Xiaomi Play will not be a rebranded Poco F1, will be company’s first waterdrop notch smartphone

News of Xiaomi launching its own gaming phone has been doing rounds for a long time now. Called the Xiaomi Play, the phone is called similar to the Honor Play. However, the Xiaomi Play is expected to be launched in China only. As such, the rumor mill was rife with talks of the device being a rebranded Poco F1 in China. Now, it seems like Xiaomi has cleared the mess. What’s more is that the Xiaomi Play will also carry a unique trait of its own.

Xiaomi Play to be the company’s first waterdrop notch smartphone

Xiaomi has made the product page live for the Xiaomi Play. Going by the banner images, it is evident that the device looks nothing like the Poco F1. Instead, it will be the company’s first device to feature a waterdrop notch at the top. For reference, the Poco F1 featured a full-size notch, similar to the iPhone X.

Secondly, the back of the Xiaomi Play will also be different. While the Poco F1 has a cheap plastic body, the Xiaomi Play seems to exhibit a glossy metallic finish body. There’s also some gradient play done at the back.  Apart from the above teasers, there is not much known about the Xiaomi Play and its specifications. However, we expect the device to sport a Snapdragon 845 or the Snapdragon 710 chipset along with 6GB of RAM. 

Xiaomi Play price and availability

The Xiaomi Play is scheduled for launch on December 24 in China. As of now, there is no word on the pricing of the device. That being said, if it were to take on the Honor Play and be a better version of the Poco F1 for the Chinese audience, it should be priced around the Rs. 20,000 mark. We will be covering the event live, so stay tuned to Mr. Phone for all the updates.

Varun Mirchandani

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