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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, 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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