This is what many people were waiting for. A phone by Xiaomi powered by Stock Android. Mi A1 is the one that we were waiting for. A few years back, Google launched an initiative for India called Android One with the sole purpose of increasing the reach of Android smartphones in India. The previous Android One smartphone in India was manufactured by OEM like Micromax, Spice & Karbon but they failed as the product for consumers.
But now, Android One came back with all new Avatar. This time, OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer is none another than Chinese giant Xiaomi. Xiaomi is ruling the Indian smartphone industry with Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A. There superb built quality and top notch specs are some of the strongest attributes which are making them ruler in the market.
With the collaboration of Google and Xiaomi, Google is aiming to bring 1 billion users online. Would it be a successful Android One smartphone from Google and Xiaomi? Let’s just check out
Mi A1 Specs, Camera, Price and Availability
Mi A1 is a result of Google’s initiative under Android One program where Google is looking up to connect 1 billion people online. To accomplish this mission, it is necessary for Google and Xiaomi to bring the phone under budget price spectrum.
Mi A1 is a budget oriented Android Smartphone having Unibody metal design with 13.5mm (5.5) LTPS FHD (1920 x 1080) display which runs on 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with 4Gigs of RAM. The processor is based on 14nm FinFET architecture which makes it power efficient. For graphics intensive tasks, Mi A1 has Adreno 506 which is good enough for gaming and for other graphic intensive apps. The Mi A1 has 64GB internal storage which is pretty impressive and you can expand the storage up to 128GB using SDCard. One thing that is not so impressive is the 3080mAh battery which is not that great for a 5.5″ Inch full HD display.
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Talking about the camera, Mi A1 has something special in it. By Following the trend of Dual Cameras, Mi A1 also came into the race. The Mi A1 comes with the dual rear camera.
Mi A1 has 12MP f/2.2 Wide-Angle Camera and 12MP f/2.6 Telephoto camera lens. You will get other camera features like PDAF, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode that brings the depth effect. For selfies, there is a 5MP front facing camera with 36 Smart Beauty profile. You can also record 4K videos with this Mi A1. The phone is also coupled with dual tone LED flash.
Along with all that, you will get almost all the sensors including Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor. You will also get the IR Blaster that you usually get in other Xiaomi’s phone. Apart from that, Mi A1 is future proof while maintaining the legacy of a traditional 3.5MM jack. You do get USB Type-C port and a 3.5MM jack. Xiaomi is also giving you a USB Type-C to USB 2.0 adapter within the box.
Xiaomi is claiming that Mi A1 will get regular Android and security update for 2 years. Out of the box, the Mi A1 runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2 but Xiaomi is also claiming that Mi A1 will get Android Oreo update by the end of 2017 and guess what, Mi A1 user will also get Android P update. Mi A1 also has a dedicated amplifier that offers you high-fidelity sound experience with deeper bass.
Mi A1 Price & Availability
The Mi A1 comes Gold and Black color. This product of Xiaomi and Google’s partnership will cost you ₹14,999 which is a great price for this package. For those, you were looking for a great smartphone under 15K, I think this is probably worth it. We all witnessed the hardware of Xiaomi and software experience of Google’s Android and Mi A1 have both of them. With Stock Android, you will get the best user experience.
If you are going to buy it then head over to Flipkart or Mi website on 12 September at 12 Noon.
At this price range you have other options like Redmi Note 4 but if Stock Android is your preference, you can head over to Moto G5S+. But for Stock Android and Xiaomi’s Hardware, there is nothing better than Mi A1. See other smartphones you can buy