Right before the end of 2018, Xiaomi releases yet another smartphone, this time the wallet-friendly Mi Play. What’s unique about the CNY1,099 (MYR664) device is that it comes bundled with a SIM card that offers unlimited one-year data for free – that’s 10GB of 4G high-speed data every month.
As you may know, Xiaomi obtained an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) license from the Chinese government in July this year, after running a nationwide MVNO trial programme for three years. Called Mi Mobile, it was first introduced in September 2015 together with the Mi 4c smartphone.
Mi Mobile is essentially a prepaid mobile operator, riding on China Unicom’s 3G/4G network. China Unicom is a state-owned telco and is the fourth largest mobile service provider in the world, by subscriber base. The MVNO offers pay-as-you-go (PAYG) rates of CNY0.10 (MYR0.06) per voice minutes, SMS and 1MB of data on top of fixed data packages from CNY39 per month up to CNY188 per month.
The device features a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 display (1080×2280) display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and features a waterdrop design notch.
It comes with a fairly sized 3,000mAh battery that charges up via micro-USB.
The dual-SIM device offers a triple card tray – that fits two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card.
The Mi Play is powered by the 12nm MediaTek P35 chipset, which features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz.
There’s a single configuration offered: 4GB RAM + 64GB of storage.
The front gets an 8MP selfie shooter with AI Beautify and AI Portrait mode.
Pricing and availability
In China, the Mi Play retails at CNY1,099 (MYR664) and comes bundled with free data for 12 months. The phone comes in Blue, Red and Black colour options. Will the Mi Play make its way to Malaysia and other markets? We’ll see.
For official specs and information, visit Mi.com.
Source: MIUI Forum
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