Chinese tech firm Xiaomi has officially announced that Mi 9, the company’s latest flagship smartphone, is now available in the Philippines.
“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 at 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.
Powered by the 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 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 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 gave Mi 9 a score of 107 by the authoritative DxOMark website, giving it a third-place world ranking of all tested smartphones.
In addition, a video score of 99 puts it at number one on DxOMark for video capture. In addition, Mi 9 now comes with new photo modes.
It has a large 3300mAh battery, featuring a fast charging solution for both wired and wireless charging. 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.
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.
The Mi 9 will come in Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and Lavander Violet. It will retail at P22,990 for the 6GB + 64GB, and P24,990 for the 6GB + 128GB. It will roll out on Mi Authorized Stores starting March 30, 2019, and will soon be available on Lazada.