Xiaomi Mi 9 official, already elected as one of the best cameraphones

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9

Despite Xiaomi's past success in China, previous year the company's shipments to the world's biggest smartphone market took a hit, alongside Apple. The phone has a water drop notch on the front and an ultra-thin chin at the bottom. The company also claims that the phone gets 90.7% screen-to-body ratio, which is possible because of the smaller waterdrop notch. 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.

It's probably why Xiaomi spent most of the time at the Mi 9's unveiling talking about the triple-camera system, given how much prominence Huawei has put on its AI-powered camera.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 also serves up a faster charging solution, delivering 27 watt wired charging via its "Charge Turbo" solution (the Redmi Note 7 offers 18-watt charging). The new chipset sure looks like a powerful one with an AnTuTu benchmark score of 180k.

Under the hood, the Mi 9 is packed with the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset which is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. Besides competing closely with Huawei's flagship devices, it beats Samsung's best camera smartphone Galaxy No 9 placed at the sixth position with 103 points in the DXoMark ratings.

The main highlight is the 48MP camera, which uses the same IMX586 sensor found in the Honor View 20. For selfies, Mi 9 has a 20MP front camera with AI beautification features. For security purposes, the phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. A special transparent version with "simulated" inner components has 12GB or RAM and 256GB onboard storage.

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Like the standard Xiaomi Mi 9, there's no indication yet as to when the Mi 9 SE will be available on our shores. The 3,300-mAH battery should easily last a day.

Given that the company has made its move before the others in the market, it is clear that Xiaomi wants to be competitive in the affordable flagships category.

The phone is now available only in China and the US$ pricing scheme is converted from Chinese prices. It's not yet clear when the transparent edition and the Mi 9 SE will be available. The Mi 9 SE is featured in three color variants that include - Holographic Illusion, Blue Holographic Illusion, and Deep Gray.

If you fancy buying the Mi 9, the basic 6GB version costs 2,999 yuan (converting to $446 or £342), while the 8GB version is 3,299 ($491, £376) yuan and the Explorer 3,999 yuan ($595, £457).

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