Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro (Mi Note 10) Review: World First 108MP Penta Cameras

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Xiaomi recently launched Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro (Global Version Mi Note 10) made the people who had seen the fading Xiaomi speechless and realized that the Lei Jun had the exclusive version of this work was finally obtained on DxO. With 121 points, the top DxOMark leaderboard, officially joined the Huawei Mate30 Pro to become the world’s number one!

It is worth mentioning that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is only priced at 2,799 yuan. Even if the mission of “extremely cost-effective” is moved to Redmi, Xiaomi still adheres to the principle of cost-effectiveness. Lei Jun “Blowed Cow” really realized the comprehensive evaluation of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro: DxO world’s first image flagship

In order to reach the top of the world, Xiaomi and Samsung jointly customized a 100 Megapixel ultra-big bottom camera, starting with the concept phone Xiaomi MIX Alpha, realizing mass production on the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, 1/1.33 of this camera “Super large base even exceeded the main photo of Huawei Mate30 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro comes standard with a 7P lens. The exclusive version is an 8P lens. It supports 4-axis optical image stabilization. From the general level of the hardware level, it has become a leading leader. The parameter specifications surpass any existing mobile phone manufacturers. Any model is unmatched.

Next, we will make a comprehensive comparison with this DxO enemy Mate30 Pro, let everyone know more about the performance of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, please see the detailed evaluation.

Design & Appearance

The box of Xiaomi CC 9 Pro continues the style of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 family. Xiaomi has been away from the curved screen for a long time, the last time using the curved screen is still in Xiaomi Note2, this time Xiaomi CC 9 Pro named Xiaomi Note 10 overseas is also a low-key response to a lot of rice noodles for the interrupted years of the Note series.

The front of the Xiaomi CC 9 Pro is a 6.47-inch curved water-drop screen with mainstream FHD+ resolution, DCI-P3 color gamut display, and a contrast ratio of 400,000:1. However, it should be noted that the Xiaomi CC 9 Pro screen does not use E3 luminescent materials, the highest brightness does not reach the common “chicken blood” level, but the look and feel is no different from the previous Samsung AMOLED screen models. The curved screen is really a sub-item design, which directly upgrades the texture of a model such as the Xiaomi CC 9 Pro, which is priced below 3,000 yuan, to a higher-priced model, and has a sense of unity. The borders on both sides almost disappeared during daily use.

In 2019, the flagship model of the Xiaomi brand is particularly effective in controlling the chin. Thanks to the flagship process of the flexible screen COP package, the lower border of the Xiaomi CC 9 Pro is only 3.43mm.

The phone is turned to the back, and the five-camera module of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is the most eye-catching. Five different functions of the lens are arranged in order from top to bottom in the upper left corner of the back of the fuselage. Two flashes and two soft lights are arranged on the right side of the lens. The author’s hand is green, which is considered to be the popular color of this year. I believe that it will become the main model of Xiaomi.

The addition of a 100 Megapixel super-large lens does bring about an increase in the thickness of the body and the convexity of the lens. Fortunately, there is around the transition of the curved screen. The two curved layers are curved to share the overall thickness, which naturally dissolves in the visual and grip feeling. This feature and the weight of 208g in exchange for a 100 Megapixel camera and a large battery of up to 5260 mAh is very worthwhile for the author.

Cameras

DXOMark’s rating makes Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro exclusive version such a positioning and pricing are far lower than the Huawei mobile phone Mate30 Pro’s mobile phone hard-hit together – this photo 130 points, the world’s second, video 102 points, the world’s first First, the total score is tied for the first place in the world with Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro enjoys the version (the Xiaomi exclusive version of the main camera lens is 8P, the non-exclusive version is 7P), Huawei Mate30 Pro since the same as the DXO list champion, can not help but wonder if the two encounters are better or worse.

Fast Technology just has two mobile phones at the same time, and it will bring you a detailed comparison evaluation after many days of experience.

Most people see the camera module behind the back, the most easily perceived difference is the number of lenses, the Huawei P30 Pro rear 4 shots, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro enjoy the version of the rear five shots.

However, one of the five shots of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a super macro lens, which plays a more icing on the cake, except for the super macro focus of 2 to 10 cm, which plays a role in the camera imaging process. Not big. Therefore, the number of shots can be temporarily ignored in the sample comparison of most of the following scenarios.

The old rules, first introduce the stacking situation of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro camera part, which is set to five shots. The main camera uses a 108MP Quad-Bayer sensor to support 27MP image output.

In addition to this, it is equipped with a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, the portrait lens supports 2x optical zoom (equivalent to 50mm), the telephoto lens increases the main focal length equivalent focal length by about 3.5 times (equivalent to 94mm), and it also It is equipped with a macro camera dedicated to super macro photography. More detailed specifications are as follows:

  • Main lens: 108MP sensor 1 /1.33-inch sensor, with an aperture equivalent to 25mm, f / 1.69 aperture, support OIS;
  • Portrait lens: 12.19MP, 1 / 2.6 inch sensor, with an equivalent 50 mm f / 2 aperture;

Ultra telephoto: 1 / 3.6-inch sensor, equivalent 94 mm, f / 2 aperture lens, support OIS, native 8 Megapixels, natively cut through the lens on the CC9 Pro to become a 5x zoom lens, CMOS sensor can be accepted The area of ​​the optical signal is equivalent to about 5 Megapixels.

  • Ultra wide-angle lens: 20MP 1/ 2.8-inch sensor, equivalent 16mm, f / 2.2 aperture lens;
  • Macro: f / 2.4 lens for super macro focus from 2 to 10 cm.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

In terms of camera specifications, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro main camera has the same hardware specifications as the Huawei P30 Pro: it is equipped with a 40-megapixel Quad-Bayer sensor and an f/1.7 lens, but it lacks 5 times longer than the Huawei P30 Pro. The focal lens is replaced by a 3x telephoto module (similar to the Huawei P30). In terms of zoom, it does not prevail in terms of paper parameters.

However, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro super wide-angle lens is more powerful. It is equipped with a 1/1.54-inch sensor and an f/1.8 lens. More detailed specifications are as follows:

  • Main lens: 40 megapixels 1/1.7 inch sensor, f/1.6 lens, 27 mm (equivalent), support OIS;
  • Ultra wide-angle camera: 40 megapixel 1/1.54 inch sensor, f/1.8 lens, 18 mm (equivalent);
  • Telephoto camera: 8 megapixel 1/4 inch sensor, f / 2.4 lens, 80 mm (equivalent), support OIS;
  • The other is a TOF lens.

In general, the comprehensive specifications, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro can be said to be the strongest in the current mobile phone hardware, no one.

Daytime photo experience: 100 Megapixels really useful?

In the real shooting process, we always use the default preset mode, do not manually modify or adjust any parameters, do not do any post-processing, the sample photos are all straight out.

The other two models have different preset zoom ratios: Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is super wide-angle, 1x, 2x, 5x, up to 50x; Mate30 Pro is super wide-angle, 1x, 3x, 5x, up to 30x.

Macro sample.

The master camera of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has excellent performance in almost all types of daytime scenes. In an outdoor environment with plenty of sunlight, it has precise exposure and is not inferior to the Mate30 Pro’s outstanding detail retention.

It is worth mentioning that, whether it is the Huawei P30 Pro we have reviewed before or the current Huawei Mate30 Pro, it is more prone to purple fringing in the face of backlighting (see the red circle in the picture above). Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro performed more normally.

In terms of color, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is loyal to the restoration of natural scenery, Mate30 Pro has carried out a certain degree of re-coloring and beautification, and more pleased the eyeball, this radish cabbage has their own love, no distinction between good and bad.

It can be observed here that the main lens of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and the angle of the super wide-angle lens are larger than the Mate 30 Pro so that the photos are taken at the same position, and the content covered by the former is more.

Huawei Mate30 Pro also has its own advantages.

Friends who have a little understanding of the two mobile phone imaging systems should know that the two mobile phones use the “double-master solution”, but the two have a big difference: the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a Samsung ISOCELL with huge differences in specifications. Bright HMX with IMX363, Mate30 Pro uses dual 4000W main photo of similar quality.

In this way, after the main cut to the super wide-angle, the color and details of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro will appear more obvious before and after, especially the edge of the image is easy to lose clarity. The Mate30 Pro is able to maintain the style and consistency of the details, without a noticeable drop.

If you use the ultra-wide-angle lens at high frequency and have a wide range of content requirements, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a preferred, breadth and quality far beyond all Mate30 Pro flagship (currently most of the mobile phone’s sub-photograph can not match the old flagship dedicated IMX363 ). If you pursue the strongest performance after the main camera switches to a super wide-angle, Huawei Mate30 Pro does not currently have an opponent.

100 Megapixels compared to 40 Mega/pixels

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and Huawei Mate30 Pro, each with a default output of not 100 Megapixels and 40 Megapixels, but 27 Megapixels and 10 Megapixels, we need to manually open in their two camera menus.

If you don’t look at the details first, just say that most people first perceive the overall perception. 100 Megapixels is meaningful compared to 40 Megapixels, richer colors, and more powerful resolution.

The above group is 100 Megapixels straight out and 40 Megapixels straight out of the photo ratio comparison, the gap is very obvious, under 100 Megapixels, the roadside font is still visible after zooming in. The high-pixel mode is also good for post-production, and it is more convenient whether you are cutting it yourself or working with AI.

Day zoom photo experience

Zoom can make the performance of all the flagship mobile phone image capabilities clear, and it is the last obstacle that the current smartphone needs to overcome and breakthrough in the homogenization situation.

In the past, for the two mobile phones with similar overall zoom performance, the author will analyze each focal length, but for Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and Huawei Mate30 Pro, we don’t think it is necessary because the two are in each focal length. The school tends to be visible at a glance:

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro retains more details, Huawei Mate30 Pro is a bit weaker in this respect; however, the premise of retaining more details is to sharpen the means, in this regard, the zoom performance of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is quite a bit Mate30 Pro The taste of the night.

The zoom performance that once blocked the Xiaomi mobile phone imaging system into a high-end multi-time has finally reached a big step and even achieved the anti-accession of Huawei’s Mate30 Pro, one of the only two-dimensional video camera, let alone the iPhone11 series, which is seriously lagging behind the telephoto lens.

It is worth mentioning that during the shooting process of the zoom proofs, we found that the image resolution of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro exclusive version of the multi-camera system changes with the zoom:

Using the main camera to shoot at a standard focal length of 27 Megapixels (6016 x 4512), 2x images are 12.19 Megapixels (4032 x 3024), 4x images are 7.99 megapixels (3264 x 2448), super wide-angle shots The image is 2011 megapixels (5184 x 3880).

Night Mode

The nighttime video has always been the home of Huawei’s flagship mobile phone, Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro broke this situation. However, it should be noted that the scheduling tendency of the cameras of the two at night and under dark light is two opposite extremes.

It can be seen that the imaging details and picture brightness of the two are similar before the night scene mode is added. After the night scene mode is added, the Huawei Mate30 Pro will show radical sharpening and brightening. The brightness of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is relatively limited, and the focus is on suppressing highlights.

These two tendencies belong to the “ancestral” adjustment of the two and have gradually become the characteristics of the respective models that are not as brand-branded as the brand’s own understanding. To study the photo parameters of the above two scenes in the same scene, you will understand the reason:

After the night scene mode is successfully triggered, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro raises the ISO to 2790, and the shutter speed is only 1/6 second. The film release is almost the same as the normal mode; the Huawei Mate30 Pro adjusts the ISO to 100, supplemented by 12 seconds. Long exposure, this is why we see the Mate30 Pro highlighting and fine picture.

At present, non-Huawei flagship mobile phones are still difficult to achieve long exposures of more than 10 seconds, so the strategy of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is also adopted by most manufacturers, and it is also the best combination of its own characteristics.

In theory, the night scene mode of using the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro at night is more suitable for shooting some city night scenes with complex light source (good at suppressing high light) and filming speed (very short exposure time); Huawei Mate30 Pro is more suitable for dark light, especially It is the extreme dark light to take some still life (longer exposure time), eliminating the trouble of carrying a tripod. If you don’t believe it, then look down.

It can be clearly seen that Huawei’s Mate30 Pro’s strategy to deal with the dark environment is limited to the night scene of the city. The process of radical sharpening, brightening and long exposure synthesis makes it lose a lot of color information. You can zoom in on the picture to see that many of the leaves in the picture are grayish and whitish.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro retains color information as much as possible, and the details are more abundant.

Similarly, leaving the city night scene, let us turn into the dark environment, Huawei Mate30 Pro can play the characteristics of its own algorithm. It can be said that both of the images in the night have their own distinctive features, and there is no overall superiority and inferiority. Only one set of imaging systems is more suitable for you.

For more night scene proofs, check out the night view comparison article that I have previously published.

Hardware & Performance

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a powerful mobile phone with a powerful image to make people forget that it is a Snapdragon 730G model. Xiaomi officially revealed that the imaging system is five times more expensive than the previous generation, and the cost of the curved-screen is much higher than that of the straight screen.

Therefore, to let the mobile phone’s starting price not exceed 3,000 yuan, the use of Snapdragon 730G such a Qualcomm’s quasi-flagship mobile platform is all expected.

Moreover, nowadays, except for the large-scale mobile games that rarely play once, the “HDR image quality” + “limit frame rate” is rarely able to squeeze out the full performance of the top mobile platform. The Snapdragon 730G is higher than the mid-range U. The flagship or sub-flagship mobile platform is sufficient for everyday use and not too extreme gaming needs.

1. Master Lu

Master Lu can evaluate and compare the five core hardwares of CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and display, which is more suitable for ordinary white users to understand mobile phone related information.

2, GeekBench test

About GeekBench: A cross-platform CPU performance test tool that accurately reflects the single-core and multi-core performance of the device CPU. The test load simulates real-life application design, and the results are more meaningful. It can also measure the performance of GPU graphics.

The single-core score can reflect the pros and cons of the CPU architecture design and the operating frequency. Multi-core scores reflect the efficiency of multiple CPU cores working at the same time.

3, Androbench test

About Androbench: AndroBench is a benchmark application that measures the 4K random storage and storage performance of Android devices, including internal or external storage. The continuous reading speed is above 500 M/s.

Battery

From this year on, the battery of smartphones is getting bigger and bigger, and it is constantly increasing. 3000 mAh may become history forever. There are fewer and fewer models below 4000 mAh. This is a very good phenomenon, manufacturers are all Start to care about battery life.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has been further used with a large battery of more than 5000 mAh, and then look at its battery life.

Online video life

Clear the background, I use the BiliBili client to play online barrage video, 20% volume, 70% brightness. Starting from 100% power, after 1 hour, the remaining power is 93%. Power consumption is 7%.

The game life

Charging

The Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro is equipped with a 30W flash charger. Next, after we exhausted the mobile phone, we charged it and recorded it every ten minutes. We can see that the large battery of the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro over 5000 mAh will be charged half an hour and a half full, and 70 minutes will be full.

Verdict

These days of experience give us a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro. The most surprising thing is that the price of 2799 yuan for sale and 3499 yuan for capping, because with such a low purchase cost, you can get the photography experience alongside Huawei’s top video camera Mate30 Pro, which is no less than the same year. Xiaomi pulled the model with the flagship U to 1999 yuan.

What is different is that in the beginning, in order to “extremely cost-effective”, Xiaomi sacrificed too many things including design and quality. This time, in the case of the camera module, cost five times more than the previous generation, Xiaomi also sent a hyperbolic screen comparable to the flagship label and the work of the same digital flagship.

The thickness of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has reached 9.67mm (small rice 9 is 7.61mm, Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G is 8.54mm), but in fact, it is not as thick as expected after the hand, the reason is the addition of a hyperbolic screen, effectively reducing eyes and hands The perception of thickness.

And Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro also does not waste a lot of space brought by the thick body, directly to the battery capacity of 5260mAh, bringing a better endurance experience. And very interesting is that the 30W fast charge of Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro can make the mobile phone back to full blood in about 70 minutes. This speed is not like the 30W fast charge that I have taught before, and some charging power is higher. The models perform similarly.

Many people see the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro with the Snapdragon 730G processor, which will produce a kind of “small horse-drawn cart” association, because according to the thinking inertia brought by many products before – the video phone king must be equipped with the top processor The appearance of the 730G is somewhat unreasonable.

In fact, for the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, there is no “small horse-drawn cart”. According to Qualcomm’s official statement, the Snapdragon 730G supports a maximum of 192 Megapixels. The main camera of the CC9 Pro is no problem, only It is true that there is no flagship Us such as the Dragon 8 Series and the Kirin 9 Series. For example, high-pixel throughput, multi-frame synthesis, etc. will also prolong some waiting time, but it can fully meet the needs of use without affecting the experience.

Regarding the image, the author listened to colleagues around me and commented that when a mobile phone sold at 2,799 yuan can go to the comparison with the phone king of nearly 6,000 yuan, the former has already won. Moreover, this time the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro is not only able to compare with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but also can hardly hit the latter, even in the zoom, city night scenes and other aspects completely surpass the latter, and ultimately win and lose.

Based on the powerful camera hardware, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has the advantage of 100 Megapixel main camera. The focal length coverage is more complete than the OPPO Reno 10x zoom version and the Huawei P30 Pro (not to mention the Mate30 Pro). The cutting edge of the double head and 100 Megapixels makes the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro stand up in the weakest place of the Xiaomi model.

I used to be accustomed to the front of the main cost-effective, or flat water bucket phone wraps like a whale, suddenly came to such a video strength than the shoulder force of the emperor, “partial serious” Xiaomi Mi 7 series mobile phone, it feels like It is a heavy-duty hard dish with white rice added to the white rice, which is cool and exciting.

In addition, the author also thinks that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is like the imaging system advance verification phone of Xiaomi’s flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 (which should be the name without an accident), and fills the last shortboard of Xiaomi rushing to the high-end and creating the phone. Also, let the author look forward to the Xiaomi Mi 10 that will come soon.

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Update on Nov.22, 2019

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