After almost two weeks of teasing, Xiaomi has finally unveiled their new phone, Mi Play. The Mi Play seems to be the first device in a new series, Play. The smartphones are expected to be less powerful and less expensive than the Mi series phones.
Mi Play comes with a more elaborate design that makes it stand out from the rest of the Redmi series. So instead of metal/plastic body the device has a Gorilla Glass on both sides of the device, the rear also comes with a gradient design, much like the recent Huawei/Honor phones.
As for the specs, the Mi Play features a 5.84 inch display with a waterdrop notch with resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels), 432 PPI, 1500:1 contrast ratio and a eye protection mode. It is only slightly bigger than the Mi 6 which has a 5.15 inch display. Under the hood, it is powered by a brand new MediaTek Helio P35 chipset which has a 12nm octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz. It comes with a CPU/GPU dual turbo technology and is superior to the Snapdragon 625 based on AnTuTu scores. It has a PowerVR IMG GE8230 GPU that is clocked at 680 MHz.
It is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage but the company may soon release a new variant with higher storage configuration. In the optics department, the handset sports a dual camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor with 1.2µm and a 2MP secondary sensor to capture depth for bokeh images. The cameras come with a bunch of features like HDR, EIS and AI support. The front offers a 8MP camera with HDR, Face recognition, portrait mode and more.
The handset is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery with no support for fast charging so you are left with a 5V/2A charging. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and USB Type-C port. The dual SIM (nano) handset lacks an 3.5 mm headphone jack and support for microSD.
The Mi Play is priced at ¥1099 (Rs 11,000 approx) and will be available in three color options: Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue and Black though the first two will likely to be available at launch. The phone is priced well, but the Chinese manufacturer itself has multiple devices at same price range that offer better specs. The company is also offering 10GB high-speed data for 12 months which is worth between ¥828 (Rs 8,000 approx) and ¥1296 (Rs 13,000 approx) per year depending on the network operator. In paper, if you were to subtract the cost of data from the cost of the phone your are getting the device for free. However, this offer is only limited to the Chinese market. The phone will go on sale at 10AM from December 25.
Mi Play specifications
- 5.84 inch FHD+ display
- MediaTek Helio P35 chipset
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 12MP + 2MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- 3,000 mAh battery