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Mi 9 Lite: This should have been the Mi A3

There’s now a new device under the Mi 9 series following the launch of the Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro. This time, they have announced the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite which is essentially the global version of the Xiaomi CC9.

The Mi 9 Lite is kinda like an “in-betweener” device where it gets a large screen but runs on a processor that’s a slight notch below the Mi 9 SE. The device features a 6.39″ Full HD+ Samsung AMOLED display that comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and UFS2.1 storage options of either 64GB or 128GB. If you need more storage, the device uses a hybrid SIM tray slot that allows you to use either a nano-SIM or a microSD card for the secondary slot.

In terms of design, the rear gets a subtle curved back that has a similar looking reflective effect like the Mi A3. What’s interesting is that the device gets an illuminated Xiaomi logo at the rear which doubles up as a notification light.

For selfies, it gets a 32MP f/2.0 front camera, while the rear has a triple-camera setup which looks identical to the Mi A3. It has a 48MP f/1.8 main camera, a 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 2MP for depth effects. It can shoot 4K video at 30 fps as well as 960 fps slow-mo at 720p.

Powering the Mi 9 Lite is a 4,030mAh battery that supports QuickCharge 4+ charging via USB-C. In the box, it comes bundled with an 18W charger. The device also gets NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as an IR blaster. Unlike the Mi A3 that runs on Android One, this Mi 9 Lite runs on MIUI 10. In Europe, the device is priced from 319 EUR which is about RM1,466. Do note that European pricing is often more expensive than Malaysia.

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Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite looks like a beefier version of the Mi A3 in terms of specs and most importantly, it comes with a Full HD+ display. The current Mi A3 is considered by some as a letdown as it has a lower resolution 720p+ display with less RAM. Previously, many had expected the Mi A3 to be a rebadged Xiaomi CC9 that runs on pure Android but turns out that the latest Android One device was based on the CC9 Lite instead.


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Alexander Wong