Did Xiaomi make a big mistake when it scheduled the Mi 9 unveiling?

Did Xiaomi make a big mistake when it scheduled the Mi 9 unveiling?
We're not sure what Xiaomi is thinking, but a tweet disseminated this evening by tipster Ice Universe shows that the Xiaomi Mi 9 will be introduced on February 20th (see image at the top of this article). That's the day, of course, when Samsung will hold its Unpacked 2019 event unveiling the eagerly awaited Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and the foldable Galaxy F. While Xiaomi does have its fans in certain markets, and the Mi 9 is the company's flagship phone, going up against Sammy for media attention is not such a great idea.

We recently got our first look at the Xiaomi Mi 9 when a photo was posted (and then removed) by Xiaomi product manager Wang Teng Thomas on his Weibo page. The photo showed off a triple camera setup on the back of the phone. The three cameras will reportedly include a 48MP sensor, a 12MP secondary snapper, and a 3D Time-of-Flight depth sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is expected to carry a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with a 1080 x 2220 resolution. The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform will be under the hood, and there is speculation that we will see versions of the handset with 6GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. An in-display fingerprint scanner is said to be included, along with a 3500mAh battery. Android 9 Pie and Xiaomi's MIUI interface will be pre-installed.

Xiaomi is also expected to introduce a premium "Explorer Edition" of the Mi 9, like it did last year with Mi 8. The latter model features a transparent back that shows off what appears to the naked eye to be the phone's innards, including the Snapdragon 845 chipset that powers it. But as it turns out, the transparent back is a fake that can be scrubbed off. Will the Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition feature the same design? We will find out next Wednesday when the manufacturer unveils its new flagship phone.

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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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15 Comments

1. perry1234

Posts: 630; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

In all probability, the dates will be changed. Or, Ice Universe is wrong.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2040; Member since: May 04, 2015

In China and India where it's most important to Xiaomi it won't matter.

15. perry1234

Posts: 630; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Not in case of flagships. Xiaomi matters in India only for one reason, their Redmi series and the corresponding vfm. Flagship Mi series are anyway not launched in India.

2. abhicool

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Xiaomi Doing compition with samsung in mid range is ok but thinking the same for flagship device is different ball game altogether. Please dont make these stupid moves

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

They both are similar companies do doesn't matter much

5. abhicool

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

No dear, they are not similar companies. Xiaomi is a Chinese company who are trying to build there image by entering in different segments apart from mobile industry. Where as samsung is a giant who have footprint in many areas. Say in electronics, real estates etc. In every 3 houshold 1 houshold, you can find samsung product but its out of question for xiaomi

6. Bobbii

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

It's half day earlier than S10 because of the time zone difference

7. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

no problem at all, Xiaomi is doing better than Samsung over here. Wayyy better.

13. morgeus09

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Funny

8. mar99

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

What's wrong with the date of unveiling PA? Xiaomi can hold its own against Samsung.

9. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I will not be buying Xiaomi's flagship again until they offer it with vanilla android.... I don't want to have contact with their Chinese support anymore in my life. Worst support ever...and all those apps that they keep using are just terrible. Hate myself for buying Mi router Pro, and now have to write password almost every time I logged myself from my mobile phone to administrate it(they don't know how to make app memories your logging data, after every app update all is lost). Same goes for Mi cloud, Mi Home, Yeelight apps...all that Xiaomi makes. Buying Xiaomi for 100€ instead of overpriced Samsung is another thing, but flagship...even 30% cheaper than Summy's Galaxy S, is just not worthy

10. mootu

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why are they making a mistake? The Mi 9 is aimed at the chinese market where Xiaomi have good marketshare. Samsung has almost zero presence in China and the S10 launch will be pretty much a non event for the Chinese.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What mistake? They target totally different price range.. It's like $400-$500 vs $999 phone. They might not get the "headline" on every tech news on that day (they still won't even if they pick another date), but if a person visit article about S10 launching, maybe he'll also click the Mi 9 launching article, in that S10 page.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Xiaomi has been putting out some great bang for your buck smartphones for quite some time now. In all honesty, I’d catch their event first and catch the highlights of Samsung’s event. Both make great smartphones, though. I’m just more interested in what Xiamoi has to offer.

14. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

20 Feb in China is 19 Feb in America.

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