After nearly two weeks of leaks, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its latest smartphone, the Mi Play, which was unveiled in China. The Mi Play is most likely the first phone from the new Play series. Moreover, the phones released in this category will be less powerful and less expensive than other phones in the Mi series.
The Mi Play has a more sophisticated design that makes it stand out from the Redmi series. So instead of a metal or plastic body, you get Gorilla Glass on both sides. The polished back panel is also eye-catching and doesn’t look dull like on the Redmi line.
Mi Play specifications
The Xiaomi Mi Play has a 5.84-inch drip-notch screen, a first for Xiaomi. Its significantly reduced bezels give it a form factor that is slightly larger than the Mi 6’s 5.15-inch display. At the same time, Mi Play has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 (FHD +) with a contrast ratio of 1500: 1, 432 PPI and an eye protection mode.
It turned out that the phone is powered by a brand new MediaTek chipset called the Helio P35. It is a 12nm processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It has a feature called CPU / GPU dual-turbo, and its AnTuTu score puts it outperforming the Snapdragon 625. The chipset has an IMG GE8320 GPU clocked at 680MHz.
Helio P35 in Mi Play is combined with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. This is the only storage configuration available, but it is possible that Xiaomi will announce a new variant in a few months.
The Mi Play comes with a 3,000mAh battery that should last for almost a day. There is no fast charging. There is also a rear fingerprint scanner.
The phone supports dual SIM (nano only), dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and a USB Type-C port. It has no audio jack and no microSD card slot.
Dual cameras are now nearly standard on devices and it’s no surprise that the Mi Play is joining the trend as well. It has a 12MP primary sensor with 1.25μm pixel size, which is teamed with a 2MP secondary sensor to capture depth detail for bokeh.
Xiaomi says the camera has HDR, EIS, and many AI features.
The front camera is an 8MP sensor with HDR, face detection, portrait mode and more.
Below are some sample photos.
Price and availability of Mi Play
Xiaomi Mi Play is only available in one configuration (4GB + 64GB) so far in three colors: Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue and Black, although it seems that only the first two will be available at launch.
The Mi Play is priced at 1,099 yen, which is roughly $ 160. It’s not expensive, but Xiaomi itself has several devices in this price range that offer better specs.
Mi Play will go on sale in China at 10:00 on December 25.
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