Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE and Mi 9 Transparent Edition Launched: Price, Specifications and More Details

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the latest line-up by Xiaomi which consists of three phones - the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, Mi 9 and the more affordable Mi 9 SE

Highlights
  • The Mi 9 transparent edition is the result of collaboration with the movie franchise from Disney, Alita: Battle Angel
  • The pre-sale for the Mi 9 is slated to begin at 6 PM in China where buyers will be able to book the phone at 100 CNY

The Mi series has been stellar offering by Xiaomi. The Chinese smartphone company has packed only the best when it comes to the Mi series of smartphones. Last time when Xiaomi launched the Mi 8, it saw astounding success in the markets where the brand launched it. Now, following up to its previous release, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 in China to further its line-up of the phones. Notably, Xiaomi has launched three variants of the Mi 9 in China. The first variant is the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, the standard Mi 9 and the smaller Mi 9 SE. While the Mi 9 bears a price tag of 2999 CNY, the Mi 9 transparent edition will set back by the buyers by 3999 CNY. The Mi 9 SE will be a more affordable offering at 1999 CNY.

Xiaomi Mi 9: Specifications and Features

The newly launched Xiaomi Mi 9 features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display which has been manufactured by Samsung. Like you would expect, the Mi 9 debuts with a notch over a 19:9 aspect ratio screen which makes the Mi 9 boast of a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio. The back panel of the new Mi 9 has an attractive holographic design finish which reflects different colours depending on the angle of light falling on it. Xiaomi claims that it has used nano-level laser engraving and dual-layer nano-coating to accomplish this. For protection, the Mi 9 puts the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to use on both the front and back side.

When it comes to performance, the Mi 9 packs ample power as it sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC which clocks a frequency of 2.4GHz. It is worth noting that this SoC by Qualcomm has been manufactured on the 7nm process and it is a 5G-ready chipset. The Mi 9 debuts in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants which pairs with 128GB of internal storage.

When it is about camera and imaging, the Mi 9 packs a triple rear camera setup which is vertically stacked and consists of a 48MP primary sensor (Sony IMX586), a 16MP ultra wide-angle secondary sensor, and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. On the front, the phone flaunts a 20MP shooter for selfies. Further, Xiaomi has gone an extra step ahead to put the sapphire glass lens on the camera to protect it from scratches. The camera on this phone also comes enabled with 960fps slow motion and includes motion tracking capabilities. The phone also features improved image stabilisation and a Super Night Scene mode which would be helpful in low light photography.

Possibly, the only thing disappointing that you might find about the new Mi 9 is the measly 3,300mAh battery. On the software front, the phone boots Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10. For security purposes, the phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Some additional features of the Mi 9 include the IR blaster and the support for a dark mode.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition: Specifications and Features

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Transparent Edition is the result of collaboration with the movie franchise from Disney, Alita: Battle Angel. The difference between the standard variant of the Mi 9 and the transparent edition is that the latter comes with an improved camera 48MP primary rear camera sensor, along with a 7P lens and f/1.47 aperture. The highlight, of course, as you would expect is that the phone features transparent back thus giving a glance of the phone’s internals and notching up the aesthetics. Under the hood, the Mi 9 Transparent edition rocks 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Specifications and Features

The Mi 9 SE is the most affordable among the three. The phone sports a 5.97-inch OLED display which comes with a notch on top. This device also uses an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication. The Mi 9 SE packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB of internal storage and a power unit of 3070mAh. In terms of camera and imaging, the phone sports a triple rear camera setup which consists of 48MP+8MP+13MP sensors on the rear and a 20MP selfie shooter on the front.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Series: Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be available for the buyers in three different colours of Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, and Piano Black, and it will bear a price tag of 2999 CNY and 3299 CNY for 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB variants respectively. The Mi 9 Transparent Edition will be a little higher priced, and it will debut in 12GB+256GB variant option with a price tag of 3999 CNY. The most affordable of all, the Mi 9 SE will come in 6GB+64GB, and 6GB+128GB variants and the shelf price of the phone will be 1999 CNY and 2299 CNY respectively. Alongside these phones, Xiaomi has also announced the launch of a wireless power bank which would pack 10,000 mAh and would retail for 149 CNY.

The pre-sale for the Mi 9 is slated to begin at 6 PM in China today, and interested buyers will have to pay 100 CNY to pre-book the device.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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