While the Mi 9’s global launch is scheduled to happen four days from now (on 24 February), Xiaomi has launched it in China today. The company also launched the Mi 9 Transparent Edition and the Mi 9 SE at the same event. A few interesting accessories, including a 20W fast wireless charger, a car charger with 20W wireless charging, and a 10000mAh power bank with 10W wireless charging were also announced.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 succeeds the Mi 8, which was launched last year, and comes with various improvements all around. First and foremost, the phone looks stunning in its new gradient color avatar and the craftsmanship looks much more refined. The Mi 9 also has a Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, a triple-camera setup at the rear, a 20MP selfie camera, a faster in-screen fingerprint reader, faster 27W wired charging, and 20W fast wireless charging. The high-end variant of the phone has a transparent back, similar to Mi 8’s Explorer Edition.
The Mi 8 SE can be viewed as a stripped down version of the Mi 8 as it features a slightly slower Snapdragon 712 chipset, a smaller AMOLED screen, and a 3000mAh battery with relatively slower 18W charging. Let us have a look at the pricing of all the Mi 9 series phones and then discuss their features and specifications in detail.
Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE Launch Date, Price
The Mi 9’s pricing starts at CNY 2,999 (around INR 31,333), going up to CNY 3,999 (around INR 41,333) for the Transparent Edition. The phone will be available in China over the next few weeks and pre-orders will start soon. Whether or not Xiaomi will launch the Mi 9 in India remains to be seen.
- Xiaomi Mi 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB storage): CNY 2,999 (around INR 31,333)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 (8GB RAM, 128GB storage): CNY 3,299 (around INR 34,468)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition (12GB RAM, 256GB storage): CNY 3,999 (around INR 41,333)
The Mi 9 SE is available in two storage variants: 64GB and 128GB. Both variants come equipped with 6GB RAM. Here’s the pricing for both the variants of the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE:
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (6GB RAM, 64GB storage): CNY 1,999 (around INR 21,151)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (6GB RAM, 128GB storage): CNY 2,299 (around INR 24,332)
Xiaomi Mi 9 Features, Specifications
The Xiaomi Mi 9 features a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution (2280×1080 pixels), 600 nits brightness, 19:9 aspect ratio, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The screen also supports Always On Display, DCI-P3 color gamut, and HDR10 video playback. Xiaomi claims that the phone has an impressive screen-to-body ration of around 90.7%, thanks to smaller chin and notch size.
The phone features a fifth-generation in-display fingerprint reader, and the company claims that it is faster. The Mi 9 also features a dedicated Google Assistant button, but in China, Xiao AI will replace Google Assistant. While the phone lacks stereo speakers, Xiaomi claims that its single speaker is much louder and has more depth and bass, thanks to the industry’s best linear speaker and Smart PA amplifier.
At the front, there’s a 20MP selfie camera that’s hidden inside a U-shaped notch. At the rear, there is a triple-camera setup. The 48MP primary camera sensor (1/2-inch Sony IMX586) has an f/1.75 aperture, 0.8μm pixels, laser autofocus, PDAF, and 4K 60fps video recording. The 12MP camera sensor has a telephoto lens (2x optical zoom equivalent), 1.0μm pixels, Laser Autofocus, and PDAF. The 16MP camera sensor is fitted with an ultra-wide angle lens (13mm) and f/2.2 aperture. The Mi 9 has already passed through DxOMark’s camera test, scoring 107 points. Currently, it stands second in DxOMark’s Mobile Camera rating and is just short of Huawei P20 Pro/Mate 20 Pro’s score of 109 points.
The Mi 9 runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software with a system-wide Dark Mode feature, Dynamic Wallpapers, and Game Turbo. The phone is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage. The device will also be available in more memory and storage configurations: 6GB RAM+128GB storage and 8GB RAM+128GB storage.
In terms of connectivity, the Mi 9 features a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-frequency GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, IR port, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Sadly, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone and you’ll have to make do with either wireless earphones or buy Xiaomi’s USB-C headphones. The phone is powered by a 3300mAh battery, with support for Xiaomi’s own 27W Charge Turbo technology and 20W fast wireless charging.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Features, Specifications
The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE features a 5.97-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, waterdrop-shaped notch, Gorilla Glass 5, Always On Display and HDR10 compatibility. There is an in-screen fingerprint reader inside the phone. Its design is similar to the Mi 9 and carries a gradient color finish. The phone runs the same software as that of the Mi 9, but uses the Snapdragon 712 chipset, 6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB internal storage.
In terms of imaging, the Mi 9 SE uses a 20MP selfie camera. At the rear, it has a triple-camera setup, consisting of a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. It has a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, IR port, and a USB Type-C port. The Mi 9 SE uses a 3000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.