Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One phone reviews

7 months ago

Xiaomi released the Mi A1 which focused on the Indian market and powered by Google. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a metal body, and a dual-camera that includes a secondary telephoto lens. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially the same phone that comes with same specifications as Xiaomi Mi 5X but delivers pure Android experience.

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi M1 A1 Design and Specifications

The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes in three colors and features a full metal body. It also features a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor. The Black variant of Mi A1 comes with anti-fingerprint coating. It measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm and weighs 165 grams.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor. The phone runs pure Android, not Xiaomi’s MIUI, and is part of Google’s Android One program. Android One launched three years ago with a focus on India as Google aimed to codify the Android experience for low-end smartphones. To that end, the Xiaomi Mi A1 will get Android Oreo by the end of the year.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 features 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of native storage and a microSD card slot. It also features a USB-C port that can be used for fast charging the 3,080mAh battery of the smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Flagship Dual Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi A1 includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens for panoramic shots and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for portrait shots that is equipped with 2x optical zoom. It can shoot bright images even in dim light conditions because of the large 1.25micron pixels.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Price and Availability

Xiaomi’s brand is strong in India — the Chinese company captured 17 percent of the Indian smartphone market last quarter, according to figures from IDC, placing it second behind Samsung’s 24 percent. The two top-selling phones in that period were Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4, helping the company grow its sales 328 percent year on year.

The Mi A1 is significantly more expensive than those phones, starting at 14,999 rupees (about $234) for a 64GB model with 4GB of RAM, but it’s less than half the price of something like the OnePlus 5 or a quarter the price of an iPhone 7 Plus. It won’t be a top seller for the company, then, but it represents an intriguing upmarket move for the Android One program and a potentially compelling combination of software, hardware, and price.

Beyond India, Xiaomi is releasing the Mi A1 in more countries than usual — a total of 13 markets in Asia, ten in Europe, ten in the Middle East and Africa, and four in Central and South America. It’ll be available on September 12th.