A Xiaomi Mi 9 variant. Twitter/Xiaomi

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.

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.

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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