión española]

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite – Smartphone with 6.39 “AMOLED FullHD Screen (Qualcomm SD710 2.2GHz, Triple Camera 48 + 8 + 2 MP and Selfie 32MP, NFC, 4030 mAh, 6GB + 64GB) Color Onyx Gray [Versión española]

The design sounds familiar, the screen we love

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 6

We start with the aesthetic section, where we find a device very similar to the rest of its brothers, to the point that it is difficult to differentiate them. The glass finish is comfortable in the hand, is lightweight and gives it an attractive appearance, but it does not have that feeling premium that other glass mobiles have (we are not paying for it, of course).

Something plastic is noticeable to the touch, a sensation that is even more appreciated if you give a few touches to the back, and it is also a fingerprint magnet. In addition, the camera module sticks out and makes the phone wobble a lot if you put it on a table and hit a corner. All this, of course, ceases to be important if you put a cover like the one that is included in the box.

A curious point to note is that the Xiaomi logo on the back, it really is an LED that lights up when we play music, we activated Game Turbo or received a notification or call. It is useful? Not really, because we usually have the phone with the screen facing up, so the LED lighting goes unnoticed at least. It does not bother or consume battery, but it is not that it makes a difference.

As for the screen, without any problem. The maximum brightness is sufficient to see well during the day and the minimum brightness allows you to use the phone at night without leaving your eyes. The viewing angles are correct, although when looking at it from a more inclined position (we are talking about looking at it almost horizontally), certain green nuances can be appreciated, but it is not something that we will do often.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 9

Regarding color and resolution, by default the panel is calibrated a little warmer than necessary, nothing that cannot be fixed from the settings by selecting a colder tone. The colors are bright without being unnatural, and the resolution allows for seamless enjoyment of games, movies, and content. And yes, it has drop notch at the top, but once you use your mobile for a couple of days you forget that it is there and, if for whatever reason you wanted to get rid of it, you can hide it in the settings.

The device is beautiful and despite having such a large screen, it is easy to use with one hand

We ended up talking about sound. If we put the speaker at maximum volume, many nuances of the music are lost and it lacks punch, but with this I do not mean that it is not enough to listen to podcasts or a song from time to time. You just have to make sure you leave the volume at a maximum of 75%, which is where the sweet spot is. Positive point for Xiaomi for including headphone jack.

Enough power to play (and everything else)

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 5

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite behaves like a champion on a day-to-day basis. The Chinese firm has us accustomed to outstanding performance, and the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite was not going to be less. The device performs well in heavy and light games, without showing an exaggerated performance drop even in titles like ‘PUBG Mobile’, ‘Pokémon GO’ or ‘Chess Rush’. In day-to-day apps such as WhatsApp, Gmail or Twitter, the performance has been excellent, as well as when leaving applications in multitasking and navigating between them. The truth is that it has left us with a very good taste in our mouths.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite performs well in performance, whether using light day-to-day applications or playing heavy games.

The biometrics section consists of two systems: an optical fingerprint reader under the screen and two-dimensional facial unlocking. The primer is accurate and fast, not as fast as other alternatives on the market but fast enough to be comfortable to use. The problem, of course, is that being optical, it has to illuminate the screen to capture the fingerprint, something that at night can be annoying depending on what situations. Face unlock works perfectly when there is good light and even when it is dim, but being completely dark it does not work.

XIAOMI MI 9 LITE

XIAOMI MI 9T

XIAOMI MI 9 SE

OPPO RENO

SAMSUNG GALAXY A50

HUAWEI P30 LITE

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 710

Snapdragon 730

Snapdragon 712

Snapdragon 710

Exynos 9610

Kirin 710

RAM

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

6 GB

4GB

4GB

GEEKBENCH 4 (SINGLE / MULTI)

1,803 / 5,752

2,545 / 6,900

1,868 / 5,901

1,697 / 5,692

1,719 / 5,630

1,550 / 5,499

GEEKBENCH 5 (SINGLE / MULTI)

394 / 1,491

ANTUTU

176,227

211,901

177,957

154,063

147,589

131,268

Despite the fact that MIUI 11 is already on the market, The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite has Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10, a well-known personalization layer that offers countless functions, such as second space, quick responses, dual applications or an application blocking system, as well as animations on the icons. Now, it is true that MIUI 10 gives a correct performance, but it is loaded with bloatware and advertising.

Bloatware Interface, promoted applications and advertisements in MIUI 10.

By default, the Booking, Facebook, Netflix and AliExpress apps are installed in a folder where more promoted applications are shown, in addition to all of Xiaomi’s own apps. The first four can be uninstalled without problems. In addition, many of the native Xiaomi apps such as the security manager that analyzes the apps we download or the browser show ads when you least expect it. They are not received and, luckily, they can be easily deactivated.

Drums

We continue talking about the battery, where Xiaomi has managed to make the most of its new mid-range. We have a 4,030 mAh battery with 18W fast charge whose compatible charger is included in the box. With all this we achieve sufficient autonomy to overcome the day of use with a average of eight to eight and a half hours of active screen, although as always, it will depend on the use we give it. The terminal is charged to 100% in about 75 minutes, which reminds us a lot of the figures of the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

Three rear cameras that suffer at night

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 2

We finish talking about the photographic section. The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite has three cameras at the rear whose main protagonist is the 48 megapixel sensor. The other two sensors are a wide angle and a sensor for depth measurements. The performance is correct for a mid-range device and the photos obtained look good, but there is room for improvement in certain areas such as night photography or portrait mode.

Camera The camera app is simple and functional, but it is quite slow saving photos taken with the wide angle or the night mode.

As for the camera app, it is quick to switch between modes and lenses, but not so much when we shoot. For example, if we shoot a photo with the wide angle, the app stays frozen until the photo is saved in the gallery. The same happens when we use the night mode, which forces us to leave the mobile still and then does not let us return to the automatic mode until the image has been registered in the gallery. Let’s see some samples.

Day photos

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite Back Camera

Here we can see the three angles that the camera puts at our disposal. Without making increases we get a nice picture, with a correct level of detail and slightly saturated colors, but without being unnatural.

With the main sensor the results are good, but the quality is considerably reduced with the wide angle and zoom

The wide angle achieves a more spectacular scene in aesthetic terms, but the detail suffers and the tones and colors are not the same. It can be clearly seen that the image is warmer than that taken with the main sensor. As for the zoom, the overall image quality is correct, but it shows that we do not have optical zoom when we zoom in.

Daytime photo with 48 megapixel mode

Photo 48 Mp

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite allows us to shoot with a resolution of 48 megapixels. Obviously, the level of detail and resolution is much higher than automatic mode, but to achieve this HDR is sacrificed. Our recommendation is to use it at specific times and opt for automatic mode whenever possible.

Night photos

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite Back Camera Night

When it is night the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite behaves decently in automatic mode. Noise increases and the level of detail suffers, but the highlights are well managed and the end result is decent. It is not the best night mode, but at least it is able to offer correct results.

However, with zoom and wide angle kneel down. It can be clearly seen that the colors and sharpness obtained with the wide angle are quite poor and that when making two increases the level of detail falls much more than when it is daytime.

Night mode

Night mode

Beyond the fact that getting the photo without shake is complicated, the night mode is capable of brighten a scene to restore shadows and enhance the …