Xiaomi Mi 9 Is the First Phone With a Snapdragon 855 Processor

From PC Mag: Just days before MWC19, Xiaomi on Wednesday announced its latest flagship, the Mi 9. In addition to overall top-of-the-line specs, the Mi 9 is the first phone to be announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.

For the most part, the Mi 9 takes its aesthetic cues from its predecessors. The phone is your typical glass sandwich with an aluminum frame. The front is composed entirely of a 6.39-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass 6 display with a teardrop notch for a 20MP selfie camera. The Gorilla Glass 5 back plate features a triple-camera array on the upper-left corner. In addition to a high-gloss Piano Black finish and Lavender Purple models with subtle gradients in the finish, there's a see-through Transparent Edition with additional RAM and storage.

In terms of specs, the black and purple models come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage by default; a 128GB storage option is also available. The Transparent Edition ships with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. NFC is on board for mobile payments, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless audio and wearble connectivity.

The phone ships with a modest 3,300mAh battery. It comes with an 18W USB-C power adapter that will completely charge the battery in a little over an hour. It has wireless charging via the Qi standard, as well as a 20W wireless charging option via a special charging pad that will be sold separately. Xiaomi's wireless charging pad can completely charge the Mi 9 in one hour and 40 minutes.

A camera array on the back of the phone features a glowing halo effect around the top lens. The primary sensor comes in at 48MP and has an f/1.75 aperture. There's a 12MP telephoto lens as well, with an f/2.2 aperture, and a wide-angle 16MP lens with a 117-degree field of view. The rear cameras have AI portrait and scene detection, as well as an AI ultra-wide-angle distortion feature that corrects image warps that are common on wide-angle photos. The 20MP front camera features AI portrait selfies and scene detection.

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