After just eight months of launching the Mi 8, Xiaomi is rolling out a new version with upgraded hardware and a new aesthetic design. The Mi 9 is the Xiaomi's first flagship of 2019, and it's easy to see that the manufacturer has redoubled its efforts to stay competitive in the affordable flagship space. What's not changed, however, is Xiaomi's aggressive pricing, with Mi 9 starting at just $ 445.
That's incredible when you think that Mi 9 is one of the first devices to be powered by the latest chipset of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon 855 offers significant performance improvements over the outgoing Snapdragon 845 ̵
Doing the heavy lifting are two Kryo 485 cores clocked at 2.84GHz, with an additional two Kryo 485 cores at 2.42GHz. Then there are four Kryo 485 cores clocked at 1.8GHz that kick in during energy-efficient tasks. The Adreno 640 GPU offers a noticeable uptick in performance as well, and generally the Mi 9 is one of the fastest phones on the market today
For $ 445, you will not find a phone that comes close to Mi 9.
Xiaomi has switched to a gradient pattern at the back, with the Mi 9 shifting between several hues of blue based on light reflecting off its surface. The Mi 9 will also feature a Game Turbo feature
The Mi 9 will also feature a Game Turbo feature that will kick in automatically when launching a game. As a result of Huawei, Game Turbo allows the device to maintain peak performance for longer amounts of time, resulting in higher framerates
The Mi 9 features a 6.39-inch FHD + AMOLED panel sourced from Samsung with a waterdrop cutout for the front camera, and Xiaomi is touting Reading Mode 2.0 and Sunlight Mode 2.0 as differentiators on the display side of things.
A 48MP rear camera that beats the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9.
Also new is a triple camera setup at the back, with a main 48MP f / 1.75 camera connected by a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto shooter.
If the set of photos teased by Xiaomi over the last few weeks are any indication, the Mi 9 will be able to hold its own in this category. The folks at DxOMark got a early look at the device, and the overall score of 107 means the Mi 9 beat the likes of the Pixel 3 and the Galaxy Note 9.
Xiaomi introduced wireless charging in its devices last year, and the Mi 9 comes with a fast wireless charging option that goes up to 20W. The 3300mAh battery should easily last all day, and when you need to plug it in, the bundled wall unit charges at 27W. With the Mi 9 coming to the UK and other Western markets, Xiaomi is offering a dedicated button on the side to invoke Google Assistant
The Mi 9 will be available in violet, blue and black color options, and Xiaomi is also Going to sell a version with a transparent cover at the back, like it did with the Mi 8. That particular option will come with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and will retail for the equivalent of $ 600 in China. The base variant of the Mi 9 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost just $ 445, making it an absolute steal.
Xiaomi will be presenting Mi 9 next week at the Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned for our hands-on coverage from the event. 196590015] In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Mi 9?