Xiaomi, a company that has been taking the Asian market by storm lately has announced the Xiaomi Mi A1, a new flagship phone largely focused on the Indian market with the tagline of “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google.”
It has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a metal body, and a dual-camera system that includes a secondary telephoto lens for 2x zooming and portraits with shallow depth of field and it costs only Rs 14,999.
We all know that Xiaomi and Redmi phones have been feature rich phones and usually considered to be a “bang for the buck” kind of phone but they have always been criticized for being heavily skinned and the infamous MIUI that makes the phone a bit too slow on getting updates and also reduces the performance of the phone.
It can be clearly seen that Xiaomi has been listening to its customers and analyzed the market well. As a result Mi A1 is an amalgamation Android One and the features of Xiaomi’s features for a low price.
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Pure Android Software
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is coupled with a stock Android software, and comes with Android 7.1.2 out of the box. As an Android One smartphone, it aims to offer pure Android Nougat experience without any unwanted bloatwares and extra promo apps and with a guarantee of Android Oreo update before the end of this year.
In a surprise announcement at the launch, it was shared that the Mi A1 will also receive the Android P update, whenever it’s available. This phone comes with 3 Mi apps. They are Mi Remote, Feedback, and the Mi Store which also can be uninstalled if you wish to do so.
The Mi A1 also uses Xiaomi’s own camera app, which is expected since the default Android camera app does not support the dual camera set up.
Many Xiaomi fans like myself have been waiting for a stocl android variant of Xiaomi phone as the company is well reputed for providing a feature packed phone for a very affordable price but the intervention of the MIUI makes the phone not very desirable to many stock android lovers.
Since Mi A1 come with stock Nougat 7.1.2,it is very snappy and smooth. There’s also support for Google Assistant and free unlimited cloud storage on Google Photos in high quality.
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Xiaomi A1 Packs A Powerful Hardware
Xiaomi goes back to its recent favorite, the Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 4 GB of RAM. The mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor is not the most best in business, but definitely offers a very good balance of battery optimization and performance.
Xiaomi Mi A1 does quite well handling whatever one throws at it. There’s no noticeable lag and the smartphone is quite responsive in everyday usage.
The Xiamoi Mi A1 comes with a hybrid tray so you can either use two SIM cards or one SIM card and with one microSD card for storage expansion. However, 64 GB of onboard storage on the Mi A1 should be enough for most users.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 packs in 3,080 mAh battery under the hood and Xiaomi has now opted for the USB Type-C port for charging which makes us expect for faster charging and also faster data transfer.
Like always, there’s an infrared blaster as well. On sheet, Xiaomi Mi A1’s hardware specs seems to be very impressive.
Decent Dual-Camera Setup
There’s a 12 MP wide-angle lens and a 12 MP telephoto lens that work together to help you click photos with depth-of-field effect, popularly known as bokeh.
The telephoto lens also supports up to 2X optical zoom. There’s a 5 MP front camera, that takes serviceable selfies unless you have shaky hands.
Overall, the camera is quite good for its price, and probably one of the best in the segment. Of course, it’s not the same as OnePlus 5 or the iPhone 7 Plus which we wouldn’t even have considered but for the comparison that the company asserted.
Xiaomi Mi A1 Pricing And Final Thoughts
Xiaomi Mi A1 proves that Xiaomi has been listening to its users lately and they also clearly understand the importance of the stock android experience and how much people love stock android’s simplicity more than skinned UI like MIUI.
On sheet Mi A1 is a screamer for the price range and when these specs gets coupled with stock android, we can definitely expect a top notch performance. Probably a better performance than most of the phones in this price range. Kudos Xiaomi.