Xiaomi’s 2019 flagship will be the Mi 9 and it has been scheduled to launch on February 20. The company has been teasing fans with teasers, looks and specifications of the phone for quite some time. But now Xiaomi went one step ahead to reveal few more details about the phone which includes its camera setup, display and one colour variant of the phone.
Mi 9 will come with triple rear camera setup with a 48MP main sensor that has 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology (also known as pixel binning). The sensor will be of 0.8 micron with aperture f/1.75 and will have a 6-element lens configuration. The second camera of the phone will be a 16MP ultra-wide angle sensor. It will have 117-degree FOV (field of view) with f/2.2 aperture. The sensor will also have auto-focus to prevent the pictures from getting blurred. Unlike the main camera, the secondary camera will have pixel size of 1.0 micron and will have a 6-element lens setup.
Although the second camera is a wide-angle lens, the company claims that it will support 4cm macro photography. It means that it will be able to take pictures of objects placed 4cm in front of the camera and will capture full-details of the object. Regular phone cameras have trouble focusing objects so close to the camera but company’s co-founder, Lin Bin said that the sensor utilizes an anti-distortion algorithm to make the pictures less blurry and more detailed.
The third camera of the setup will be a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and 1-micron pixel size. It will have f/2.2 aperture and will also have autofocus with 6-element lens configuration. The company also said that the rear camera setup is protected by Sapphire glass so that it will keep the camera safe from scratches. Keeping the rear cameras aside, the front camera of the phone will be a 20MP sensor with AI beautification features. Earlier, Xiaomi released some camera samples of Mi 9 online with pictures from each lens and also revealed the details of the sensors.
The body of the phone is also slimmer and almost bezel-less than its predecessor. Its chin is of 3.6mm, which is 40% slimmer than Mi 8. The company’s founder also shared image of the phone in space grey colour option with glossy finish. Aside from the space grey variant the phone will also come in a pink gradient version and a blue gradient version.
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) February 16, 2019
We should also mention that Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has shared another teaser of the upcoming smartphone on Chinese social networking platform Weibo. Apart from the launch date of Mi 9, the teaser shows that the device will come with 90.7% screen-to-body ratio and will sport a 6.4-inch Samsung AMOLED full HD+ display. The image further reveals that the smartphone’s display will come with a 103.8% NTSC super wide colour gamut coupled with 600 nits of brightness.
Some other known details about the phone is that it will run Snapdragon 855 SoC, the flagship processor of Qualcomm for 2019. It will also have an in-display finger-print scanner and will have a screen size of 6.4-inches. Its battery will be of 3,500mAh and it will have 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
With flagships of other phone companies also launching the same time around the launch of Mi 9, it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi’s flagship competes against others.