Today, Xiaomi launched its latest 5G phone in China named the Mi 9 Pro 5G. It is an upgrade to the Xiaomi Mi 9 & features better specs as well as supports 5G. FYI, this isn’t the first 5G phone from Xiaomi since that crown goes to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G that launched at the beginning of 2019. Anyways, at a starting price of 3,699 Yuan, the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G just became the most affordable 5G phone in China, beating the Vivo iQOO Pro 5G.
Design-wise, it is the same phone as the Mi 9. So, only the internals are different. It has the same premium glass back, metal frame, a triple camera setup on the rear, USB Type-C port, no headphone jack, a display with a U-shaped notch on the front & a small bottom chin.
It has a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED Full-HD+ display & features an in-display fingerprint scanner. So, it is the same display like the one on Mi 9. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection for the display & the screen-to-body ratio is 90.7%.
Under the hood, there is an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SOC along with the 5G Model, so the device supports 5G. The Snapdragon 855+ features the same CPU as Snapdragon 855 but with higher clock speed. In terms of the GPU, the performance boost is around 15%, so that’s impressive.
There is 8/12GB RAM & 128/256/512GB internal storage. We don’t know whether the storage is UFS 3.0 or the older UFS 2.1 since Xiaomi didn’t mention it at the launch event.
Coming to the cameras, there is a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a primary 48 Megapixel unit with Sony IMX 586 sensor, a secondary 16 Megapixel wide-angle camera with 117-degree FOV & a third 12MP telephoto camera with 2X Optical Zoom. On the front, there is a single 20 Megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.
There is a big 4,000mAH battery underneath that supports 40W Fast Wired Charging & 30W Fast Wireless Charging. So, it is the first Xiaomi phone to support 30W Wireless Charging. Moreover, it can reverse wireless charge any other device at 10W, so that’s also cool.
The Mi 9 Pro 5G is also the first Xiaomi device to feature MIUI 11 that’s based on Android 10.
XIAOMI MI 9 PRO 5G – PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The Mi 9 Pro 5G price starts at 3,699 Yuan for the base variant & goes up to 4,299 Yuan for the highest-end variant. Here is the pricing –
- 8GB + 128GB – 3,699 Yuan ($520)
- 8GB + 256GB – 3,799 Yuan ($535)
- 12GB + 256GB – 4,099 Yuan ($577)
- 12GB + 512GB – 4,299 Yuan ($605)
The phone comes in two colors – Dream White & Titanium Black. The first sale is happening on September 27 in China.
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