Staying true to their mission on bringing the best product at honest prices, Xiaomi just announced the new Mi Play. A smartphone designed to be worth every single penny that you’d be paying or it.

With a retail price of only CNY1,099 (~Php8,500), the new Xiaomi Mi Play is built to deliver your daily connectivity needs, plus a more. The most interesting part is, the device comes with free 10GB of data per month in China.


It brags a large 5.85-inch FHD+ screen, with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop-like notch on top.

The back has this glossy finish made of Corning Gorilla Glass, with a gradient color tone that’s identical to the Huawei Nova 3i, or Xiaomi’s own Mi 8 Lite.


The hardware inside is understandably underpowered. It’s rigged with the new MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU.

On the upside, it will ship with Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 interface out of the box.


It will also have a dual 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel cameras on the back with AI scene detection. While on the front we have an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies.

Xiaomi Mi Play Specs

  • Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM
  • 5.84-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~342ppi
  • 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor
  • IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 12-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras, LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 147.76 x 71.89 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Colors: Blue, Black, Red
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery

It’s still not clear if the Xiaomi Mi Play will be available in other markets, especially here in the Philippines. But if it indeed makes it here, I highly doubt that the 10GB/mo data freebie will be included.

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