Xiaomi Mi 9 was the star of the launch earlier today, but another smartphone appeared as well. The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (Special Edition) was introduced by company CEO Lei Junas the first in the world with the new Snapdragon 712 chipset. It has a 48 MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor on the back, and an UD fingerprint scanner on the front.
The Mi 9 SE is a bit smaller than the flagship - it has a 5.97" AMOLED panel with a waterdrop notch on top and slightly thicker bezel on the bottom. The Snapdragon 712 chipset is coupled with 6 GB RAM and 64/128 GB storage.
Speaking about the new SoC, it is pretty much the same as the Snapdragon 710, but with a slightly faster CPU. It is still built on the 10nm FiNFET process and its modem supports all the usual Wi-Fi standards, Bluetooth 5.0, and dual LTE.
The main shooter has a 13 MP ultra wide-angle lens and an 8 MP telephoto lens to keep it company. The front-facing camera is 20 MP with plenty of Beauty filters for all the social media addicts out there.
There is fast-charging for the 3,070 mAh battery in the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, but it is capped at 18W. The handset lacks 3.5 mm audio jack, so you’ll have to rely either on the USB-C port or wireless headphones. Other features include the Game Turbo booster, latest MIUI 10 and an NFC chip.
Offered in the same Blue, Violet, and Black colors as the Xiaomi Mi 9, the Mi 9 Special Edition will cost between CNY1,999 ($300/€262) and CNY2,299 ($340/€300).
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I heard they lower the load on ISP by basically working with 4 pixels instead of one or something like that ... About those mutliple cameras .., i am really not qualified to talk about that but my best guess is that the SoC can only handle 2 cameras...
There's inconsistency between having 3 camera modules topping at 48 MP and Qualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 spec. limiting support to "Up to 20 MP dual camera" or "Up to 32 MP single camera"!
You don't need Android One. As of Android Pie, every phone has to support project treble so you can install latest google android (AOSP) on any phone that came with android pie.