Xiaomi President hints 48MP camera smartphone launch in January; Could it be the Xiaomi Mi 9?

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 0

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 smartphone was announced in October. However, well ahead of its launch, Xiaomi President Lin Bin had shared a full-frontal image of the phone to reveal the full screen display and slider design of the phone. Over an hour ago, Bin shared a teaser image of a new smartphone that will be released in January. What’s astonishing about the mysterious phone is that it is equipped with a 48-megapixel camera.

It is too early to guess on the identity of the mysterious smartphone that has been shown in the image below. The back panel of the phone appears made out of glass. The “48MP Camera” text seems to be present below a vertical camera setup.

It is unclear whether the phone features triple or dual cameras. There is a dual-tone LED flash for the 48-megapixel camera. The volume buttons placed on the left edge of the phone are also visible in the image.

The mysterious Xiaomi phone could be featuring either the Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor that was announced in July this year or the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 48-megapixel sensor that was announced in October. Sony has reportedly begun shipping the samples of IMX586 in September whereas the South Korean company has commenced the mass production of ISOCELL GM1. Compared to its rival, Xiaomi has been a bit inferior in the camera department. It seems that the Chinese manufacturer is all set to raise competition bar high in the camera department by releasing a 48-megapixel camera smartphone.

The next major phone that Xiaomi is expected to unleash in the coming year is the 5G version of Mi MIX 3. The Chinese manufacturer has already confirmed that it will be arriving in Q1 2019. The 48-megapixel camera phone shown in the above image does not seem to be the Mi MIX 3 5G since it won’t be a major upgrade over the Mi MIX 3.

Could it be the Xiaomi Mi 9 or an entirely new smartphone from the company? There is a possibility that this phone could be featuring the newly announced Snapdragon 855 chipset and 10 GB of RAM. It is advisable to wait for further reports to confirm on the identity of the smartphone.