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Xiaomi Mi CC 9 series announced: Loads of megapixels for under $200

The top-end device in the family also features a low-light AI portrait mode, claiming better results than the iPhone XS.

Published onJuly 2, 2019

The Xiaomi Mi CC 9.

We’ve known for a few weeks now that Xiaomi has been readying its first phones as part of its partnership with Meitu. Now, the Chinese brand has announced the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 series, consisting of the Mi CC 9, Mi CC 9e, and the Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition.

All three phones offer a 32MP selfie camera in a waterdrop notch, a 4,030mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide snapper, and 2MP depth sensor. The Mi CC 9 series also offers the ability to swap out the sky in a photo for a more aesthetically pleasant backdrop (as previously seen in the MIUI beta). One of the Xiaomi examples used was a grey sky in a landscape picture being swapped out for blue skies.

The standard Mi CC 9 offers a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage. The phone also serves up a a 6.39-inch OLED screen (full HD+) with in-display fingerprint sensor, and 18 watt charging. Other noteworthy details include a 3.5mm port, NFC, an IR blaster, USB-C connectivity, and Game Turbo 2.0 support.

The Xiaomi Mi CC 9e.

The second phone shown at the event was the Xiaomi Mi CC 9e, seen above. The smaller phone differs from the previous model by offering a Snapdragon 665 chipset, 6-inch OLED screen (with in-display fingerprint sensor), and no NFC.

The final phone revealed as part of the event was the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition (seen below). Xiaomi noted that the phone’s camera app was actually developed by Meitu. Furthermore, the phone features an AI low-light portrait mode, with the company showing off selfies that were notably brighter than shots taken with the iPhone XS.

The Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition.

The Xiaomi Mi CC 9 starts at 1,799 yuan (~$262) for the 6GB/64GB variant, and 1,999 yuan (~$291) for the 6GB/128GB model. The Mi CC 9e starts at 1,299 yuan (~$189) for the 4GB/64GB option, 1,399 yuan (~$203) for the 6GB/64GB variant, and 1,599 yuan (~$233) for the 6GB/128GB model. As for the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition, it retails for 2,599 yuan (~$378), giving you 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. What do you think of the Mi CC 9 series?

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