The evolution of the phones and came to the manufacturer Xiaomi budget phone called Xiaomi Mi Play in our review.
Based on the name of the device Mi Play you might think that the phone has gaming specifications, but it is not.
The phone received a new, new MediaTek Helio P35 processor. This is a budget line of processors that can grab the middle-class phones with this processor and thwart the already annoying MediaTek Helio P23.
Also, the MediaTek Helio P35 got a water drop notch screen, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. Let’s begin our test and you will begin with specifications.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Play:||Specs|
|Display:||5.84 inches with 2280 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio P35 Octa Core 2.3GHz|
|GPU:||IMG PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 2.0MP main and 8MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.1 (MIUI 10)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||147.7 x 71.8 x 7.8mm|
Xiaomi Mi Play: Design and Appearance
The case of the Xiaomi Mi Play is completely made of glass. The glass does not look cheap and the smartphone is very well made.
There is no creaking or wobbling, and the blue coating of the glass on the back makes it look almost like aluminum.
There are two SIM card slots and Micro SD card on the left side. And this is not a hybrid slot, that is, you can use two SIM cards and a memory card at the same time.
Such a thing of Xiaomi Mi Play in the test is unique in this price segment and makes the smartphone especially for persons with two SIM cards very interesting.
On the top, there is a microphone and the 3.5mm audio jack.
The volume buttons on the right side and the power button placed underneath have a very pleasant pressure point.
When you press the keys no unpleasant crunching or cracking, as well as no unnecessary wobble.
On the bottom, a microphone and the micro-USB port, as well as the speaker, were placed. On the back of the case is located in the middle of the fingerprint sensor and the dual camera.
The Xiaomi Mi Play has 147.76 x 71.89 x 7.8mm dimension with a weight of only 150g, the smartphone is very light and lies by the rounded back very well in the hand.
As is currently the case with the Mi Play, sensor keys have been dispensed with; these can be found in the display as on-screen buttons.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Display
The display of the Xiaomi Mi Play has shrunk compared to its predecessor from 6.3 inches to 5.84 inches.
The IPS display has a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and 19: 9 aspect ratio, giving a pixel density of 432ppi.
The panel impresses with its colors and the viewing angle stability. The sharpness of the display is absolutely sufficient, even if a higher resolution is always better.
I would like to note that this is the first phone from the company Xiaomi with water drop notch. In general, it looks good, and there is no large notch like its counterparts.
Here, of course, the low price of the Mi Play must be considered. Thanks to MIUI, the colors can still be individually adjusted.
There is the criticism of the brightness of the display. Outdoors it is difficult to see anything in direct sunlight.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Hardware and Performance
Xiaomi installed an Helio P35 in the Mi Play in our analisis. This entry-level CPU has Octa Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz. The graphics unit is an IMG PowerVR GE8320.
The Helio P35 is the perfect choice for the Xiaomi Mi Play. The MIUI interface runs smoothly and it also comes with many open apps to no stuttering.
The videos play smoothly and apps open quickly. For elaborate 3D games, the Helio P35 is rather unsuitable, which is not surprising at this price.
The smaller games work without problems, but with graphics freaks like e.g. Asphalt 9, the processor quickly reaches its limits.
Our model has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The 3GB of RAM is sufficient for normal use. The power users should rather resort to devices with 4GB or more.
The 32GB internal memory is well sized for the device. If required, these can still be expanded by micro-SD.
The read rates of the internal memory are in order, the write rates were not recognized by the benchmark.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Software
The Xiaomi Mi Play comes with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI surface. In addition to Android Pure, MIUI is currently one of the best interfaces.
It is fast, can be adjusted as you like and looks nice. It comes preloaded with the main Google Apps. Bloatware keeps within limits, except for 3-4 installed Xiaomi Apps, nothing is installed.
Also nice with MIUI is, the launcher can be adjusted. We could also use the Google Pixel 3 Launcher from PlayStore to bring the design even closer to Android pure.
What always surprises me with Xiaomi is their update policy. Even the “simplest” devices quickly get the latest updates.
Our Mi Play has the latest MIUI version 10 installed. The MIUI is based on Android 8.1 and the security patches are from the beginning of December. Here one can only say: “Exemplary Xiaomi”.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Camera
Xiaomi installed in the Mi Play in the test a dual-camera setup with a Sony and a Samsung sensor. The main camera is a Sony IMX486, the same sensor is also in the Mi A2.
Only the f/2.2 aperture is different here, so pictures in the dark are not so good. The second camera from has 2-megapixels AI camera and is mainly responsible for the bokeh effect.
Sometimes the blur edges are not set correctly until the second or third try. The main camera shoots good-quality pictures in good lighting conditions.
The colors are strong and the picture is sharp. As soon as the light conditions diminish, the shots are grainy and washed out. The videos are possible in FullHD with 30 FPS.
The front camera makes very good selfies and is also ideal for video calling. Only in the dark does the camera falter.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Connectivity
Xiaomi brings with Mi Play everything you need. But cuts have to be made at the WiFi. The Xiaomi Mi Play supports 2.4 GHz and 5Ghz WiFi.
For the LTE bands, however, things are looking very good again, all the major bands are supported. Volume 20, which is needed in European especially in rural areas, is also on board.
The reception was always very good with us. Xiaomi renounces the Mi Play on USB Type-C and relies on micro USB.
Other features include a fingerprint sensor, a notification LED, Bluetooth 4.2, gyroscope and GPS.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Battery
In Xiaomi Mi Play in our test built a 3000 mAh strong battery. In combination with the energy-saving Helio P35, the Mi Play has long battery life.
We spent a good one and half day using the smartphone before it had to be plugged in again.
This is also shown by the Work 2 Battery Life Benchmark. Here comes the Xiaomi Mi Play on a very good 7 hours.
Even with prolonged use, the Mi Play does not get uncomfortably warm on the back.
However, charging the smartphone takes a bit longer due to the micro-USB slot. Here would be a USB Type-C of advantage, but somewhere Xiaomi must save yes to get the low price of the Xiaomi Mi Play.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Conclusions and Reviews
Xiaomi has done it again. In the entry-level class, they have launched a very good smartphone on the market.
The Xiaomi Mi Play in our review has a good and newest processor, enough memory that is also expandable, long battery life and a good daylight camera.
With the dual SIM function including micro-USB slot, the Mi Play is very interesting for people with two SIM cards.
Thanks to the energy-saving processor, you can enjoy a long battery life, but the Helio P35 still performs well in most applications.
If you only use the camera for daylight shots and you do not need a performance monster, the Mi Play will definitely make you happy.
Xiaomi Mi Play: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The pricing policy is very similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 6 phone, which also received a new processor and a good price.
As for the price and where to buy it cheaper of Xiaomi Mi Play, now many Chinese stores present their prices, for example, the 4/64GB version can be bought with a good price of $219.99.
In general, this is a cute and good Mi Play phone for everyday tasks, but if you still want to play hard games, then you should look for something else.