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Xiaomi teases Mi 9 variant with pop-up selfie camera (Update: It's Mi 9T)

Xiaomi hinted at a Mi 9 variant with a pop-up camera earlier this week, and we've now got a name for the device.

Published onMay 30, 2019

A Xiaomi Mi 9 variant.

Update, May 30, 2019 (3:28AM ET): Xiaomi has now confirmed a name for its Mi 9 variant, revealing that it will indeed be called the Xiaomi Mi 9T. And it’s not the first time we’ve heard this name pop up in recent days.

A Polish blog reported this week that the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro would be called Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro when it launches there. Furthermore, a Russian news outlet has also claimed that the Redmi flagships would adopt the Mi 9T names when it launched in that market.

Here’s the answer! Mi 9T is coming soon! Guess what T stands for?
— Xiaomi #5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) May 30, 2019

If the Mi 9T is indeed a Redmi K20 Pro with a new name and a few tweaks, then you should be getting a ton of bang for your buck. The new phone offers a Snapdragon 855 chipset, pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup.

Original article, May 29, 2019 (5:42AM ET): Xiaomi’s first phones with a pop-up selfie camera, the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro, were announced yesterday. But the company has teased another device with a pop-up shooter.

Xiaomi posted an image on Twitter, showing a phone without a notch along with the hashtag “#PopUpInStyle.” The message also confirmed that this is a Mi 9 variant, and could either be the Mi 9K, Mi 9I, or Mi 9T.

K, I or T…Which letter would you choose for the newest member of our Mi9 family? why? #PopUpInStyle
— Xiaomi #5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) May 29, 2019

It’s unclear whether this will literally be the Mi 9 with a pop-up selfie camera or if this is more like a Redmi K20 series phone with the Mi 9’s design. The Xiaomi Mi 9 design differs from the Redmi K20 series by shifting the rear camera housing to the side of the device, while also offering a different gradient color scheme.

The Mi 9 also offers a few perks compared to the Redmi K20 series, such as wireless charging, and higher resolution telephoto and ultra-wide cameras. However, the K20 phones offer a much bigger battery (4,000mAh versus 3,300mAh), 256GB storage option, and a 3.5mm port.

Would you prefer a Xiaomi Mi 9 with a pop-up camera or a Redmi K20 Pro with the Mi 9’s aesthetics? Let us know in the comments!

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