The Mobile World Congress, the annual meeting of the mobile phone industry, will take place next week, but Xiaomi can not wait to reveal his latest high-end phone. The Chinese company today chose to unveil the Mi 9.
Once again, Xiaomi's design ethos is very similar to that of the Apple iPhone with a minimal bezel and a notch-like front camera, but Xiaomi has embarked on photography with a triple lens camera.
There are two models available with the regular Mi 9 priced at 2999 RMB, or $ 445, and the Mi 9SE priced at RMB 1999, or $ 300. A high-end model, the Transparent Edition, includes improved specifications for 3999 RMB, $ 595.
The phone works on Qualcomm The Snapdragon 855 chipset and title feature, or at least the part that Xiaomi claims the most, is the three-lens camera array located on the back of the device. This trio combines a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, said Xiaomi. The benefits of this range are the improvement of wide angle shots, the quality of close-up photography and performance in low light conditions, according to the company.
There is also a "supermoon" mode for taking pictures of the moon and probably other images of the night sky, while Xiaomi boasts an improved night mode and, on the video side, a 960fps capture and advanced motion tracking. We did not have the chance to test them, which is worth noting at this point.
Xiaomi also talked about the Mi 9's battery features, delivered with an impressive 3,300 mAh battery, featuring wireless charging support and a Qi EPP certification, which means that it's easy to use. it will work with third-party loading mats. Xiaomi says the Mi 9 can charge 70% in 30 minutes and reach 100% in one hour with a 27W charge.
Alongside the Mi 9, she unveiled her third third wireless charging products: a charger (99 RMB, 15 USD), a car charger (169 RMB, 25 USD) and a wireless power bank from 10,000 mAh (149 RMB, 22 USD).
Xiaomi, as always, offers customers a range of different options:
- Mi 9 with 6GB and 128GB for 2999 RMB, $ 445
- Mi 9 with 8GB and 128GB for 3299 RMB, $ 490
- Mi 9 with 12GB and 256GB for 3999 RMB, $ 595 (transparent edition)
- Mi 9SE with 6GB and 128GB for 1999 RMB, $ 300
- Mi 9SE with 6GB and 128GB for 2299 RMB, $ 342
Notably, the Mi 9 will go on sale February 26th – the pre-orders open tonight – with the SE version arriving on March 1st. As expected, the launch market is China, but you can imagine that India – where Xiaomi is among the best players – and other global launches will follow.
Xiaomi has announced plans to announce more products on Sunday, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress. He recently launched a foldable phone. It will be interesting to see if he will do the same and he will join Samsung, who had his first collapsible phone due to a leak.
Note: The original version of this article has been updated to correct the price and specifications of Transparent Edition.