This is the Xiaomi Play launching on December 24, and not Redmi 7 Pro or Redmi 7
A Xiaomi phone was spotted on TENNA benchmarking site beginning this week. Back then, the phone in question was said to the Redmi 7 Pro, while some other rumours claimed it to be the Redmi 7. New details about the spotted phone have now surfaced online and it looks like the phone wasn't the Redmi 7 or the Redmi 7 Pro. It was actually the Xiaomi Play which will go official on December 24 in China. With the Xiaomi Play, the company is seemingly introducing a new lineup for the gamers, but some rumours claim that it will be a re-brand Poco F1 for China.
Xiaomi on Tuesday teased the launch of the Xiaomi Play for December 24. The teasers show that the upcoming Xiaomi phone will come with waterdrop notch display making it the first for the company. So far, we have been seen the Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 6 Pro come with iPhone X-like wide notched display, and now with the Xiaomi Play the company is all set to bring its first waterdrop notch display phone.
Rumours about the Xiaomi Play have been making rounds on the internet for quite some time now. Some of them suggest that the Xiaomi Play is actually a rebrand version of the Poco F1 for China. But, by the looks of it in the teasers, it doesn't look like the Poco F1 from any angle. In fact, unlike the Poco F1, the Xiaomi Play looks beautiful. The teaser shows the phone from both front and back sides, and from the rear panel the Xiaomi Play looks more like the Honor Play.
There are also reports that suggest that Xiaomi Play could be a gaming phone and take on the likes of Honor Play, which is also dedicated to the gamers out there. The teasers reveal a lot of details about the Xiaomi Play. It shows the phone with waterdrop notch display which equips the selfie camera, on the rear panel there're two cameras following which is the circular fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. The teasers also reveal that the Xiaomi Play will come with a glassy finish, although it might not use glass to keep the pricing competitive, giving the phone a premium touch.
Interestingly, Xiaomi is said to be playing with the colours tones of the phone. The Xiaomi Play will reportedly come in 10 colour options including black, gold, rose gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, silver and green. In the teasers, the phone can be seen in black, pink and purple shade.
Two Xiaomi phones with codenames M1901F9T and M1901F9E were spotted on TENNA earlier this week. Until now rumours had suggested that these two phones are the Redmi 7 and the Redmi 7 Pro, but with the new report coming in, looks like these were the two models of the Xiaomi Play. The TENNA listing revealed the complete specs of the Xiaomi Play ahead of the launch. It suggests that the Xiaomi Play will come with a 5.84-inch FHD+ display with waterdrop notch and on the hardware front it will be powered by a 2.3 GHz octa-core processor paired with up to 6GB RAM. The listing further reveals that the Xiaomi Play will come in three storage options including 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, and the users will be able to further expand it via microSD.
The Xiaomi Play is said to come with a dual camera setup on the rear panel and single of the front. As for the specs, the Xiaomi Play will include a primary sensor of 12-megapixel while on the front there will be an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The TENNA listing further reveals that the Xiaomi Play will come with a smaller battery of 2,900mAh and run on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.
The pricing of this phone is still a secret. However, considering this phone could be a competitor to the Honor Play, Xiaomi could price it somewhere around Rs 20,000. To recollect, the Honor Play retails for a starting price of Rs 19,999 in India. There's also no information if the Xiaomi Play phone will head to India after launching in China.