Official - Xiaomi Mi 9 Launched with 48MP Triple Camera, 20W Wireless Charging and 12GB of RAM

Ahead of the upcoming Mobile Word Conference, Xiaomi has officially unveiled it high-end top smartphone today, Xiaomi Mi 9, the companies latest generation of its mainstream tentpole device.

Once again Xiaomi Mi 9 design looks very similar to the Mi 8 (last year's version) but it comes with a smaller notch cutout and triple rear cameras. The star of the camera is the 48MP module, a Sony IMX586 with a Quad Bayer filter. It’s a large 1/2” sensor with 0.8µm pixels, which can be combined into 1.6µm Super pixels.

While the others are a 16MP ultra-wide camera with 117° field of view. It has 1.0µm pixels and an f/2.2 lens with autofocus, which allows it to shoot macros from a 4cm distance. The Mi 8 lacked an ultra-wide camera. It also has a 12MP 2x telephoto camera, but the Mi 9 trumps it with a brighter aperture (f/2.2).

And for the screen, it grew up to 6.39-inches with a Super AMOLED panel and 1080p+ resolution. Xiaomi claims that the Mi 9 is 90.7% screen-to-body ratio, in part thanks to the smaller waterdrop notch. The screen’s High brightness mode can reach 600nits. Alternatively, Dark Mode can be used to reduce power usage by up to 83%. The Always-On Display now supports colorful patterns to spruce up the look of the phone.

The may be a modification of the 20MP (f/2.0, 0.9µm) selfie camera in the smaller notch for some regions, there will be AI-powered face unlock. AI is also used to reduce the distortion in the ultra-wide camera and will prompt you to switch between cameras when it thinks you can get a better shot.

The other biometric unlock option is the in-display fingerprint reader. It can be used with Google Pay thanks to the NFC connectivity. There’s also a dual-frequency GPS and an IR blaster.

Another new trick is that the Mi 9 has up its sleeve is the new “Charge Turbo” wireless charging mode, which allows for 20W wireless charging on either Xiaomi’s optional Charge Turbo charging pad or motorized car mount.

The company says this is the fastest wireless charging in the market, most other phones charge at either 7.5W or 10W. With the Turbor charging, it can take the Mi 9’s 3,300mAh battery (that’s 100mAh down compared to the Mi 8) from empty to full in just one hour and 40 minutes. If placed on a standard Qi charger, the Mi 9 will revert back to the fastest speeds that charger will support. In addition, the Mi 9 comes with a 27W wired charging brick that can fully charge the battery in just over one hour.

Xiaomi picked the Snapdragon 855 chipset to power the Mi 9. It’s paired with a 6GB of RAM and you can choose between 64GB and 128GB of storage. Game Turbo mode will tune the CPU and GPU to deliver a smoother gaming experience.

Furthermore, there will also be a transparent version and this model will pack 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. This one will be available only in China at first. Also only in China, the phones will use Xiao AI instead of the Google Assistant.

Alongside the Mi 9, it unveiled its third three wireless charging products, a charging pad (RMB 99, $15), a car charger (RMB 169, $25) and a 10,000mAh wireless power bank (RMB 149, $22.)

Xiaomi, as ever, offers a range of different options for customers as follows:
  • Mi 9 with 6GB and 128GB for RMB 2999, $445
  • Mi 9 with 8GB and 128GB for RMB 3299, $490
  • Mi 9 with 12GB and 256GB for RMB 3999, $595 (Transparent Edition)
  • Mi 9SE with 6GB and 128GB for RMB 1999, $300
  • Mi 9SE with 6GB and 128GB for RMB 2299, $342
Notably, the Mi 9 will go on sale from February 26 and pre-orders will open this evening. The SE version will be arriving on March 1. As expected, the launch market is China and will be available in China first, before expanding to other regions.

Xiaomi said it plans to announce more products on Sunday, the eve of Mobile World Congress holding in Barcelona, Spain.


Source: GSMArena | Techcrunch | Theverge
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