Xiaomi Announces The Mi9 : Triple Cameras, Snapdragon 855, Under $500

Except the 'special' clear covered one which will be around $600...

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Xiaomi has finally announced their new flagship, the Mi9 after teasing the phone for quite a while.

Starting off with the screen, the Mi 9 features a 6.39 FHD+ AMOLED panel with a notch at the front and Gorilla Glass 6 on top of it. The Mi 9 has a gradient pattern design at the back which is something we have seen with other Chinese brands (Huawei, OnePlus etc) where the colours shift when you tilt the phone.

The back is where you get to see the triple threat camera system Xiaomi has crammed into the Mi 9. There is the main 48MP sensor with a f/1.75 aperture, a 16MP wide angle camera and a 12MP telephoto camera. The selfie camera is a 20MP one.

Apparently this camera system is so good, DxOMark has given it a score of 107, which beats the likes of the iPhone XS/XS Max, the Note 9 and the Google Pixel. The interesting bit about the DxOMark report is the fact that the Mi 9 is now the best smartphone for taking video.

The latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 powers this phone, which is an octacore CPU based on the more efficient 7nm process. It has the updated Adreno 640 GPU which as we know by now should be one of the best mobile GPUs on the market today.

The Mi 9 ships with a 3300mAh battery which seems rather tiny but it has fast wireless charging upto 20W and a bundled 27W wall charger.

The base version of the Mi 9 will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $445 which is great pricing for the hardware. The other version will have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $490. These will be available in blue, violet and black colour options. However, there will be a version with a transparent cover at the back which will have a whopping 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for an equivalent to $600, which is still great for the hardware you are getting.

Xiaomi is known for cramming a lot of features for the price and the Mi 9 is no stranger to that. We now hope it appears in our markets soon enough.


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