The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite is already official. The Chinese company has launched it in first in Spain for a price that starts from 320 euros, placing the terminal in the range of mobiles between 300 and 400 euros. In the front we find phones very similar to the latter even within the brand itself. We refer to the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, a device that in addition to sharing part of the design coincides with the majority of technical sections. What are the differences between the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi 9 SE? Is the latter worth it compared to the newly presented 9 Lite? We see it below.
Comparison sheet Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
|screen||6.39 inches with Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), AMOLED technology, 19.5: 9 format and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection||5.97 inches with Full HD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), AMOLED technology, 19: 9 format and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection|
|Main chamber||– Sony IMX586 48-megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 1.8|
– Secondary sensor with 118º wide angle lens, 8 megapixels and focal aperture f / 2.2
– 2 megapixel tertiary sensor for depth functions
|– Sony IMX586 48-megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 1.8|
– 13 megapixel wide angle secondary sensor with focal aperture f / 2.4
– Tertiary 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with focal aperture f / 2.4
|Camera for selfies||– 32 megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 2.0||– 20 megapixel main sensor and focal aperture f / 2.0|
|Internal memory||64 and 128 GB of type UFS 2.1||64 and 128 GB of type UFS 2.1|
|Extension||Micro SD cards up to 256 GB||Not available|
|Processor and RAM||– Snapdragon 710|
– Adreno 616 GPU
– 6 GB of RAM
|– Snapdragon 712|
– Adreno 616 GPU
– 6 GB of RAM
|Battery||4,030 mAh with fast charging of 18 W||3,070 mAh with fast charging of 18 W|
|Operating system||Android 9 Foot under MIUI 10||Android 9 Foot under MIUI 10|
|Connections||4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac, NFC technology, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS + GLONASS and USB Type C 2.0||4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac, NFC technology, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS + GLONASS and USB Type C 2.0|
|SIM||Dual nano SIM||Dual nano SIM|
|Design||– Glass and aluminum construction|
– Colors: Pearl white, Boreal blue and Gray onyx
|– Glass and aluminum construction|
– Colors: Piano black, Ocean blue and Lavender purple
|Dimensions||156.8 x 74.5 x 8.67 mm and 179 grams||147.5 x 70.5 x 7.45 mm and 155 grams|
|Featured Functions||Facial unlock via software, fingerprint sensor on screen, fast charging of 18 W, camera modes with Artificial Intelligence and infrared with remote control functions||Facial unlock via software, fingerprint sensor on screen, fast charging of 18 W, camera modes with Artificial Intelligence and infrared with remote control functions|
|Price||From 320 euros (official price)||From 350 euros (official price)|
Few differences in design we are between a mobile and another. Beyond the difference in size, the two devices have an almost identical appearance, with a chassis made of glass and metal that in both cases is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating.
In terms of dimensions, the Mi 9 Lite has a 6.39-inch screen, which transfers a size that is pulled at 15.6 centimeters high, 7.4 wide and 8.6 thick . His weight? 179 grams, thanks, in part, to the capacity of your battery, rather than its size.
As for the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, the device moves away from the dimensions of its counterpart by integrating a 5.97-inch screen, which translates into only 14.7 centimeters high and 7 wide. The weight is significantly lower, with only 155 grams and 7.4 centimeters thick.
Otherwise, the two terminals are identical in the vast majority of sections: fingerprint sensor on the screen, notch in the form of a drop of water … Perhaps the most notable difference has to do with the absence of a connector Jack for headphones in the case of Mi 9 SE.
If the dissimilarities in design are rather scarce, the differences in what refers to screen technology are practically non-existent. And although the two panels have different sizes (6.39 inches in the Mi 9 Lite versus 5.97 of the Mi 9 SE), the screen is the same in both casess.
AMOLED technology, Full HD + resolution, 19.5: 9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 600 brightness nits and 103% NTSC color gamut. We can deduce, therefore, that the panel is the same, in the absence of performing the tests live. Nor should we find large differences between the fingerprint sensors on the screen that both devices integrate, since both use an optical sensor, that is, with light in between to analyze the geography of the fingerprint.
Processor and memory
We arrive at what is probably the most controversial section of all: the technical specifications. Using data, we find a almost traced hardware: 6 GB of RAM, 64 and 128 GB of internal storage of UFS 2.1 type… The main difference between the two lies in the processor, which in the case of the Mi 9 Lite is a Snapdragon 710 and in the case of the Mi 9 SE It's a Snapdragon 712. What makes these different?
Roughly speaking, we can say that the frequency of each core is higher in 712, which should result in a slightly higher performance, improvement that does not interfere in the games by integrating the same Adreno 616 GPU.
Another of the novelties that this processor presents in front of its predecessor is based on the compatible fast charging technology: Quick Charge 4+ versus the Quick Charge 4 of 710. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has decided to integrate the same 18W fast charging technology in both terminals. It should be noted, finally, the possibility of expansion through micro SD cards up to 256 GB that the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite presents.
Three cameras, three independent sensors and a 48-megapixel main sensor. What are the differences between the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite? Many, in fact.
Bypassing the main sensor, which in both cases corresponds to a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 and focal aperture f / 1.7, the differences between the two Xiaomi mid-range mobiles are found in the rest of the sensors. And although the two have a sensor with wide angle lens of 118º and 8 megapixels in the case of the Mi 9 Lite and 13 in the case of the Mi 9 SE, the focal aperture of the first is wider, resulting in nail brighter photos in a dimly lit environment.
As for the third sensor, this uses a telephoto lens on the Mi 9 SE of 8 megapixels, which allows us capture images with optical zoom without loss of information any. The Mi 9 Lite, meanwhile, uses a sensor of only 2 megapixels whose functions are limited to calculate the depth of the images. In theory, the latter should throw better results in photographs in portrait mode.
And what about the front cameras? Curiously here the palm is taken by the Mi 9 Lite, with a 32 megapixel sensor and a f / 2.0 focus aperture. The Mi 9 SE, on the other hand, has a 20 megapixel sensor and the same focal aperture. The result? Theory tells us that selfies Mi 9 Lite should provide higher quality.
Autonomy and connectivity
If there is a substantial improvement of the Mi 9 Lite vs Mi 9 SE that is the battery, a battery that exceeds almost 1,000 mAh to that of the SE: 4,030 mAh compared to 3,070 SE. In a real experience of use, this difference should translate into several more hours of screen. Saving this aspect, the two have the same 18W fast charging system, although if we take as a reference the capacity of both models, that of the 9 Lite should be slower.
Moving to the connectivity section, here the differences are again scarce, or practically non-existent. Both have Dual WiFi, GPS compatible with all satellites, USB Type C 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC technology for mobile payments and infrared sensor for remote control functions. Unfortunately, neither has FM radio. We emphasize again the presence of a headphone jack on the Mi 9 Lite, something that no doubt many users will miss in the Mi 9 SE.
Conclusions and price
After seeing the main differences between the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite it is time to draw conclusions, which depend largely on the price. The official price of both today is 350 and 320 euros, although it is possible to acquire both models for a price of 299 euros in the Xiaomi store for a limited period of time. Which mobile is worth more? Without a doubt, the Mi 9 Lite.
The main argument of this choice has to do with its battery, a battery that should throw us several more hours of use a day. The rest of the aspects are practically identical in both cases: design, screen technology, connectivity, fast charging and so on.
The exception in this case comes from the hand of the processor, whose difference with that of the Mi 9 Lite is ridiculous in a real experience of use. Remember that both have the same memory settings (6 GB of RAM and 64 and 128 GB of internal storage), although the Mi 9 Lite is expandable up to 256 GB if we use micro SD cards.
Maybe the choice of Mi 9 SE over 9 Lite makes sense if we hold on to your screen size, ideal for those who prefer small screens. We must bear in mind, yes, that we will lose autonomy along the way.