News Xiaomi Mi 9: first info & concept photos of the new flagship
Xiaomi really wants to show it in 2019. After recently announcing that the “Redmi” brand has been independently built up and the first foldable Xiaomi device has been leaked, there is now more news. Apparently the new flagship of the manufacturer awaits us in spring. The Xiaomi Mi 9 is already in the starting blocks.
Xiaomi Mi 9 with Waterdrop Notch?
We refer to the first concept photos for the Xiaomi Mi 9, there is no official photo from the manufacturer. However, it’s already certain that Xiaomi will use a 6.39 inch AMOLED display. This screen will work with a FullHD+ resolution and will have a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This makes it comparable in size to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Since it is supposed to be an AMOLED panel, it is to be expected that Xiaomi will use the same panel as in Mix 3. The big difference, however, is the solution to the “Notch problem”.
Instead of using a slider, Xiaomi still uses the Notch, but minimizes it extremely. This results in a so-called “Waterdrop Notch”, i.e. a very small recess located centrally at the upper edge of the screen. We know this from the OnePlus 6T, for example. Since no slider is used, the Mi 9 would be much thinner than the Mix 3. The room has dimensions of 155 x 75 x 7.6 mm.
In addition, Xiaomi probably uses a fingerprint sensor directly in the display this time. It would also be possible to release an extra Pro or Explorer edition. In order to compete with the OP 6T, one will (hopefully) do without such an extra version.
New Top CPU and Triple Camera
In all likelihood, the Beijing-based company will use the Snapdragon 855 processor as the heart of the Xiaomi Mi 9, the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, which powered almost all Android flagships in 2018. How much memory is added is not officially known. But probably you will start with a 6/128 GB version and the prices will rise accordingly.
A highlight will probably be the camera of the Mi 9. Apparently it will be the first Xiaomi smartphone with a triple camera. Apparently the same Sony IMX586 sensor with 48 megapixel resolution as in the new Redmi smartphone will be used. A secondary 12 megapixel sensor and ToF sensor (Time of Flight; for AR applications) would be conceivable. The front camera in the Waterdrop Notch probably consists of the Sony IMX576 sensor, which is already included in the Mi Mix 3 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite.
If you believe the rumor mill, Xiaomi wants to continue to only give the Mi Mix series the possibility of wireless loading. So the Mi 9 comes without a Qi charger, but a new 32W Quick Charge standard should be supported. The battery is on average big with apparently 3,500 mAh capacity. Of course, it is certain that Xiaomi continues to rely on its own MIUI operating system.
Let us start by reiterating that these are rumours and not officially verified information that have been circulated today. However, as the Mobile World Congress will take place next month, it is not unlikely that the company’s new flagship will be presented there for the first time. But Xiaomi seems to want to seamlessly tie in with the release rhythm of 2018.