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Xiaomi announces Mi Play with MediaTek Helio P35!

Right on schedule, Xiaomi unleashed the Mi Play today in an event in China. It's the company's newest mid-ranger with a lot of tricks in its sleeve.
Mi Play

Mi Play highlights

First off, the handset comes with a beautiful glossy glass-like finish at the back with Huawei Nova-like gradient design. In front, it is the first device by Xiaomi with a waterdrop/halo-like notch.
Different colors of Mi Play
Different colors of Mi Play

It boasts a 5.84-inch 2.5D curved 19:9 screen with FHD+ 2280 x 1080 resolution. Under the hood, it is one of the few with MediaTek's AI-ready Helio P34 12nm octa-core chipset with a max clock speed of 2.3GHz. The chipset is paired with IMG GE8320 GPU.

Just like Huawei, Xiaomi also highlights that it comes with their own software acceleration tricks, the CPU and GPU Turbo.

The Mi Play will come with 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage, expandable memory up to 256GB via microSD, and 3,000mAh battery capacity.

On the camera part, the Mi Play highlights a 12MP primary shooter with f/2.2 aperture size and 1.25μm pixel size. It also comes with PDAF and EIS. The secondary 2MP camera is designed to capture depth information for bokeh shots.

For selfies, it features an 8MP front camera. Xiaomi also boasts its cameras has AI scene detection.

The rest of the specs include a fingerprint scanner at the back, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), dual 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, and dual SIM (hybrid) slots.

The Play loads with Android 8.1 Ore OS with MIUI 10 skin out of the box.

Xiaomi Mi Play Specs

Display: 5.84-inch 2.5D curved screen w/ FHD+ 2280 x 1080 resolution at 432 ppi
CPU: 2.3GHz 64-bit Helio P35 octa-core processor w/ CPU Turbo
GPU: IMG GE8320 w/ GPU Turbo
ROM: 64GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 12MP f/2.2 + 2MP w/ PDAF, EIS, and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ MIUI 10
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), dual 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, Colors: dream blue, twilight gold, black
Dimensions: 147.76 x 71.89 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 150 g
Price: TBC

Price and availability

The Mi Play is available for pre-order in China today in black, dream blue, and twilight colors. It is priced at just CNY 1,099 (PHP 8.2K). Xiaomi also bundled it with FREE 10GB data per month for 12 months.

Source: FoneArena
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