Xiaomi Mi 9T – The Pop-up that Lights

Last Updated on June 12, 2021 by TM

Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 9T which happens to be the Global version of Redmi K20 in case you don’t know.

Now that bezeless smartphones are taking over our shelf line-ups we now see every reason to key into such design in Nigeria.

Dear friends, I present to you the Xiaomi Mi 9T, a brilliant Tech that’s got a pop-up selfie camera in a premium body.

The Mi 9T is a smartphone that many will describe as the best value for money considering the fact that it is a mid-range phone that is selling at budget.

Key features

• Release Date: July, 2019 (Nigeria)
• Display: 6.39inch OLED
• OS: Android 9.0 Pie
• RAM: 6GB
• ROM: 128GB 
• Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core
• Font camera: 16MP AI selfie with flash
• Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP AI with flash
• Battery: 4000mAh
• Network: 4G LTE
• Sim-slot: Dual nano-sim
• Face ID: Yes
• Fingerprint: Yes

Available & Price

The Xiaomi Mi 9T is available for purchase in Nigeria, it comes in glacier blue, carbon black and flame red. be bought in online and offline stores across the country. The Xiaomi Mi 9T is selling at a price that is worth it.

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The Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with an updated design that is right for 2019. The phone gat a Notchlees or bezeless design as many will call it.

Xiaomi was able to implement this unique and aesthetic design without sacrificing much and yet arrive at a premium looking Mi 9T.

You don’t get to see any selfie camera in front. There is rather a pop-up selfie camera that shoots out only when you need it.

At the rear is were the vertically placed triple AI camera plus dual flashlight is placed at the middle. The camera bomb didn’t shoot out this time.

The Power and volume buttons maintained her usual spot as expected but we also get to see a new color on the power button. I guess this is the new trend in Nigeria now adays.

At the bottom of the Xiaomi Mi 9T you will find the USB C port, microphone, speaker grill and dual nano-sim tray but there is no micro-SD card slot.

There is still a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top and another microphone to ensure better audio clarity when making phone calls and doing other audio stuffs.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T didn’t present any physical fingerprint scanner but rather presented an in-display fingerprint sensor that is optical in nature.


The display on the Xiaomi Mi 9T is a 6.39inch AMOLED FHD+ display which is protected by a gorilla glass 5 and has up to 91.9% screen to body ratio.

The display also comes with a 2340x1080p resolution and a 403ppi. It has multi-colors, always-on-display and supports dark mode which is great.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T display is bright to the finish, it slams a 600nit brightness which is 39% brighter than a normal display and the contrast ratio is about 60000:1.

On the display, you will find exciting display modes like standard mode, sunshine mode, night mode and adjustable reading mode.

And last but not the least, the 6.3 inch OLED screen on the Xiaomi Mi 9T has HDR support and is eye protection verified.

The Picture quality is great, contrast is on point. You can even use the FHD+ full screen display to stream HD and HDR content on Netflix.


On the Xiaomi Mi 9T, there is a 20MP selfie camera that pop-ups, makes a custom sound when it rises and can easily detect drops. Which is Kinda dope!

What this means is that the Mi 9T pop-up selfie camera slice itself inside when it sense that the phone is about to fall.
Isn’t that great??

Details on the camera are also crips, clear and sharp. You can also make slow motion videos at 960fps, 30fps telephoto and video wide at 4K.

At the rear, you will find three standard AI cameras. 48MP main-sensor, 8MP telephoto and 13MP ultra-wide with portrait mode.

Just in case you find yourself in a very distant spot in Nigeria and you which to shot from that very spot, the Xiaomi Mi 9T can easily and seamlessly zoom in from 0.6x to 10x.

The camera exposure is also good on the rear cameras, it comes with 3 different lens options: standard wide, ultra wide & telephoto with AI correction.

Battery life

The Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with a 4000mAh non-removable battery that can stay all day on active usage in Nigeria.

However, I expect it to stay active for up to two days especially if you are the type that don’t really do much with your smartphone.

There is also an 18W fast charge feature that allow for fast charging, so you need not to worry about recharge.

Software& Specs

On the software scene, we can see that the Mi 9T comes with MIUI 10 that is based on android 9.0 pie Operating System.

There is now a new feature called Mi Turbo that helps to reduce lagging. There is also a Game Turbo 2.0 support that smooth things up with gaming.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with a 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB ROM but there is no micro SD card slot. It rocks an Adreno 618 GPU.

On the inside is a Qualcomm snapdragon 730 chip with 8nm process technology of up to 2.2GHz which is fast and works great with multi-tasking.


The Xiaomi Mi 9T performed greatly, it clocked a 211,617 Antuto score and a 2,540 & 7,002 single and multi-core score respectively.

The CPU single-core performance is improved by 35% and power consumption is reduced by 10%. So you have more power to flex in Nigeria.

More so, the AI algorithm improves processor efficiency by up to 2.6 times. Multitasking is great here.

My Thoughts

We can now see that pop-up selfie camera tech is now becoming a trend that is here to stay. This is another alternative to the Oppo f11 pro in Nigeria.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T is nothing more than a mid-range smartphone that looks very much like a high-end flagship in Nigeria.

Its beauty is enough evidence.The Xiaomi Mi 9T is not only good looking on the outside, it is also well stock on the inside. 

Xiaomi have really done a great job of staging a good balance in price and value. no wonder it is rated as one of the best phones in the mid-range category.

If you haven’t seen the Mi 9T before, you will think it is one of those very expensive smartphones in Nigeria but that’s not the case.

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