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[Ali Express] Xiaomi Mi 9 64gb $500 128gb $545

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I wouldn't buy any Chinese phones from now on. Look what's happening with Huawei. You don't wanna buy a new phone and it to be bricked later by lack of software support. Imagine not having Google services and play store or android BN feature updates... Is be so upset. Too bad for Huawei owners. Xiaomi is no different, they will be ban too.
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StrikeLight wrote:
May 20th, 2019 2:10 am
It's rumored to be around the same price, bigger battery, bezelless (frame not the thinnest, but still) without notch, has support for two sims+micro SD, large battery, headphone jack, gimmicky camera but results in a superior selfie cam, near stock experience.
Conversely it has a vastly inferior screen
Only 2 lenses
Likely won't get Android Q anytime soon (q beta is officially available for the mi 9 already)
No in display finger print

You're also going to be looking at a cost of at least $700 after tax depending where you live



Don't get me wrong, the zenfone 6 looks like a great phone. If selfies are important it may be the best phone on the market. For me, I care way too much about the screen, camera, and audio quality with headphones. So the mi 9,even at the same price, would be my pick all day long
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Viper98 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 9:42 am
Likely won't get Android Q anytime soon (q beta is officially available for the mi 9 already)
No in display finger print
Because of their move to a near-stock experience, Asus has promised to be one of the first to release Q, which we will again see. In-screen finger print scanner is a neat feat, but let's be honest, there's little benefit to it over a physical scanner. There's still a question or two about the zenfone remaining, which we'll see when it is officially available for purchase.

I'm sure the Mi 9 is great as well, I'm a fan of Xiaomi; I'm still rocking the original Mix.
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Viper98 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 12:50 am
#1 it has warranty, you'd just have to send it to China in the extremely rare case that you need to
Buying a xiaomi for $550 with overseas warranty is a huge risk. Xiaomi's might be value for money, but there are several reports of batteries failing within a year and screens developing a yellow tint. Shipping back & forth and the associated delay in case of any issues is a concern.

To be fair, my complaints applies to Sony phones also which have a reputation of poor displays in their low end models.
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Looks like XDA members is starting to get to work on the custom ROMs for this phone.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/Mi-9
Viper98 wrote:
May 19th, 2019 11:52 pm
Maybe not Freedom, but It will work on all Robelus networks
It's missing LTE band 17 though. I think having Band 17 is crucial for the big 3? What LTE bands do they use again aside from Band 4, 7, and 17?
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Viper98 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 1:31 am
Why? Other than a big battery (which probably won't even lead to much better battery life due to the lcd), what does the zenfone 6 offer that is worth the extra money?
Well just keep in mind Xiaomi is China brand and Asus is Taiwan. US treats them differently. Look at what they did to Huawei.
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geokilla wrote:
May 20th, 2019 11:25 am
It's missing LTE band 17 though. I think having Band 17 is crucial for the big 3? What LTE bands do they use again aside from Band 4, 7, and 17?
It has band 17... but band 17 basically rarely used IIRC. It's only available in specific areas and serves no purpose other than to give you signal in buildings that have walls too thick to be penetrated by higher frequencies.

Robelus use Bands 2, 4, 7, 12, 13, and 17. Every one of those bands is supported on the Mi 9
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Jan 26, 2019
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Not worth it

for this price you can get the Mi Mix 3, which has no notch, and a pop out camera for front facing shoots
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kant77 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 12:51 pm
Not worth it

for this price you can get the Mi Mix 3, which has no notch, and a pop out camera for front facing shoots
For the price you can get a worse phone... Makes sense.
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Jun 19, 2010
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Maybe I'm not looking at the right place, but I don't see band 13 for mi9?
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Viper98 wrote:
May 20th, 2019 11:36 am
It has band 17... but band 17 basically rarely used IIRC. It's only available in specific areas and serves no purpose other than to give you signal in buildings that have walls too thick to be penetrated by higher frequencies.

Robelus use Bands 2, 4, 7, 12, 13, and 17. Every one of those bands is supported on the Mi 9
I don't see band 13? Maybe I'm looking at wrong place
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Man, I really want to get this but I don't really want to wait 2 months for a phone.

Anyone know any local sellers selling this for just +$50~75 premium?
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Can anyone confirm:
  1. Google Play Store support?
  2. Google Pay support?
  3. Netflix HD support?
  4. Proper support for all Bell Mobility bands?

Thanks.
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mediumsteak wrote:
May 20th, 2019 12:42 am
No warranty, no Google Pay, no Samsung Pay, no headphone jack, no IP rating, there are definitely many reasons to consider the S8 over the Mi 9.
People are paying 600 for a phone that has no warranty? Not worth it, I was already downvoting the cheaper models but this is just insane. We are talking about a company who doesn’t stand by their products at all. I also have to wonder which Chinese phone maker will be blacklisted next. Here’s an article explaining what happened, then it quickly turns into an opinion piece.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -blacklist

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