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The Xiaomi Mi CC9e may become the Mi A3 in the US

The Xiaomi Mi A3 could look like this when it is released. (Source: GizmoChina)
The Xiaomi Mi A3 could look like this when it is released. (Source: GizmoChina)
The Mi CC9e is one of Xiaomi's latest phones on the Chinese market. Despite its mid-range specs, it still features an in-display fingerprint scanner and the new Snapdragon 665 processor. There is now evidence that this device may be released as the long-awaited Mi A3 in other regions.

The Xiaomi Mi CC9e is an interesting prospect for a phone that will start at under $200 when it is released for sale. It is the first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 665, and also features triple rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Add the all-new brand that has been set up to sell it (and its Mi CC9 counterparts) and you have a pretty compelling package.

Unfortunately, the Mi CC9e will be a Chinese-market exclusive - for now. XDA contributors claim to have found evidence that it, or a variation thereon, will be coming to the United States soon. This phone has allegedly surfaced on the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) database. This theory is mainly based on this device's model number: M1906F9SC, whereas that of the CC9e is M1906F9SH.

Furthermore, this device's FCC approval includes dimensions that match those of the Mi CC9e. An XDA reported also claims to have tested an IMEI that corresponds to a device with the same model number against the carrier Ting's database. This apparently elicited a response in which the phone in question was identified as a "Mi A3". 

Therefore, the Mi CC9e may indeed be on the way to a new market under a new name. There is also speculation that it may be an Android One device when it gets there, although that is far from confirmed at this point.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07- 6 (Update: 2019-07- 6)