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Xiaomi Mi 9 debuts with Snapdragon 855 SoC and triple rear cameras at $445

20 February 2019 4

Finally, the wait is over as the Chinese giant Xiaomi wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship Mi 9 in a dedicated event in China. The device was in rumors and leaks from past few weeks and finally, it goes official today. The Mi 9 is the direct successor of Mi 8 launched back in May 2018.

The latest Mi 9 brings improvements in almost all sections. The best thing is Xiaomi sets the latest flagship device price even slimmer to be the best affordable flagship. The Mi 9 base variant starts at just 2999 Yuan ($445) which is worth appreciatable as it is first Xiaomi's phone with the latest best Snapdragon 855 SoC.

The Mi 9 is certainly amongst the first phones to be available with the Qualcomm's latest chipset. The new SoC is built on the 7nm process and brought a significant improvement over the predecessor in terms of performance. The Snapdragon 855 SoC feature tri-cluster design, the first energy efficient cluster has quad cores of Kryo 485 with max clocking at 1.8Ghz. The second cluster has dual-cores of Kryo 485 with max clocking at 2.42Ghz. Last but not the least the performance-centric cluster has dual Kryo 485 cores with max clocking at 2.84Ghz. The latest Adreno 640 is taking care of graphics.

Thanks to the latest best hardware the Mi 9 is certainly amongst the fastest phones in the market. The Mi 9 features glass and metal sandwich design. Following the latest trend, the Mi 9 comes with gradient finish. The Huawei's dedicated gaming mode was quite a success, to compete it Xiaomi introduces Game Turbo feature which will automatically activate as soon as user launches a game. It will ensure the device peak performance during gaming with higher framerates.

In terms of features the Mi 9 sports a 6.39-inches dewdrop AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The company introduces 2.0 version of Sunlight and Reading Mode for better optimization of the display. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is covering the display. The fingerprint scanner is embedded under the display.

On the rear side, you will get triple cameras, the primary sensor is a 48MP module with f/1.75 aperture, the secondary sensor is a 16MP wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture to better handle wide-range shots. Last but not least the third sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor to provide optical zoom. The front-facing selfie snapper is a 20MP module with HDR support.

The DxOMark scores of Mi 9 are quite impressive, the device achieves 107 points which makes it a better camera phone than the Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3. The device lights are kept on by a 3,300mAH battery and it also supports 20W ultrafast wireless charging. It comes with 27W fast charger straight out of the box. Xiaomi has plans to release the Mi 9 for the UK and European countries that's why it has dedicated a physical button to access Google Assistant. In terms of color options, the Mi 9 will be released in black, blue and violet colors.

The Mi 9 base variant will have 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top of the line variant will have 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it costs $490. As expected initially the device will be available for the Chinese market only but we can expect it will be released in other regions in coming months. Would you like to grab the Mi 9 if it is released in your country? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Stay tuned MWC is around the corner.

Specs Xiaomi Mi 9
Display 6.39-inches
Screen resolution Full HD+
Chipset Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB
Rear cameras 48MP+16MP+ 12MP
Front camera 20MP
USB Type-C
Battery 3,300mAh
Colors Black, Blue, and Violet
IP-ratings None
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Xiaomi Mi 9 debuts with Snapdragon 855 SoC and triple rear cameras at $445
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The upside of the Mi 9 is that it has the latest SD855 to boast of. And that'll always remain an upside when it comes to comparing phones in the price bracket that it is.


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