Mi9 goes official: specs, price, availability

Xiaomi Mi 9 (Philippines)
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Philippines)

MANILA, Philippines – Xiaomi officially announced Mi 9, the company’s latest flagship. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and sports an AI triple camera using the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. It is also world’s first smartphone to feature 20W wireless charging.

“Since its global launch last month, the Mi 9 has been receiving overwhelming critical acclaim from the most discerning opinion leaders in technology,” said Steven Shi, Head of Southeast Asia, Xiaomi.

“It is an elegant beauty in form and a formidable beast in performance. Its unique combination of unique innovations and tempting pricing redefines the flagship category once again. The flagship should not necessarily cost a fortune,” he added.

Mi 9 performance

Powered by the newest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, based on the 7nm manufacturing process, Mi 9 can achieve an Antutu benchmark score of over 380,000.

The all-new Kryo 485 CPU has a maximum clock speed of 2.84GHz, with improved single-core performance of up to 45% over its predecessor, while the new Adreno 640 GPU gives up to a 20% boost.

In addition, the fourth-generation AI Engine provides up to three times faster AI performance. Mi 9 is also equipped with LPDDR4x 2133MHz RAM.

Mi 9 display

Mi 9 has an all-curved back cover design, allowing it to fit comfortably in the hand. An advanced back cover color process gives Mi 9 a stylish holographic rainbow spectrum, so it looks different every time it is picked up.

On the front, Mi 9 sports a 6.39-inch 19.5:9 Samsung AMOLED Dot Drop display. Under this display is a new and improved in-screen fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone up to 25% faster than the previous generation, and works well even in low-light conditions.

Mi 9 camera

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first flagship with an AI triple camera, with the main camera utilizing the latest 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 1/2″ sensor. The AI triple camera combination of the 48-megapixel main camera, 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera landed the Mi 9 a score of 107 on DxOMark, placing third among all smartphones tested.

In addition, a video score of 99 puts it at number one on DxOMark for video capture.

Mi 9 battery life and wireless charging

With a 3300mAh battery the Mi 9 can charge in both wired and wireless mode. The 27W wired charging supports Qualcomm’s QC4+ standard, and enables Mi 9 to safely charge to 70% in just 30 minutes, and fully charge in 60 mins.

To achieve this, Mi 9 contains significant innovations in wireless charging architecture. A new wireless charging coil enhances the wireless charging efficiency and stability of the Mi 9, so it can hit the highest 20W wireless charging at its peak.

Mi 9 features

Thanks to innovations such as a high-voltage Smart PA amplifier and an accompanying 0.9cc large sound cavity, Mi 9 outputs amazing sound quality with powerful bass. Optimizations have also been made specifically for different scenarios such as video-watching and gaming purposes.

Connectivity-wise, Mi 9 continues to use the well-received dual-frequency GPS from its predecessor to achieve ultra-precise positioning.

Mi 9 price and availability

The Mi 9 will come in Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and Lavander Violet. It will retail at Php 22,990 for the 6GB + 64GB, and Php 24,990 for the 6GB + 128GB.

It is now available at Mi Authorized Stores, and will soon be available on Lazada.

Mi 9 specs

  • Display: 6.39″ AMOLED 2340×1080 + Gorilla Glass 6
  • SIM: Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Chipset (SoC): Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Processor (CPU): 8x Qualcomm Kryo 485 2.84GHz (max)
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 640
  • Memory + Storage: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB
  • Rear camera (main): triple 12MP f/2.2 (telephoto) + 48MP wide-angle f/1.75 Sony IMX586 + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
  • Front camera (selfie): 20MP f/2.0
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • I/O: USB Type-C (OTG)
  • Battery: 33000 mAh, 20W wireless charging, 18W in-box charger
  • Colors: Piano Black, Ocean Blue, Lavander Violet
  • Price (Philippines): P22,990 (6GB + 64GB), P24,990 (6GB + 128GB)