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Xiaomi Mi Play: Budget Gets More Interesting

Xiaomi Mi Play enters the market with amazing features and specifications primarily for the mid-range market. Find out more here!

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Permit me to sing: “Yo yo yo… this life is sweet oh, enjoy every day…” Well, that’s to get you in a playful mood as we take a look at the latest budget monster from Xiaomi – Xiaomi Mi Play.

Chinese phone makers, Xiaomi ensured 2018 didn’t go without the release of another killer mid-range smartphone. On that note, I’ll like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year. Felicitations aside, the Mi Play is sweetness all over.

Let’s get in on the act, pals!

Xiaomi Mi Play Quick Review

Xiaomi Mi Play doesn’t deliver the iPhone X-esque notch that disturbed 2018, instead, it comes with the dewdrop notch. Dewdrop, teardrop or Infinity-O notch, any of these three terms describe it perfectly. So, don’t get it all messed up in your mind.

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You can play around with as much as 80.1% ratio of the phone’s 5.84-inch panel. The visuals are exceptional given the 1080 x 2280 pixels quality. And that’s not all, extras such as 432PPI density and 19:9 aspect ratio spice it up.

Multitasking and running of apps are on a different level because the MediaTek Helio P35 is very reliable. It’s already nice that this octa-core chipset is 12nm-built, but the 4GB RAM addition just makes the sparks fly. The memory unit is rounded up by 64GB increasable memory. Graphics outlay is well handled by PowerVR GE8320.

A very modest smartphone lifestyle is laid out by the 3,000mAh battery. For heavy smartphone users, the consolation is that Fast Charging 5V/2A technology makes the battery charge like Flash the superhero.

Fun fact: It runs on the latest Android OS – Android 9.0 Pie…

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What’s a 21st-century smartphone without cameras? I can’t even call it a feature phone because feature phones have cameras no matter how little the resolution is. The good thing about Mi Play is that is sports two cameras on its rear – a 12MP primary sensor and 2MP for background isolation. Selfie folks can take refuge in the 8MP front camera.

Xiaomi Mi Play Key Specs

Here are the Xiaomi Mi Play key specifications…

Display 5.84-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2280 pixels
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Processor Octa-core 2.3GHz MediaTek Processor
Storage 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM
Camera 12MP + 2MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
Battery 3,000mAh
Price N50,000 – N60,000

Xiaomi Mi Play Photos

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Price and Availability

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The Xiaomi Mi Play launched in December 2018; it is available in colours Dream Blue, Twilight Gold, Black. You can order the phone from the following online shopping markets using any of the links below.

Xiaomi Mi Play retails at $180 (₦50,000 – ₦60,000 in Nigeria). (CLICK TO BUY XIAOMI MI PLAY or SEE MORE PHONES UNDER ₦60,000).

Xiaomi Mi Play Full Specifications and Features

General Features

  • Platform: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio P35 (12nm) (Octa-core 2.3GHz ARM Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Colours: Dream Blue, Twilight Gold, Black
  • Dimension: 147.8 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Hybrid Dual SIM


  • Display: 5.84-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2280 pixels (432PPI)
  • Screen Protection: –


  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP + 2MP camera, [email protected], [email protected] Video
  • Rear Camera Features: LED flash, gyro-EIS, PDAF, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 8MP camera, HDR, 1080p


  • Built-in Storage: 64GB ROM
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 27(800), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2 with A2DP, LE
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: Yes
  • USB Port: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –


  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
  • Video Player: XviD/MP4/H.265 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: Yes

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Adekunle Diamond
Adekunle Diamond
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