Hands on: Xiaomi Mi 9 camera review

There’s a lot to like about this 48MP camera phone.

Early Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is one of the most advanced camera phones around, blessed with a 48MP sensor and some pro imaging smarts. It looks great, is well designed and comes at a price that is really competitive.


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    Fantastic 48MP camera

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    Decent design

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    Great price


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    UI isn't the best

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    Not available in the US

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Xiaomi is a company experience explosive growth. Much like Honor and Huawei, it is a Chinese brand that has pushed aggressively into Western markets, launching in the UK in November 2018 with the Mi Mix 3 slider phone. 

For Digital Camera World, however, it’s the 48MP-toting Mi 9 we’re really interested in and we got hands on with it at MWC 2019.

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of Shortlist.com. 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.