Xiaomi has launched its first dual-camera smartphone in India called the Mi A1, an Android One smartphone, which runs on a Pure version of Android. Priced at Rs 14,999, the device will be available via mi.com and e-commerce portal Flipkart. The smartphone is set to go on sale from September 12 and will be available in black, gold and rose gold colour variants. This phone will compete with Mi’s own Mi Max 2.

Features and Specifications

The device features a massive 5.5-inch full HD display (401 ppi). It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4 GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. It has an internal storage of 64GB which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone has a hybrid SIM slot which means you have to choose either a SIM card or an SD card for the second slot. But thankfully Mi has provided massive 64 GB internal storage.


Xiaomi Mi A1 runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box, the smartphone includes a 12MP ( f/2.2, 1.25 microns Pixel Size)+12MP (f/2.6, 1.0 micron Pixel Size) camera with LED flash and a wide angle lens along with a 5MP ( f/2.0, Camera Pixel Size: 1.12 microns) front-facing camera.

Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, 4G LTE, 3G,2G,EDGE,Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS,3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. A 3,080mAh battery completes the package. Sensors include Fingerprint Scanner, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a Hall Sensor.

Some Promise

One of the key features Mi A1 of this device is dual camera and Pure stock Android. Xiaomi has ditched its own custom UI and joined Google Android One program. Google has even assured Android O and Android P updates in future. The phone comes with a tagline of “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google”. The main aim of Google One was to introduce Android in low-end smartphones. But three years since its launch, Google is now expanding to more products. Xiaomi says it will be the first device to run Android P which we neither heard nor any developer preview has been released.


Savvydroid’s Take

Our first impression, buy this phone if you get a chance. You get pure stock android experience plus regular Android Security patches and updates. Moreover it has dual camera set-up and Snapdragon 625 processor.

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