Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is the first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is the first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712

Before other OEMs take up the spotlight with their own highlight releases of the year, Xiaomi has gone on to announce the Xiaomi Mi 9 at a launch event in China. While the Mi 9 was soft-released by Xiaomi themselves through their social media channels in the days building up to the launch, Xiaomi did pull manage to pull off a surprise by announcing a second device at the event. Meet the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, the first device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Specifications

SpecificationXiaomi Mi 9 SE
Display5.97″ AMOLED; 19.5:9, water drop notch;
90.47% screen-to-body ratio
Dimensions and Weight70.5mm wide x 7.45mm thick;
SoC10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 712:
2x 2.3GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A75)
6x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A55);
Adreno 616 GPU
Storage and RAM6GB (LPDDR4x) + 64GB (UFS 2.1);
6GB + 128GB
Battery3,070 mAh; fast charging up to 18W
Fingerprint ScannerYes; In-display
IR BlasterYes
Rear Camera48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor +
8MP telephoto +
13MP 123° super wide angle
Front Camera20MP
Price6GB + 64GB: CNY 1999 ($297);
6GB + 128GB: CNY 2299 ($342)
AvailabilityMarch 1, 2019 at mi.com

The Xiaomi Mi 9 covers the needs of the consumers who want a flagship device, so the Mi 9 SE picks it up for users who do not necessarily need all the features of a flagship, or who just want a smaller yet competitive device. The Mi 9 SE is roughly the same size as the Mi 6, but is lighter and has a bigger display. Its smaller form factor is comparable to the Apple iPhone XS, a comparison that also speaks a lot about Xiaomi’s product strategy against one of its main competitors in China.

The 5.97″ AMOLED display on the Mi 9 SE comes with a water drop notch as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. Despite the existence of these features, the main standout point of the Mi 9 SE is that it is the first device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC, which Xiaomi claims is powerful enough to serve the needs of “99% of users”. When combined with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and options of 64GB and 128GB for internal storage (UFS 2.1), we are inclined to believe that Xiaomi’s claims are true.

The Mi 9 SE also sports a triple rear camera setup, comprising of the 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor, a 13MP sensor with super wide angle lens of 123° and a 8MP telephoto sensor. The phone also features other standard features such as a USB Type-C port, 1 3070 mAh battery with up to 18W fast charging, an IR Blaster and NFC. The phone does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack; but you do get the latest MIUI 10 on it.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE goes on sale in China from March 1, 2019. The device will cost CNY 1999 ($297) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, while the 6GB + 128GB variant will cost CNY 2299 ($342). We expect to hear more about the device’s availability outside of China, in the coming days.

What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE? Do you think the device is worth its price? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).