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Xiaomi's Mi 9 glitters with new rear triple-camera setup

The Chinese phone maker has a new phone to show off just before Mobile World Congress officially begins.

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Aloysius Low
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The latest phone from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is all screen and no notch. There's just a tiny teardrop-shaped hole for its front 20-megapixel camera. It will launch in China before heading out to other markets. 

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The Xiaomi Mi 9's rear is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and shimmers in the light.

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The phone uses a Type-C USB port.

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It has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and fits comfortably in my hand.

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The phone comes in violet, blue and black. 

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The three rear cameras will stick out, so this phone probably won't lay flush on a surface.

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And no, there's no audio jack. Just in case you were wondering. 

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The rear triple-camera setup includes a 48-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto for 2x zoom and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter.

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A Special Transparent Edition will also be available, but the cool-looking "innards" is actually an aluminium heatsink.

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The new Mi 9 is a sleek, slender beauty. 

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The Mi 9's rear dazzles in the right light.

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While the phone doesn't have an audio jack, it will mostly likely come with a USB-C-to-3.5mm audio out adapter. 

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