Xiaomi is all set to launch its first waterdrop notch display smartphone today. It is the Xiaomi Mi Play. For now, the smartphone will be launching in China and possibly at the event Xiaomi will reveal whether the phone will come to India or not. The Mi Play China launch will kick off at 2pm CST (11:30am IST). The launch event of the Mi Play will be live streamed on the Xiaomi Global site and also on Youkou. Ahead of the launch, a lot has already been revealed about the Mi Play. In fact, Xiaomi President Lin Bin has also revealed the official pictures of the Mi Play.
The official pictures shared by Bin go in line with the rumours and leaks. The photos reveal that the Mi Play will indeed come with gradient finish. Previous rumours had revealed that the upcoming Mi Play will come in 10 colour tones, this information also seems to be accurate as the official pictures shared by Bin also show the Mi Play in two colours — Dream Blue and Dawn Gold, and both the models appear with gradient finish. Rumous suggest that Mi Play will come in 10 colour options including black, gold, rose gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, silver and green.
The official pictures show just rear panel of the phone. Apart from the gradient finish, the pictures show the phone with vertically placed rear camera setup while the in the middle of the back panel there’s the fingerprint sensor which will help in unlocking the phone with a finger touch.
In addition, live pictures and unboxing video of the Mi Play have also been leaked. The live photos show the phone with waterdrop notched display. This is the first Xiaomi phone to include such a notch on the front. The photos also show that the waterdrop notch will sit on the top centre of the display which will equip the selfie camera. And like most other waterdrop/teardrop notch phones, we expect the earpiece and the sensors to be not visible from the outside.
Besides revealing the design of the phone, rumours and leaks have also revealed the full specs of the Mi Play. The Xiaomi Mi Play is expected to come with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display paired with a screen resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and aspect ratio of 19:9. The official pictures show that the Mi Play will come with dual cameras on the back and include a single sensor on the front panel which will sit inside the tiny waterdrop notch. On the camera front, the Mi Play is said to sport a 12-megapixel main sensor on the rear panel while the secondary camera will include a sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the phone is said to include an 8-megapixel sensor.
So far there has been a lot of confusion regarding the chipset that will power the Mi Play. Some rumours claim that the phone will come with Qualcomm’s unannounced Snapdragon 730, but now the latest leak showing one of the launch slides of the Mi Play reveals that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek processor. Possibilities are that the Mi Play will come with MediaTek Helio P90 chipset.
In addition to the various colour options, the Mi Play is also said to be available in three RAM and storage variants the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and lastly the third and the most experience of the three will pack 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Sadly, the battery life of the Mi Play might not be a very long as the phone is said to come with a much smaller 2900mAh battery.
Xiaomi is trying a lot of new things with the Mi Play. A latest report now suggests that the Mi Play will come bundled with 10GB of free data with a validity of 1 year. The free data offer is definitely Xiaomi’s strategy to attract more and more consumers to the Mi Play. With this free data, Xiaomi will basically let users access all the Mi apps and services which are going to come pre-installed with the phone.
Now that we already know everything about the Mi Play, how much will Xiaomi price the phone? The leaked launch slides alongside revealing the specs of the phone also reveal the price. The slide shows that the phone will cost 1,699 Yuan, which when roughly translated to INR come around Rs 17,000. However, there’s no clarity on to which model of the Mi Play will be priced 1699 Yuan.