La Xiaomi sew on the Mi Play the best of clothes. Too bad that, as they say, the dress does not make the monk ... nor the TOP OF THE RANGE.
With the Xiaomi Mi Play we were left with the unboxing done by our Simone directly to Shenzhen.
We have said that Xiaomi, for this reason MI PLAY, wanted to do things seriously by equipping it with a shimmering body to say the least.
If we stopped at the very first 15 minutes of use the expression of ecstasy on our face would indicate “I found it perfect smartphone"
Without the danger of spoilering my final considerations YES, The Mi Play is perhaps one of the most beautiful phones I've ever used.
Meanwhile, go and see the videoreview and leave a like ... so ... to begin with.
Aesthetically it is perfect! Colorful, fun, handy and compact. But the "beauty" is in the eyes of the beholder and "de gustibus .."
After this festival of clichés we come to describe this small glimpse of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Design
We discard the DHL package (oh yes ... if we want the Mi Play we have to get it from China) and open the box with a "Play" colorful. We remove the box with the silicone cover also with colored "Play" writing and remove the Play from the shaped cardboard.
Done? Well ... now let's admire it for a few minutes.
We admire the fact that Xiaomi has pushed (finally) to produce a device with display lower than the 6 inches (more precisely 5.84) and that, thanks to the solution already seen of the reduced frames and the drip notch, this generous display can be in one body by 147.76 x 71.89 with a Thickness of only 7.8 mm.
After having dislocated the opposable thumbs with display from 6.4, 6.6 and beyond, the feeling of holding the Mi Play in my hand is very reminiscent of that felt at the time of the Xiaomi Mi2S (good times).
Sturdy body, well finished and above all colored!
Color that stands out and dazzles if you look at the back cover in glass but that shines on the front of the display as the colored frames protrude slightly compared to the glass screen.
Did you understand that I like it?
Xiaomi Mi Play - Display
The display from 5.85 inches is aIPS FHD + units from 1080 x 2280 pixels and 432 ppi of density. Pretty bright, with natural colors but above all with convincing blacks. What can not be discounted, since it is not AMOLED.
The Touchscreen is precise even if, in applications that require a strong use of multiple touches, sometimes you lose a few touches. This behavior, however, is not known whether it depends on the processor in trouble or a lower sensitivity of the touch panel compared to other devices.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Performances
We had said that the dress does not make the monk and, under these glittering clothes, unfortunately its fragility is hidden.
Dedicated to the entry level market and low-end devices the Mi Play is equipped with CPU Mediatek Helio P35 that, while running well, almost everything goes easily into trouble and, in gaming sessions or intense use of multitasking, showcases its limits by significantly lending the device.
The model I tested compensates for the problems with multitasking thanks to well 6GB RAM memory but unfortunately this is not always enough to avoid slowdowns.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Battery
Since the product is designed for a low-end market, I decided to test the battery not with my usual days of stress but with a classic use as an "average user". So go to social networks, instagram, youtube, messages and little else all spread throughout the day.
The battery of "only" 3000mah surprised me.
It is true that the use was not intense, but thanks to the low energy consumption of the Helio P35, the Xiaomi Mi Play was able to follow me for well 2 days and a half with a total use of the display of 4 hours and something.
Not bad I would say!
Xiaomi Mi Play - Camera
We have said that the Xiaomi Mi Play is dedicated to "basic" users, for "basic" uses and even the photographic sector is very "basic".
In the series, the camera is there, but if I have to take a picture, ask your friend to do it and share it.
In perfect light conditions the shots are not to be thrown away. The double 12 + 2mpx camera he behaves with dignity.
But as soon as the light falls, the performance falls. So if we want to capture our holidays on the beach, the Mi Play is fine, if we are more like a PUB ... let's leave it.
I show you some sample photos so you can also tell me yours.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Camera - Direct light
Xiaomi Mi Play - Camera - Low light
Xiaomi Mi Play - Camera - Frontal
Xiaomi Mi Play - Software
The software mounted on this smartphone is the MIUI 10 Stable China. Unfortunately the GLOBAL version is not available and, from rumors, apparently will never be released. So to have Italian we have to wait for Xiaomi.EU. On the whole this version of MIUI works pretty well and, for those who get away with English, is definitely usable.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Connectivity
We come to connectivity. As mentioned this is a device that, unfortunately, seems to be intended for the Chinese market only. This involves both SIMs do not have the possibility to connect to the 4G network on B20 band (800Mhz).
If this is not a drastically invalidating problem on most occasions, it is still a compromise that not everyone wants and can accept.
La lack of the B20 band implies the impossibility of connection in 4G in different Italian locations and, if up to a few years ago the H + connection had a speed of all respect, for some time now it seems that without the 4G connection the navigation or the use of applications like Youtube or similar is definitely compromised.
Xiaomi Mi Play - Conclusions
With the Xiaomi Mi Play we are faced with a specimen with two faces. The "WOW" face for aesthetics, maneuverability and compactness. The face "Mah .." once pitted the technical characteristics that, for having to report, correspond to the level required to the market segment to which it belongs.
So, in a nutshell.
Do you need a smartphone that is cheap but guarantees security and practicality? Do you want to make a great impression with a gift that leaves you breathless? The Xiaomi Mi Play is for you!
Do you want a "definitive" device that allows you to work on the move? Well ... I advise you to raise the bar in a bit and aim for something more bodied ... maybe someone said Xiaomi Mi9?
Ah ... I almost forgot ... here is my video review that summarizes all that we have said. 🙂
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Xiaomi Mi Play was born to catch the eye. Finely crafted shell with bright colors and premium finishes. But the Xiaomi Mi Play is not for everyone.
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