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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Phone is Official with Flagship Dual Cameras, Stock Android

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 9

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One smartphone that is created by Xiaomi and powered by Google. In the previous month, Xiaomi had released the Xiaomi Mi 5X smartphone in China. The Mi A1 is essentially the same phone that comes with same specs but delivers pure Android experience.

Xiaomi M1 A1 Design and Display

Featuring a full metallic body and appearance that is very similar to the Xiaomi Mi 5X, the Xiaomi Mi A1 comes in three colors like Black, Rose Gold and Gold. The rear side of the phone features a dual camera setup and a fingerprint reader. The Black variant of the Mi A1 comes with anti-fingerprint coating. It measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm and weighs 165 grams.

The Mi A1 has a 5.5-inch full HD screen that produces a resolution of 1,920 x 1080 pixels. Its screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. It may be fitted with Gorilla Glass 3 that is available on the Mi 5X.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Flagship Dual Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi A1 produces picture perfect shots using the so-called “flagship dual camera” that includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens for panoramic shots and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for portrait shots that is equipped with 2x optical zoom (10x digital zoom). It can shoot bright images even in dim light conditions because of the large 1.25micron pixels. The dual camera sensors work together to deliver DSLR-like photo shooting experience. Xiaomi claims that the photo shooting prowess of the dual rear cameras of the Mi A1 is similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus.

The Mi A1 features a 5-megapixel front camera. At the launch event of Xiaomi Mi A1, the company showcased several images to show how better the photo shooting experience on Xiaomi Mi A1 is compared to flagship phones like iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5. The Xiaomi Mi A1 can shoot bokeh effect images with clear defined edges better than iPhone 7 Plus and OP5 as it can be seen in the below image.

Xiaomi Mi 1 A1 Performance

Like the Xiaomi Mi 5X, the Mi A1 is also driven by the power efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset. It features 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of native storage and a microSD card slot. It also features a USB-C port that can be used for fast charging the 3,080mAh battery of the smartphone.

A single pyrolytic graphite sheet that are used on various smartphone can help in diffusing and radiating heat quickly. The presence of dual pyrolytic graphite sheet presence inside the Mi A1 can reduce heat by 2 degrees. The Mi A1 also promises impressive audio performance through its 10v smart power amplifier that amplifies sound when the phone is in speaker mode and also when listening to music through headphones. The Mi A1 also features a 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Experience

Since it is an Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 does not feature Xiaomi’s MIUI proprietary skin because of which its users can benefit from stock Android experience of 7.1 Nougat. However, for photo shooting, the Mi A1 features the feature-rich MIUI camera app that brings features like Beautify 3.0 and smart beautify. Mi A1 users can expect regular Android updates and take advantage of the unlimited storage on Google Photos. It also includes some other Xiaomi MIUI apps such as Mi Store and Mi Remote app.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Price and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be not only coming to India but also to various regions that are mentioned below.

In India, the smartphone would be available from Sept. 12 exclusively through and Flipkart with a price tag of Rs. 14,999 (~$234). It will be also available for buying offline through Mi Home stores and various offline retailers from the same date. Airtel is giving away up to 200 GB of 4G network data for the buyers of Mi A1 in India.


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  • vijay sud

    While a step up, A1 is also a step backwards as far India is concerned. Xiaomi achieved high numbers in Indian market because of long battery backups in Redmi Notes, Redmi 4 series, all full of 4000 mAh batteries. As Indian network quality is low, high battery consumption is norm. Hence popularity of Xiaomi. But in A1, just 3000 mAh battery driving 5.5in display, will result is short battery life. 50% Indian upgrade market is not going to touch this sub battery size Phone.

    • Zero

      The only way it can cost more is if it has more compatible networks along the 4G Plus making it an interesting deal.

      And seems that the device is not targeted to Indians, but to the entire world as the 1st true device from them breaking the barriers.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        lol no, it ain’t 1st true device

        it doesn’t have all LTE bands !

      • balcobomber25

        This device is almost entirely for the Indian market. The other countries it’s being sold in are more the Android One requirements than Xiaomi’s marketing plan. Even the LTE bands aren’t fully supported in all those countries, they are the 3 main bands used in India and parts of Asia.

    • balcobomber25

      The A1 won’t sell like the RN4 but it will have little to do with the battery it will be because it is priced higher This is a niche phone for Xiaomi that isn’t designed to appeal to the masses and Xiaomi has all but admitted they don’t expect huge sales from this. The people that are concerned about battery life will still buy the RN4 or R4 or even wait for their eventual successors. This phone is for the small segment of the market that wants a premium stock phone.

      • Rahul Yadav

        Can you please suggest if I should buy the Mi a1 in India, I currently use the Meizu M3s. Although I like Flyme, I hate the poor battery life, average sound quality from the headphones and poor camera. If not Mi A1, any other suggestion in the same price 15000 INR / 230 USD ?
        Thanks 🙂

        • balcobomber25

          I haven’t used the Mi A1 or the Mi 5x so I can’t really personally offer any comment on it. From what I have read and heard from others it is an excellent phone for the money. Some other phones you could consider:

          Redmi Note 4 – a bit cheaper than the A1, a camera is good but not as good as the A1. But battery life is incredible on this phone.

          Honor 6x – Pretty good camera for the price.

          Moto G5 Plus – good all around phone, the design is a little bland but it might be one of the best budget phones available.

          One of my favorite phones in India though is the Micromax Canvas Infinity. It has a good camera for the price, a nice sleek design and a surprisingly good display. The display is only 720P but you would never know it by looking at it. I had a chance to use one last week in Mumbai and I was really impressed by it. I usually haven’t liked Micromax phones.

          • Rahul Yadav

            Thanks Balco
            I don’t like the moto design and somehow can’t trust Micromax quality.
            I will go with Mi A1 🙂

  • Muhammad Yasir

    SD 625

    could have WON the market with sd 630

    what a bunch of MORONS !