As anticipated, Xiaomi yesterday unveiled the Mi 9 Lite in Spain. Another new member in its flagship smartphone family, the €319 Lite model comes in €10 cheaper than Mi 9T, swapping out the Snapdragon 730 for the 710, and the 20Mp pop-up selfie camera for a 32Mp notch version, but it holds on to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

There are two versions of the Mi 9 Lite, both with 6GB or RAM but a choice of 64GB or 128GB storage. You'll pay €349 for the extra storage option, but it's also worth noting there is support for microSD cards up to 256GB.

In Spain, Mi 9 Lite will be available to buy via from 20 September, in Pearl White, Aurora Blue or Black Onyx.

A UK release has not yet been confirmed, so in the meantime you'll have to purchase through unofficial channels such as Geekbuying where prices currently start at £271.91.

Mi 9 Lite Specifications

  • 6.39in Samsung AMOLED display (1080x2340, 403ppi), in-display fingerprint sensor, Gorilla Glass 5, 91.9% screen-to-body ratio
  • MIUI 10
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage with microSD support
  • 48Mp (f/1.79) + 8Mp + 2Mp triple-lens camera, 4K video @30fps, 720p slow-mo video @960fps
  • 32Mp selfie camera, f/2.0, 1.6um pixels, 1080p video @30fps
  • Hybrid SIM (dual-SIM or single-SIM + microSD)
  • Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • USB-C
  • 4,030mAh battery, 18W fast-charging
  • 156.8x74.5x8.67mm
  • 179g

The Mi 9 Lite joins the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro in the Mi 9 line-up. It might be the cheapest of the five, but we rate Xiaomi budget phones very highly and with a large 4,030mAh battery and a mid-range chipset the phone should be a long-lasting decent option at a lower price.

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