Xiaomi Mi A1: Is it the best phone under Rs 15000?

8.5 Total Score

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  • Excellent Camera Quality.
  • Good performance without any lag.
  • No heating issues.
  • Good battery backup.
  • Latest updates promised by Google.

Specification

General
In The Box Handset, USB Cable, Adapter, SIM Tray Remover Pin, User Guide, Warranty Card
Model Number MZB5645IN/MZB5717IN
Model Name Mi A1
Color Black
Browse Type Smartphones
SIM Type Dual Sim
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes
Touchscreen Yes
OTG Compatible Yes
Sound Enhancements Speaker: One (Bottom Opening), Active Noise Cancellation
Display Features
Display Size 5.5 inch
Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Resolution Type Full HD
GPU Adreno 506
Display Type IPS
Other Display Features Contrast Ratio: 1000:1, 2.5D Glass, Metal Body
OS & Processor Features
Operating System Android Nougat 7.1.2
Processor Type Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64 bit Octa Core 2GHz
Processor Core Octa Core
Primary Clock Speed 2.0 GHz
Operating Frequency GSM - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, WCDMA - 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, 4G LTE - TDD Band (40 / 41), FDD - Band (1 / 3 / 5)
Memory & Storage Features
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Expandable Storage 128 GB
Supported Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Card Slot Type Hybrid Slot
Call Log Memory Yes
Camera Features
Primary Camera Available Yes
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP
Primary Camera Features Primary Lens: f/2.2, 1.25 microns Pixel Size, Telephoto Lens: f/2.6, 1.0 micron Pixel Size, PDAF, Optical Zoom: 2x
Optical Zoom Yes
Secondary Camera Available Yes
Secondary Camera 5MP
Secondary Camera Features Aperture: f 2.0, Camera Pixel Size: 1.12 microns
HD Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
Video Recording Yes
Video Recording Resolution 3840 x 2160 Pixels
Frame Rate 30 fps
Dual Camera Lens Primary Camera
Connectivity Features
Network Type 4G VOLTE, 3G
Supported Networks 4G VoLTE, UMTS, GSM, 4G LTE
Internet Connectivity 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi
3G Yes
Bluetooth Support Yes
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Version 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB Connectivity Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Map Support Google Maps
GPS Support Yes
Other Details
Smartphone Yes
SIM Size Micro SIM and Nano SIM
SMS Yes
Graphics PPI 401 PPI
Internal Memory 64
Sensors Fingerprint Scanner, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor
Other Features Internal Memory: eMMC, USB: Type C
Battery & Power Features
Battery Capacity 3080 mAh
Dimensions
Width 75.8 mm
Height 155.4 mm
Depth 7.3 mm
Weight 165 g
Warranty
Warranty Summary Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Mobile and 6 Months for Accessories

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News

Xiaomi's Mi A1 comes with almost everything you could want in a $230 phone
Xiaomi's Mi A1 comes with almost everything you could want in a $230 phone
December 1, 2017 - TNW
Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone Starts Receiving November Security Update
Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone Starts Receiving November Security Update
November 22, 2017 - NDTV
Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold Colour Variant Launched in India
Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold Colour Variant Launched in India
November 20, 2017 - NDTV
Xiaomi Mi A1: Punching above its weight
Xiaomi Mi A1: Punching above its weight
November 14, 2017 - The Straits Times

Description and Review

What is Xiaomi Mi A1?

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.

Brief Specification:

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

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 on 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.

Camera

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.

Battery

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.

Xiaomi's Mi A1 comes with almost everything you could want in a $230 phone

Xiaomi's Mi A1 comes with almost everything you could want in a $230 phone

December 1, 2017 - TNW

Xiaomi made headlines earlier this year when it was revealed to be joining Google's Android One program – which meant that its next phone device would ship with a stock Android experience with the latest version of the OS installed, and would continue...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone Starts Receiving November Security Update

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone Starts Receiving November Security Update

November 22, 2017 - NDTV

The forum has two different notification screenshots from users where some Mi A1 users are receiving the update with a size of 467MB while some are getting over 1GB size. Unfortunately, the update doesn't include Oreo update as of now. The Mi A1 is...

Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold Colour Variant Launched in India

Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold Colour Variant Launched in India

November 20, 2017 - NDTV

Xiaomi Mi A1, the Chinese company's first Android One smartphone, was launched in India back in September. It was heavily marketed as the device "created by Xiaomi and powered by Google", while being made available in Black and Gold colour variants...

Xiaomi Mi A1: Punching above its weight

Xiaomi Mi A1: Punching above its weight

November 14, 2017 - The Straits Times

The Mi A1 runs smoothly with minimal lag, due to the clean Android operating system that isn't bogged down by additional resources. Xiaomi had to make some cuts, however. Most notably, the Mi A1 lacks near-field communication, which means it does not...

8.5 Total Score
Excellent!

Mi A1 is one of the best quality phones from Xiaomi and offers everything for the price we pay. It has the best camera in this price segment. Performance is good without any heating issues. However, fast charging feature is not available.

Performance
8.4
Display
8.1
Camera
8.0
Software
8.9
Design
8.3
Battery
9.0
PROS
  • Excellent Camera Quality.
  • Good performance without any lag.
  • No heating issues.
  • Good battery backup.
  • Latest updates promised by Google.
CONS
  • The device does not support fast charging.
  • Slightly slippery.
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