Xiaomi introduced a camera-centric CC9 lineup back in July as part of the family Mi. Two of China’s mobile phone passes by different names – Mi CC9e called Mi A3 and moved to Android One program for its global debut, while Mi CC9 renamed Mi 9 Lite and that is what we have in our hands today. This is what impressed us about 710 Snapdragon-powered mobile phone that goes for € 319 in Europe.
The only difference between Mi CC9 and Mi 9 Lite is a software – unlike in China, the global version of Google’s own services, but still runs on Android Pie with MIUI 10 above. Variants in Blue comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which is the higher of the two choices – there is also a 4/64 GB variants.
Super AMOLED screen provides a beautiful color and brightness, while the black bezels less than interfere, although we would prefer even thinner frame, given the flat panel of the display 6:39 “. It has a large and fast battery charging 18W. Mi 9 Lite became the successor of Mi-8 Lite, improving on almost all.
The Snapdragon 710 chipset actually upgraded, but equally impressive is the 48 MP camera at the rear. There is also an 8 MP shooter ultra-wide and a depth of 2 MP sensor, but we have to wait for the full review to find out whether the camera is any good. Because Mi CC9 advertised for people who are creative and Sadar, we turned on the camera selfie (which has a 32 MP sensor).
While it is too early for conclusions, the first thing you notice when you get creative in Portrait mode, is the separation of the subject. We installed two selfies to see how Mi 9 Lite basically make you look like a yellow characters from Half-Life was released 20 years ago.
That aside, MIUI is a regular feature-packed and responsive affairs. It’s about standing waterdrop edge lights to remind you where this camera because there are too many people looking to the screen when taking photos narcissistic; reminds you how far away the camera should be from the face, because the focus remains. One neat feature that some creative people might find useful is a slow-motion video with a soundtrack recommended – again, thanks to the AI.
Artistic or not, Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite looks like a beautiful midranger to take a competitor such as Realme X, Oppo Reno Z or Samsung Galaxy A50s. Whether or not this is a smartphone to buy, if your budget does not exceed € 350.