We are into the last week of 2018, but the smartphone OEMs aren’t yet in the holiday mood. Xiaomi has today launched its gaming smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Play, at an event in China. After being subjected to a lot of leaks and rumors over the past week, the details of the device are finally in. For the most part, it is similar to the leaked one. The Mi Play has a gradient color finish on the back, giving it a premium look and feel, with three different color options. However, the device lacks in different RAM and internal storage configurations unlike some of the other smartphones in its price range which do offer a few variants to choose from.
The Xiaomi Mi Play sports a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels coming in at a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a waterdrop notch at the top. The brains of the device is a MediaTek Helio P35 12nm chipset (yet to be announced), a 680 MHz IMG GE8320 GPU, a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. The device runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with a 3000mAh battery to power it all. In the camera department, the device comes with a dual sensor on the back with a 12MP primary shooter and a 2MP secondary shooter with AI scene detection for better portrait shots in different lighting conditions, and an 8MP camera on the front for selfies.
Xiaomi Mi Play Specifications
- 5.84-inch Full HD+ 19:9 display with 2280 × 1080 resolution
- 2.3GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P35 Processor
- 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB with microSD card
- 4GB RAM
- MIUI 10 running on Android 8.1 Oreo
- 12MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera
- 3000mAh battery
- Dimensions: 147.76×71.89×7.8mm; Weight: 150g
Xiaomi Mi Play Colour and Pricing
The device comes in three colors: Black, Dream Blue, and Twilight Gold, and is available for pre-order in China starting today, starting at 1099 yuan (Rs 11,155). As it stands, there are no official words from Xiaomi for launching the device in India or other global markets.
It’s slightly baffling to see Xiaomi going with the MediaTek P35, which seems to be a budget chipset for a gaming smartphone, despite pricing it around $160.