Xiaomi is planning to announce a new smartphone on July 2, and it will be the very first phone to launch with the "CC" branding. Xiaomi recently announced its "CC" sub-brand of sorts (name only), if you will, and it seems like this phone will incorporate some of Meitu's technology in it.
Meitu is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer which was acquired by Xiaomi a while back, and the company was well-known for its selfie cameras. This upcoming phone will include a 32-megapixel front-facing camera with some of Meitu's technology, while it will look similar to the OnePlus 7, and Xiaomi's very own Mi 9 flagship.
The phone's name will be the Xiaomi CC9e, it seems, at least according to a leak that appeared on Weibo (Chinese social network). If you take a look at the provided image, you will be able to see the phone in question, and you'll also notice that it has Xiaomi's branding on the back.
The device will be made out of metal and glass, while it will ship with three cameras on the back. Those three cameras will be vertically-aligned, and will be located in the top-left corner of the phone's back side, just like on the Mi 9.
Below those three cameras, you'll notice an LED flash, while all three cameras will protrude on the back, a bit. The phone's bezels will be extremely thin, and the thickest bezel will be the bottom one. The phone will also include a teardrop display notch, as shown in the provided image. All of its physical keys will sit on the right side, the volume up, volume down, and power / lock buttons.
The provided image also shows that a fingerprint scanner will be included below the display, which is to be expected, as it is not visible on the back of the phone, or its sides. The variant shown in this leak is white-colored, though Xiaomi will probably offer more color variants in China.
The phone will first launch in China, and it remains to be seen if it will arrive in any other market, as this is the very first CC-branded smartphone, so we don't have all that much info about it. It is quite obvious that MIUI 10 will come pre-installed on the device, and it will probably be based on Android 9 Pie.
Its camera app may be a bit different than on other Xiaomi-branded phones, though, as Meitu's technology is expected to be included. The design of the app will probably remain unchanged, but you may see some new camera modes included in the package, we'll see.
The phone's specs did appear one occasion, in form of a rumor, so we're not really sure how accurate those are. The phone is rumored to feature a 5.97-inch fullHD+ AMOLED display, if the provided info is accurate. The Xiaomi CC9e will be fueled by the Snapdragon 710 64-bit octa-core SoC, it seems, while a 48-megapixel main camera (Sony's IMX582 sensor) will be included on its back. A 3,500mAh battery is also expected.
In addition to this phone, the company is also expected to announce the Xiaomi CC9, and that device is rumored to include a 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 730 SoC, and a 6.39-inch fullHD+ AMOLED display, the same one that came on the Xiaomi Mi 9. We're not sure if the two phones will look the same, but they probably will.