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Xiaomi Mi 9 launched in China at 35,000. Here's a look at specifications

A semi transparent back panel, 12GB of RAM, 256GB internal storage and a 7P lens with f/1.47 aperture differentiates the Mi 9 Explorer Edition (pictured) from the regular Mi 9.  (Weibo/LeiJun )Premium
A semi transparent back panel, 12GB of RAM, 256GB internal storage and a 7P lens with f/1.47 aperture differentiates the Mi 9 Explorer Edition (pictured) from the regular Mi 9.  (Weibo/LeiJun )

  • Xiaomi also announced the Mi 9 Explorer Edition with a semi transparent back panel which is priced at 3,999 Yuan (about 42,000)
  • The Mi 9 is a 5G-enabled smartphone and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched the Mi 9 smartphone at an event in China on Wednesday. The Mi 9 starts at 3,299 Yuan (about 35,000) for the 6GB/128GB variant.

The Mi 9 follows the new design philosophy of Xiaomi—glass sandwich bodies with a metal chassis. The Chinese smartphone maker has moved on from the outdated metal unibody design. Xiaomi takes pride in the fact that the smartphone is lighter than both, the iPhone XS Max and the Huawei Mate 20 at 173g. The smartphone comes in two colour schemes of pink and blue, both of which are glittery. Just like its Chinese counterparts, Mi 9's back panel refracts light differently at various angles. Some say it even produces an aurora like effect.

The Mi 9 is lit by a 6.4-inch FHD+ display made by Samsung. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The top of the display has a U-shaped waterdrop notch. Underneath the screen sits the in-display fingerprint scanner.

It is powered by Qualcomm's latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855. The octa-core chipset has four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher-performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz. It promises 47% performance gains compared to the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Snapdragon 855 SoC is paired with Adreno 640 graphics unit, which promises to provide great gaming and media consumption experience.

The Mi 9 is a 5G-enabled smartphone—Qualcomm's X50 modem is paired with the SD855 chipset in this smartphone.

Mi 9's processor is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

It runs Android Pie 9 with Xiaomi's MIUI 10 running atop and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for 27W Turbo Charging (wired) and 20W wireless charging.

Xiaomi also launched a 10W, 10,000mAh portable wireless charger at the event which will be sold seperately. A 20W wireless car charger was also unveiled at the event.

Coming to optics, the Mi 9 hosts an AI-enabled triple camera setup at the back. The module consists of a 48MP Sony IMX 586 primary sensor, 12MP depth sensor and a 16MP Sony IMX481 sensor with a wide angle lens sitting on top of it. The 48MP sensor allows pixel binning, which means it combines four pixels during low light scenarios. This effectively gives it larger pixels, hence resulting in superior low light performance. The resolution, however, is reduced to 12MP due to the binning.

Xiaomi also announced the Mi 9 Explorer Edition with a semi transparent back panel. 12GB of RAM, 256GB internal storage and a 7P lens with f/1.47 aperture differentiates the Explorer Edition from the regular Mi 9. It is priced at 3,999 Yuan (about 42,000).

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