The camera arms race in smartphones has never been so fast and furious. Not only are companies fitting more pixels into their sensors, but the sensors are becoming larger at an immense pace. Some sensors are now almost are large as high quality point and shoot cameras and the lower end of the DSLR. Now, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has been launched by the Chinese company with a unique camera arrangement that includes a whopping 108MP camera. This device is also called the Mi Note 10 in some markets.
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is positioned as a mid-range device, with a price tag starting at $399. It comes with the Snapdragon 730G processor, a 5,260mAh battery, 6/8GB RAM, and 128/256GB storage options. Its basic configuration comes with 6GB/128GB for just $399, while the maxed-out version with 8GB/256GB will cost $499.
But let’s focus on that camera array, with 5 shooters on the rear of the device. It has that 108MP primary sensor, a 12MP 2X zoom telephoto lens (mostly for portaits), another 5MP 5X zoom telephoto lens, a 20MP wide-angle sensor, and rounding out with a Macro shooter as well. On the other side it also includes a 32MP selfie camera.
The inclusion of two telephoto cameras is very peculiar, as most smartphones use the main camera to take portrait shots with assistance of data from the other cameras to do the computational trickery for a nice background blur.
The display on the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is a 6.47-inch curved OLED display, topping out at 1080p as opposed to a full 2K display. It also includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. On paper, at least, this device does look like a massive bargain for the price. We’ll have to wait and see how successful this device is for Xiaomi, as they continue their push to become one of the main smartphone manufacturers outside of China.
And of course, we’ll have to wait and see how good those 5 cameras on the back of the device is, especially the 108MP primary shooter.