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Xiaomi Play Smartphone Set to Launch in China on December 24

On: December 18, 2018

Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today released a teaser on its official Weibo page for an upcoming announcement on December 24. It is being speculated that the manufacturer may announce a new smartphone under the new Play series at the event in China. The teaser reads, “New mobile phone, released on December 24. Play comes with traffic. May be the Christmas gift you want the most”.

Xiaomi to Release New Play Series Smartphone on December 24?

If a recent rumor is to be believed, the Xiaomi Play could be a rebranded POCO F1 for the Chinese market. However, at this point, no substantial evidence suggesting the same has surfaced on the web. This means there is a possibility of the Xiaomi Play being an all-new device instead. As the word Play suggests, Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphone is expected to focus on gaming, although we don’t expect it to be a proper gaming smartphone. We can expect to find out more about the device in the coming days as Xiaomi will certainly release a few more teasers to generate hype around the upcoming launch.

The first smartphone to be launched under Xiaomi’s POCO sub-brand, the POCO F1 was launched in August this year. After its launch in India, the POCO F1 was launched in Europe and a few other markets as the POCOPHONE F1. Since the smartphone is yet to go on sale in China, we would not be surprised if the Xiaomi Play turns out to be a rebranded POCO F1. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with LiquidCool technology to allow it to deliver sustained peak performance while gaming. It features a 6.18-inch IPS LCD Full Screen display with 1080 x 2246 pixels Full HD+ resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio.

The POCO F1 comes in multiple memory configurations with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. At the rear is a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup with the primary sensor boasting Dual Pixel PDAF and large 1.4um pixel size. On the front is a 20MP AI selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Some of the other key features of the POCO F1 include a 4000mAh capacity battery with fast charging support, IR Face Unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a USB Type-C port.

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