Xiaomi Mi Play is not the smartphone you’ve been waiting for

After much teasing, Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi Play in China. Going by the name, many of us were expecting the device to be a gaming phone. In fact, the initial rumors suggested the device to be a rebranded Poco F1 for China. However, now that the device has been launched, I am full of disappointment. During the launch, the company compared the Xiaomi Play to an Honor device, and I was expecting it to be the Honor Play. However, when it turned out to be a competitor to the Honor 9i, I knew things were going south. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at the Mi Play specs for yourself:

Xiaomi Mi Play specifications

The Xiaomi Mi Play is powered by an octa-core MediaTek P35 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage using a microSD card up to 256GB. The display is a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch up top. In terms of camera, it comes with a 12MP+2MP rear camera setup. On the front side, you get an 8MP shooter for selfies. The device is packed inside a plastic body with a gradient finish. The entire setup is juiced up by a 3,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi Play price

The Xiaomi Mi Play will be available in Black, Blue, and Red colors. It has been priced at 1099 yuan (~Rs. 11,200).

What were they thinking?

The Xiaomi Mi Play went way against the rumors and has come up with a major disappointment. I mean, in Xiaomi’s defense, they never advertised the device as a gaming device. That being said, calling it “Play” and rolling out a budget device is kind of stupid. The way I see it, Xiaomi themselves weren’t serious about the launch. Heck, they decided to launch the device inside a mall at a pop-up event. Honestly, at a price point where Xiaomi itself has the Redmi series, the Mi Play is a device that makes no sense. The specs aren’t great, the design isn’t unique, and the price is not that great. Yes, I haven’t laid my hands on the device yet. And truth be told, I’m not looking forward to it either. For me, the Xiaomi Mi Play is a pass.

Varun Mirchandani

Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.