Xiaomi has announced the Mi A1 flagship phone in India at a compelling price of Rs 14,999. With the Mi A1, Xiaomi brings its first dual-camera phone to the Indian markets. Mi A1 will be available exclusively on Flipkart and Xiaomi’s online mobile store and has availability offline in Mi Home stores across India. It will begin sales from 12 September at 12 pm.
Mi A1 is very much like the Mi 5X in terms of the design, specifications and the camera. However, setting the Mi A1 apart is the reason of it being the first Android One phone made by Xiaomi. This means that it will run on stock Android rather than Xiaomi’s conventional MIUI.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a metal unibody design and sports a 5.5-inch FullHD display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone’s rounded edges have given the phone a very premium feel and it has the fingerprint sensor located at the rear. In terms of hardware, the phone has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can expand via a microSD card. The Mi A1 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which has an octa-core processor which is clocked out at 2.0 GHz and has the Adreno 506 GPU.
In the camera department the phone offers a dual-camera with about 12 MP wide-angle sensor and also a 12 MP telephoto lens. This also enables around 2x optical zoom and helps us to create the bokeh effect which actually blurs the subject’s background. The phone’s camera also offers up to 10x digital zoom and has a dual-flash as well. On the phone’s front there is a 5 MP selfie camera.
Android One Revival
The Mi A1 is the first Android One smartphone from Xiaomi, and it is quite interesting for several reasons. Firstly, it is unusual for everyone to see Xiaomi — a company that is known to rely mostly on its customised version of Android (dubbed MIUI) — to have a this kind of phone in its portfolio. Several of the stock Android enthusiasts have often wished for a different Xiaomi device which is running on pure Android, simply because the company has been offering the quality hardware at aggressive pricing. With the Mi A1, Xiaomi has become the first company in the world to offer a wide-angle + telephoto camera system for under Rs 15,000.
Google’s Android One had previously been termed as a big failure in India. All the sellers reportedly refused to have any stock Android One phones out of spite. This, because of the fact that Google chose to sell them exclusively online at launch. Plus, the specs on the phones back then were never as good as the competition.
There’s will be no doubt that this phone will becomes a very good alternative to the recently-launched Moto G5S Plus. Moto’s G series phones have received favorable reviews from experts because of its clean Android UI. But the bigger question happens to be the ever-evolving definition of Android One.
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