The Xiaomi Mi A1, the first Android One phone from the Chinese manufacturer is not available for buying on Mi.com and Flipkart. Hence, the rumor mill has started speculating that the company might have discontinued the Mi A1 and it could be prepping up to launch the Mi A2 as its successor phone. A Xiaomi representative has confirmed that the Mi A1 is not discontinued and the company will soon begin selling it once again. However, the spokesperson did not reveal the exact timeframe of the return of the smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched in India in September 2017. It is a re-branded version of the Xiaomi Mi 5X that was exclusively made available in China in July last year. The Mi A1 runs on stock version of Android Oreo and does not feature the MIUI 9 skin that is found on the Mi 5X. It was launched with a pricing of Rs. 14,999 (~$228) in India and its price was permanently slashed to Rs. 13,999 (~$213) in December.
Xiaomi will be launching the Xiaomi Mi 6X smartphone on April 25. It is speculated that like the Mi 5X, the Mi 6X will be not available outside of China. However, the same phone running on stock version of Android could be sold in overseas market as Xiaomi Mi A2.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 monikers was spotted in the source code of the Indian edition of Xiaomi’s website. This suggest that the company may introduce the Mi A2 few weeks after the launch of Mi 6X.
Recent reports have revealed that the Xiaomi Mi 6X will be equipped with 5.99-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 660 chipset, 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 + 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 dual camera setup and Sony IMX376 20-megapixel selfie snapper. Other specs include Android 8.1 Oreo, 2,910mAH battery and variants like 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.
In related news, Xiaomi is also rumored to be working on a budget phone called Redmi S2 that will be featuring an 18:9 display supporting HD+ resolution, Snapdragon 625 SoC, 12-megpaixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup, 16 GB storage and 3,080mAh battery.