After months of waiting, Xiaomi has officially unveiled the CC9 Pro, the world’s first smartphone equipped with Samsung’s new 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. That’s right, Xiaomi’s new smartphone sports more megapixels than most professional cameras. The new 1/1.33-inch sensor is not as large as the 1/1.2-inch sensor Nokia used in the iconic 808, but it’s roughly 4 times larger than the 1/2.55-inch sensor Samsung has used on its 2019 flagship smartphones like the Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.
While Samsungs ability to cramp 108 million pixels into a 1/1.33-inch sensor is certainly impressive, by default, the Xiaomi CC9 Pro is set to capture images at 27-megapixels. This Pixel binning mode allows the camera to capture more light while also saving storage on the device. If lighting conditions are perfect, you can switch over the capture full-resolution images with the phone which Xiaomi claims are good enough to be printed on 4-meter tall billboards.
If the 108-megapixel simply isn’t enough to entice you, the Xiaomi CC9 Pro features an additional 4 cameras on the back which include a 5-megapixel 5x telephoto and 12-megapixel 2x telephoto which should satisfy all your zooming needs, a 20-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel sensor with 1.75um pixels which is paired with a macro lens. Xiaomi has also thrown in a 32-megapixel front-facing camera for those interested in capturing high-resolution selfies.
Since the Xiaomi CC9 Pro’s camera hardware is quite expensive, the phone manages to keep the overall price of the phone low by using a mid-range Snapdragon 730G from Qualcomm which is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. That being said, the phone does have a nice edge-to-edge 6.47-inch curved FHD+ AMOLED display and a massive 5,260 mAh battery which will allow the phone to run nearly two full days without needing a charge.
The base model of the Xiaomi CC9 Pro will sell for 2,799 yuan (roughly $400), but there is an upgrade with 8GB of RAM for 3,099 yuan ($440 USD). Those who want to go all out also have the option to purchase the Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition for 3,499 yuan ($500 USD) which included 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 9P lens which replaces the 8P lens on the standard models.
Xiaomi has not revealed any western launch markets at this point, but the company hinted that it will be making its way to Europe before the end of the year.