Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on preview: Performance without the premium

Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on preview: Performance without the premium

It will be lit by a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with waterdrop notch design. The smaller screen also means a higher pixel density of 432ppi, but also has a slightly thicker chin bezel, so a smaller 84.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. Backed by a 3300mAh battery that supports 20W wireless charging alongside 27W wired fast charging support, the Mi 9 houses a fifth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor and a dedicated AI button that will let users switch on Google Assistant.

Xiaomi picked the Snapdragon 855 chipset to power the Mi 9, no surprise here. This is the first Xiaomi phone to feature three cameras at the back. The new chipset sure looks like a powerful one with an AnTuTu benchmark score of 180k. The other variant offering 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option comes at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs 34,900). There is a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version as well as a second model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Since the new SoC supports increased resolutions, the rear triple setup integrates a main 48 MP f/1.75 camera, a 16 MP wide-angle lens and a 12 MP sensor with telephoto lens.

There is also Mi 9 Transparent Edition featuring a faux transparent back and it is priced at 3,999 Yuan (Rs 42,311 approx). It has the same number of cameras, keeping the 48MP rear and 20MP front sensors, but swapping out the telephoto lens for an 8MP portrait lens, and the 16MP ultra-wide angle camera for a 13MP wide angle one. The front camera still uses a 20-megapixel f/2.0 sensor and lens.

It also comes with Game Turbo feature to enhance your gaming experience. Namely, this model doubles the RAM to 12GB and also boosts the expandable internal storage to 256GB.

The other biometric unlock option is the in-display fingerprint reader.

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Pricing has not yet been revealed, so check back for updates after the press event in China.

The phone will launch in China first, but it will be available in global markets faster than Xiaomi's previous devices were. And, considering the initial reviews and responses, it appears that Xiaomi has done a fantastic job with Mi9 and could end up capturing a sizeable share of the triple camera smartphone market by the end of the year. Similarly, the Transparent Edition will cost 3,999 yuan (~$595).

Xiaomi Mi 9 SEcomes with a smaller 5.97-inch display with same full HDresolution.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be available for the buyers in three different colours of Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, and Piano Black, and it will bear a price tag of 2999 CNY and 3299 CNY for 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB variants respectively.

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