Xiaomi Mi 9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 launched in Europe for €449

Xiaomi Mi 9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 launched in Europe for €449

Xiaomi launched the Mi 9 in China a few days ago, bringing the best of what it has to offer to consumers in a very affordable package. The Xiaomi Mi 9 comes with a 6.39″ AMOLED FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, a triple rear camera setup comprising of a 48MP main sensor, an in-display fingerprint sensor, fast wireless charging up to 20W and many more features.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Specifications

DesignFront: Waterdrop notch, 3.6mm chin size

Back: 243 sq. millimeters of sapphire glass covering the triple rear camera lenses

Frame: Stainless steel. No IP rating.

Colors: Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, or Piano Black; Holographic effect

Dimensions and Weight: 155 x 75 x 7.6mm, 173g

SoftwareMIUI 10.2 based on Android 9 Pie
Display6.39-inch OLED display (19.5:9), 403ppi, FHD+, 90.7% screen-to-body ratio, Gorilla Glass 6, 103.8% NTSC wide color gamut, 600-nit brightness with High Brightness Mode

Reading Mode 2.0, Sunlight Mode 2.0

System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU
RAM and storage6GB RAM LPDDR4X + 64GB storage UFS 2.1
6GB RAM LPDDR4X + 128GB storage UFS 2.1No microSD card slot
ChargingWireless: 20W non-Qi with proprietary charger OR 10W Qi wireless charging
Wired: Rated for 27W wired charging (18W charger provided with the device)
Rear cameras
  • (Primary) 48MP 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 sensor, wide-angle lens, f/1.75 aperture, 6P lens, 0.8μm pixel size, 12MP shots with 4-in-1 pixel binning at 1.6μm
  • (Secondary) 12MP telephoto Samsung S5K3M5 lens, f/2.2 aperture, 6P lens, 1.0μm pixel size, 2x optical zoom
  • (Tertiary) 16MP 117° ultra wide-angle Sony IMX481 lens, f/2.2 aperture, 6P lens, 1.0μm pixel size, 4cm macro support
  • LED flash
  • Laser Autofocus (combination of PDAF and CDAF), Closed-loop Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for improved auto-focusing
Front camera20MP, all Xiaomi AI beauty functions supported
BiometricsFifth-generation optical in-display fingerprint scanner
ConnectivityDual nanoSIM 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Multi-function NFC (SN100T chip), Dual-frequency GPS with independent L5 antenna, IR Blaster, USB type-C port, HPUE, 4×4 MIMO

GSM: B2/3/5/8
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TD-SCDMA: B34/39
FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
TDD LTE: 38/39/40

(Bands may vary depending on region)

AudioLinear speaker, audio output amplified by Smart PA, no 3.5mm headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi 9 – Pricing and Availability for Europe

At a dedicated event right on the eve of MWC 2019, after Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix 3 5G, the Chinese OEM also launched the Mi 9 for the European market.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be available in Spain, Italy and France from February 28, 2019, for a price of just €449 for the 6GB + 64GB variant and  €499 for the 6GB + 128GB variant. Pre-orders for the phone begin from today for France. The phone will be available across all authorized Mi Stores as well as online through Mi.com. Other country specific retailers are also mentioned below:

Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing strategy has made its way to Europe, giving premium flagships with similar specifications a run for the money. Xiaomi has not released the 8GB RAM variant in Europe just yet, but 6GB itself should be sufficient for most users.

Xiaomi Mi 9 XDA Forums

As a plus, Xiaomi also has released the kernel sources for the Mi 9 just a day after the release of the device in China. This, combined with the ability to unlock the bootloader and sideload ROMs, makes the Mi  a very good, affordable flagship in our eyes.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).