When Google introduced the Android One, It was thought to provide Android Stock Experience in Budget phones in Indian market. But it really never took off as the company thought. Well, It is still in race!
So, Here Xiaomi presents the New mid-range MI A1 in collaboration with Google. Which means the phone is created by Xiaomi and powered by Google.
As we talk of the design, the MI A1 has quite common features as other Xiaomi devices with some elegant upgrades.
The product comes with a very smooth & premium metallic body which makes it a solid phone. Its about 165 gm in weight and 7.3 mm which is quite slim and feels good in hand. Although it a little wider but fits in palm due to its sleek profile and round edges.
The phones gives two cameras at the back and a fingerprint sensor below it, which is neither an eyesore nor a deal cracker. We can say this phone gives premium look in a budget phone.
Overall, the Mi A1 has a striking visual appeal with neat elements, like the nicely crafted speaker grille and the antenna lines at the back. I think that it is one of the best looking Xiaomi devices we’ve seen.
I have to mention the phone’s front looks like the iPhone 7 Plus. A lot of chinese company is copying this style over the past years. As we had not seen anything new, not a deal cracker.
The 5.5-inch LTPS IPS display on the Mi A1 makes it a good design choice with 2.5D curved glass at the top. The Full HD display delivers clear visuals and excellent contrast, with a pixel density of 403 ppi.
Well, The ample brightness results in a good sunlight viewing, But it is not the best, especially due to its reflective display panel. Also, the colors may appear washed out when tested in the sun. There’s also no reading mode like on other MIUI-based Xiaomi devices of late.
The display is overall bright and its graphic looks great. The color reproduction is can be better but you will notice it only if you compare it with a better panel.
For MI A1 Xiaomi again choosed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 which also powers the Redmi Note 4 and MI Max 2.
Previously everyone thought that, Xiaomi will come up with a new processor like 630 or 660 SoC but Snapdragon 625 is a fair choice because it can keep balance in perfomance and efficiency and it also lowers the cost.
Clocked at 2 GHz and with 4 GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 625 keeps the Mi A1 cool and able to handle any app. It is enough powerful to handle most graphics-intensive games. The stock Android experience is definitely lighter on resources than MIUI.
Xiaomi claims that the phoone will not heat. While I didn’t face any heating problem even playing Asphault 8 for more than 3 hours continuesly. Yes, it may get a bit hot while charging. which is not abnormal at all, but certainly something to keep in mind.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 brings a dual camera setup to a mid-range smartphone. It’s not the first to do this, but it is the first one to offer 2x optical zoom too.
The camera has a 12 MP wide-angle 26mm f/2.2 lens and another 12 MP 50mm f/2.6 telephoto lens, with a dual-tone LED flash.
In good lighting conditions, the Mi A1 provides really good potrait shots wih natural colors.
|Operating System||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Display||5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD
Full HD (1080 x 1920)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0 GHz
|Internal Storage||64 GB
Expandable up to 128 GB with microSD card
|Rear Camera||Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm, f/2.6)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
2x optical zoom
Dual-tone LED flash
|Primary Camera||5 MP|
Quick Charge 2.0
|Dimensions||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm|