Despite the low-cost band of the market is quite saturated, Xiaomi does not give up and decides to start the attack with a smartphone more detail than usual. In fact, inside the packaging of the Xiaomi play there is a card YES with 10 GB di Internet to be exploited each month for a year! The downside is that this is obviously reserved for the Chinese market, but let's not lose ourselves in further talk and find out how he behaved during these test days!
Xiaomi Play Review
The sales package is made of white hardcover with a particularly youthful style. Inside we find the following equipment:
- Xiaomi Play;
- wall power supply with Chinese plug and 5V = 2A output;
- USB data transfer cable - Micro USB;
- silicone cover;
- SIM Mi Mobile for 10 GB of monthly traffic;
- pin for the SIM slot;
- instruction manual.
Design and construction
Il design of this Xiaomi play turns out to be very similar to what we have seen lately in the medium-low band. So let's talk about Huawei P Smart 2019, Redmi Note 7 or even Huawei P20 Lite. Despite this, aesthetics is an aspect that is always taken care of in detail by the Chinese company, in fact, it seems a smartphone more expensive than its real price.
La construction è very solid and the materials used for its construction are of good quality. Later we have one back cover in glass, while the side frame it is in aluminum.
What immediately jumps to the eye are his dimensions really compact if you think about the average size of a smartphone. This did not allow to exclude a large display on the front. The measures of the Xiaomi play I am therefore of 147.76 x 71.89 x 7.8 millimeters for a weight of 150 grams. Very good, therefore, the one-handed use that takes place without any kind of problem.
On the right side we find the volume rocker and the power button, unlike the opposite one on which only the dual SIM + microSD slot is housed. This is an advantage not a little compared to its competitors because it will allow us to insert two cards without renouncing the expandability of memory.
Later you can see the fingerprint sensor together with the dual camera with a single LED flash, while frontally we have a drop notch that includes the camera for selfies with the brightness and proximity sensors and the headset capsule. The notification LED resides on the lower frame.
Finally, on the underside we find the Micro USB input, the system speaker and the main microphone unlike the upper one where they lodge the mini-jack input and the microphone useful for the reduction of environmental noise.
Lo Xiaomi play has a display IPS da 5.84 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2280 x 1080), relationship 19:9 and density of PPI 432.
The overall quality of the panel is very good, as the definition is high and chromatic representation è quite faithful. The only flaw is that comparing it with other displays this tends slightly towards the yellow, but through the settings it will be possible to perform a custom calibration to correct the shot.
Also with regard to customizations there is also the night mode, as well as the ability to wake up the display with a double tap or simply raising the device.
Hardware and performance
Despite Xiaomi you often use chipsets Qualcomm, this time the Chinese company decided to mount a different solution. In fact, to move it Xiaomi play a SoC thinks about it MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765), which is inclusive of a processor octa-core with a 12 nanometer with a maximum clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, flanked by a GPU PowerVR GE8320, 4 GB of memory LPDDR4x RAM e 64 GB di XMMUM eMMC internal memory.
The performance reflects exactly its price range, in fact, the opening of the app is not instantaneous, but manages to execute any command without lag or various jams. Good management of open apps in the background and even gaming.
Obviously we can not execute PUBG with details to the maximum, as the game itself advises us to set the quality at minimum not to jeopardize the gaming experience, but I must say that the reproduction is very fluid and there are no frame drops.
Posteriorly Xiaomi play presents a dual chamber from 12 + 2 mega-pixel with opening f / 2.2, single LED flash and stabilizer ICE CREAM.
The performances are not bad at all if you think about the selling price of the device. In fact, to belong to the low-cost band, he realizes the good shots in conditions of favorable brightness, which are characterized by a fair level of detail and a good natural bokeh. The representation of the colors turns out to be quite faithful and, moreover, we find also theAutomatic HDR that does not intervene too aggressively. The management of the lights, however, turns out to be a bit 'fluctuating.
However, of will be or with poor lighting the smartphone can not take noticeable shots out of the cylinder. The digital noise increases significantly and you need to have a good steady hand so as not to move the photos.
Frontally we have a camera from 8 mega-pixels with AI featurewho has me surprised especially for the quality of the photos in daytime and for precision in mode ritratto. The shots must say that they are very good for its price range, which features a very good level of detail, excellent colors, but a management of lights sometimes a little 'dancer. Let's say that what was said for the dual rear camera is reflected, also because even here in the evening you can notice some noise and a general quality in line with the low-cost band.
I video they can be registered up in Full HD a 30 fps and the quality is sufficient, as the autofocus is not a splinter and the stabilization is only average.
L'audio output from the lower speaker is powerful, but tends to privilege the most alti and average to the detriment of the bassi. The situation changes for listening to headphones, where we can enjoy more listening to music content. The audio in the capsule is discrete, as well as that captured by the microphone.
Here we are at one of the first true flaws of this Xiaomi play, Or the software. In fact, being the Chinese variant, on board we do not have i Google services pre-installed and therefore not even the Global software, but we will find the China Stable with all the related ones problems with notifications.
In fact, despite having set all the settings properly and have padlocked le app in background, very often notifications they do not appear on the screen and we will see that we have received a myriad of messages only when we are going to open the application. This problem is very common especially with WhatsApp. What's more, despite being a widespread problem in many models, even here notifications are not visible in the status bar. So you will not see the icon of the message in the top bar despite the space there is enough.
For the rest we find the MIUI 10.1 Stable (10.1.4.0) based on Android 8.1 Oreo with security patches updated to January 5 2019. This UI we know it very well now and the customizations are really many, including the Second Space, the voice assistant Mi AI, the cloning of the app, the App Lock and much more. From this point of view you will certainly not be disappointed.
However, we hope that if a variant is launched Global of the device, these various defects are fixed.
Here we are also talking about theother defect not really negligible, or the connectivity, as it is Xiaomi play supports theLTE of Cat. 7, but does not have support for 20 band. Unfortunately, this lack was felt and affected its use during my tests.
We also find the Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, which did not prove to be at the top for reception, while they are good Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidu. On board there is also the FM radio, but it is absent the NFC.
Il fingerprint sensor placed on the back cover turns out to be very precise, but not very fast. We can say that about 9 times on 10 unlocks the smartphone without problems. As if this were not enough we also find the facial recognition, which is managed byartificial intelligence. In good light this works quite well, but in the dark it will be necessary to use the fingerprint.
Under the body of the Xiaomi play we find a battery from 3000 mAh, which fails to give amazing results. Although the Chinese company has always used it very well, this time a bit 'because of the software that has to handle multiple operations in the background for the receipt of notifications, a bit' for a SoC different from the usual, we can not go beyond 4 hours and 15 hours di active screen.
Be clear, you can safely get to will be with average use, but I usually did one half about 3 hours and minutes 45 di active screen. Less performing performance than the other smartphone of the company Lei Jun that have an average of 4 hours and minutes 30.
La recharge through the supplied power supply it is not very fast and takes about approx 2 hours and minutes 15 in order to pass from 0 to 100%.
Since we have reached the conclusion I would like to talk about this smartphone under two points of view: the our and that of the Chinese. Indeed, in China the price is around 139 € and the possibility to exploit the offer is also offered YES included from 10 GB per month for one year. In this case I would call it one revolution, because in order to meet the needs of consumers, manufacturers are striving to offer more and more.
In our case the YES it's totally useless, software è Chinese e the 20 band is missing. As if this was not enough on GearBest the price is around 185 €, too many if you think that at the same price you can buy it Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Global.
Obviously I'm not totally blowing this Xiaomi play, as it has quality, but at the moment all we have to do will be expect that his is released Global variant with 20 band to see if it will manage to be truly competitive within this market segment.
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