Xiaomi Mi Play with 10GB free data for a year. Credit: TechGenYZ
A new budget smartphone, Xiaomi
Mi Play, is officially released in China with free 10GB data for one year available every month.
The phone is priced at ¥1099 ($159) and at the moment it is only available in China.
It is to be expected that soon it will be available across the globe. The phone
is available in three colors, blue, red and black.
The Mi Play has a modern design. Thin bezels and a notch on the front and a glossy back with two tone gradient finish looks similar to
Huawei nova 3. The display is 5.84-inch with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 2280x1080 resolution.
The rest of the hardware is a bit underwhelming but understandable considering the price. The phone runs on 12nm MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, with octa-core Cortex-A53 2.3GHz and PowerVR GE8320 GPU. There's also 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage.
The camera situation comprises of a dual camera on the back that includes a 12MP sensor with AI mode, along with a 8MP sensor.
According to GSMArena, t
he phone also has a 3000mAh battery with standard 10W charging and microUSB connector.
Color variant of Xiaomi Mi Play. Credit: GSMArena
Free 10GB of 4G data
However, the real draw here seems to be the free data. Struggling through our limited understanding of Mandarin and Google Translate's janky translation, it seems Xiaomi is offering free 4G data for one year with the phone, with 10GB available every month. This is an incredible offer, especially when you consider the phone's already low price. You could very well just purchase this phone and just use it as a mobile hotspot, assuming the service allowed you to do that.
There's no word yet if this phone will make it outside of China, but there is expectation soon it will be available across the globe