Adamya Sharma [] []& Hadlee Simons

Update, September 13, 2019 (4:24AM ET):The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite name first surfaced
earlier this year, followed by Google certification in August. Thankfully, the
Chinese brand has confirmed the device and a launch date.

The company posted an image showing the Mi 9 Lite name and September 16 launch
date on itsSpanish Facebook page
[] , confirming a European launch for the device. Check it out below.

Xiaomi Espana

Xiaomi?s Mi 9 Lite is tipped to be the previously launchedMi CC 9
[]with a new name. So
that means you can expect a Snapdragon 710 processor, 4,030mAh battery, 32MP
selfie camera, and 48MP triple camera setup (with an 8MP ultra wide camera and
2MP depth sensor).

We wonder what kind of pricing the new phone will have in Europe though, as the
Mi CC 9 retails for 1,799 yuan (~$254) in China. It?ll likely be more expensive
in Europe, but will it encroach on the ~$300Mi 9T
[]?s territory?

Original article, September 2, 2019 (8:45AM ET):Back in July,Xiaomi
[]launched three
phones under itsMi CC 9
[]series in China.
Called the Mi CC 9, Mi CC 9e, and Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition, the devices are
targeted at young buyers and photography enthusiasts, complete with a 32MP
selfie camera and atriple rear camera
offering a 48MP main shooter.

Rumors ignited by a certification on Russia?s EEC website earlier this year have
suggested that the Mi CC 9 could launch as the Mi A3 Pro globally. However, new
information suggests it could be called the Mi 9 Lite instead.

Atweet []from
Mishaal Rahman, editor-in-chief atXDA-Developers, suggests that the Mi CC 9
could be the Mi 9 Lite instead of the Mi A3 Pro. Rahman says the Mi 9 Lite has
appeared on Google?s list of certified Android devices with the codename Pyxis ?
the same reported codename as the Mi CC 9. Meanwhile, the Mi A3 Pro name has not
officially appeared anywhere yet.

> The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite just appeared on Google?s list of certified Android
devices. It?s listed with the code-name pyxis and is a variant of the Mi CC9.

? Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman)August 31, 2019

It was an obvious assumption that the more premium Mi CC 9 could launch outside
China as the Mi A3 Pro. This is due to the fact that theMi A3
[]has identical specs to the Mi CC 9e launched in China
earlier this year ? aside from the?A3?sAndroid One

This wouldn?t have been the first time Xiaomi launched the same phone in China
and the West while adding Android One support to the Western model (see theMi 6X
[]andMi A2
[], and the Mi 5X
and Mi A1).

It?s also notable that the Mi CC 9 and Mi A3 have a similar camera setup and
battery capacity, with the exceptions being the chipset (Snapdragon 665
[]on Mi A3
vsSnapdragon 710
[]on Mi CC 9)
and the display (HD+ on Mi A3 vs FHD+ on Mi CC 9).

So do we finally have a global (and better) name for the Mi CC 9? Well, we can?t
be too sure since we don?t have much else in the way of confirmation apart from
the aforementioned Google listing. But it?s possible Xiaomi is readying the
global launch of the device sometime soon.

The company has had a tradition of switching up smartphone names in different
markets too, such as theRedmi K20 and K20 Pro
[]being known as
theMi 9T and Mi 9T Pro []in Europe.

We will update you when we get more information on the apparent Xiaomi Mi 9
Lite. Would you buy a Mi 9 Lite over a Mi A3 Pro? Let us know in the comments!