With the new year dawning, Smartphone users have higher expectations and demands from their smartphones than ever before. Features like USB type C, in-screen fingerprint sensors, fast charging, and a full front screen without a notch or a chin. Xiaomi takes these expectations very seriously and has always strived to provide at the most reasonable prices. Their new Xiaomi Mi 9 aims to take the current set of flagships by storm according to recent leaks (Courtesy of user “Dream Dust”, Weibu).
What We Know
The Xiaomi Mi series has finally decided to embrace the Snapdragon 855 processor for the line-up. The phone will not support 5G but will have excellent LTE with the phenomenal Snapdragon X24 LTE modem. Furthermore, The screen will be a 6.4-inch AMOLED 1080p panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a ‘teardop’ notch. The notch is quite identical to the one on the Oneplus 6T, with maximum screen real-estate which is great.
In terms of security the phone will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The sensor is optical rather than Samsungs ultrasonic approach. This is a cost saving measure to keep the phone in a competitive price bracket.
Moving onto the camera configuration, the Mi 9 is keeping with traditions of late 2018 with a triple camera rear setup.The primary lens is the Sony Exmor IMX586 48MP with a 12MP camera to support it. The third camera will be a Time-of-flight (ToF) and will most likely be used for artificial reality shots.
In terms of battery, the Mi 9 will be sporting a 3,500 mAh battery. the battery can be fast charged through the Mi 9’s 32-Watt hour fast charging though it does not support Qi charging. Furthermore, the Mi 9 will be running Android 9 Pie with it’s MiUI 10. Though the specifications of the device are top-notch, MiUI 10 on the other hand still has a way to go before matching OxygenOS and Android One.
The Basic model with 6GB RAM and 128GBs of storage will be for 2,999 Chinese Yen which translates to less than $500. The phone is expected to launch somewhere in March of 2019. Though basing all of this off a tweet should mean that this data be taken with a grain of salt.