The new Mi CC series by Xiaomi which just replaced the Mi Max and the Mi Note line-up is ready to conquer the hearts of young people and money savers. The Xiaomi Mi CC9e is the entry-level device of the new line-up but it has some high-end features that you would not expect on such an affordable phone. Are they enough to prefer the Xiaomi’s new-entry to the best-selling Redmi Note 7 and its new rivals Realme X by Oppo’s sub-brand? Look at this comparison like a value for money battle and discover which device is the most balanced and performing with a price tag under $200 by going ahead reading this article.
|Xiaomi Mi CC9e||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Realme X|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm, 173.8 grams||159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186 grams||161.2 x 76 x 8.6 mm, 191 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.01 inches, 720 x 1560p (HD+), 286 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, IPS LCD||6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 394 ppi, AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core 2.2 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, MIUI||Android 9 Pie, MIUI||Android 9 Pie, Color OS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 24 + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.4|
32 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 48 + 5 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4|
13 MP front camera
|Dual 48 + 5 MP f/1.7 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4030 mAh, fast charging 10W||4000 mAh, fast charging||3765 mAh, fast charging 20W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
At a first glance, Realme X may look like the device with the most stunning design due to its pop-up camera and its very narrow bezels. But if you hold all of these smarpthones in your hands, you will notice that Xiaomi Mi CC9e gives the most premium feel. While Realme X has a plastic body, Xiaomi Mi CC9e is composed of a glass back with suggestive light effects changing depending on the reflection, and a metal texture on the frame. The Mi CC9e is also a more compact device thanks to its smaller display.
Realme X largely wins the display comparison because it simply comes with a better panel. It is an AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. Redmi Note 7 is Full HD+ as well, but it has a less impressive LCD panel and no under-display fingerprint reader. Xiaomi Mi CC9e comes with an AMOLED panel, but the resolution is just 720p so it has a lower definition. That is why there is no challenge and Realme X wins the comparison. Its display is even protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Specs & Software
Each device of this trio is equipped with a different processor, but all the chipset are by Qualcomm and belong to the midrange segment. However, the Snapdragon 710 found on the Realme X is better than Snapdragon 660 and 665 you can find on both the Redmi Note 7 and the Xiaomi Mi CC9e. Realme X even comes with up to 8 GB of RAM, while its rivals stop at 6 GB. The second place goes to the Xiaomi Mi CC9e.
The best camera department belongs to the Xiaomi Mi CC9e: it is the only with a triple camera including an ultrawide sensor, as well as an amazing 32 MP selfie camera with a very advanced AI portrait mode. Realme X comes right after, while Redmi Note 7 comes in two variants with different cameras: the Chinese one is more disappointing as it has a 12 MP f/2.2 main sensor, while the global version is better and delivers a similar photo quality to the Realme X thanks to a 48 MP main sensor.
Realme X has the smallest battery and the shortest battery life, but it charges faster thanks to a faster charging technology and the smaller battery capacity (and its battery life is still great, one day with most of the usages). Xiaomi Mi CC9e and Redmi Note 7 have an almost identical battery capacity (4030 mAh vs 4000 mAh) but the Mi CC9e wins because it has to manage a more efficient display which comes with a lower resolution and the AMOLED technology. And even its Snapdragon 665 chipset is more efficient with its 11 nm production process.
Xiaomi Mi CC9e’s listing price starts from €170/$190, Realme X starts from €160/$180 and Redmi Note 7 starts from €180/$200, so price is definitely not the element which will make you decide. At the end of the day, I personally believe that the Xiaomi Mi CC9e is the most interesting one due to its premium build quality, great cameras, and bigger battery. But a lot of people may prefer the Realme X for its better (and bigger) display as well as higher performance.
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Xiaomi Mi CC9e vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme X: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
- Worldwide availability
- Affordable price
- 1080p 120 fps video recording
- Good battery life
- IPS display and no UD fingerprint scanner
Xiaomi Mi CC9e
- Better design and build quality
- Amazing cameras
- Longer battery life
- More compact
- HD display
- Higher performance
- Better display
- Faster charging
- Pop-up camera
- Plastic body