It’s for a good reason
Xiaomi is hyping up the Mi 9 quite well: aside from previous teasers, more details about Xiaomi’s flagship phone has surfaced. These include a slimmer bottom chin, a faster in-display fingerprint sensor, a Samsung AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 6 protection, sapphire glass for the rear camera module, and a proprietary Game Turbo tech.
With all these features, it is quite insane that there are rumors about the Mi 9 being priced at around Php 19.5k when converted. Here’s some bad news: Xiaomi founder Lei Jun just said that the Mi 9 will definitely be more expensive than the Mi 8. One should not be disappointed, however, as Jun has a good explanation for it.
In a Weibo post, Jun said that they have to remove the shackles of cost-effectiveness in order to make their flagship phone the best one out there. In addition, Jun adds that manufacturing and R&D costs are not cheap, leading to the Mi 9’s price hike.
Those who may be dismayed should not lose their faith in Xiaomi: with Redmi going independent and confirming that there will be a Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi phone, Xiaomi is making sure that they will accommodate all markets in offering the best value-for-money products possible.