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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Another smartphone from Xiaomi, and the Mi 9SE is basically a budget version of the more expensive, flagship-class Mi 9. It’s a “premium midrange” device, as evidenced by its Full HD+ 5.97″ AMOLED display—not huge, but certainly large enough for good visibility.

It’s sports a Snapdragon 712 under the hood, along with a triple rear camera setup which consists of a great 48MP f/1.75 main camera, a 13MP f/2.4 ultra wide-angle lens and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera for those faraway zoom shots.

But here’s where it stumbles a little. 3,070mAh is definitely below average by today’s standards, with the caveat that battery life is also affected by software and usage patterns as well. You do get NFC for overseas payments, but you’re missing a headphone jack. Therefore, be prepared with USB-C adapters or grab yourself a pair of wireless headphones if you’re planning on getting the Mi 9SE.

The Mi 9SE is a sleek, well-sized smartphone, that’s great for a wide variety of photography shots. But it’s pushing the RM1,500 limit with its more costly variant, although you can opt for the cheaper, smaller storage version. A good phone, certainly, but perhaps some of Xiaomi’s other models provide better value (as you’ll soon see).

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE—6GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,299
Xiaomi Mi 9SE—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,499

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Xiaomi retailers