“The Xiaomi Mi 9 is a behemoth that comes loaded with Snapdragon 855, 5G support, 48MP shooter and more”
The flagship parade of the year 2019 has officially commenced with Xiaomi announcing the Mi 9 in China today. In a bold move, the company decided to launch the new flagship on the same day as Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy S10 series. Now, if the audience engagement on our Instagram handle is of any indication, Xiaomi might have managed to pull a fast one on Samsung as a large number of users chose Mi 9 over the Galaxy flagship. So what makes the Mi 9 a serious contender in the flagship domain? Let’s find out.
An immersive display with next-generation in-display fingerprint scanner
It’s now established that display notches are a passé as more and more brands are opting for either waterdrop notch or more ingenious moves like pop-up selfie camera or display piercings. Xiaomi belongs to the former brigade as the Mi 9 comes with a 19:9 screen featuring a tiny teardrop notch up top. The AMOLED display measures a good 6.39-inches and offers full HD+ screen resolution. Thanks to the narrow bezels and smaller notch, the smartphone offers an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90.7 percent. Xiaomi has also equipped the Mi 9 with the fifth-generation under-display fingerprint scanner, which is 25 percent faster and recognises a larger area.
Snapdragon 855 with X50 modem for 5G support and Game Turbo mode
The new Xiaomi flagship wouldn’t be a worthy contender if it brings knives to a gunfight and Xiaomi seems to be well aware of that. The Xiaomi Mi 9 comes with the mightiest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset ticking at its core, which is the same one powering the premium Galaxy S10 series. The chipset also features the X50 modem, which makes Mi 9 future-proof as it brings support for 5G connectivity to the handset. Further, the processor is backed by a dedicated Game Turbo mode, which Xiaomi says can “intelligently allocating resources for complicated scenes.” The brand is offering the flagship in two configurations – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB,
Debut triple camera module from Xiaomi with Sony IMX586 48MP sensor at the helm
Xiaomi has pull out all stops when it comes to the Mi 9, as the flagship is its debut triple cameras flaunting offering. The camera setup boasts of Sony’s 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor, which come with 0.8-micron pixel size and f/1.75 aperture size. The primary sensor is accompanied by a 12-megapixel f/2.2 telephoto sensor and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens with 117 degree field of view. The selfies on the smartphone are taken care of the 20-megapixel shooter resting in the display notch. The fact that Xiaomi Mi 9 now stands in the third spot behind Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro in DxOMark rating is testament to its imaging prowess.
Latest MIUI 10 interface based on Android 9.0 Pie
The company has also made sure that the Mi 9 flagship is the ‘latest’ in all derivatives of the word. The flagship offering boots the newest MIUI 10 custom interface based on the Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. The software is loaded to the gills with features apart from the native Android Pie features. One of these feature happen to be a native Dark Mode that is claimed to reduce power consumption by as much as 83 percent when in effect. Apart from these, the custom software from Xiaomi flaunts features like gestures, autofill support, revamped recents menu and Nature Sounds.
Beefy battery with fast wired and wireless charging
The Xiaomi Mi 9 also comes with an impressive battery, which has the capacity of 3,300mAh. The beefy size of the battery and battery efficiency offered by 7nm fabrication of Snapdragon 855 SoC ensures that the smartphone last longer on a single charge. Additionally, the brand has equipped the flagship with support for 27W fast-charging to juice up the battery pretty quick. The Mi 9 also supports wireless charging, with support for up to 20W fast charging standard.
Bonus: Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition
While the standard Xiaomi Mi 9 is a loaded offering by itself, the company has also announced a beefed up Transparent edition for those who want more. The most distinguishing factor between the two models is the transparent back panel on the latter, which gives a glimpse into the insides of the smartphone. Moreover, the Transparent Edition features 12-gigs of RAM, 256GB storage, improved rear camera with 7P lens and f/1.47 aperture, and 40W fast charging.
After launching the smartphone in China, Xiaomi is now headed to MWC 2019 in Barcelona, where it has an event scheduled for February 24th to announce the global launch. Needless to say, this is one launch that everyone wishes arrives at their shores.