Photo leaked by Xiaomi executive shows triple camera setup for Mi 9

Photo leaked by Xiaomi executive shows triple camera setup for Mi 9
Xiaomi's next flagship phone, the Mi 9, is expected to be unveiled later this month. Today, photos of a phone that allegedly is the Mi 9, appeared on a Weibo site belonging to Xiaomi product manager Wang Teng Thomas (via SlashLeaks). The images were later removed, although others captured the photos. Both pictures only reveal the back of the handset, but it still provided us with some important information.

The photograph does make it appear that the rumors about a triple camera setup on the Mi 9 are accurate. Based on the images, the cameras are vertically mounted, just like the dual camera setup was on 2018's flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 8. The difference though, is that the LED flash now is outside the camera housing. Last year's model had the flash inside the housing.

One of the camera sensors on back is believed to be Sony's IMX586 48MP sensor. The other two cameras on back are rumored to include a 12MP secondary snapper, and a 3D Time-of-Flight depth sensor. In front, we should see a Sony IMX576 24MP sensor. The Mi 9 will reportedly be equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display carrying a 1080 x 2220 FHD+ resolution, and Qualcomm's latest and greatest Mobile Platform, the Snapdragon 855, will be under the hood.

We could see variants of the Mi 9 with 6GB of RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. A 3500mAh battery is expected to keep the lights on, and the phone could come with a faster quick charging system. There also will be a premium Explorer Edition, according to Xiaomi president Lin Bin. This model will contain features not found on the regular Mi 9 units and possibly a transparent back. Android 9 Pie will be pre-installed along with the firm's MIUI interface.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 screen could have a much larger active area for its in-display fingerprint scanner


The leaked photos also show the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone that is supposedly the Mi 9. That means that we could see an in-display fingerprint scanner on Xiaomi's next flagship. The manufacturer has already offered this feature on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition and with the Mi 8 Pro. However, this will probably be the next generation of the biometric reader with a active area of 50mm x 25mm. That is 5 times larger than the area on the screen that is dedicated to reading fingerprints on most handsets. The Mi 9 should also offer users the ability to open the phone using its facial recognition system.

While last year's Xiaomi Mi 8 featured an iPhone-esque notch at the top of the screen, the Mi 9 is rumored to come with a waterdrop notch. Speculation is rife that the Mi 9 will not support 5G; in lieu of of Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem chip, we expect to see the chip maker's X24 4G LTE modem inside the phone.

Last month, Xiaomi announced that it was spinning its Redmi brand into a separate subsidiary. This will allow the company to focus on high-end phones for the Mi brand, which the Mi 9 is obviously part of. The Redmi branded phones will be sold over e-commerce channels only, while the Mi branded phones will be offered through online sites and in stores.

While Xiaomi's value phones have been killing it in India, and the company is expanding in Europe, we probably won't see Xiaomi's handsets make their long awaited entry into the U.S. market this year. The current environment for Chinese phone manufacturers in the states is not ideal with U.S. lawmakers calling Huawei and ZTE national security threats. While Xiaomi has never been painted with the same brush as those firms, it still might be difficult for it to find a major carrier willing to stock its phones. On the other hand, China's OnePlus was able to get its latest model on the shelves at T-Mobile.

According to Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi shipped 121 million handsets last year, good enough for an 8% market share. That made the company the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in 2018.

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Mi 9
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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16 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They're really pushing for our finger prints.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Nice joke

3. Abdbaas

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Genuine question. Why these manufacturers don't do like OnePlus in having very little customized ROMs, near vanilla? Maybe not all their phones, but at least 1 or 2.

5. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Mi A series is android one.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

Because Vanilla android is crap and featureless. Most of the customized roms have features that are two or three iterations ahead of stock android. If you want stock buy a Pixel.

8. Abdbaas

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

But you can't always download apps to have these features, no?

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

Why when they're already baked into miui, emui etc? Ad-free and perform much better than any third party app.

11. AbhiD

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

First of all. . . MIUI has ads in the UI and apps itself. So it sucks. Second, all these skins look pathetic, have serious performance issues with all background restrictions, are slowest to be updated and make phone go slow over time.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

First of all.. NOT all MIUI have ads. (even if it did, there's opt out option) Second. you're free to use any launcher you like. Background restrictions? try adjusting memory optimization on dev.options. Slow? not really. But they did upgrade their phones for more than 2 years, even their redmi series.. Want vanilla? get MiA2 or MiA2 lite.. Want the best value phone with vanilla android? get poco+LineageOS

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

Slowest to be updated to what? Adding "new" features from stock android that they've already had for several years? Xiaomi just updated 4 and 5 year old models. How long does Google update for? Ads are an option and I've never had them on my Xiaomi devices. I've not experienced performance issues ever and those background restrictions are how it should be in my opinion. The user selects what they want running in the background. Why don't you have the same criticism of Greenify which you need for stock android? Anyway, each to his own.

10. AbhiD

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If that is the case, i think customised roms should stick to 2-3 year older versions of Android. That would be perfect! Btw, OxygenOS is miles better than Vanilla Android which is miles ahead of Bloatware infested heavy skins. You seriously have no idea what you are talking about.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Oh, so you're just a OnePlus fanboy after all.. I won't reply anymore..

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

Nah. You don't know what you're talking about actually. If stock android was so popular why isn't it used more? Secondly if OxygenOS was so great why don't Oppo and Vivo use their own version too? Has it occurred to you that people actually like miui etc? I certainly do.

4. Venom

Posts: 3442; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Why can't these OEMs stop with camera gimmicks? At least the iphone and the Pixel keep it simple. We don't need 5 cameras or 3 cameras. Sometimes less is more.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

The iPhone didn't need dual-cameras until they got them and now it's all good. Same with more ram, octacore chips, large screens, bezel-less, big batteries and dual-sim gimmicks. But the OEM's who are actually innovating and setting new trends should stop and go back to 2015 where Apple are? I get it now.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

1. iPhone will do 3 back cameras according to rumor. 2. Pixel 3 already use 2 front cameras 3. Who have the best camera right now? Mate 20 Pro...

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