After numerous rumors and leaks, Xiaomi has finally taken the wrap off its new Mi 9 in China. This year’s flagship from Xiaomi borrows a similar look to last year’s Mi 8 but has a smaller notch and three rear cameras, as opposed to two. The Xiaomi Mi 9 will go on sale in China, while users in Nepal can expect the phone to launch in a month or two.
As we all know, the specs bump is not what we are looking the Mi 9 for. It’s the revamped color options that turn one’s head around. The iridescent finish at the back changes the color with the way you look at it; this is most noticeable on the lavender violet model. However, the blue and black color option is also no lackluster. Although there’s no “Pro” model this time (like the Mi 8 Pro), the Chinese market will get a limited-edition phone that has a transparent back that visualizes the simulated components.
The phone rocks the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset inside with either 6GB or 12GB of RAM, whilst the internal will be up to 256GB. Xiaomi claims that the company is one of the first to introduce the phone with Qualcomm’s latest chipset but this won’t be as much value considering the launch of a slew of devices this month. On the other hand, despite the SD 855 chipset, the Mi 9 still doesn’t support the 5G network but has support for other 4G LTE networks.
Talking about the specs, the Xiaomi Mi 9 has a 6.39-inch OLED display that is 1080p in resolution, that can also be seen on the Mi Mix 3. Similar to the Mi 8 Pro, this one also has an in-display optical fingerprint scanner — a tech that’s gonna boom in 2019.
Shifting the focus to the crown jewel of the phone — the triple rear camera, it’s the only thing that separates the phone from its predecessor. There are lenses for a wide, telephoto, and super wide photography. The normal one has a 48MP sensor that will shoot 12MP pixel binned shots, as seen on the Redmi Note 7. And then there’s a 12MP telephoto lens that supports 2x zoom, while on the other hand, the 16MP one will capture super-wide-angle shots with 117 degrees of field view.
But that’s not the only thing the phone has to offer. The new Xiaomi Mi 9 has a “Charge Turbo” wireless charging feature that allows Mi 9’s 3,300mAh battery to charge from empty to full in just 40 minutes. This will be carried out through a 20W wireless charging pad — most wireless chargers supports 7.5W or 10W wireless charging.
Xiaomi Mi 9, at first, will go for sale in China, while other markets, including Nepal, will get the taste of it later this month or two. The base variant of the Mi 9 with 6GB/128GB configuration starts at 2,999 yuan ($450), while the maxed out variant with 12GB/256GB configuration will cost 3,999 yuan ($600). Judging by the price of it, the base variant Mi 9 will cost around 50-55,000 in the Nepali market.