Since 2015, more and more technology giants realize that people prefer a cheaper model of the flagship smartphone, as some people can’t afford to buy the higher-end model, or they don’t need that many features or power in a smartphone. Therefore, Apple, as the pioneer of this trend, launches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Then, Samsung, Google, Sony, and LG follow suit by also launching two models of their flagship smartphones. This year, Xiaomi finally takes part in the game by launching the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE. Let’s see why the Mi 9 SE is better than its brother.
In terms of the display, the Mi 9 has a 5.97-inch, Super AMOLED and Full High Definition Plus screen with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels which equals to 423 pixels per inch. On the other hand, the Mi 9 SE has a 6.39-inch, Full High Definition Plus, Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2248 by 1080 pixel which equals to 402 pixels per inch. So no matter you are browsing the web, watching YouTube or Netflix, playing Fortnite, you’ll feel more immersive with the larger screen of the Mi 9 SE.
Performance-wise, the Mi 9 has a SnapDragon 712 processor, 6 gigabytes of RAM, a single-core score of 1925 and a multi-core score of 4077 on Geekbench. On the contrary, the Mi 9 SE has a SnapDragon 855 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, a single-core score of 3015 and a multi-core score of 10957 on Geekbench. So you’ll find the Mi 9 SE much snappier when managing daily tasks like calling, messaging, emailing, web browsing and watching videos.
For the camera, the Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE both has three cameras: a regular lens, a telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide lens. However, the Mi 9 SE has a 48-megapixel regular lens, 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and an 18-megapixel ultra-wide lens while the Mi 9 has a 34-megapixel regular lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens. So you can take crisper photos and shoot smoother videos on the Mi 9 than on the mi 9 SE.
As for the battery, the Mi 9 has a 3070 mAh battery with 10 hours of battery life. Conversely, the Mi 9 SE has a 3300 mAh battery with 11 hours of battery life. Whether you are an officer that needs to deal with the paperwork and attend meetings from 9 to 5 or a student who has two three-hour classes a day, the Mi 9 can easily last a day.
In terms of graphics, the Mi 9 has an Adreno 616 graphics chip while the Mi 9 SE has an Adreno 640 graphics chip. So when you watch YouTube or Netflix or play Players Unknown Battleground on the Mi 9 SE, the graphics will be much smoother.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is the winner here with a larger screen, faster performance, smoother graphics better cameras, and longer battery life.