We’ve seen Xiaomi approach the notch a few different ways in the past. The Mi 8 had a fairly large notch above its screen, the Redmi 6 Pro had a smaller notch, and the Mi Mix 3 ditched the notch altogether for a slider design. Now a new Xiaomi phone has been announced with another notch style.
The Xiaomi Mi Play is now official, boasting a half-circle water droplet notch at the top of its screen. There’s a bit of a chin at the bottom of the Mi Play’s face, too, and the display that’s in the middle is a 5.84-inch 2280×1080 screen with Gorilla Glass 5 and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi touts that the Mi Play’s compact design helps to make it good for one-handed use.
Around back, the Mi Play offers a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP main sensor and 2MP secondary sensor. This setup has features like portrait mode for adding background blur to your photos, as well as HDR and electronic image stabilization. There’s a fingerprint reader on the back, too. The front of the Mi Play is home to an 8MP selfie camera.
Xiaomi has crammed an octa-core MediaTek P35 processor inside the Mi Play along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There are dual SIM slots included as well as a microSD card slot if the Mi Play’s internal storage isn’t sufficient for your needs. The battery in the Mi Play is a 3000mAh pack, and you recharge over microUSB.
One other notable detail of the Xiaomi Mi Play is that every phone comes with a SIM card that includes a free data package with 10GB of 4G data every month for one year. “Xiaomi obtained an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) commercial license from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in July this year, after participating in a nationwide MVNO trial program for three years,” the company explains.
The Xiaomi Mi Play has launched in China at a price of 1099 yuan, or $159 USD. It’s unclear where else in the world it might launch, but like most Xiaomi phones, it’s unlikely that the Mi Play will ever make its way to the U.S.
While the Xiaomi Mi Play isn’t the most high-end phone around, it’s a decent-looking phone with fun colors and several features that you’d expect from a smartphone nowadays, like a dual rear camera setup. Perhaps the most interesting part is the free data package, which offers a good amount of high-speed data each month and could help to cut down on your monthly bills.
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