The Xiaomi Mi 9 is now official, having been formally announced in China. That has revealed all the details of the new handset, except for those specific to other markets.
We will, of course, update with those as soon as they go public.
Mi 9 release date
- 20 February China announcement
- 24 February MWC launch event
The Xiaomi Mi 9 was officially unveiled on 20 February in China. But Xiaomi is attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2019 and will be repeating it all again. You can watch the unveiling live on 24 February.
- 157.5 x 74.67 x 7.61mm, 173g
- Glass back with holographic finishes
- Transparent edition
- Under-glass fingerprint scanner
The Xiaomi Mi 9 looks a lot like the Xiaomi Mi 8 that it replaces and the size of this phone is pretty much the same - a couple of mm taller, but that's about all.
With the design being fairly familiar, it's in colours that Xiaomi appears to making it different. For China there is a safe deep grey, but then holographic colours - one that's more blue - that make things a little more interesting.
As with the Mi 8, there will also be a transparent edition, showing off some of the components at the top of the phone. Again, it's not real, but at the same time we think it adds some geek appeal to the phone. We'll have to see if the UK gets the same colour range at the MWC launch event.
In addition to renders and those official teaser images there have been a live sightings of a phone claimed to be the Mi 9, all of which gives us a clear impression of what this phone will look like.
Mi 9 hardware specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 6GB RAM and 128GB storage
- 27W fast charging, 20W wireless charging
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- 6.4-inch AMOLED display
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 9 will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform. Then you'll get 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as the starting point, but there will be an 8GB versions too. The transparent version gets 12GB and 256GB storage - but again, we'll have to see exactly what we'll be getting in the UK once the phone is confirmed.
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will have a predictive game turbo, giving you more power when needed.
The Mi 9 isn't a 5G phone - that's going to be saved for the Mi Mix 3 5G - so it's a regular 4G phone instead.
There's 3300mAh battery - which isn't huge - but Xiaomi has put some work in on faster charging. Firstly there's 27W wired charging, but looking to really take a step-forward, there's 20W wireless charging - along with Xiaomi's special wireless charging pad to support it.
It also looks like the Mi 9 will adopt the in-display fingerprint scanner like the Mi 8 Pro - although this is improved according to the company. We expect that display to again be a 6.4-inch AMOLED - sourced from Samsung - and it has a tear drop style notch at the top and a top layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
It's a Full HD+ resolution with a 90.7 per cent screen to body ratio and has a 600 nit peak brightness.
Mi 9 cameras
- 48-megapixel main camera
- 12-megapixel secondary zoom camera
- 16-megapixel wide-angle camera
- 20-megapixel selfie camera
Xiaomi has confirmed full details about the Mi 9 cameras. The Mi 9 follows the Redmi Note 7 in offering a 48-megapixel rear camera, but the biggest change is that it will offer a three-camera system.
Xiaomi's three-lens system will offer a main 48-megapixel sensor for regular photos, the 12-megapixel camera is offers 2x optical zoom, while also collecting depth information for bokeh photos on the main camera.
The third camera is a 16-megapixel wide-angle, which brings something new to the offering.
Xiaomi has shared a lot of detail about the Mi 9 camera and we have a full camera feature here with more details.
Xiaomi Mi 9 software
It's expected that the Mi 9 will launch with Android 9 Pie - which is on the Mi 8 - as well as MIUI 10. We'd expect this to very much reflect the experience of the Mi Mix 3 and Mi 8.
With a new wave of phones there's potential for MIUI 11, although this is not expected to land until the second half of 2019.
We will of course keep you updated with all the news surrounding the Xiaomi Mi 9 launch.