Xiaomi has been teasing the idea for a few months now and it is finally here: the CC9 Pro, the first smartphone of the company with a 108-megapixel camera.
Before you get too excited, this is not the stunning Mi Mix Alpha enveloping screen that the company showed earlier this year, of which Xiaomi also promises to have the 108-megapixel sensor. (That phone is probably still set for a limited release in December.)
The CC9 Pro is a more conventionally designed phone in comparison, although it was still able to pack five rear camera cameras: the aforementioned 108-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel telephoto with 5x optical zoom (and 10x hybrid zoom lens), a 12-megapixel Telefoto camera designed for portrait photos, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide with a 117-degree field of view and a 2-megapixel macro for close-up photos. There is also a sixth 32-megapixel camera on the front of the phone, which is located in a tear-style notch.
The 108-megapixel sensor in question is the same Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX which the company designed together with Xiaomi, which was announced earlier this year. The 1 / 1.33-inch sensor is unusually large (at least for a telephone). By default, it records 27 megapixels that combine four pixels together, as is fairly standard on smartphones with an ultra-high number of megapixels. There is an option to take photos with the full resolution of 108 megapixels if you want.
Wild camera specifications aside, the rest of the CC9 Pro sounds like a fairly competent phone, with a battery of 5,260 mAh, a curved 6.47-inch AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor in the display and the Snapdragon 730G processor from Qualcomm. It even has a 3.5 mm headphone jack. In terms of software, it runs Xiaomi's MIUI 11 skin on top of Android 9 Pie last year.
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro costs 2,799 yuan (approximately $ 400) for the base model, with 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage, or 3,099 yuan (approximately $ 443) for an upgraded model with 126 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. In the typical Xiaomi style, there is also a CC9 Pro Premium Edition version that costs 3,499 yuan (around $ 500) with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage and an improved "8P lens system" for the main 108-megapixel camera.
The CC9 Pro will go on sale in China tomorrow, but there is still no word about a larger international release.