Xiaomi Play enters the game on December 24

Chinese tech manufacturer Xiaomi is set to announce another smartphone on Christmas Eve.

The device is officially being teased on microblogging site Weibo as the Xiaomi Play. Some have speculated that the “Play” branding is an allusion to some sort of gaming aspect — something well-served by the company’s dedicated gaming brand, Black Shark.

As for physicality, the phone itself doesn’t scream terribly out of standards: it has a teardrop notch and looks relatively compact, but has a few pastel colors.

Xiaomi has been heavily pushing one other facet, though: it has made a hashtag out of the device “coming with traffic.” Transliterally, it doesn’t mean anything. However, what it sounds like is that the company may be offering some sort of subsidized cellular data for customers — perfect for users who have to deal with slow Wi-Fi speeds where they work or live.

We’ll learn more about this phone next week and a phone with a 48-megapixel camera next month.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.