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Xiaomi announces Mi 9 Pro 5G with LHDC support

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Xiaomi has announced the Mi 9 Pro 5G, a new variant of its Mi 9 series. Updated with the latest Snapdragon 855+ Processor with options available in 8 or 12GB of RAM, the device is the company’s first 5G smartphone offering full coverage for China’s three major mobile carriers.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

With audio quality being one of the four areas identified by Xiaomi to enhance the user experience, the Mi 9 Pro features a 1.044CC sound cavity coupled with a 1217 super linear speaker tuned with 3rd generation Mi-Sound Algorithm for better sound quality. The smartphone also supports LHDC™ (Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec), a Bluetooth codec facilitating high-resolution audio streams over Bluetooth. Xiaomi is the second smartphone manufacturer to support LHDC™ after Huawei.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

The company also unveiled the Air 2, its newest True Wireless Stereo (TWS) offering at the event. Featuring a 14.2 mm composite diaphragm dynamic driver, Bluetooth 5.0, 14 hours of battery life, dual-microphone noise reduction as well as support for LHDC™, the TWS offering also supports Xiaomi’s voice assistant, Xiaoai, and offers almost instantaneous connectivity when paired with the Mi 9 Pro 5G.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Other notable features of the Mi 9 Pro 5G include the VC Liquid Cooling system, Full Scene Vibration HD technology, MIUI 11 interface, and a 4,000mAh battery with 40W wired, 30W wireless charging, and 10W reverse charging.

Available only as a 5G variant, the Mi 9 Pro 5G will cost RMB 3,699 (~ USD 520) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, RMB 3,799 (~ USD 535) for 8GB and 256GB of storage, RMB 4,099 (~ USD 575) for 12GB and 256GB of storage, or RMB 4,299 (~ USD 605) for 12GB and 512GB of storage. The 30W wireless charger is an optional accessory for RMB 199 (~ USD 20) while the Air 2 is available for RMB 399 (~ USD 40). The smartphone is currently available on pre-order and is only in the company’s domestic market, China.

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