Xiaomi Mi 9 image render, price and specs on Revu Philippines

Xiaomi Mi 9 to be priced higher than Mi 8 at launch, CEO says

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If you think the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9 is going to cost the same as its predecessor at launch, think again.

Xiaomi founder, chairman, and CEO Lei Jun revealed on Chinese social-media platform Weibo that their 2019 flagship phone will be more expensive than the Mi 8.

In case you didn’t remember, the regular Xiaomi Mi 8 was announced in May 2018 with the following price tags:

  • 6GB/64GB: ¥2,699 (around P20,892 or $398)
  • 6GB/128GB: ¥2,999 (P23,215 or $443)
  • 6GB/256GB: ¥3,299 (P25,537 or $487)

In the Philippines, the 64GB and 128GB models arrived in July with suggested retail prices of P25,990 ($496) and P27,990 ($535), respectively.

According to Lei Jun, they must now focus on making the best products without being constrained by cost — likely why the company made the Redmi lineup a sub-brand.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9: Launch date, phone pictures, camera sample

He reasoned that with the Xiaomi Mi 9, they have opted to use the best technologies, such as the kind of triple-rear-camera system the device has and its improved, fifth-generation fingerprint sensor. Manufacturing and research and development are not cheap, so hopefully, consumers will understand, he said.

Xiaomi Mi 9's price will be higher than the Xiaomi Mi 8's at launch, CEO Lei Jun says via Revu Philippines

Xiaomi founder, chairman, and CEO Lei Jun on the pricing of the Xiaomi Mi 9 (translated for those who can’t understand Chinese. Original post can be seen here)

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is launching in China on February 20 and is getting an international debut on February 24 at the MWC 2019 mobile-focused tech show in Barcelona, Spain. We’ll be there to cover the event, so stay tuned.

For now, we’ll leave you with these confirmed specs and features to date:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • Game Turbo mode
  • 48-megapixel main (Sony), 12-megapixel telephoto, and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras on the back (with sapphire-glass lens cover)
  • 24-megapixel selfie camera
  • Samsung AMOLED full-HD+ screen with a small notch at the top, 90.7 screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and eye-protection tech
  • Chin: 3.6-millimeter wide, 40 percent narrower than the Mi 8’s
  • 12×17 super-linear speaker

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 16 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.