Either way, the Xiaomi Mi 9 will be available in China and slowly expand to other markets later on.
Two variants of the Mi 9 were also announced: the Mi 9 SE, a smaller sibling in the spirit of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, and a transparent limited-edition Mi 9, which has been created as a collaboration with the film Alita: Battle Angel. Further, there is an IR blaster to let users easily use the Mi 9 as a universal remote controller for their home appliances.
The Mi 9 will have a 6.39-inch display, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor, while the notch and bezels are tiny - according to Xiami the screen-to-body ratio is more than 90%, and judging by official images this seems pretty accurate.
Despite being more affordable, the Mi 9 SE actually keeps most of the key features of the Mi 9.
Back to the screen for a moment, its guarded by Gorilla Glass 6. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, coupled with Adreno 640 GPU and 6GB and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM options. The entry-level variant of the phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal memory costs $445, the 8GB/128GB model will set you back by $490, while the maxed out 12GB RAM/256GB storage model is priced at $595. The phone also supports 960fps ultra slow-motion video recording. The camera also has a Moon mode and comes with an optimised experience for TikTok users. The 3,300-mAH battery should easily last a day.
The Mi 9 Explorer Edition will launch tomorrow, the same day that Samsung finally debuts the Galaxy S10 lineup.
On to the differences beyond size, the Mi 9 SE's main camera is accompanied by a 13MP wide-angle unit and another 8MP telephoto lens. The highlight, of course, as you would expect is that the phone features transparent back thus giving a glance of the phone's internals and notching up the aesthetics. The phone sports a 5.97-inch OLED display which comes with a notch on top.
Yesterday, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun shared images of the upcoming device on his Weibo account explicitly admitting that the circuit board on display beneath the see-through cover is just an imitation; in fact, the post "explains the complicated process of carving a 0.3mm aluminum sheet with all fake components". The selfie camera is a 20MP sensor with HDR.
Xiaomi Mi 9 is expected to be offered in Black, Blue, White, and Gold colours.
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