Xiaomi Play Could be Company’s First Smartphone with Waterdrop Notch, Launches on December 24


Xioami is all set to launch yet another smartphone in its homeland China. This time the smartphone maker is planning to introduce a whole new lineup dubbed Xiaomi Play. For those who’re unaware, the Xiaomi Play has been in the news for a long time and it seems like the device is about to finally see its official unveiling. The launch of the Xiaomi Play smartphone will mark the expansion of the company’s smartphone portfolio.

Xiaomi Play to officially launch on December 24

Xiaomi Play

Xiaomi has already posted numerous teasers of its upcoming Play smartphone since yesterday. The brand today posted yet another teaser image on its Weibo social media handle revealing the launch date of its upcoming smartphone. The teaser clearly mentions the PLAY word suggesting the launch of none other than Xiaomi Play. The teaser also gives us the official launch date which happens to be December 24. It’s a great launch date to take advantage of the upcoming festive season. Speaking of the festive season, Xiaomi is also hosting a Mi Fan Sale for the Indian market as a part of Christmas celebration.

Coming back to the teaser, if you look at the image carefully you’ll see a circular gap at the top which clearly suggests the presence of teardrop notch. If true, Xiaomi Play will be the company’s first smartphone to come with a teardrop (or waterdrop) notch. Considering the ongoing trend of waterdrop notches, the Chinese smartphone maker might also want to join the league. The teaser also reads “tick..tick..ticking” and “Play comes with traffic”. Earlier today, Xiaomi also posted another teaser which consists of Play word covering the entire canvas in different colors.

Xiaomi Play, as the name suggests, seems to focus on Entertainment and Gaming. The device might come with powerful internals to offer impressive gaming performance. If launched in India, the device might compete with the Honor Play.

Is Xiaomi Play a rebranded POCO F1?

There are various rumors which suggest that Xiaomi Play is nothing but the rebranded POCO F1 for the Chinese market. Unfortunately, the smartphone maker has still not received any key aspect of the device apart from the waterdrop notch. We might see more hint towards the new device in the coming days.

POCO F1 comes with a 6.18-inch IPS LCD notched display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. For an added protection, the display comes with an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard memory. In terms of optics, the device is equipped with a 12MP+5MP dual-camera setup at the back. At the front, there is a single 20MP selfie snapper with a host of AI-assisted features to enhance your selfies.

Unlike Xioami’s other smartphone, this one runs on an MIUI with Poco Launcher based on Android 8.1 Oreo. All of this is fueled by a massive 4000mAh battery which also supports Quick Charge 4.0. Other specifications include USB Type-C port, LiquidCool technology, Bluetooth v5.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the other hand, this could be a whole new smartphone instead of the rebranded POCO F1. Well, whatever the case will be, we will have to wait for the formal launch to see what the smartphone maker has in stores for us.