Xiaomi and Google are all set to bring their joint venture Mi A1 to the Indian market in first phase on September 12; same day when Apple unveils iPhone 8. The new device has been especially fabricated under the Google’s Android One initiative – a program to build affordable smartphones receiving updates directly from search giant. These phones are usually running stock Android and come with mid/low end hardware.
It’s been a while since an Android One phone came out. This year Google has collaborated with Xiaomi to bring the next Android One smartphone under the slogan of “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google”.
The Mi A1 seems to be a re-branded edition of Mi 5X that made its debut in China in July. The phone sports an aluminum unibody chassis, with the antenna bands tucked away at the top and bottom of the device. The back is fairly busy thanks to the Android One logo, the Mi logo, and all the regulatory signage. For the display, Mi A1 has a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD panel.
The power and volume buttons are located on the left, there’s a 3.5mm jack at the bottom, along with a USB-C charging port and a single speaker. There’s also an IR blaster located up top, and you get Mi Remote bundled with the phone.
With Android Oreo released recently it seems odd that Google has opted for Android Nougat for the latest Android One smartphone. An upgrade is planned by the end of the year though. The Mi A1 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Storage is expandable via a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot.
The highlight of the phone is the dual cameras at the back — a primary 12MP wide-angle camera augmented by a secondary 12MP telephoto lens equipped with phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom and a dual LED flash. The camera configuration is the same as that of the Mi 6 but Xiaomi is using different sensors this time around, and there’s no OIS in the primary camera. And as the Mi A1 is 0.2mm thinner than the Mi 6, there’s a camera hump at the back. The front camera uses a regular 5 MP sensor.
Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by a 3,080 mAh battery which seems a little low as Xiaomi’s phones are usually accompanied with a 4,000 mAh battery. It does come with fast charging so that’s a plus.
Price and Availability
The Mi A1 will retail initially in India starting from September 12th with a price tag of INR14,999 ($230) and will make its way to other Asian markets before the end of the month. The phone will be available in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, and Mexico by the end of the year.
No release date for Pakistan has been announced yet but the phone will cost around PKR 24,600 when converted INR to PKR. Expect the phone to cost upwards of Rs. 25,000 once it hits the Pakistani market.
|OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, planned upgrade to Oreo|
|Supported Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|Dual SIM Support||Yes|
|Display||5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 403ppi|
|Dimensions||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 2.0 GHz octa-core|
|Internal Storage||64 GB|
|Card Slot||yes, expandable by upto 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS, Infrared sensor|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, gyro and light sensor|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm, f/2.6), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Battery||3,080mAh with fast charging|
|Price||INR 14,999 ($230), (~PKR 24,600)|