Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro hands-on review: the most powerful camera phone with budget price

ByTown Kassis 2019-11-05 4163

Today, Xiaomi company released a new Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, the Chinese version of Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro. The phone features whopping 108MP Penta rear cameras and 5260mAh large battery. How about the real performance of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro? Let’s show you a detailed hands-on review.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro package box 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: main specs

Display

6.47-inch AMOLED screen

Screen resolution

2340 x 1080 pixels

Processor

Snapdragon 730G

RAM

6GB; 8GB

ROM

128GB; 256GB

Rear camera

● 108MP primary lens: 1/1.33” large photosensitive element, 1.6um 4-in-i large pixels, 7P lens (8P lens only on 8GB + 256GB version), f/1.69 aperture, 4-axis optical anti-shaking;

● 20MP ultra wide-angle lens: 117 degree filed of view, 1.5cm super macro;

● 12MP portrait lens: 2x optical zoom, 1.4um large pixels, dual PDAF

● Super telephoto lens: 10x hybrid optical zoom, 4-axis optical anti-shaking;

● Macro lens: 2-10cm, AF macro photography

● dual soft light; dual LED flash light   

Front camera

32MP: 1.6um 4-in-1 large pixels, f/2.0 large aperture

Battery

5260mAh battery

Charging

Support 30W fast charging

Bluetooth version

Bluetooth 5.0

NFC

Yes

3.5mm headphone jack

Yes

Infrared remote control

Yes

Operating system

MIUI 11

Size

157.8mm x 74.2mm x 9.67mm

Weight

208g

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: Design and display

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro currently has three color options: "Dark Night Phantom", "Magic Green Land" and "Ice and Snow Aurora". The phone we get is the "Dark Night Phantom" color match, and the storage version is the premium version of 8GB+256GB.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro curved water drop display 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro "the Phantom of the Night" is a classic black design, the back shell is made of glass, and uses a high curvature 3D glass design to bring a better sense of grip.

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The rear lens module is located in the upper left corner of the back of the fuselage. The five photo design of "three long bars" + "big and small eyes", and two pairs of flash soft lights are located on the right side of the "three long bars." The words "108MP" and "5×OPTICAL" next to it represent the two selling points of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro's 100m pixels and 5x optical zoom.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Penta rear cameras 

The front of the fuselage is the familiar water drop screen design, the top is the hidden handset design, microphone opening and infrared sensor, the bottom is loudspeaker opening, microphone opening, Type-C interface and 3.5mm headphone hole.

 

The fuselage BWH is 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.67mm, weighs 208g, and the thickness of one centimeter is a bit unexpected. The P30 Pro for Xiaobian's own use is a little heavy, and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has to be "better." in addition, it uses a four-curved design. However, fortunately, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro retains the 3.5mm headphone hole, and supports infrared remote control, NFC and other functions, the sensor is relatively complete.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro water drop screen 

In the screen section, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses a 6.47-inch hyperboloid full screen with a screen ratio of 19.5: 9 and 2340 x 1080 FHD+. It supports DCI-P3 gamut display with a contrast of 400000: 1. The screen uses COP packaging technology, chin width control is good, only 3.43mm. In addition, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro supports sunny screen 2.0, the measured screen brightness in strong light is very high, the content is also clearly visible. It also supports the eye protection mode to effectively reduce the effect of screen blue light on visual acuity.

 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses the world's first ultra-thin screen optical fingerprint module, the Z-axis space size of about 0.3mm, the official claim that the thickness is only about 1 / 10 of the screen fingerprint module of other home models, greatly increasing the freedom of fingerprint module placement. Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro's ultra-thin screen fingerprints are stacked directly between the battery and the screen, making the location more natural, resulting in a better unlocking experience.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro ultra thin in-screen fingerprint sensor 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: Camera specs and camera samples

Taking pictures is the main function of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro. Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses a rear five camera, unlike Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 9 PureView five photos for multiple cameras to work together, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro five photos can work alone, providing a wealth of focal segments and functions.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro camera samples 

First of all, let me talk about the parameter information. Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro rear camera uses 13mm-125mm full focal segment pentaphoto. The five shots are: 100m pixel ultra-clear lens, 10x hybrid optical zoom lens, 50mm focal segment man lens, 20 million pixel ultra wide angle lens and independent macro lens. Among them, 100 megapixel ultra-clear lens and 10 times hybrid optical zoom lens support OIS optical anti-shake.

In addition, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro also supports laser focusing and uses a combination of double flash and double flexible lights.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses a custom-made 108MP ultra-clear camera with a 1. 33-inch bottom, an aperture of F 1.69, a 7p lens design and an 8p lens.

It also supports hardware to produce 100 million pixels of ultra high definition photos, and also supports pixel four-in-one technology. After synthesis, the unit pixel can reach 1.6 μ m. Let's see how the sample works.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro camera samples 

In the case of sufficient outdoor light, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro sample color restoration is accurate, its default settings support AI intelligent camera and HDR function (the default mode is pixel four-in-one, active 27 million pixels), after turning on HDR, The dynamic range of the sample sheet is obviously improved, the details of the bright part and the dark part can be retained to the maximum extent, and the overall perception is very good.

It is worth mentioning that when 100 million ultra-clear mode is turned on, none of the above features are available, leaving only the filter function, so 100 million ultra-clear mode is not recommended in large light ratio scenes.

Next, let's talk about the big picture. How powerful is this 100-megapixel bottom? Please take a look at the following set of sample sheets.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro 50X digital zoom pictures 

 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro 50X digital zoom pictures 

According to the camera samples above, we can see that the photo details shot by Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro are very clear even after it’s zoomed in several times.

Night is the most challenging time for mobile phones to take pictures. Thanks to the 1. 33 outsole, pixel four-in-one technology and the new handheld super night scene mode, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is doing well in this section. Let's take a look at the sample.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro night shooting camera samples 

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: processor and performance

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile processing platform, using 8nm process, the same architecture as Snapdragon 855 Kryo 470 CPU, Spectra 350 ISP, the fourth generation AI Engine, new 855 series of tensor accelerator HTA,AI computing power. Compared with Snapdragon 710, CPU performance is improved by 35%, graphics performance is improved by 25%, and AI performance is improved by 100%. In terms of storage composition, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro provides 6GB/8GB+128GB/256GB.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro gaming performance 

The “G” in 730g is an acronym for Gaming. It is specially customized and optimized for games, which is 15% higher than 730 graphics computing power, improves performance in daily games, and runs mainstream games smoothly.

In addition, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro also supports the game Game Turbo function, support 4D shock feeling and other functions.

According to my gaming experience, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G used by Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro can basically cope with the game scene.

In terms of audio hardware, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro uses 1216 superlinear unit speakers with a built-in Smart PA, equivalent 1cc super-large rear cavity, and officials claim that the loudness of the external amplifier is twice as high as that of the previous generation.

In the software algorithm, the audio depth optimization adjustment is carried out to support Mi Sound self-research sound effect for video, game and other applications.

The measured sound loudness of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is indeed very large, but it is a pity that it does not use the design of double loudspeakers. In the test of the game, the feeling of hearing position discrimination almost means, but don't forget that it also has 3.5mm headphone holes.

If you need to listen to position discrimination, wear headphones to play games.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: battery and charging

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is equipped with a large 5260mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. We measured charging from 0%, 58% in half an hour and 98% in an hour, all filled for a total of 63 minutes, the same as the official claim of 65 minutes full of large batteries.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro battery and charging test 

Overall, although Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro's fuselage is very thick and heavy, but its 5260mAh's large battery is really not covered, enough to support a whole day of use, coupled with the efficient 30W fast charge, endurance is not its users need to worry about.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: price and is it worth buying?

As a brand new product of Xiaomi CC series, the style continues its fashionable design element. Perhaps many people will think that Xiaomi CC series is designed for girls. But I believe that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is currently the most suitable for photography enthusiasts. Its emergence is bound to become a strong rival to other good camera phones like Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. If you are a photography enthusiast who like MIUI operating system and don’t have a very high requirement for processor, then the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is really worth buying.

In addition, the price of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro only starts from 2799 yuan (about $399), and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro 8+256GB premium edition is priced at 3499 yuan (about $499). That’s really the most budget phone so far among the best camera phones.  

It is rumored that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro will be launched as Xiaomi Mi Note 10 in the global market. So global customers will also have the opportunity to buy the phone soon.  


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