The Xiaomi Mi Play was announced today as the first of what may be a new series. The phone packs mid-range specs but a design that isn’t found on Xiaomi’s Redmi phones which rule the sub $200 category.
Xiaomi has released a bunch of official live photos that show what the phone really looks like.
If the Mi 8 Lite didn’t already exist, you won’t be wrong if you called the Mi Play the Mi 8 Lite. The Mi Play is covered in Gorilla Glass on both sides with a metal frame in the middle. It is available in three colors – Black, Fantasy Blue, and Twilight Gold. The gold and blue variants have a special finish that gives the phone a shimmering effect when light rays hit the back.
Xiaomi has gone for dual cameras like so many of its phones this year. The cameras are arranged vertically with a LED flash below the setup and a fingerprint scanner sitting in the middle of the phone.
The Mi Play is the first Xiaomi phone with a waterdrop notch but it won’t be the last. The Redmi 7 Pro will have one too. The display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and the resolution is FHD+.
The Mi Play is not only the first Xiaomi phone with a waterdrop notch but it is also the first smartphone in the world to be powered by the spanking new Helio P35. The Helio P35 is a 12nm octa-core chipset with a PowerVR GPU. Xiaomi says it offers better performance than the Snapdragon 625 but what we would really like to see is a comparison against the Snapdragon 632.
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The Mi Play is priced at ¥1099 (~$160) and goes on sale tomorrow, December 25, at 10 AM (China local time).