Xiaomi unveils its 108-megapixel smartphone

Xiaomi has unveiled the CC9 Pro smartphone that has one of the highest-resolution cameras period that you can buy. For instance, the 108-megapixel wide-angle camera has more resolution than Fujifilm’s 102-megapixel GFX 100 medium format camera, which has a sensor about 15 times larger. On top of that, the CC9 Pro has four other rear cameras: a 5-megapixel 5x telephoto, 12-megapixel 2x telephoto, 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera with big 1.75um pixels.

The extra high-resolution sensor was developed by Samsung, which has yet to feature it in its own products.

The firms say the benefit is that it delivers “extremely sharp photographs that are rich in detail”.

However, one early test of the tech indicates that its images contain more digital distortions than those produced by lower-resolution smartphones.

The ultra wide-angel 20-megapixel camera has a 117-degree field of view, and there’s a front 32-megapixel camera. To ensure jitter-free shots, the CC9 Pro has a 4-axis optical image stabilizer and uses Xiaomi’s ShootSteady tech to smooth out 4K video. It has slo-mo speeds up to 960 fps, and even has a Vlog video mode to maximize dynamic range.

Xiaomi’s all-new Night Mode 2.0, which combines multiple shots to reduce noise. It can also capture RAW photos in low light using multi-frame noise reduction. Alternatively, you can take advantage of one of the two LED lights on the rear — there’s a torch light for a general brightness boost, and there’s also a soft light for portrait shots.

Apart from the cameras, the CC9 Pro’s standout feature is the gigantic 5,260 mAh battery that should give it impressive endurance. Other features include an edge-to-edge 6.47-inch curved FHD+ AMOLED display and Snapdragon 730G mobile platform.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro will go on sale tomorrow in China for 2,799 yuan or about $400 (6GB RAM with 128GB storage) and 3,099 yuan or $440 (8GB RAM). There’s also the more expensive CC9 Pro Premium Edition going for 3,499 yuan or $500, which comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, along with an 8P lens system for the 108MP camera this supposedly takes better photos than the 7P system on the regular version.

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