Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi 9 next month, just a day before the launch date of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, as the company has put up a number of subtle teasers on Chinese social media.
The company hyped the smartphone community when it started talking about the numbers “9102” on Weibo. As said by Xiaomi officials on social media, “the year of 9102 will be of Mi 9”. Soon after, rumors surfaced on the web thanks to the smartphone community which suggest that the next big flagship will debut on the 19th of February.
Moreover, Weibo is also rife with leaked teasers and Mi 9 launch posters. These leaks don’t exactly talk about the phone’s launch date but do reveal some of the specifications.
From these leaks, we know that the Mi 9 will debut with a triple rear camera set up, quite similar to the P20 Pro, and also with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Other details, which aren’t confirmed yet, include 6 GB RAM and at least a 3,500 mAh battery. Of course, the company will also unveil a high-spec variant with more RAM and storage, and most likely a separate 5G variant as well.
Xiaomi officials have also been talking about improved fast-charging technology, which the Mi 9 will be launched with. Other than that, it will also have an in-display fingerprint sensor. The camera set up will feature a 48 MP primary sensor on the back and a 24 MP selfie camera. On the back, Xiaomi will place a 3D ToF shooter with the other two cameras.
Moving on, the phone’s launch date (Feb. 19) is close to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 launch. Xiaomi is looking to compete with the South Korean giant but it might face a hard time, as Samsung is also expected to unveil its foldable phone on February 20 along with the S10 series.
Xiaomi, by the way, also revealed a foldable phone in a video, so we might get to see a similar device from the Chinese company this year as well. However, we don’t have a launch date for it yet.