Smartphone Shopping Guide 2019

Xiaomi Mi CC9, Mi CC9e Official: All You Need to Know [Update: Launched as Mi 9 Lite]

Xiaomi CC9

Last month, Xiaomi revealed that it is discontinuing the "Mi Max" series, but before then there had been various leaks and rumors about the firm prepping another series to cater for the mid segment. On Tuesday, the firm officially pulled the wraps off what have long been speculated, the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. The phones were announced in China - they are the first to wear the "CC" crest, and more are expected to join this newly-ushered family later.

The Mi CC9 is the more spectacular of the two, it features a larger and crisper 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display compared to the Mi CC9e 6.08-inch HD+ AMOLED display, although both are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. As could be expected these days, they have waterdrop notches at the top of the display that serve as refuge for the 32MP front snapper.

Speaking of the camera, the duo also have the same triple camera vertically-aligned at the upper-left at the back, the main camera is 48MP (f/1.79) IMX586 sensor, followed by 8MP ultra wide-angle lens (118°), while the tertiary is 2MP depth camera for portraits shot. Their similarities further extend to their connectivity, both offering Bluetooth 5, Dual 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C.

The Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e have in-display fingerprint sensors in addition to face unlock for security. The phones also have IR sensors for remote function, and customizable multi-color LED lights that pulse when there is a new notification, when listening to music, or when playing games. Each drawn its power from a 4,030mAh battery that can be fast charge with Qualcomm Quick Charge onboard.

Let's talk about their difference; apart from display, the phones also differs in other areas. The Mi CC9 is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset, while CC9e relied on the new Snapdragon 665 chipset to drive its hardware. 6GB and 8GB are the RAM options for the former, while the later is restricted to 6GB RAM for the maximum configuration and 4GB RAM for the minimum configuration.

Xiaomi also introduced "Mi CC9 Meitu Edition" that has the same specs as the Mi CC9, but with a unique artwork on the external. It only comes in 8GB RAM/256GB storage version.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Specifications

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2280x1080) resolution, 91% screen-to-body ratio, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • 2.2GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform, Adreno 616 GPU
  • 6GB / 8GB (Meitu Edition) LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB / 256GB (Meitu Edition) UFS 2.1 storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 48MP rear camera, f/1.79 aperture, 1/2" Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, EIS, LED flash; secondary 8MP ultra-wide angle (118°) lens, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size; 2MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 32MP front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10
  • In-display fingerprint sensor (7th-Gen)
  • Hybrid dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, IR sensor
  • Battery: 4,030mAh / 3940mAh (typical/minimum), Quick Charge 4 (18W charger included in the box)
  • Dimensions: 156.8×74.5×8.67mm
  • Weight: 179 grams
  • Colour(s): Dark Prince, White Lover, Blue Planet

Xiaomi CC9e

Xiaomi Mi CC9e Specifications

  • 6.08-inch AMOLED display with HD+ (1560x720) resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • 2.0GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform, Adreno 610 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1 storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 48MP rear camera, f/1.79 aperture, 1/2" Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, EIS, LED flash; secondary 8MP ultra-wide angle (118°) lens, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size; 2MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 32MP front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10
  • In-display fingerprint sensor (7th-Gen)
  • Hybrid dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, IR sensor
  • Battery: 4,030mAh / 3940mAh (typical/minimum), Quick Charge 3.0 (10W charger included in the box)

Pricing

  • Mi CC9 6GB/64GB -> CNY 1799 (US$261)
  • Mi CC9 8GB/128GB -> CNY 1999 (US$290)
  • Mi CC9 (Meitu Edition) 8GB/256GB -> CNY 2599 (US$378)
  • Mi CC9e 4GB/64GB -> CNY 1299 (US$189)
  • Mi CC9e 6GB/64GB -> CNY 1399 (US$203)
  • Mi CC9e 6GB/128GB -> CNY 1599 (US$232)

The Mi CC9 will be available from July 5th, while the Mi CC9e will go on sale on July 9th in China.

Update: Mi CC9 Launched as Mi 9 Lite in Spain (September 17, 2019)

Xiaomi has launched Mi 9 Lite in Spain, which is basically the global variant of the Mi CC9 that was introduced in early July in China. The specs, features, design are the same, no change whatsoever.

The 4GB/64GB version will be sold for €319 (US$352), while the 6GB/128GB will costs €349 (US$389) when it start selling on September 20th in the region.



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