Xiaomi has announced the Mi 9 Pro 5G, a new variant of its generally very good Mi 9 with faster chips, connectivity and charging. It is based on a Snapdragon 855+ processor with 8 or 12 GB RAM, has what sounds like the same 6.4-inch 1080p OLED screen but now with "professional" calibration, and of course a 5G modem that, according to Xiaomi, offers full coverage for the three Chinese major carriers.
Xiaomi is one of the few Chinese phone manufacturers that supports wireless charging at all, and the Mi 9 Pro 5G should be a leader in that field: it can be charged wirelessly at 30 W on a special standard and the 4,000 mAh battery filled in 69 minutes. Wired charging is up to 40 W and you should fully charge after 48 minutes.
The Mi 9 Pro 5G also has 10W reverse wireless Qi charging. Here, for some reason, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun demonstrates how much faster the phone charges an iPhone wirelessly than the Huawei P30 Pro:
The camera system is unchanged compared to the Mi 9: a 48-megapixel main sensor with a 16-megapixel ultrawide and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Xiaomi praises the stronger linear motor haptic feedback effects of the Mi 9 Pro, which is always nice to hear – the Mi 9 was already above average in that respect but clearly left room for improvement, so we'll have to see for ourselves.
The Mi 9 Pro 5G costs 3,699 yuan (~ $ 520), 3,799 yuan (~ $ 535), 4,099 yuan (~ $ 575) or 4,299 yuan (~ $ 605) respectively for models with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, 8 GB and 256 GB, 12 GB and 256 GB or 12 GB and 512 GB. The 30 W wireless charger is sold separately for 199 yuan (~ $ 20). The phone is the first to be launched in China.