Xiaomi Launches Mi CC9 Phones With a Premium Design and Low Price

A couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi revealed another smartphone brand called CC. The line-up is a collaboration between the rising Chinese Tech Giant and Meitu, China’s leading beauty app. The CC series is meant to evoke “a trendy mobile phone for global young people,” by focusing on selfies and photography in general.

Xiaomi has launched three phones: Mi CC9, Mi CC9e, and CC9 Meitu Edition on the 2nd of July in the wake of this collaboration. These Smartphones are the first Meitu branded devices released after the acquisition of the company by Xiaomi in November 2018.

Mi CC9

Mi CC9 comes with a balanced set of specifications. It is slightly larger than its sibling CC9e and looks a lot like the Mi 9. CC9 also debuts Xiaomi’s Animoji like Mimoji with 100’s of different animations and avatar options.

Here’s what the phone comes with:

Design and Display

Design-wise, as mentioned earlier, CC9 has an uncanny resemblance to the Mi 9. The back has a dual glass design with a light refracting finish that changes color when viewed from different angles.

The display is a 6.39-inch super AMOLED panel that sports 1080p resolution and 403 ppi pixel density with a water drop notch for housing the selfie camera and an under-display fingerprint sensor.

Internal and Storage

Mi CC9 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 topped with Adreno 616 GPU. The chipset is paired with 6 GB RAM accompanied by 64 or 128 gigs as built-in storage. The memory is expandable via an SD card up to 256 GB.

Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack (a rarity in high-end phones these days), NFC and an IR port. Software-wise, the phone runs on Android 9.0 MIUI 10 on the top.

Cameras

Since the smartphone is a selfie-oriented phone and Xiaomi hasn’t shied away from it. On the rear, CC9 features a triple sensor camera setup with a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2 MP depth sensor.

The selfie camera, sitting in the water drop notch, is a single AR-enabled 32 MP shooter with AI capabilities for skin beautification and also Xiaomi’s own augmented reality emoji functionality called “Mimoji”.

Battery and Pricing

CC9 comes with a 4030 mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The phone will be available for pre-orders by 5th July 2019 in two variants:

  • 6GB + 64GB for $260
  • 6GB + 128GB for $290

Mi CC9 Meitu Edition

This edition of CC9 sports identical specifications to the above-mentioned phone, however, there are some upgrades in the camera features courtesy of Meitu.

This device has been designed with vloggers and millennials in mind, that are fond of taking artistic pictures. It sports a low light portrait mode, movie portrait, and full body beauty filters. It also has a video stabilization mode designed for vlogging.

Also, the memory has been increased keeping vloggers in mind. This version of CC9 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB built-in memory at $378.

Mi CC9e

The ‘e’ in the name stands for Essential edition which means this is a slightly toned-down sibling with all the essential specifications paired with a smaller form factor.

Design and Display

Design-wise, the phone borrows almost all its features from the regular CC9. We see the same water drop notch and light refracting finish, however, this phone is slightly smaller. Mi CC9e features a 6.088-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution leading to a disappointing 268 ppi pixel density.

CC9e, like CC9, comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor. The lower resolution, on the other hand, is a big turn off.

Internal and Storage

The main difference between both the phones is that CC9e is powered by a relatively modest Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 4 or 6 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB built-in memory.

Like the other phones in this lineup, it also comes with MIUI 10 flavored Android 9.0 Pie.

Cameras

Even though its other specifications are pretty modest, Xiaomi has not compromised on the cameras. On the back, CC9e features a triple sensor camera with a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and a 2 MP depth sensing lens.

On the front, it has the same single sensor 32 MP snapper with AI features.

Battery and Pricing

Battery wise, CC9e is identical to CC9, it sports the same 4030 mAh battery with 18W fast charging. CC9e comes in 3 variants:

  • 4GB/64GB ~ $189
  • 6GB/64GB N/A
  • 6GB/128GB ~ $232

Xiaomi CC9 and CC9e Specifications

Specifications Mi CC9 Mi CC9e
CPU Octa-core (2x 2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) Octa-core 2.0 GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 610
Chipset Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm) Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 10 Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 10
Network 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
Display Super AMOLED, 6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340 resolution Super AMOLED, 6.08 inches, 720 x 1560 resolution
Memory (6GB)/(64GB,128GB) 4 GB, 6 GB / 64 GB,  128 GB
Camera Primary: 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP Primary: 48 MP + 16 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
Selfie: 32 MP Selfie: 32 MP
Connectivity LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0,
Fingerprint scanner In-screen In-screen
Battery 4030 mAh 4030 mAh
Price ·         6 GB + 65 GB ~$260

·         6 GB + 128 GB ~$290

• 4GB/64GB ~ $189

• 6GB/64GB    N/A

• 6GB/128GB ~ $232

 


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