After only two weeks of teasers and leaks, Xiaomi finally took the paper off its latest phone, Mi Play, at an event today. Mi Play seems to be the first in a new series for Xiaomi. It is the Mi line version of the Redmi series, so phones launched under this category will be less powerful and less expensive than the other Mi series phones.
My Play Design
Mi Play has a more elaborate design that highlights the Redmi series. So, instead of the metal / plastic body of the Redmi series, you get Gorilla Glass on both sides of the Mi Play. The finish on the back is also attractive and not dull as the Redmi line.
The Xiaomi Mi Play has a 5.84-inch screen with a water drop notch, a novelty for Xiaomi. Its extremely thin panels provide a form factor that is only a little larger than the Mi 6, which has a 5.15-inch screen. The Mi Play has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 (FHD +) with a contrast ratio of 1500: 1, 432 PPI and an eye protection mode.
The processor that powers the phone was a mystery, but today we finally find out that it is powered by a new MediaTek chipset called Helio P35.
The Helio P35 is a 12nm octa-core chipset with a frequency of 2.3GHz. It has a feature called CPU / GPU dual-turbo technology and its AnTuTu score puts its performance above the Snapdragon 625. If you asked us, we would say that the Helio P35 is MediaTek's response to Qualcomm's 14nm Snapdragon 632 processor. The processor has an IMG GE8320 GPU clocked at 680MHz.
The Helio P35 chipset is paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. This is the only storage configuration available, but we will not be surprised if Xiaomi announces a new variant in a couple of months.
Dual cameras are practically standard on devices now and it's no surprise that Mi Play also joins the trend. It features a primary 12MP 1.25μm sensor that is paired with a 2MP secondary sensor to capture depth details for bokeh images. Xiaomi says it has HDR, EIS and various artificial intelligence features. The front camera is an 8MP sensor with HDR, face recognition and portrait mode and more. Below are some samples of cameras.
Mi Play comes with a 3.000mAh battery that should be enough for almost a day. There is no fast charge, so you get 5V / 2A load. There is also a fingerprint scanner mounted on the back.
The phone supports two SIM cards (nano only), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and a USB Type C port. It does not have an audio connector or a MicroSD card slot.
Mi Play Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi Mi Play is only available in one configuration (4 GB + 64 GB). It will be available in three colors – Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue and Black, although it appears that only the first two will be available at launch.
Mi Play has a price of ¥ 1099, which is approximately $ 160. It is not expensive, but Xiaomi itself has several devices in this price range that offer better specifications.
However, Xiaomi is also releasing 10 GB of free high-speed data for 12 months, which is worth between ¥ 828 (~ $ 120) and ¥ 1296 (~ 188) per year, depending on the network operator. If you subtract the cost of data from the cost of the phone, you are practically receiving the device for free.
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Unfortunately, those who live outside China and ask for Mi Play will not be able to take advantage of the free data that comes with the phone.
Mi Play will go on sale at 10am tomorrow, December 25th.