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Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro comes with 108MP penta-camera

by on06 November 2019

Takes the DxOMark camera throne

Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new Mi CC9 Pro smartphone, a mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 730G SoC, and one that comes with no less than five cameras on its back.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is built around a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with 600 nits brightness and HDR10 support, but as it is a mid-ranger, it sticks to FHD+ resolution (2340x1080), leaving it with just shy of 400 ppi of pixel density. It also has a center placed notch and slim top and bottom bezels.

The phone itself measures 157.8x74.2x9.7 mm and weighs 208g, which is pretty hefty for a phone with glass on both front and back (Gorilla Glass 5) combined with an aluminum frame.

The heart of the Mi CC9 Pro is Qualcomm's 8nm Snapdragon 730G SoC, with an octa-core CPU part (two 2.2GHz Kryo 470 Gold and six 1.8GHz Kryo 470 Silver cores) and Adreno 618 GPU. The SoC is combined with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The biggest selling point of the Mi CC9 Pro is its main camera which is a penta-camera system with a 108-megapixel main sensor. It uses Samsung's ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, first seen on the Mi Mix Alpha. The main sensor is placed behind a 25mm wide lens and has PDAF, Laser AF, and OIS.

Next in line is the 5-megapixel sensor behind f/2.0 aperture lens which also PDAF, Laser AF and 5x optical zoom, 20-megapixel sensor with an ultrawide angle 13mm lens with f/2.2 aperture and Laser AF, as well as 12-megapixel sensor behind 50mm telephoto lens with f/2.0 aperture for portraits. Last but not least, is a 2-megapixel sensor with a f/2.4 lens which is a dedicated macro camera. You also get quad-LED dual-tone flash.

The front camera, placed in the notch, is a 32-megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture, HDR, and capable of recording 1080p at 30fps.

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It did not take long before the penta camera system took the DxOMark throne, which is only surprising since it is a mid-range smartphone. The overall score is set at 121, which makes it the same one as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, although Mi CC9 Pro is slightly worse with photos and better with videos. Bear in mind that this is the Premium Edition version which has a slightly better 8-megapixel lens.

The rest of the specifications include all the usual connectivity and sensors, as well as a 5,260mAh battery, which can be fully charged in just over an hour, mostly thanks to the 30W charger. The phone runs on MIUI 11 on top of Android 9.

The phone will be available in China for now, and you can have it in 6/128GB and 8/256GB versions as well as three color options, Aurora Green, Glacier White, and Midnight Black. There is also a third version, called Premium Edition, and has a special 8-megapixel camera module instead of the 5-megapixel one, first one of its kind, which should provide good low-light pictures.

Prices are a bit high, even for China, but we guess the penta camera setup is one to blame. The base 6/128GB version will go for CNY2,799 (or around $400/€360), 8/256GB version will sell for CNY3,099 yuan ($440/€400), while the Premium Edition will go for CNY3,499 ($500/€450). All of them should be available for pre-order as of today, and should officially launch on November 11th.

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Last modified on 06 November 2019
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