Just a few weeks ago, Xiaomi launched the Mi Play aimed at budget gamers. But with the introduction of Redmi Note 7 featuring what it seems like unbeatable specs for its price, should you even consider the Mi Play at hand?
Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi Play Differences
Advantages of Redmi Note 7
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Snapdragon 660
- 48MP + 5MP main camera
- 13MP selfie camera
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 4000mAh battery
- 18W charging
- USB Type-C
Advantages of Xiaomi Mi Play
- Higher display PPI (pixel per inch)
- More compact build
- Secondary sensor in Dual Cam is 12MP + 12MP
- Larger memory for base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi Play Similarities
- IPS LCD
- 1080p+ resolution
- dewdrop notch
- Android 9.0 Pie
- microSD expansion slot via SIM 2
- dual main camera
- single selfie camera
- audio jack
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Which is a better buy between the Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi Play?
From the dewdrop notch to the gradient design at the back, nothing separates the two devices. Although they look alike, the Redmi Note 7 comes with the advantage of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 allowing for better drop & scratch resistance.
Moving over to the display and it’s about a tie with both using IPS LCD panels at 1080p+ resolution. Where you might want to turn your attention to is the camera.
While both are sporting dual main camera setup, the Redmi Note 7 is no doubt the leader with its massive 48MP + 5MP depth sensor. The same story can be said for the selfie camera with its 13MP vs the 8MP of the Mi Play.
As for the performance, the Mi Play may be sporting a slightly updated Helio P35 with its 12nm process node but the Snapdragon 660 performs better in general tasks and games.
The Redmi Note 7 continues to pull ahead with its massive 4000mAh battery that charges at a rate of 18W via USB Type-C port.
At 4GB/64GB, both the Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi Play is around Php9,000. From this point, it’s already obvious that the Redmi variant is the better phone. In fact, you can even go for as low as Php8,000 for the 3GB/32GB model.
|Specs||Redmi Note 7||Xiaomi Mi Play|
|Display||6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+, ~409ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 19.5:9 ratio||5.84-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2280, 432ppi, 19:9 ratio|
|Dimensions||159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186g||147.8 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm, 150g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)||MediaTek Helio P35 (12 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 512||PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory||64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM||64 GB, 4 GB RAM + microSD, up to 256 GB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF +
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
|dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF|
|Front Camera||13 MP||8 MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB Type-C, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB 2.0, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (18W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery (10W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.0||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.0|
|Official Price||(3GB/32GB) 999yuan (~Php7,700 or $150) | (4GB/64GB) 1199yuan(~Php9,200 or $180) | (6GB/64GB) 1,399yuan (~Php10,800 or $200)||$190USD or estimated at Php9,000|