Wait, what? Some Xiaomi Mi 9 units shipped without LED flash hardware

Xiaomi’s latest flagship is the stunning Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s their top of the line device to spearhead Xiaomi’s numerous mobile devices. It was recently unveiled during last month’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Listed below is the amazing spec sheet for a device, with a jaw droppingly reasonable starting price of around 450$.

Xiaomi Mi 9 – Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory
  • 6.39-inch, 19:9 FHD+ Samsung AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 6
  • Under display fingerprint reader, facial recognition
  • Programmable side button
  • Sony IMX586 rear camera 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 54mm (telephoto), 2x optical zoom
  • 20MP selfie camera
  • Dual GPS, Dual SIM with LTE support
  • NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual Band ac Wi-Fi, Type C
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Game Turbo
  • 3300 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and 20W wireless charging
  • Android 9 Pie operating system with MIUI 10 interface

According to reports on Weibo, the Chinese social media giant, some Chinese customers received their Mi 9’s with a totally unexpected and nearly comical manufacturing defect.

They received their devices without the LED Flash, that’s right, they got their brand new phones with the triple back cameras but no LED flash!

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For comparison, here’s the back of Mi 9 with LED flash:

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Notice the flash at the bottom of the rear camera triplets

Understandably, Xiaomi has done everything in its power to replace the defective units and to prevent this issue from occurring to anymore Mi 9 devices.

Unfortunately, the cat’s out of the bag but who knows it might become a cool collector’s item.

Ironically, this has happened to one of their previous flagships before, the Xiaomi Mi 6. The, Mi 6 was their 2017 flagship device and allowed them to set record sales. However, many netizens said that this mobile phone is just like the wrong version of the renminbi, the national currency of China and that it is very collectible.

From the pictures exposed by netizens, the device looks no different at first glance, but when you look closely, you will find that there is no flash, only two solitary cameras.

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We are in the process of gathering more information, and will update this story as and we find something newsworthy. Meanwhile, use our comments section to let us know your thoughts on this fiasco.

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Himanshu Arora

My interest in technology and writing started back in 2010. Since then, I have written for many leading publications, including Computerworld, GSMArena, TechSpot, HowtoForge, LinuxJournal, and MakeTechEasier to name a few. Here at PiunikaWeb, my work involves covering on daily basis the biggest tech stories as well as scoops that you won't find anywhere else.