Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review: A Compact and Affordable Flagship Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review

Xiaomi Mi 9 is a Flagship smartphone of the company and Mi 9 SE is just a younger brother of the same. Or we can call it ‘Special Edition’. Here we are talking about the slightly lower in specs, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE. The phone is packed with every exciting feature that you could possibly crave for. From dewdrop notch to triple camera to minimum bezel everything is packed inside this 5.97-inch display phone. These days phones are getting bigger and bigger so this one will make entice you if you like the small smartphones.

Xiaomi has created this special edition for those you are in favor of pocket size phones. Many of the features of Xiaomi Mi 9 SE are inherited from Xiaomi Mi 9 which includes Samsung AMOLED display, in-screen fingerprint sensor and its camera. Xiaomi played smartphone by launching Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, by just tweaking some of its feature and has reduced most of them.

To be first to know about Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, read the full article which will tell you almost everything about this much talked about phone. Let’s deep dive into the specifications of the phone in the next section.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Features and Key Specs:

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is designed to be leaner and more compact than its predecessor Xiaomi Mi 9. The one of the attractive features of the phone is its sleekness. The display of the phone is 5.97 inch with 19.5:1 aspect ratio. The phone is easier to carry but the glass at the back of the phone provides it extra smoothness and to avoid slipping of phone, I would recommend using the cover what will come along with the smartphone to provide safety to the smartphone.

The design and display of the phone takes all the limelight. The reduced bezel will result in high screen to body ratio. Just in case you might have slipped your phone then you do not have to worry because it has Gorilla Glass 5 certification which offer pro protection. The makers of the smartphone have left no stone unturned to make the screen marvelous. From attractive and classy colors to infinity AMOLED display to pretty good viewing angle, this phone has everything that makes a good screen.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Display

Xiaomi is equipped with under display fingerprint reader which when I tested have done quite good in its quickness. The phone also provides face recognition option as a security measure. But both of the feature will test your patience a bit.

Moving further talking about the processor, then the phone is equipped with Snapdragon712 processor. This will the first smartphone having this feature. It is also packed with Qualcomm. These both Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Octa Core 2.3GHz makes it a powerhouse in terms of performance. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM along with 64 or 128 GB ROM. But here this phone disappoints us that you won’t be able to expand the memory as it doesn’t support microSD card. If we ignore this fact, then also the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE works well if you don’t drain your resources by playing games for long time. The entire look and feel of the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE are very elegant.

Coming to the next very important feature of any smartphone these days i.e. the camera. The phone is equipped with triple camera which is installed vertically at the back. It has 13 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture which takes very clear and vibrant pictures. With wide angle you can fit way more things in one shot and the three lenses just do wonder on top of that. The daylight renders good quality pictures. But the picture in the night light are not quite impressive. It also provides you some of the AI features which sometimes are not good as expected, I must say. The camera works similar to Xiaomi Mi 9. The camera has very special feature of night detection, panorama and HDR. The photos clicked are very bright and clear. The overall camera specifications are 48.0MP + 13.0MP + 8.0MP rear camera + 20.0MP front camera.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Performance

Battery wise, Xiaomi has 3,070 mAh battery which I believe is not very good. Xiaomi could have worked on coupling a good battery. If you full charge your device, then the battery will drain by coming to the end of the evening. The charger of the phone is 18w which will charge half of your battery in half an hour. The battery is Lithium battery which is not removable just we have in most of the smart phones these days. Xiaomi Mi SE 9 doesn’t have a headphone jack of 3.5mm rather it is equipped with USB Type C. The phone is having mono sound and the sound is very clear and loud as expected. The bottom of the phone has two loudspeaker grilles. Only on of them works other is equipped I guess for symmetry and enhance the look of the phone.

It doesn’t come with google play store installed in it. The network type supported by the phone are CDMA,FDD-LTE,GSM,TD-SCDMA,TDD-LTE,WCDMA. And the android OS on which the phone is built is Android 9 Pie.

Xiomi Mi 9 SE Price:

The smartphone is now available at GearBest with upto 23% Discount, that brings its price now to just $339.99. However, the actual price of the is $403. So you save about $64 right away by ordering the phone via Gearbest.


This Mi 9 SE edition is surely ones of the phones which have got all the attractive features in such a mid-budget. Buying the phone will make you happy in terms of your budget and the elegant features. We have tested the phone on various level and this phone is impeccable, especially for those who enjoyed Xiaomi Mi 9.

Be it the triple camera, or the performance of processors, size of the phone, makers have decided to make sure that the customers definitely go to the store to buy this one. If we ignore the battery, then this phone has got everything that you look in an ideal smartphone. Kudos to Xiaomi for making such exciting and impeccable smartphone. It is very efficient and smoothly functions. You will not experience any bump during your experience of this smartphone. I would recommend if you looking for a good mid-range budget phone then surely go for Xiaomi Mi 9 SE.

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