Xiaomi, today, has unveiled its new Mi 9 Pro 5G handset — an iterative upgrade to already good Mi 9 — with a powerful chipset, faster network connectivity, and charging.
The major upgrade is in terms of hardware. The Mi 9 Pro 5G packs Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a nearly same 6.4-inch Full HD OLED display but with professional calibration, and obviously a 5G modem that powers its connectivity with full coverage for China’s three major carriers.
Another eye-catcher is the phone’s wireless charging capability, being one of the few Chinese companies to have one. And now it could be the major player in that; the phone supports 30W wireless charging on a dedicated pad, which can fill its 4,000mAh battery in just 69 minutes. The wired charging, on the other hand, supports up to 40W that can fully charge the phone in over just 48 minutes.
Similarly, the Mi 9 Pro 5G also has a 10W reverse charging; which Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun claims it’s much superior to Huawei P30 Pro’s 5W reverse wireless charging.
For cameras, there seems to be no change whatsoever. It carries the same 48MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 12MP telephoto lens. Also, Xiaomi is shipping the Mi 9 Pro with an improved haptic feedback effect which is always a welcome change for us, albeit the Mi 9 being above average in that.
Pricing wise, the Mi 9 Pro 5G will start at CNY3,699 (~$520) for 8GB/128GB variant, CNY3,799 (~$535) for the 8GB/256GB, CNY4,099 (~$575) for the 12GB/256GB variant or CNY4,299 (~$605) for the 12GB/512GB model.