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Xiaomi Mi 9T

This is a curious one. Initially slated to be released internationally as the Pocophone F2 (it’s being sold in China as the Redmi K20), it’s recently been launched in Malaysia as the Xiaomi Mi 9T, and offers quite a lot for what it’s priced at—RM1,199 (for the base model).

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, but the Mi 9T seems to have taken a wholly different approach to the traditional midranger’s proposition. Instead of cramming a whole load of features into a rather cheap chassis, it’s gone the other way.

For a start, you get a 6.39” Full HD+ AMOLED display, which is a big upgrade from many of its midrange competitors. I have mixed feelings about the 20MP pop-up selfie camera, but the flip side of that is a beautiful, all-screen display. Personally, I’d turn off face unlock so as to preserve the motor pushing the selfie camera up, but Xiaomi says that they’ve tested the motor 300,000 times without an issue.

The Mi 9T is powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC which, to be honest, isn’t all that discernible from a Snapdragon 8xx series if you aren’t doing benchmark tests side-by-side. Xiaomi’s also given the Mi 9T a pretty versatile camera setup, with a 48MP f/1.75 main shooter, a 13MP f/2.4 ultra wide-angle lens, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera which will give you 2X optical zoom.

Having used the smartphone for just a short while thus far, I’d have to say that Mi 9T is an early contender for a strong podium finish (at least) this year. A great all-rounder of a device, coupled with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a decently-sized battery of 4,000mAh.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T—6GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,199

Xiaomi Mi 9T—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,399

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