Xiaomi's Mi 9 flagship will be powered by the new Snapdragon 855 SoC. Xiaomi's global spokesperson Donovan Sung has also teased the availability of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Mi 9.
The most basic version of the Mi 9 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at 2,999 yuan or around $446.
But that's not all, there's also the Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent edition which is priced at RMB3999 (~RM2419) which features a transparent back with the internal components clearly visible. As mentioned before, the phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and is accompanied by up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory, but the latter will be found in the transparent version of the Mi 9. This is coupled with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage depending on the buyer's preference. In terms of optics, the MI 9 SE offers a triple rear cameras setup that includes - a 48MP primary camera sensor paired with a 13MP wide-angle 123-degree camera and an 8MP telephoto lens.
While the flagship Mi 9 starts at CNY 2,999 ($460/€400), the Mi 9 SE will have a slightly lower price of CNY 1,999 ($300/€260) for the 6GB/64GB version and CNY 2,299 ($340/€300) for the 6GB/128GB version. The selfie camera is a 20MP one.
Elsewhere inside the device, support for 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and an IR Blaster can be found. We have a 3,300mAh battery, and a fast 18W charger supplied in the box, though the phone is capable of up to 27 watts in a technology Xiaomi dubs Charge turbo.
Taking a look at the smartphone's rear, the Xiaomi Mi 9 utilizes a new glass panel that boasts subtle curves along its sides. The in-display sensor is actually an upgraded scanner from Goodix, which should make for a faster and more reliable experience. The phone has been launched in three colour options- Lavender Violet, Piano Black, and Ocean Blue. The 3,300-mAH battery should easily last a day.
The two standard sizes of the Xiaomi Mi 9 start shipping on February 26 and launch dates for the other devices, as well as worldwide releases, will be confirmed at a later date. And, considering the initial reviews and responses, it appears that Xiaomi has done a fantastic job with Mi9 and could end up capturing a sizeable share of the triple camera smartphone market by the end of the year.