As expected, the Xiaomi Mi Play launched in China today, and it is not the phone we were expecting it to be. We were expecting a phone like the Poco F1 with a powerful processor and great specs at a relatively lower price than other similar phones. But, the Mi Play is a budget smartphone from the company that, at that price of 1,099 Yuan or $160, offers a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, a Full-HD+ panel with waterdrop notch and a back with a glass finish.
The Xiaomi Mi Play looks much better than most of the entry-level phones priced around $150. The Mi Play comes in three gradient colors that look impressive. Xiaomi says that the phone is the first to adopt the dip dyeing process so, the color saturation is higher and the phone has a better gradient effect on the back panel. There are two cameras on the rear, arranged vertically. The fingerprint scanner is also placed on the back.
Despite being a budget smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Play has a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ panel with a waterdrop notch. This is the first time we have a Xiaomi device with a waterdrop notch. There is still a big chin on the bottom, but this is a budget smartphone so we can ignore that. The display has a pixel density of 432PPI and a contrast ratio of 1500:1.
The processor powering the Mi Play is the 12nm MediaTek Helio P35 with a clock speed up to 2.3GHz. This chip is paired with the IMG GE8320 GPU with frequency up to 680MHz. The phone comes in only one storage option, i.e., 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB ROM.
Coming to the cameras, the Xiaomi Mi Play has dual cameras on the rear that include a primary 12MP camera, paired with a 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera features include EIS, Portrait Mode, HDR, and other AI features. On the front, the Mi Play has an 8MP single camera that supports Face Unlock, Selfie Portrait and HDR.
The battery underneath is an average 3,000mAH unit that supports normal 5V/2A charging via the micro USB port.
Finally, coming to the pricing, there is a single variant of the phone that has 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The price for the Chinese market is 1,099 Yuan or $160, which is superb pricing for such a device. There is no word on the global launch yet.