The new device is called the Xiaomi Mi 9, and it has officially debuted packing a Snapdragon 855 under the hood and a 48MP rear camera with a price that is up to a third less than what you would pay for some flagship Galaxy or iPhone devices. Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9 starting at $445, and for that price you get a base Mi 9 packing 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Xiaomi offers an upgraded version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $490, both of those prices are converted from Chinese pricing so U.S. prices could vary to some extent. A version of the Mi 9 with 12GB of RAM and 265GB of storage with a transparent back cover is offered in China priced at the equivalent of $600.
Other than RAM and storage, the devices share the same hardware inside. That means a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen sourced from Samsung that has a waterdrop cutout for the front camera and is covered in Gorilla Glass 6. The back of the smartphone has a triple camera setup that has a main 48MP f/1.75 camera, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens;
Support for fast wireless charging is integrated at up to 20W and power comes from a 3,300 mAh battery. The hardware inside the Mi 9 gives users DxOMark performance that is impressive with an overall score of 107 making this affordable device outperform the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9. Thankfully, Xiaomi will offer the Mi 9 in the UK and other Western markets.