In Xiaomi Mi 9T we can find a familiar interface: MIUI 10.3, which work is based on Android 9.0. Basically, I have described it so many times that I will only focus on what is the most important and characteristic only for Mi 9T.
The interface can have either a flat form or a one with an apps tray and navigating through it can be mad either with classic buttons (we can change their arrangement) or intuitive, comfortable gestures. The notifications and shortcuts panel look and work classically, just like the last used apps menu and dividing the screen. We can turn on an additional panel with our favourite widgets, available after swiping the main desktop to the right, there are wide interface personalization possibilities. The unique feature of Xiaomi Mi 9T is the possibility to change the sound that accompanies the sliding out of the front camera.
There is of course the floating button (Touch Assistant), one hand usage mode or the possibility to add additional shortcuts – for example for quickly turning on the torch by double-clicking a particular button. In the menu there is the possibility to wake the screen with a double tap or by lifting the phone, and in addition – we can clone apps and create a separate zone in the phone, for example to separate private apps and files from business ones.
There is the dark interface mentioned before and Always-on-Display with wide personalization capabilities. Xiaomi does not oversteps with preinstalled apps, most of them are useful, and those that are not we can uninstall. The phone is already equipped with an app for recording the screen, scanning QR codes or business cards, an app for managing the system or sharing files, and even in… three browsers. From the beginning we can choose between Xiaomi, Chrome and Opera. Funny… If you ask about commercials – they appear, but only in the preinstalled service app, they are not too often and not to obnoxious, and please remember that we can close them down. I assess the interface – just as usual – as a positive and comfortable in usage.
It is high time to say a few words about the efficiency and the work of the phone. At the beginning we were slightly disappointed that we received a twin of Redmi K20 and not K20 Pro. In Xiaomi Mi 9T we have Snapdragon 730 supported by 6GB of RAM and Adreno 618 GPU.
So what if it is not Snapdragon 855, like in K20 Pro? Most users will not even see any difference. I will tell you honestly – above a certain price level, differences in smoothness and the speed of work are so marginal that I do not think that there is any reason to dwell about them.
Xiaomi Mi 9T is fast, it works surely and stable, it does not overheat and it can compete with much cheaper flagships. Really – for a middle-price shelf product, which it is – it works great. And benchmarks support it…
I am much less pleased with the internal memory. Maybe because I only have the version with 64GB, which in practice is slightly above 50GB. And I will not add a single gigabyte from a microSD card, because I have nowhere to put it in. This is a big disadvantage of the phone. I cannot speak for you, but I would like to trade one SIM socket for more memory. In my device, after a month, I am left with only a few GB of free space – that is why I will recommend you that when buying Xiaomi Mi 9T you should choose the 128GB version, especially that the price difference is really low.
I am pleased with the battery as well. It might have a typical 4000 mAh, still – in connection with the smoothness of work and the phones hardware – it does a great job.
With a normal usage the smartphone can easily work for two days. With a more economical one – even three. The lifespan with the display on, depending on the scenario, is around 6-7 hours. The quick charging gives no reasons to criticize either – to fully fill the battery we need half an hour, but the battery will be filled in half in less than 40 minutes. I will switch to the complaining mode and ask why there is no inductive charging...?