Last week, we were invited by Xiaomi Malaysia to take a first look at the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. It's a decked out version of the Mi 9T that we reviewed a few months back. The Mi 9T gave to be a good mid-range phone with the look and feel of a flagship device. When we were invited to try out the Mi 9T Pro, we immediately jumped at the chance.
The flagship look-alike is now a full flagship device
Xiaomi has upgraded the processor from a Snapdragon 730 to an 855 and combined it with an 8-layer graphite cooling system. Now usually,we are non-believer when it comes to water-cooled, big copper cooling plates, and whatever else companies can think of to cool their phones.
But we were given the chance to play a quick game of PUBG Mobile, and they specifically told us to ensure that the frame rate and graphics settings were at the highest.
Sure enough, the phone managed to run the game without breaking a sweat. While the graphite layers were made to keep the temperature down, we still felt some heat at the top camera section of the phone.
It was warm but it didn't affect the comfort of holding the phone. So whether or not the cooling system was doing its job, I couldn't tell. But the fact that the phone does not feel like a hot potato was good enough for me.
The overall experience has also be improved
Here's me hoping that it's not a placebo effect, but the spec bump also showed overall usage improvement when it came to launching apps and loading up games as well.
It's been a while since we used the Mi 9T for our review, so we can't say if it was a large or small improvement. What we can say that it loaded up PUBG Mobile much faster than on the Mi 9T Pro.
New updated camera modules
The camera configuration hasn't been changed. It still retains the same 48MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP telephoto sensor. But they have upgraded the sensor module of the main camera to a better Sony IMX module.
To our eyes, we didn't see much difference in terms of quality or fixes to the issues we pointed out in our review of the Mi 9T. But it would also not be fair to judge the image quality just yet, as I wasn't able to transfer the images taken and analyze them on a larger screen.
Should you get the Mi 9T Pro?
Overall, the phone is very promising as it incorporates the design of a premium flagship device and specs as well. The price makes it even more attractive as the 6GB+64GB variant retails for RM1,599 and the 6GB+128GB of RM1,799 in Malaysia. If you compare that to the Mi 9T, it retailed for RM1,199 and RM1,399 for the 64GB and 128GB storage models respectively. The RAM remains the same.
However, if you're still skeptical on whether you should get the Mi 9T or Mi 9T Pro, we will be releasing a comparison video where we'll test the boot-up speed, app launching and loading times, as well as the camera performance. You can catch the video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. The Mi 9T Pro will launch officially in Malaysian on August 30, 2019 and you can buy it from all officially Xiaomi stores or on their Shopee and Lazada stores.