Xiaomi has unveiled a new entry-level lineup with Mi Play being the debutant. Market experts consider the new entrant to be a good alternative to the Redmi series. The Mi Play brings a cool new-age design of waterdrop notch at an impressive price tag.

Mi Play – Features

As far as the display is concerned, The Mi Play brings an impressive FHD+ unit measuring 5.84-inches in size with almost no side bezels. However, the bottom chin is fairly wide but it seems ok considering pricing of the device. Interestingly, Xiaomi brings the waterdrop notch design on the front and gradient colored back on an entry-level device that was limited to the midrangers so far.

The Mi Play is a dual SIM supported handset that runs Android 8.1 Oreo under the hood while Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI skin lying on top. The device is powered by a cheaper Mediatek Helio P35 chipset that is a decent low-midrange processor promising good battery life. The chipset has octa-core Cortex-A53 processors in a 2.3 GHz configuration, coupled with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is 64 GB, though it can be expanded by up to 256 GB via the phone’s memory card slot.


Xiaomi has gone for a dual camera setup on the rear of Mi Play comprising of a 12MP primary sensor with EIS, PDAF and a f/2.2 aperture along with a 2MP secondary depth sensor used for portrait mode and background blur features. On the front side, it comes equipped with an 8MP snapper.

Connectivity options on the device include Dual-SIM, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0 and a MicroUSB port. It also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for added protection. The device packs a 3,000mAh battery with no fast charging options.

Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi has announced availability of Mi Play in its hometown China priced at CNY 1,099 (~$160, PKR 22,160) in three color options to choose from Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue and Black. The device is expected to enter other markets very soon. So stay tuned…

Mi Play – Specifications

CPU Octa-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53
Chipset Mediatek Helio P35
OS Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI
Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Display 5.84-inch 18:9 with 19:9 Full HD+ (1080 x 2280) resolution
Internal 64 GB
Card slot yes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera 12+2 MP, EIS, PDAF, LED flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP
Connectivity LTE, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery 3000 mAh