Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started selling its premium-mid tier Mi9T smartphone in Australia amid rumours the company could soon have a bricks-and-mortar retail presence.

The Mi9T is a 6.39-inch full-screen phone with a pop-up, front facing camera, as well as a 48MP rear camera.

The phone comes with 6GB RAM and is available with 64GB ($649) and 128GB ($699) storage.Mi 9T 02 crop 360x361 Xiaomi Mi9T Released Online, Could Hit Retail

The device is also High-Res Audio certified, supporting aptX HD as well as 24bit/192kHz via the (increasingly rare) 3.5mm jack.

A 4,000 mAh battery supports 18W fast charging.

Our review of the Mi9T found that despite some strange design choices, Xiaomi had a strong contender in the heating up market for premium-mid tier phones under $700.

The Mi9T is available in black, blue and red.

Currently Panmi distributes Xiaomi in Australia, selling devices through its web store.

The brand has also had a presence down under through grey importers for a number of years.

Rumours have sprung up over the weekend via deals site OzBargain, where one user has claimed Xiaomi phones, as well as devices from fellow Chinese brand Vivo (owned by Oppo and OnePlus parent BBK Electronics), will soon be sold in JB Hi-Fi.

Xiaomi has been contacted to confirm the rumour.

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