It has been rumoured since some time that Xiaomi’s Mi CC9 series could end up being the Android One Mi A3 series outside of China. Well, those rumours just got more steam as a Xiaomi M1906F9SH model was just spotted at the FCC. Additionally, the handset has also appeared on IMDA Singapore with the same model number.
This model number is exactly the same as the model number of the Mi CC9e except for the last letter which is C in the Mi CC9e. FCC documents usually don’t reveal a lot of details but that’s not the case today as this listing has images of the rear with its dimensions and some big nuggets of information. For starters, it has a 48MP AI camera marking on the rear, the cutout seems large enough to accommodate a triple camera setup and there’s a clear Android One logo at the bottom alongside a Xiaomi logo. The same model has also appeared at the EEC in Russia.
Now, it is not known whether the similarities between the CC series and the Mi A3 will only be skin deep or go deeper into the body. However, the Mi CC9e is driven by a Snapdragon 665 SoC which wouldn’t be much of an upgrade over the Snapdragon 660 in the Mi A2. However, the handset could be introduced as the Mi A3 Lite.
Detailed specifications of the Mi CC9e include a tear-drop notch design bearing a 6.01-inch HD+ display topped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It has a 48MP Sony sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor while the front is a 32MP shooter. The good thing is that it has a headphone jack too. The Mi A2 became official in July and these certifications on international portals are certainly hinting that the Mi A3 is not very far from an official release.