Xiaomi, the current market leader in India, has introduced a new CC series in its home market. Going by the promotional material, CC refers to “Champion Conquest”. Well, Chinese are known for their manufacturing prowess and not wordsmithery. In the first wave, Xiaomi is releasing two devices CC9 and CC9e. Keeping up with Xiaomi’s tradition of delivering excellent value, these devices are expected to fall in the budget to mid-range segment in India. The best part is that for the first time, Xiaomi is offering AMOLED display, which is mostly found on premium smartphones. Another highlight is the in-display fingerprint sensor. Not only does it look cool, but also enables you to unlock the phone while it is sitting on a table. Xiaomi is also going big on the photography front.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Specifications
The Mi CC9 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset. This 10 nm SoC (System on Chip) comprises of two Kryo 360 Gold performance cores and six power efficient Kryo 360 silver cores. To handle gaming, it is equipped with Adreno 616 GPU. The phone offers 6 GB of RAM and depending on the variant, you get to choose between 64 GB and 128 GB storage. Plus, there’s a hybrid SIM slot if you want to expand it further at the cost of a secondary SIM.
The phone features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch. It houses a fingerprint sensor and is protected by Corning’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Moving onto the photography bit, you get a triple camera setup. It comprises of a 48 MP primary lens, an 8 MP 118-degree wide-angle lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. To please the selfie addicts, Xiaomi has thrown-in a 32 MP front-facing camera.
Other features include a good-old 3.5 mm audio jack, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and 4G VoLTE support. There’s also an Infrared blaster that lets you use the phone as a universal remote for home appliances. The device draws power from a 4030 mAh. The phone ships with an 18 W fast charger. Moving onto the software, you get Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.
Xiaomi Mi CC9e Specifications
The CC9e is a slightly watered-down version of the CC9. It settles for an 11 nm Snapdragon 655 chipset. This one comes with four Kryo 260 performance cores and four power-efficient Kryo 260 cores. For gaming, it relies on the Adreno 610 GPU. The phone comes in 4 GB and 6 GB variant. You can choose between 64 GB and 128 GB of internal storage. And of course, expand it further thanks to a hybrid slot.
The CC9e gets a 6-inch HD+ AMOLED display. It won’t be as sharp as the one on the Mi CC9 but will deliver equally impressive colors and deep blacks. It houses an in-display fingerprint sensor and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. For the shutterbugs, there’s a 48 MP main sensor with an 8 MP wide-angle lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. For selfies, the device offers a 32 MP front-facing snapper. On the connectivity front, you get 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and IR blaster. The CC9e comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, UBB type C port, and a 4030 mAh battery. The phone comes bundled with a 10 W charger.
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Series Pricing And Availability
The Mi CC9e will hit the stores in China starting from July 9. The CC9e’s base model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is pegged at 1,299 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 13,000. For 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant, you will have to pay 1399 yuan (Approx. Rs 14,000. Finally, the 6 GB RAM model with 128 GB storage will set you back for 1599 yuan (roughly Rs 16,000).
As for the Mi CC9, the handset will be available for purchase in China from the 5th of July. Its base model with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is priced at 1799 yuan, which is approximately Rs 18,000. The 128 GB storage version will require you to spend 1999 yuan (approx. Rs 20,000). The CC9 is also said to come in a Meitu special edition, details of which are scarce at the moment.