Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is an affordable Mi 9 with a $297 price tag and a few caveats

Xiaomi launched an affordable version of its flagship with the introduction of the Mi 9 SE today. The smartphone costs 1000 Yuan less than the Mi 9 and makes a few trade-offs while still proving a strong argument for an affordable mid-ranger. Its starting price is 1,999 Yuan (US$ 297 / Rs. 21,150 approx.) for the 6GB + 64GB variant.

For that asking price, you get a Snapdragon 712 SoC built on the 10nm process clocked at clocked at 2.3GHz coupled with an Adreno 616 GPU. This is the first smartphone to feature the new Qualcomm SoC. On the surface, it has a 5.97-inch (1080 × 2280 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of the camera as well, you get a slightly different setup than the Mi 9. The 48MP primary lens stays and is accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The front has a 20MP shooter as which is the same as the Mi 9. The battery gets cut to 3,070mAh but you still get 18W fast charging with USB Type-C and no wireless charging either. In terms of software, it boasts the latest Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10.

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There’s a 6GB + 128GB version as well that costs 2,299 yuan (US$ 341 / Rs. 24,330 approx.) and colour options will include Blue, Violet and Dark Black shades.

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  1. Tomasz Płókarz (tolep)
    February 20, 2019

    Redmi Note 3, 5,5 inch FHD, 4000 mAh

    Mi9 SE, 6 inch FHD+, 3000 mAh

  2. Mitch McCrimmon
    February 20, 2019

    There are a lot of things to like about this phone and I love Xiaomi phones. I am currently using the Pocophone F1. However the Mi 9 SE has too small a battery for my liking, a deal breaker for me when the Pocophone has a 4000 mAh battery and the Mi 9 SE has only a 3070 mAh battery. For those who want a low priced Xiaomi phone, I’d go for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, almost as fast as the Mi 9 SE but with a much bigger battery and a greater range of LTE Bands. The Mi 8 SE and 9 SE have band 7 but not 4 which is so common across Canada and the US.

    • freedomstolen
      February 20, 2019

      Are you located in Canada? If so, how is the LTE band reception, given that the F1 has limited LTE band compatibility for North America?

    • Duarte Bruno
      February 21, 2019

      Forget about the Note 6.
      The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro equals or wins over the Mi9 SE in almost everything but size and weight, and will be available in China next week.
      Bigger battery, much better CPU and 100€ less.

    • Mitch McCrimmon
      February 22, 2019

      Yes, in London, Ontario on Fido. I have used a number of Xiaomi and other phones with LTE Band 4 (1700/2100) and quite a few with only Band 7 (2600) and I don’t notice any difference in reception. Can’t speak for more remote parts of the country. Fido, Rogers, Bell and Virgin all support Band 7 and I hear that Telus/Koodo is adding or has added support for that band as well.

    • Karol
      March 16, 2019

      yes, but no wide angle and telephoto lens. that’s a big difference. Let alone the amoled screen on the mi 9. Battery is not an issue, as You have to charge phone everyday anyway. Even if You wake up and have 30% battery left, so what…if You want it to last for the whole next day, You have to charge it on the next day anyway.

  3. Ronnie Katsie
    February 20, 2019

    Small display, I’m now used.to phones of 6.3″ display

    • Duarte Bruno
      February 21, 2019

      Only 6% smaller.
      I wouldn’t even notice it.

    • Freeje238
      February 21, 2019

      For people with poor eyesight, it does matter.

  4. Giulio Dainese
    February 20, 2019

    I would have liked a bigger battery, but let’s see how does it work with a 712 and the new miui setups… Anyway is a small phone with a powerful soc, a fantastic camera and a low price! So a possibile best buy for me