Xiaomi Mi 9 announced: Snapdragon 855, 48MP triple camera for under $500


The Mi 9 SE comes with In-display fingerprint scanner for authentication. The company had also released the benchmarks score, wherein the MI 9 SE has scored 187626 in AnTuTu benchmark score. According to Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun, the phone will also come with a highlight mode, game mode and an eye protection mode.

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. Xiaomi's Mi 9 SE gets Snapdragon 712 chipset that is clubbed with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.

The base version of the Mi 9 will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $445 which is great pricing for the hardware.

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It will be lit by a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with waterdrop notch design.

Its photo score is 112 points, the camera manages to "capture high quality images in nearly any situation". In the camera department, Mi 9 takes on the likes of Honor View10 with a triple-rear camera setup featuring 12-megapixel, 48-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors. On the front, Xiaomi Mi 9 will sport a 24-MP Sony IMX576 sensor. This is even more apparent with the new Mi 9 high-end smartphone that has similar specs to Samsung's flagships, whereas the starting prices are almost halved. And lastly, it is fuelled by a 3070mAh battery that supports quick charge with an 18W adapter. Mi 9 will be available for pre-order on February 20 at 6pm, and February 26 for open sale across mi.com and Xiaomi's major sales channels in China.

The device comes with 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, IR Blaster, USB Type-C port and NFC. Sensors on the phone include Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor, Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope. The 3,300-mAH battery should easily last a day. The Mi 9 SE is featured in three color variants that include - Holographic Illusion, Blue Holographic Illusion, and Deep Gray. While the price seems attractive in relation to its specs, the device is only available in China at the moment. While there is no Mi 9 Pro in the works, the brand is preparing a Transparent Edition with decorative parts on the back (much like the Mi 8 Explorer Edition), offering 12GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage for 3,999 yuan (~$595). But since its 20W wireless charging capability is faster than Samsung's and Huawei's (15W) technologies, not to mention slower methods with the iPhone and other competitors, you'll only have to wait half an hour longer if you don't want to fumble with wires.