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Xiaomi 9 was released: featuring Snapdragon 855 chip and 48 MP triple cameras with the starting price of 2999 CNY (about $444)

ByLinky Johnson 2019-02-21 3360

On February 20, Xiaomi held a press conference in Beijing. The new series of Xiaomi 9 smartphones were officially unveiled before Samsung and MWC. They were equipped with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor and 48MP triple cameras. The selling price starts from 2999 CNY (about $444).

Xiaomi 9 press conference

In order to steal a march on other smartphone manufacturers to release its flagship smartphones with the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, Xiaomi company released the Xiaomi 9 before the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019), and the Samsung S10 who will be unveiled one day later.  

Xiaomi 9 design 

Xiaomi 9 might be the first flagship smartphone with Snapdragon 855 to go into mass production

In this before, Lenovo released the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT edition which is the first smartphone to be equipped with the Snapdragon 855 processor, but it has been out of stock since a short sale. While the Xiaomi 9 might be a global first flagship smartphone with Snapdragon 855 to go into mass production.

Xiaomi 9 carries the Snapdragon 855 processor, supplemented by 6/8/12GB (transparent edition) memory. The overall hardware performance index is the best among the smartphones that have been mass-produced. Officials claim that Xiaomi 9's overall benchmark on Antutu can reach 38W+, while the overall performance of Tencent Digital gets is about 37W+, taking into account the actual use of the environment, this result can basically match the theoretical results given by the Xiaomi official, so Xiaomi 9 has become a Android smartphone who won the highest bench mark scores in the world.

Snapdragon 855 processor 

Xiaomi 9 adopts triple cameras and Sony IMX586 sensor

The second obvious change of Xiaomi 9 comes from the lens. This time, Xiaomi 9 is equipped with a triple cameras module. The main lens sensor uses Sony's IMX586. The secondary lens adopts the 12MP portrait lens that was ever used on Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Besides, it is also added a new 16MP lens which can be used for 120 degrees wide-angle shooting.

 Xiaomi 9 triple cameras

The Sony IMX586 sensor was first used on Huawei Nova 4, and then the Honor V20 also adopts this sensor. After Xiaomi 9, most new smartphones of 2019 will adopt this sensor.

In terms of photography system, Xiaomi optimizes the software and algorithm for the newly added 48-megapixel main lens and 16-megapixel wide-angle lens.

In wide-angle photography, the edge distortion is eliminated by algorithm to ensure that the scenery and portraits on the photos do not have the problem of wide-angle spherical stretching. Besides, a new moon mode is added, which automatically matches different shutter speed, ISO parameters and activates the hidden 20-fold zoom when taking the moon with a 48-megapixel lens. The new feature makes the Xiaomi 9 a smartphone that can well take pictures of the moon.

Despite this, the other features appeared on Xiaomi 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, such as  AI rendering, portrait correction, handheld super night view, 960 frames super slow motion and so on, are also further enhanced on the Xiaomi 9.

Lei Jun announced at the launch event that the DxOMark score of the Xiaomi 9 camera is 107, ranking third in the mobile device list.

DxOMark score of the Xiaomi 9 camera 

Xiaomi 9 supports 20W super fast wireless charging

The third major upgrade comes from the charging system of Xiaomi 9. This time, Xiaomi 9 is equipped with a 3300 mAh lithium battery, and introduced Xiaomi's self-developed Charge Turbo flash charging scheme. The maximum charging power of this scheme is 27W, which can charge from zero to 70% in 30 minutes and 100% in 1 hour and 4 minutes. At the same time, the charging scheme is compatible with Qualcomm's QC 4.0 + scheme.

20W super fast wireless charging 

Xiaomi 9 also introduced a brand new 20W wireless fast charging technology, which is the mobile phone product with the highest charging power on mass-produced models at present. In order to ensure that 20W wireless charging will not cause excessive heat accumulation, Xiaomi's wireless charging coil for mobile phones adopts five-layer nanocrystalline structure. Together with the multi-strand winding technology, it can effectively reduce the induction current, reduce the heat during charging. The Xiaomi official announced that the Xiaomi 9 wireless charger can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 30 minutes.  

At the same time, in this launch conference, Xiaomi also launched three devices for wireless charging, which are 20W wireless charger for 99CNY (about $15), wireless power bank with 10000mAh for 149CNY (about $22) and Xiaomi wireless car charger for 169CNY (about $25).

Xiaomi three devices for wireless charging  

Powerful 3 Trubos scheme on Xiaomi 9 ensure excellent performance and smooth running 

The first one is Mi Turbo. It is the solution of the whole system created by Xiaomi. Through the optimization of I/O access and file system, the storage, reading and writing of IOPS of Xiaomi 9 have been greatly improved. Among them, the random reading and writing startup speed of APP and system has the greatest improvement..

Mi Turbo also improved the fragmentation recovery mechanism of Xiaomi 9 flash memory and file system, and improved the recovery efficiency, which can ensure a smooth running of the system. It reveals that Xiaomi 9 can reduce the Carton by 35% through Mi Turbo after 18 months of simulated aging test..

The second one is the Game Turbo acceleration scheme. It can adjust the allocation of system resources through intelligent prediction of game load, and improve the stability of the average frame rate and frame rate, so you can enjoy a better picture quality and frame rate when playing games.

The last one is the Charge Turbo which we have mentioned it above. The Charge Turbo is a 27W customized wire fast charging scheme.

Xiaomi 9 adopts circular arc back design

In terms of design and screen, the front of Xiaomi 9 is equipped with a 6.39-inch AMOLED 19.5:9 display ratio FHD+ waterdrop full screen, introducing a new COF process and narrower screen module, and cooperating with smart antenna switching technology to further reduce the clearance area. The "chin" of Xiaomi 9, that is, the width of the lower frame is only 3.6 mm. The fifth generation offline optical fingerprint module is introduced under the screen, and the efficiency of unlocking is 25% higher than that of the previous generation.

The overall back design of the Xiaomi 9 is not much different from the previous generation of Xiaomi 8. The difference is that the back design of Xiaomi 9 adopts a circular arc form, and there is no obvious plane and straight line. Without affecting the aesthetics , Xiaomi hopes that such a design can get a better hand feeling. The weight of the whole Xiaomi 9 is 173 grams. There are three kinds of color matching: holographic magic violet, holographic magic blue and deep air ash.

The overall back design of the Xiaomi 9 

Independent AI buttons were designed for Xiaomi 9, which can quickly wake-up the Xiaoai voice assistant. Besides, the dual-frequency GPS and a new generation of NFC chip are also equipped on Xiaomi 9. At the same time, the absence of infrared function on Xiaomi 8 is re-added to Xiaomi 9.

Xiaomi 9 price

In terms of sales information, there are three versions of Xiaomi 9 standard edition, of which 6 + 128GB edition sells for 2999CNY and 8 + 128GB edition sells for 3299CNY.

At the same time, the design and marketing plan of Xiaomi 9 continues Xiaomi 8, and a transparent edition is introduced. The upgrade includes the use of 12 + 256GB memory combination. The upgraded aperture of the main lens module reaches f/1.47 and the price is 3999CNY (about $595).

Xiaomi 9 and the transparent edition  

Xiaomi 9 SE

In addition, Xiaomi 9 SE was also released at this conference. The mobile phone is equipped with a 5.97 inch AMOLED screen, which supports screen fingerprint, NFC, infrared remote control and other functions, and supports 18W fast charging.

Xiaomi 9 SE with a 5.97 inch AMOLED screen 

In terms of configuration, Xiaomi 9 SE is equipped with Sony's 48-megapixel three-camera combination, but unlike Xiaomi 9, Xiaomi 9 SE has 48-megapixel wide-angle lens + 8-megapixel portrait lens and 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens combination. The processor is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor, which is an upgraded version of 710 and has improved in frequency. For batteries, Xiaomi 9 SE adopts a 3070 mAh battery to support 18W fast charging. The Xiaomi 9 SE also offers three color options: phantom blue, phantom purple and deep air ash.

Xiaomi 9 SE with Sony's 48-megapixel three-camera combination 

In terms of selling price, the Xiaomi 9 SE 6 + 64GB version comes the price of 1999CNY (about $296). 


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