Xiaomi is not new to rebranding its Chinese version of smartphones for the global market. The Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro were launched as Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro,respectively in the markets other than China and India. And the most recent example is the Mi CC9e, a watered-down version of the Mi CC9, launched as the Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One handset in international markets.
While the Mi A3 is received with the mixed response for it packing an underwhelming HD+ display instead of a standard FHD+ display in its price segment, the buzz grew that to make up for this inadequacy the company might release the Mi A3 Pro rebranding the Mi CC9.
But now it seems Xiaomi has a different plan, the Mi CC9 instead of being launched as the Mi A3 Pro, might be coming with a different moniker i.e. the Mi 9 Lite.
Mishaal Rahman, the editor-in-chief of XDA Developers, revealed on twitter that a new device dubbed as the Mi 9 Lite has popped up on Google’s list of certified Android devices. The Mi 9 Lite is listed as a variant of the Mi CC9 with the same “pyxis” codename.
Nothing more is revealed about the alleged Mi 9 Lite. But it doesn’t take us much to guess that the Mi 9 Lite will match with the Mi CC9 in terms of specs and features for the reason that the former is a rebranded version of the latter.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite just appeared on Google's list of certified Android devices. It's listed with the code-name pyxis and is a variant of the Mi CC9.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) August 31, 2019
For a perspective, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 comes with 3D curved glass body with gradient finish design, a water-drop notch, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and triple cameras on the back.
The smartphone features a 6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC paired with Adreno 616 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.
The triple-rear-camera setup on the back comes with a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture coupled with a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a tertiary 2MP depth sensor. In terms of selfie shooter, it has a 32MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture enclosed inside the water-drop notch.
The smartphone runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and is fueled by a 4,030mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Standard connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Despite the revelation by Mishaal Rahman, the Mi 9 Lite is not officially confirmed by Xiaomi as yet. But given that it has already shown up on Google’s list of Android certified devices, it is very much likely on the cards and might see the daylight soon.