Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi A1 in India. It’s Xiaomi’s first attempt in Android One space, which was initiated by Google to bring Android to masses. Under this program, devices will be designed and manufactured by Android OEMs, but the software will be provided by Google including future updates, so you typically see stock Android on all Android One devices. The Mi A1 is no exception here. Yes, if you are a fan of stock Android but simply don’t like Xiaomi’s custom overlay MIUI software, here you go boy. Say hi to Xiaomi Mi A1. The A1 apparently stands for “Android One”, makes sense, isn’t it?
To let you know, Mi A1 is not entirely an unfamiliar smartphone as it closely resembles Mi 5X, which was launched back in July running MIUI 9. Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is the mid-range handset with a premium metal unibody design, featuring a dual camera setup at the back and runs Stock Android operating system out of the box. Continue reading for more details.
The Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of built-in storage. There are dual cameras on the back, a primary 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. Sounds familiar, It’s the same setup you found on iPhone 7 Plus, and also, Mi A1 offers same portrait mode to get those cool looking bokeh shots. This camera setup also includes a dual-tone LED flash, Phase Detection Autofocus and 2X optical zoom. On the front, it consists a 5-megapixel shooter for selfie lovers.
The Mi A1 also features a 3000mAh battery, Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, dedicated 10W amplifier, and Hybrid Dual SIM slot. There’s also a USB Type-c port for charging and data syncing. One of its standout features is the inclusion of Stock Android Nougat build. However, just to keep running that awesome dual camera setup, Xiaomi has preserved its MIUI Camera app. It seems stock camera app is not capable of providing enough tricks to end users. On the plus side, the software is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of 2017. It will also be one of the first phones to receive unannounced Android P, next major Android OS release, which is supposed to take place in 2018. Other features included 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and GLONASS. Here is the complete specs break down of the Mi A1.
|Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)|
|Display||5.5" (1920x1080, 403ppi) LTPS 2.5D curved glass, 450nit brightness|
|Processor||Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 14nm, Adreno 506 GPU|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, microSD card upto 128GB|
|Software||Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Android One), upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo|
Primary: 12MP (f/2.2) wide-angle lens, 1.25μm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash
Secondary: 12MP (f/2.6) Telephoto lens, 1.0μm pixel size
5MP (f/2.0), 1.12μm pixel size, Beautify, Selfie timer, Facial recognition
|Connectivity||Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Battery||3080mAh(typ) / 3000mAh(min)|
|155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm
|Other||Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor, High-quality
sound, Google Photos with Unlimited Storage
|Colors||Black, Gold, Rose Gold|
As for the pricing and availability, the Mi A1 will go on sale in India starting from September 12th on Flipkart and Mi.com for INR 14999 (about $235). It’ll also be available from offline stores such as Mi Home Stores, Sangeetha Mobiles, Poorvika, Big C, Lot, 3G Mobile World, Univercell, eZone, Hotspot Store, Croma, Pai electronics, MyG Stores, Store King, Fone4, and Vijaya Sales.
Apart from India, the Mi A1 will also be available in other regions, including Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Americas.