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Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Review, Specs, Features and Price

by Obodoakor Moses

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer is the pro variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9, just like we saw with last year’s Mi 8. The Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer features transparent back that allows you to see the inside of the phone. Not sure everybody is a fan of transparent back smartphones. Still, we can’t deny this smartphone here isn’t a beauty. Let’s have a look at the device.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Design

Mind you, the transparent back on the Mi 9 Explorer isn’t real. The Corning Gorilla glass 5 at the back is made to look like the components you would normally see underneath. This design is brought to you by Alita Battle Angel even though it’s not acknowledged here.

The Mi 9 Explorer measures a sleek 7.6 mm thickness with the frame made up of aluminium (7000) series. It weighs 173 grams, which isn’t considered to be heavy. There’s no fingerprint scanner at the back. You’ll find the scanner underneath the display. The transparent black is the only colour option here.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer

Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 173 grams
Build: Back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5 mm jack: No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Display

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer’s display features HDR-10 and DCI-P3. The display is a 6.39 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen with 85.2% screen-to-body ratio. The resolution on the Mi 9 Explorer is 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 403 PPI density. The Gorilla Glass 6 protects the display of the Mi 9 Explorer.

Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size: 6.39 inches (85.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (403 PPI density)
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
– HDR10
– DCI-P3

Camera

Here we have a triple main camera setup on the Mi 9 Explorer. This setup features a 48 MP main lens with f/1.5 aperture, a 16 MP ultrawide lens with f/2.2 aperture and a 12 MP telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture. You can shoot 4K videos at 30/60fps with this camera. The selfie camera is a single 20 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer

Main Camera
Triple: 48 MP, f/1.5 (12GB RAM model) or f/1.8 (8GB RAM model), 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF + 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF + 12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, Laser/PDAF, 2x optical zoom
Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps

Selfie Camera
Single: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features: HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps

Hardware

Underneath the Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which features an eight Kryo 485 processor and Adreno 640 GPU. The Mi 9 Explorer comes with a big 12 GB RAM size along with a 256 GB storage. There is no microSD slot available for additional storage.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer

Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU: Octa-core Kryo 485 (1×2.84 GHz & 3×2.42 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz)
GPU: Adreno 640
Memory: 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB
MicroSD: No

Software

Running on the Mi 9 Explorer is MIUI 10 skin with Android 9.0 Pie underneath it. You’ll all basic Xiaomi features and apps pre-installed on the Mi 9 Explorer.

OS: Android 9.0 Pie
User Interface: MIUI 10
Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Features: –

Battery

Not the best of battery capacity we have here. The Mi 9 Explorer comes with a non-removable Li-Po 3,300 mAh battery. It supports 4.0 Quick Charge and 20W fast wireless charging.

Type: Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 27W (Quick Charge 4+)
– Fast wireless charging 20W

Connectivity

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC: Yes
Infrared port: Yes
Radio: No
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Price

8GB/256GB: $705
12GB/259GB: $899

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