Mi A1 smartphone is a new breed in the Indian market introduced by Xiaomi with dual sports cameras. Xiaomi dropped their MIUI interface and appeared with Google’s Android One version. The Indian customers are going to have a first-hand experience on Mi A1. Furthermore, given the brand value, Xiaomi stands second in the Indian smartphone market. Google bets on Xiaomi’s popularity to launch its Android One to reach the markets which are essential to the company’s growth. Google and Xiaomi are planning to launch the Mi A1 across global markets such as Russia, Indonesia, China, etc.
OS – Android Nougat 7.1
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Camera – 12MP+ 12MP rear & 5MP front
RAM – 4GB
Storage – 64GB (Expandable)
Battery – 3080mAh
Display – 5.5 Inch
Indian Price: Rs 14,999
Review – Design and Display
The existing users will find some similarities between Mi A1 and past products. The front glass design reminds of the Google Pixel smartphone. Three colors are available for sales that include the Black version, Rose gold version and a white front panel with Gold.
For just Rs 14,999, the Mi A1 offers a premium look with a solid unibody design. The frame resembles Xiami’s other devices. You find first ever dual real camera in the back. Also, fingerprint scanner, antenna bands are available at the back of the phone. The logos of Android One and Mi are placed at the back side of the device one after other.
As you assume, Mi A1 comes with 1080p resolution, which is standard for Xiaomi products. The full HD 5.5-inch display and viewing angles are better than its rivals in the price segment. You find a headphone jack, Type-C USB, and single speaker grille at the bottom. If you remove the Android One, you won’t locate much difference between Mi 5X and Mi A1.
Review – software
The Mi A1 features are dramatically different from custom MIUI. You get current Android One that looks simple and easy to use. You won’t find any annoying service like using a regular MIUI. There is also a rumor going around that Google is going to launch Android Oreo and Android P in coming months. If you’re interested in themes and like tinkering with UI, then this Xiamo phone is not for you. Furthermore, you can expect Xiaomi regular apps in the setup.
Xiaomi is claiming that the first ever 12MP+ 12MP dual-rear camera setup equals the iPhone 7 Plus camera images. Yet, it’s a tall claim. At the same time, the camera quality is far superior when compared to mid-range smartphones.
The image quality of the front camera depends on the lighting and surprisingly produces clear images. Nevertheless, it is not an ideal choice for low-lighting situations. Having said that, for Rs 14,999 the picture quality seems clear and sharp.
The 3080 mAh battery is good enough for heavy usage and stands up to one day. It also comes with a fast-changing feature that is impressive in this price range. According to PC Mark test, the smartphone score is almost 7 hours.
Mi A1 is the combination of Xiaomi and Android One project. The stock Android is a bonus for Xiami customers. You can expect further Google’s OS updates in the future. You won’t find a dual camera just for Rs 15,000 price range in the market. Just get it and enjoy the experience of Android One with Xiaomi’s Mi A1