Xiaomi Mi 9 SE review

With its triple camera and flagship looks, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is a bit of a bargain – if you can find it

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Considering the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE starts at £319, it just keeps delivering in almost every way. Its screen is stellar - easily best-in-class for the price, its design is flagship-grade, and with three cameras when its competition caps out at two, it delivers versatility in spades. The camera is also capable, with the main module featuring the same 48MP sensor in such flagships as the OnePlus 7 Pro and Asus Zenfone 6. While the UI is cumbersome and there’s no microSD card slot or headphone jack, none of these take away from the incredible value the Mi 9 SE delivers.


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    Affordable and capable

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    Versatile camera for the price

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    Rich, high-quality design and screen


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    User interface is overbearing

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    No headphone port

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    No expandable storage

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Xiaomi has well and truly arrived, and while it might not have made as big a song or dance about it as Oppo, who sponsored both the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon 2019, its smartphones have been doing the talking, with the Mi 9 breaking into our best camera phone list for the first half of 2019.

Now, it’s introduced a mini-me budget camera phone version of its flagship, the unimaginatively named Xiaomi Mi 9 SE. It’s a smaller phone that’s easy to hold, packs a virtually identical camera array to that of its bigger brother and a stellar display, as well as the current jewel in any flagship’s crown: the under-display fingerprint scanner. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.