Xiaomi Mi Play – Xiaomi’s entry-level “flagship” available for $114.99

On December 24th, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, announced the first smartphone in its new “Play” lineup, Xiaomi Mi Play.  This device can be best described as an entry-level “flagship” smartphone because it comes with top-notch entry-level features and can be said to be one of the best “entry-level” smartphones. Some of the features which make it stand out in the entry-level category include its water-drop display which until now have been used on mid-range and flagship smartphones as well as its gradient rear which is a feature that is not common with entry-level smartphones. Let us now take a look at the details of this smartphone.

Xiaomi Play

The Xiaomi Mi Play comes with a high-value design. The gradient rear and water-drop display are very attractive but the rounded edges is also another design plus of this smartphone. It is the first-ever Xiaomi phone to use a waterdrop screen with a 5.84-inch display size although the body is comparable to a traditional 5.1-inch phone. With this compatibility, one-handed operation is completely seamless.

Xiaomi Play

Under the hood, we have a MediaTek Helio P35 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. In all honesty, the Helio P35 is one of the down-points of this smartphone. Nevertheless, since this smartphone is positioned as an entry-level device, first-timers wouldn’t mind, besides their phone looks like a real flagship so why should they care. For those who have previously used a flagship or mid-range smartphone before, do not expect too much from the Xiaomi Mi Play.

Xiaomi Play

In the camera department, we have a front-facing 8MP camera which supports face unlock as well as a background blur. On the rear, the Xiaomi Mi Play comes with a 12MP+2MP dual rear AI dual cameras, of which the 12MP main lens has a unit pixel area of 1.25 micron m. The rear camera also supports AI portrait mode, background blur, multi-frame noise reduction, and automatic HDR function. According to the company, the Xiaomi Mi Play daytime image is naturally clear, and the night scene images are bright and acceptable.

Xiaomi Mi Play Camera Samples 1
Xiaomi Mi Play Camera Sample with AI focus on the bottle

Lin Bin, Xiaomi’s president released two images taken with the Mi Play inside a house with good illumination. Overall, the images seem clear enough for an entry-level phone. It has good details and there is little or no noise. On the front, the Xiaomi Mi Play is equipped with an 8MP self-timer lens which supports AI micro-plastic beauty, AI deep learning facial features, face-lift, beauty skin and so on. BThe battery is another down point of this smartphone. The lights of this smartphone are kept on by an average 3000 mAh battery. It comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

Xiaomi Mi Play Camera Samples 2
Xiaomi Mi Play Camera Sample with AI focus on the background


  • High-class design for an entry-level smartphone
  • Good pricing
  • Good Camera


  • Poor processor
  • Average battery

Where To Buy The Xiaomi Mi Play

The Xiaomi Mi Play is currently available on Gearbest for $114.99. This price includes a 50% discount thus it is an opportunity that we should take advantage of.



I have been a strong follower of Android devices since the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Right now, Chinese tech completely fascinates me because they are probably the only manufacturers who tries to merge budget and specs.

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