Now that Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is now available in the Philippines, you might be planning on getting one especially when its price starts at P15,990 and goes up to P17,990. However, OPPO launched its Realme X with impressive hardware, and it could arrive at a lower price.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and Realme X Differences
Advantages of Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Glass body
- Super AMOLED
- Snapdragon 712
- significantly lighter at 155g
- triple-main camera (48MP + 13MP + 8MP)
- 20MP f2.0 selfie camera
Advantages of Realme X
- larger screen at 6.53-inch
- fullscreen display
- up to 8GB RAM
- 48MP main sensor
- 16MP wide pop-up selfie
- Dolby Atmos
- FM Radio
- larger battery at 3765mAh
- slightly faster charging with VOOC 3.0 20W (55% in 30 mins)
- audio jack
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and Realme X Similarities
- AMOLED panel
- FHD+ resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Android 9 Pie
- 48MP Sony sensor
- single selfie camera
- no microSD support
- BT 5.0 with aptX HD
- Wi-Fi ac
- USB Type-C
- under-screen fingerprint scanner
Which is a better buy between the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and Realme X?
Glass vs Body, Notch vs Pop-up
Looking for that premium feel from a device? Xiaomi Mi 9 SE offers just that, thanks to a glass back. But where Realme X reigns superior is in terms of the screen — providing no notch for much immersive experience. While both come with AMOLED panels featuring deep black levels and saturated colors, Xiaomi’s offering puts it slightly ahead with its Super AMOLED version.
Even though Mi 9 SE was released several months ago, it’s equipped with the more latest Snapdragon 712 in this comparison. But on the other side, X has the option to go up to 8GB of RAM.
Triple Camera Reigns
With both devices bragging their 48MP sensors, we have to say, Mi 9 SE is a lot more capable in the real-world due to the addition of 13MP ultra wide and 8MP telephoto. But for selfies, you might benefit more from the smaller 16MP sensor but with wider field-of-view of X.
If you’re still rocking wired headphones, only the X supports it. As for the other connectivity features, both come with USB Type-C ports, BT 5.0, and under-screen fingerprint scanners.
Expect longer runtime with Realme X due to its larger 3765mAh capacity. It also has faster-charging technology, thanks to VOOC 3.0 reaching up to 55% in 30 mins.
Since Realme 3 Pro launched in the PH for P12,990, we could see Realme X starting at P14,990 should it arrive. We also see Mi 9 SE as the better device when it comes to functionality. However, we do feel Realme X as the best choice for someone looking for that 2019 experience.
|Specs||Xiaomi Mi 9 SE||Realme X|
|Display||5.97-inch Full FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, teardrop notch, Corning Gorilla Glass 5||6.53-inch AMOLED FHD+ 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Fullscreen display|
|Dimensions||147.5 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm, 155g||161.2 x 76 x 8.6 mm , 191g|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 712 octa-core AI processor (10nm)||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 616|
|Memory||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM||128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF|
13 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), 1.12µm
8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 1.12µm, PDAF
|48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor|
|Front Camera||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm||Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.0µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, USB Type-C||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB Type-C, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3070mAh battery (15W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 3765mAh battery (20W VOOC fast charging – 55% in 30 min )|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6|
|Official Price||$300 or Php15,999 and $340 or Php18,999 (128GB)||estimated from P14,990 up to P16,990|