Xiaomi Will Release Mi 9 and a Smartphone with Elevating Selfie Camera

With the Mi Mix series, Xiaomi offers devices with one of the highest screen to body ratio. In fact, the Mi Mix 3 that the company released last year is a true full screen model with the manual sliding design. The Chinese company may seek to innovate further with the elevating selfie camera for future models. Wang Teng Thomas, a Xiaomi executive took to Weibo, the social media platform in China to announce that a future model from the company will have elevating selfie camera. The company applied for the patent for it in 2015 and it will be made a reality.

Meanwhile, the anticipation is high for Xiaomi’s latest device, the Mi 9. It will be slated to launch on February 24th at the MWC event. The Mi 9 is a high end device with impressive triple cameras on the rear, consisted of 48Mp primary camera, 12Mp camera with telephoto feature and 16Mp camera with ultra-wide feature. On the front, you can find a 20Mp shooter, which is more than enough for casual social media shots or video calls.  There’s no confirmation about the size of the display, but it will have Full HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, AMOLED panel and edge to edge design.

Inside, the Mi 9 will be powered by the latest and fastest chipset today, the Snapdragon 855. A premium model, called the Mi 9 Explorer Edition will also be offered with 12GB of RAM and transparent back panel. Other features should be similar to the standard Mi 9 variant. The unveiling of the Mi 9 will be one day before Samsung announces the Galaxy S10 in San Francisco. With these hardware details, the Mi 9 should offer good competition to the most popular high-end Android series, the Samsung Galaxy S.

Other than above hardware specs, the Mi 9 will be equipped with 3500mAh battery, although somewhat smaller in terms of power output, it will support 20W rapid wireless charging and 32W fast charging with Quick Charge 5.0. In some countries, the Mi 9 will include 5G support. The phone may not have 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a standard feature for many Android smartphone models. Rumors have pointed out that Xiaomi’s wireless earphone is in the making, similar to the Apple AirPod.