Xiaomi has been firing from all cylinders this year, as it has released yet another affordable mid-range phone, in the form of Mi CC9, that can go against its already affordable mid-range Mi 9T, aka Redmi K20. That said, which is the better choice when you have P16k budget?
Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Mi 9T Differences
Advantages of Mi CC9
- shared microSD slot of up to 256GB
- 32MP selfie camera
- Super AMOLED
- infrared port
Advantages of Mi 9T
- fullscreen display
- Snapdragon 730
- pop-up selfie camera (it’s cool)
- 24-bit audio support via a headphone jack
- 2x optical zoom via telephoto lens from the triple main camera
Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Mi 9T Similarities
- 6.39″ FHD+ AMOLED HDR display
- Corning Gorilla 5
- premium build and design
- 18W fast charging with at least 4000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10
- triple main camera
- under-screen fingerprint scanner
- headphone jack
- Wi-Fi ac
- BT 5.0 with aptX HD
- FM Radio
- USB Type-C
Which is a better buy between the Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Mi 9T?
Both are sporting premium build and design — from the metal and glass combination down to the iridescent hue that’s uniquely tailored for each phone. It’s a matter of preference when it comes to the overall design — with the CC9 featuring continuous wavy pattern on the back, and the Mi 9T with unique waves on the sides. Where the latter device stands out is the use of pop-up selfie camera to pave the way for a fullscreen display. But on the other hand, the small teardrop notch of the former isn’t too distracting.
While both come with AMOLED panels, the CC9 is a Super AMOLED wherein peak brightness and color vibrancy are a tiny bit better than AMOLED. Otherwise, it’s the same 6.39″ FHD+ HDR display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
While the Snapdragon 710 remains to be a performer in 2019, you will get better performance and battery efficiency on the Snapdragon 730. But in terms of specs, the Mi CC9 supports expandable storage via microSD slot, which the Mi 9T doesn’t.
We have triple cameras on both devices but one performs robustly better than the other. That is the Mi 9T — allowing you to use a telephoto lens with the addition of main and ultrawide sensors.
As for selfie cameras, we are looking at a 32MP vs 20MP sensor with the larger one residing in the Mi CC9. While it may produce sharper-looking photos, it still uses pixel binning technique in essence.
At least 4000mAH batteries are seen here with 18W fast charging support. But of course, it won’t matter if you won’t be using compatible chargers.
Fortunately, the headphone jack is a feature here. But the Mi 9T has the advantage of supporting 24-bit hi-fi audio playback. But it still doesn’t mean it supports high impedance headphones.
The Mi 9T is priced at P15,990 and goes up to P17,990 for the top model. While the Mi CC9 is estimated at CNY 1,799 (~P13,300) and goes up to CNY 1,999 (~P14,800). All with the same base and top configurations.
Regardless of the price difference, the Mi 9T looks to be the better overall device but by a slight margin only. We do like the Mi CC9 especially its microSD slot, giving better futureproofing than the other. Whichever of the two you pick, we think both can and will deliver.
|Specs||Xiaomi Mi CC9||Xiaomi Mi 9T|
|Display||6.39-inch Full FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, teardrop notch, HDR||6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, fullscreen, HDR|
|Dimensions||156.8 x 74.5 x 8.7 mm, 179g||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm, 191g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)||Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 618|
|Memory||128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM, with microSD of up to 256GB||128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, (ultrawide)
2 MP, depth sensor
|48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3″, 1.12µm
|Front Camera||32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm||Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, aptxHD, USB Type-C, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, aptxHD, USB Type-C, headphone jack with 24-bit hi-fi playback|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4030mAh battery (18W fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (18W fast charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10-Poco Launcher|
|Official Price||CNY 1,799 (~P13,300) and goes up to CNY 1,999 (~P14,800)||P15,990 – P17,990|