The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is an excellent phone. It is both sleek and functional, depending on what you are looking for in a smartphone. It comes with an outstanding camera, an impressive and long-lasting battery life as well as guaranteed sturdy performance. On the flip side, you need to know that its storage is not expandable.
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro launch event happened recently, in November 2019. This phone comes with an impressive specs sheet. Notable among these are the immersive display and a long-time power backup. The device does not have major setbacks as the performance is excellent. However, the user has to know that there is no expandable storage, which many contemporary phone users need.
Before settling for a gadget, it is advisable to factor in the good and bad. Here are all the noteworthy Xiaomi Mi CC9 pros and cons you need to look at;
- Has an excellent and large AMOLED screen
- Comes with a stunning design, Gorilla Glass 5 on top
- Has a dependable and massive battery
- Is snappy and has sustained performance
- Offers excellent photo quality for both day and night usage
- Video quality is excellent
- Comes with an FM radio, and supports IR blaster and NFC
- It is a costly device
- Has a poor grip without a case on
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro specs
Here are the device's specifications and components at a glance.
- Display: 6.47-inch (1080x2340 pixels)
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
- Front camera: 32MP
- Rear camera: 108MP + 20MP + 12MP + 5MP + 2MP
- RAM: 6GB/8GB
- ROM: 128GB/256GB
- Battery capacity: 5260mAh
- Form factor: Touchscreen
- Dimensions: 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm
- Weight: 208 g
- Removable battery: No
- Fast charging: 30W
- Colours: Aurora Green, Glacier White, Midnight Black
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 11
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes, under display
- Face unlock: Yes
- Headphone jack: Yes, 3.5 mm
Here are the device's hardware details that you need to note.
The design is quite familiar except for the unusual symmetry in the curves of the phone's front and back glass. The glass sandwich design is fantastic. It has Gorilla Glass 5 panels on both the front and back. The aluminum strip holds the device in place.
The phone's right frame side holds all the keys. This is also where the dual-SIM card tray is located. Its top has an IR blaster, whereas the bottom houses the loudspeaker, mic, USB-C port, as well as the audio jack.
The back is incredibly slippery, but its sides are not. Without a rear cover, the smartphone is not very comfortable hold. It is also quite heavy, weighing 208g.
The cameras take up a good amount of space at the back, hence the possibility of unknowingly covering those on the lower end with one's fingers. It may need a bit of getting used to it. Despite being heavy, this phone is hardly bulky. The curved edges make it sleek and attractive. This is one of the best-designed phones. It, however, lacks a water resistance feature.
The phone's screen size is 6.47" with an AMOLED panel and rounded corners, curved edges, as well as a water drop-shaped notch to contain the selfie camera which is 32 megapixels. The front glass or the 3D display, as is often referred to by Xiaomi, helps prevent any issues that may occur by touching the screen accidentally.
The palm ejection functions quite well. It is difficult to hold it when it has no case, especially when taking photos because it is slippery. The screen's resolution specs are 1080p+ and the sharpness is also okay. Coupled with the Snapdragon 730G, the 1080p resolution should be capable of offering great frame rates during gaming.
The under-display fingerprint reader is said to be 88% thinner than what was available before. Its recognition area is also 10% larger, so it is faster and has increased accuracy compared to previous sizes. It works quite well, even though it may take some time to setup.
Processor, storage and performance
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has an 8nm Snapdragon 730G chipset that powers it up. It is not a flagship processor. Even so, it is one of the most recent highly-rated chipsets. The G in the name implies that it has gaming optimizations. The GPU comes with an increment in comparison to vanilla SD 730, thus giving it a 15% graphics boost.
It is worth noting that the device lacks the expandable storage feature. However, this is not a major setback since it comes with adequate storage for normal use. With a ROM of 128 GB/256 GB and 6 GB/8 GB RAM, the user has ample storage space. The performance of this device is fantastic.
The phone comes with a massive non-removable 5260mAh battery that is great for long hours of use. This capacity is 30% larger than the Mi 9 Pro's 4,000 mAh cell. It supports 30W fast charging on USB Power delivery.
The 30W charger is able to refill about 58% of a dead battery in 30 minutes, whereas it takes about 65 minutes for a full charge -just as the company promises.
The following are the useful software characteristics you need to note;
Operating system and features
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro smartphone runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. It is powered by an octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) processor. It also runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Chipset. The processor is very powerful and reliable.
Camera, video, and image quality
The gadget comes with a big camera bump, just like its predecessor. It also has 3 out of all the 5 cameras in the Mi 9. These are the 5x zoom camera, the 2x zoom camera, and the primary 108MP camera. Besides these, there is the 20MP ultrawide as well as the 2MP macro shooters, both of which have the auto-focus feature.
The back of the Mi CC9 Pro has two dual-LED flashes, which are located next to the snappers. One of the two comes with a front glass that is very clear. It is brighter than the second one which is diffused and meant to give softer fill light when taking photos in dim light.
Interestingly, the zoom feature works on the Mi CC9 Pro camera in a special way. For instance, zooming from 1.1x to 1.9x magnifications gets you a crop from the main sensor. From 2x to 3.7x, the phone makes use of the 12 MP 2x telephoto camera.
From 3.8x to 50x, the go-to camera is the 5 MP 5x telephoto camera, while the 10x hybrid zoom uses the 5 MP sensor and gets to stack image bunches. Anything above 10x zoom is considered a digital zoom from the 5 MP camera.
The 5x camera uses an 8 MP sensor. The lens is also not 5x, which is how it fits in the phone without using the periscope zoom system. To get the 5x zooming, the camera crops the central part of this 8 MP sensor to get an effective 5 MP photo using a 5x magnification.
Once that is done, the software then upscales the 5 MP photo to 8 MP. This translates to a 5x output from the camera. It is possible that Xiaomi made the assumption that 5 MP photos would fail to impress their target audience.
The phone also comes with a new camera Night Mode known as the Night Mode 2.0. Night Mode 2.0 stacks RAW frames in the ISP as opposed to JPEGs as their Night Mode 1.0 did. The result is better detail and improved dynamic range in the images.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro review
People have had positive things to say about this gadget. Here are a few of their sampled views from YouTube;
- Dragos C: Beautiful framing with the in front of the green leaves, having the same image on the screen.
- ctscloud: They really only needed a 2x since the main can zoom in pretty far in it seems
- Hazardinho E.: The CC9 Pro Premium from China Mi webstore, can I use Google apps in HK and does it support 4G/LTE bandwidth for 800 MHz (band 20), 1800 MHz (band 3) en 2600 MHz (band 7)?
- navid mehdi: long telephoto lens are a bigg gimmik in my eyes. and that goes about all phones with it. the wider the better most of the time
Xiaomi Mi CC9 pro latest news
According to gadgets.ndtv.com, the Mi CC9 will have a different name outside China. After weeks of teasers, the company unveiled the Mi CC9 Pro and Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition in the company's home market. The two will be going by the names Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro respectively, outside China. This may cause some confusion but they are one and the same thing.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro price
The phone will retail in Nigeria at different prices. The first price will be N162,000 which is an equivalent of $448 for the 6GB RAM model. The 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM model is likely to cost N180,000, which is equivalent to $500. On the other hand, the 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM model will go at a price of N202,000 or an equivalent of $560.
The bottom line is that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a great, almost faultless phone. If you are looking for a balanced combination of specs and value for money in a device, then this would be the best choice to make. Consider it for your next upgrade.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a perfect buy for the present-day phone user. It is feature-packed, and has excellent performance. If you are looking for a handy device, then this is it. Invest your money on the device and you are assured that it will give the best value for your money.