Powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, coupled with Adreno 640 GPU and 6GB and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM options.
The Mi 9 has a three-camera array on the back plate.
With that out of the way, let's get down to the on-paper specifications of both the phones. The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, on the other hand, carries a slightly smaller screen of 5.97-inch with AMOLED panel and watedrop notch. It has a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution and supports HDR playback.
The front of the Mi 9 is fitted with the latest Gorilla Glass 6, while the entire back glass is curved.More news: Cutting off Pakistan's water will be biggest Indian mistake: FM Qureshi
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The phone's chassis is crafted out of 7000 series aluminum and has a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear. It's still just 7.6mm thick, and now actually weighs a little less, at 173g vs 175g, but it has managed to cram in a larger 6.39in screen. However, devices powered by Qualcomm's new chipset are expected to be pretty expensive but for those looking for an affordable alternative, Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 9.
The secondary 12MP camera uses a Samsung S5K3M5 telephoto sensor which has an f/2.2 aperture and 2x optical zoom. Further, Xiaomi has gone an extra step ahead to put the sapphire glass lens on the camera to protect it from scratches.
A new addition to the back is a 16MP ultra-wide camera with a 117-degree field of view. These can be found inside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T but aren't quite as accurate as the ultrasonic alternatives that will be included in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. The handset is backed by 3300 mAh battery with up to 20W wireless charger. The biggest downside to all of this, however, is that the company is only including an 18-watt charging adapter in the box.
The all-new Xiaomi Mi 9 is available in several colors like pink, black and blue with a gradient finish with holographic effect, as indicated by the brand.
Of course, there is a small drawback to all this, because to reach that full 20-watts, Xiaomi had to ditch the standard Qi wireless charging standards when transferring more than 10 watts of electricity. For the Mi 9, the company is sticking with a similar design as its predecessor. The screen is also taller, with a 19:9 aspect ratio against the Mi 8's 18.7:9.
What's even more surprising is the manufacturer's use of a 48MP main camera (Sony IMX586), as the vast majority of phones with a 48MP sensor are only accompanied by a depth sensor or 3D ToF camera. At the front, the Mi 9 Explorer Edition houses a 24-megapixel shooter for selfies.