Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Specs and Price

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer
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Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer joins the Mi 9 series, and inevitably becomes the best of the pack. Just like last year when Xiaomi released an Explorer edition (Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer), this new device extends the tradition. So, you can see the Mi 9 Explorer as the Pro version of the 2019 flagship Mi 9. Most of their specs are similar but the design, storage and memory are entirely different.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Key Specs and Features

  • 6.39-inch, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2340 x 1080 pixels  (403 ppi)
  • Android 9.0 Pie (MIUI 10)
  • Octa-core Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 CPU with 8GB/12GB RAM
  • Triple 48MP + 12MP + 16MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera
  • Face Unlock
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint sensor (under-display)
  • 3, 300mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery

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Design and Display

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer sports a transparent covering that makes you feel like you’re looking at the phone’s innards. However, it’s a faux material that’s only designed to give you that idea. That’s where the significant upgrade is in the smartphone’s design. Notably, no other iteration is available other than this Faux Transparent Black.

Swiftly to the display, the 6.39-inch Super AMOLED panel produced by Samsung still spearheads the department. A sleek resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels dictates the sharpness of texts and inputs on the smartphone. Then, there’s the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 that makes the display impervious to cracks.

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Battery and Camera

Nothing’s changed in the battery segment too; you have a 3,300mAh non-removable battery that supplies enough power to get you through most of the day’s activities.

That’s not all; the battery doesn’t take time to charge owing to Quick Charge 4+. The back glass build entertains the wireless charging module of the smartphone. But you’ll have to purchase a wireless charging mat separately.

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Well, there’s a little twist to the camera configuration which is dependent on the RAM model purchased. Three cameras are present – 48MP standard, 16MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto. The 48MP sensor owns an f/1.5 aperture in the larger RAM variant while the lesser RAM variant has an f/1.8 aperture. A 20MP AI front-facing camera gives joy to the selfie aficionados.

Hardware and Software

Unsurprisingly, Snapdragon 855 SoC sorts out operations from the heart of the phone. It is either paired with 8GB RAM or 12GB RAM which determines the aperture of the cameras as explained earlier.

Twice the size of Mi 9’s storage is what the Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer presents – 256GB. Hence, there’s no need to worry about the memory card slot in absentia. Finally, the mobile phone is equipped with the Android 9.0 Pie topped with MIUI 10 skin.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Price and Availability

The smartphone sells for about 230,000 Naira depending on the location and deal.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Specs

Here are a few specs of the Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 9.0 Pie (MIUI 10)
  • Processor: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485) (Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Memory: 8GB/12GB RAM
  • Colours: Faux Transparent Black
  • Dimension: 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 173g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM


  • Display: 6.39-inch, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2340 x 1080 pixels (403 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6


  • Rear Camera: Triple 48MP (f/1.5 & f/1.8) + 12MP (telephoto) + 16MP (ultra-wide) camera, [email protected],[email protected]/240fps
  • Rear Camera Features: 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 20MP camera, 1080p [email protected]


  • Built-in Storage: 256GB
  • Memory Card Support: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: 42.2/5.76Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: LTE-A (4CA) Cat 16 1024/150Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: USB Type-C 1.0


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –


  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
  • Video Player: MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: –


  • Navigation: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: Yes
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (under-display)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: 3, 300mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
  • Wireless Charging: Yes, Wireless Charging 20W
  • Fast Charging: Yes, Quick Charge 4+

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Specs and Price was written by Adekunle Adepoju. The article was last modified: June 14th, 2021

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