While manufacturers tend to avoid clashing launch dates especially on a much awaited smartphone. Xiaomi did the opposite by announcing to launch the Mi 9 on the same day as the Galaxy S10 flagship series.
The company announced it through a post on its MIUI Forum where it revealed to launch the Xiaomi Mi 9 on February 20. This feels like an intentional move on Xiaomi’s part as Samsung revealed the Galaxy S10 launch date weeks before. The difference is the Mi 9 launch will take place in China while the Samsung’s launch will take place in London and San Francisco. So, you likely won’t need to chose between them.
From the translation in the official event poster, Xiaomi seems to be promoting the device’s design as a key selling point. It was previously claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 9 will be designed by the same person responsible for the design of Mi 6.
Xiaomi has also revealed one more key detail in the forum, posting a photo of the back of the Xiaomi Mi 9. If you see closely you will be able to make out what appears to be a triple camera setup as leaked before. The camera specifications are not known at this moment but it likely to be a combination of a normal, wide and telephoto sensor.
Very little information is available on the Xiaomi Mi 9. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 855 and sport an in-display fingerprint sensor. The handset is expected to feature a 6.4 inch AMOLED Display and come with 6/8/10 GB RAM variants. The primary sensor of the triple camera setup is rumored to be a 48 MP Sony IMX5860 and the other two sensors being a12 MP telephoto lens and a 3D TOF sensor. The front will offer a 24 MP sensor. A decent 3,500 mAh battery is expected to power the device
But the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and the Xiaomi Mi 9 are not the only flagship smartphones to launch in February. The MWC 2019 event will host several launches which might even outshine these flasghips.