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Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T(Redmi K20): compare specs, cameras, performance and price

ByGB Blog Official 2019-07-17 3570

Both the Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Xiaomi Mi 9T(Redmi K20) are Xiaomi’s very new devices and both are competing for the spotlight in the budget flagship category. Which phone has more to offer for the price? This is what we will be looking at today.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: detailed specs comparison

First, let’s put the two phones side by side and see how they compare on paper.


 

Xiaomi Mi CC9

Xiaomi Mi 9T

Size

6.17 x 2.93 x 0.34 inches

6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 inches

Display

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display size

6.39 inches

Display resolution

1080 x 2340 pixels

Screen-to-body ratio

85.8%

86.1%

Processor

Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)

Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)

RAM

6GB (8GB for the Meitu Custom Edition)

6GB

Storage

64GB/128GB

Rear cam

48 MP +8 MP +2 MP

48 MP + 8 MP + 13 MP

Front cam

32 MP

20 MP (pop-up)

Battery

4030 mAh

4000 mAh

Color options

Dark Blue Planet, Dark Night Prince and White Lover

Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red



Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: design and display

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 and the  Xiaomi Mi 9T are very similar looking phones. They are almost the same size (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.34 inches for the Mi CC9 vs. 6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 inches for the Mi 9T) and both phones aim for the full screen experience, though they do use different methods to get there. The Mi CC9 takes the what’s already become a traditional road — a teardrop notch at the top of the screen that houses the phone’s front camera. The Mi 9T, on the other hand, uses the newer pop-up selfie camera scenario: the phone’s front camera is houses in a moving mechanism that will slide the cam out every time you want to take a selfie.


Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T 


The phones come with identical screens: you get 6.39 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen displays with 1080 x 2340 resolution. The Mi CC9 comes with the screen-to-body ratio of 85.8% while the screen-to-body ratio on the Mi 9T is estimated at 86.1%. The Mi CC9 comes in three color options:  Dark Blue Planet, Dark Night Prince and White Lover. The colors for the Mi 9T are Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: performance

On the inside, the two phones have quite a bit in common as well. The Mi CC9 runs on the Snapdragon 710 while the Mi 9T uses the newer version — Snapdragon 730. The two processors deliver pretty much the same results when it comes to speed and multitasking — and you also get the same amount of RAM (6GB) and identical storage options: 64GB and 128GB.


Mi 9T Snapdragon 730 


Both the Mi CC9 and the Mi 9T also come with practically the same battery capacities: 4000mAh for the Mi 9T and 4030 mAh for the Mi CC9. Both devices support 18W fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: cameras

As we’ve mentioned above, there is one notable difference in front camera design between the two smartphones: the Mi CC9 uses a standard waterdrop notch and the Mi 9T has opted for a pop-up camera setup. On the back, both phones feature vertical rear camera setups.


On the Mi CC9, you get a 48 MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, an 8 MP ultrawide lens as well as a dedicated 2 MP depth sensor. One of the notable features on the Mi CC9 is that it can shoot slo-mo at up to 960fps.


Xiaomi Mi CC9 rear cameras 


The Mi 9T comes with a 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, an 8 MP telephoto lens with PDAF and a 2x optical zoom and a 13 MP ultrawide lens. You will be able to shoot in 2160p at 30fps and in 1080p at 960fps.


Xiaomi Mi CC9 fornt cameras​ 


The one interesting thing to note about the Mi CC9 is that the phone comes with a new feature that Xiaomi has called Mimoji Avatars — think Apple’s Memoji.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: pricing

You can get the 64GB version of the Mi CC9 on GearBest for $431.55 while the Mi 9T (64G) kicks off at $359.99. Both phones come with 6GB of RAM and offer a very similar experience overall.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T: highlights and verdict

So, which of the two phones should you choose? Let’s run through the key highlights one more time:


Xiaomi Mi CC9

Xioami Mi 9T

 Snapdragon 710

 6GB + 64GB

 Rear camera: 48 MP main sensor

 Highlight: Mimoji Avatars

 Battery: 4030 mAh + 18W fast charging

 Snapdragon 730

 6GB + 64GB

 Rear camera: 48 MP maoin sensor

 Highlight: slo-mo at up to 960fps

 Battery: 4000mAh + 18W fast charging


As we can see from the above, the two phones have a lot in common. And while the Mi CC9 is the more expensive of the two, we’d say that the price difference, in part, could be attributed to the “newness” of the device. The Xiaomi Mi 9T is the more interesting option if you are not afraid of experimenting with your cameras. While there is a bit of concern as to the longevity of pop-up selfie cams, there have been no reports of any issues as of yet.


The Xiaomi Mi CC9 would work better for those who prefer what has become the classic look: a large display with a tiny notch. Apart from design considerations, both phones are everything we’ve come to expect from Xiaomi: large displays and reliable performance with an affordable price tag.


 You may also want to read:
 Xiaomi CC9/CC9e vs Huawei nova 5/nova 5 Pro: a showdown between two stylish selfie smartphones
 Xiaomi CC9, CC9e and CC9 Meitu customized edition official explanation: what’s the difference between them?
 Xiaomi CC9e SoC performance published: Snapdragon 665 gains higher benchmark score than Kirin 710

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