Xiaomi Mi 9 SE – a toned-down variant of the Chinese smartphone maker’s flagship Mi 9 – was launched in February this year. So far, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE has remained exclusive to the Chinese market, with no official word from the company regarding its wider availability. Now, it appears that the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE might be launched in other markets too. The phone has been listed on the company’s global product compliance database, indicating that Mi 9 SE’s launch in markets outside China might happen after all.
The Mi 9 SE is a toned down version of the Mi 9 and is the first smartphone to come with a Snapdragon 712 SoC. It has 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of storage in tow. Other specifications include a 5.97-inch Full-HD+ display, triple rear camera (48MP + 13MP + 8MP), and a 20MP front camera.
The Mi 9 SE features an in-display fingerprint scanner and packs a 3,070 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE was spotted running the MIUI 10.2 Global Stable build on a sample unit at Xiaomi’s MWC event earlier this year. It is worth mentioning here that Xiaomi’s MIUI Global is reserved for smartphones available in markets outside China. However, there is a possibility that the sample Xiaomi Mi 9 SE units at the event were running MIUI Global ROM to make it easier for attendees to navigate through the UI, since the China-specific MIUI version would create a language barrier.
In absence of any official teaser or confirmation from Xiaomi so far, it cannot be said with certainty that the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE will be launched internationally. There is also no word on whether the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE’s arrival outside China – provided it happens – will be limited to certain regions or if it will hit the shelves in all countries where Xiaomi’s smartphones are sold.