Xiaomi takes on Huawei with two 5G contenders

Business | Bloomberg 25 Sep 2019

Xiaomi (1810) yesterday launched its first 5G-compatible phones in China, as the country's once-biggest smartphone maker prepares for an uphill battle against domestic rival Huawei Technologies.

At an event in Beijing, billionaire co-founder Lei Jun introduced the 5G-capable Mi 9 Pro, the latest of Xiaomi's classic product line, and gave the world a first look at a new concept phone called MIX Alpha, with a display wrapping all the way around the device.

The Mi 9 Pro, built with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and a gluttonous serving of memory and storage, has seven antennas to ensure the fastest possible cellular speeds, with Lei showing off real-world speeds of over 2 gigabits per second. It will start at 3,699 yuan (HK$4,080), while a 4,299-yuan model will max out the storage at 512GB.

Xiaomi is launching its first two 5G devices just in time for the holiday shopping season, seizing on the seasonal bump in demand with the cachet of having the latest and greatest connectivity.


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