Xiaomi Mi Play launched with waterdrop notch, 5.84 inch screen and MediaTek Helio P35


Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has today revealed yet another new mid-range smartphone – Xiaomi Play(aka Mi Play) at an event held in China.

On a mid-range smartphone Xiaomi has included a waterdrop style notch for the first time.

The smartphone sports a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with as aspect ratio of 19:9, and pixel density of 443ppi. It has a contrast ratio of 1,500:1, and Xiaomi has also included screen modes such as eye protection, sunscreen, and luminous screen. And mentioned above, it comes with a waterdrop style notch, that houses the front camera and other sensors.


At the heart of the Xiaomi Mi Play runs a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC that is built on 12nm process. It features an octa-core CPU with maximum clock frequency of 2.3Ghz. It is paired with 4GB or RAM and 64GB onboard storage.

Xiaomi also claimed that the Helio P35 redesigned by MediaTek with Turbo dynamic acceleration of the CPU and GPU for the first time. That’s why the AnTuTu score is far beyond the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 450. Unfortunately, more details were not provided.


In the photography department, the Xiaomi Mi Play comes with dual cameras at the back, which includes a combination of 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel dedicated depth sensor. The camera software is back by AI for scene detection, noise reduction and auto HDR. Up front is an 8-megapixel snapper with AI portrait mode and it also supports face unlock.

To keep things ticking, the smartphone comes with a 3,000mAh battery, but there is no word on the OS. For biometric authentication, the smartphone does come with a physical fingerprint scanner at the back.

The Xiaomi Play is available in three color options of Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue, and Black.

The newly announced Xiaomi Play is considered to be a high-quality entry-level smartphone, priced between 1000 – 1300 yuan ($145 – 188). Actually, it is priced at 1099 yuan ($159).

Xiaomi Mi Play Specification

SoC: MediaTek Helio P35
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 2300 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: PowerVR GE8320, 680 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Display: 5.84 in, IPS, 1080 x 2280 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V10.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Camera: 12 + 2 Mp Rear , 8 MP front
SIM card: Nano-SIM, Nano-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display
USB: 2.0, Micro USB
Bluetooth: 4.2
Dimensions: 71.89 x 147.76 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 150 g
Positioning: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

Unboxing Video

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