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Xiaomi teases the Play smartphone with waterdrop notch and dual camera

Xiaomi Play teaser (Source: Weibo)
Xiaomi Play teaser (Source: Weibo)
Leaving aside the waterdrop notch, the recently teased Xiaomi Play looks like just another mid-range offering that sports a dual camera and a circular rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The leaked specs include an unnamed octa-core processor, up to 6 GB of memory, and 32 GB to 128 GB of internal storage space.

Xiaomi will launch what appears to be another mid-ranger just in time for the winter shopping season. Recently teased on Weibo, the upcoming Xiaomi Play looks like a slightly redesigned Mi A2: there is a vertical dual camera setup on the back, a circular fingerprint reader, but the display features a waterdrop notch.

Although the Xiaomi Play has an official launch date — December 24 — the technical details currently public have been spotted on TENAA, so these pieces of information should be taken with a grain of salt for now. The device that surfaced on TENAA carries the model number M190F9E and has an unnamed 2.3 GHz octa-core processor under the hood, next to 3 GB to 6 GB of memory, 32 GB to 128 GB of internal storage space, a 5.84-inch full HD+ display, and a 2,900 mAh battery.

The worst part of it all is that — at least according to the aforementioned TENAA listing — the Xiaomi Play will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo-based software onboard instead of Android 9.0 Pie, as it would be natural for a new mid-range device that hits the market in the last month of 2018. On the other hand, at least it seems to feature a traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.

Do you think that Xiaomi really needs a new device like this one? Tell us why would you buy the Xiaomi Play and how much should it cost to become an attractive choice — feel free go to the comments area below to do it, as usual.

Xiaomi Play Android smartphone Weibo teasers
Xiaomi Play Android smartphone Weibo teasers

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-12-19 (Update: 2018-12-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.