Now here is the newest and the cleanest phone by Xiaomi, the Mi A1. They unveiled this one in Delhi, and people are already up to try their hand on the Google’s new love child. Why Google’s? Because MI A1 comes with Stock Android under Google’s Android One Program. So let’s find out what this one has for the users.
The new Mi A1 seems beautiful with metal unibody design having hidden antenna lines and rounded edges. It is a comfortable phone to hold in one hand. The front of the phone is wrapped up in 2.5D glass with a 5.5 Full HD screen hogging all the attention. While the back of the phone sports a dual camera set-up like many other Flagship smartphones now a days. And ofcourse there’s also a fingerprint sensor for better security of the device. Interestingly the back has a special coating to avoid fingerprints something that would be welcome in the hot sweaty Indian climate. As far the thoughts on the built and design, they’re both perfectly serviceable but a little plant.
Taking a peek inside, the new Redmi Mi A1 have a Snapdragon 625 chip running the show coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This 625 is an excellent mid-range option that handles day-to-day task as well as most gaming task with ease. Interestingly Xiaomi has added a priolitic graphite sheet into the build of the phone that is supposed to help with heat dissipation during prolonged gaming sessions.
Finally we come to the main highlight of the phone, the dual camera setup. So what are the specs are on both those shooters? They’re both 12 megapixel cameras with one wide angle and one telephoto lens with 1.25 micron size pixels. So what’s so special? Actually Xiaomi uses a couple of omni vision sensors without OIAS and a much narrower F/2.2 aperture. So in a nutshell these are capable cameras in low-light. With the Snapdragon 625 and 3080 mAH battery the A1 should be as good as all day battery life as its twin sibling, Mi 5X. Xiaomi has also included a 380 volt charger in the box.
Here are some pictures shot using Mi A1 cameras:
Coming to the multimedia experience, we have a separate amp for headphones as well as a 10 volt power amplifier for better sound from the solo speaker mounted on the lower edge of the smartphone. The audio quality is decent but nothing excellent.
Now getting to the important stuff, this device by Google!!! Redmi Mi A1 runs stock Android 7.1 Nougat and is slated to receive Android Oreo within the year. Now this is the big deal not just for Xiaomi fans, like me who’ve been cribbing about not receiving latest Android version.
As a prospective buyer nothing beats the peace of mind as drawing Google’s latest security patches would be a arriving monthly and that with stock Android and timely updates keeping in pace with the Pixel lineup. The Xiaomi A1 is as much future proof as a mid-range Android phone can get. All of these would’ve been wasted if the pricing was out of reach, thankfully it isn’t. At Rs. 15000 this phone is the best bang-for-buck out there.
Wrapping up my review with the specs sheet below.
Xiaomi Mi A1 Specifications:
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS, Upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo
- Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD) support
- Fingerprint sensor and Infrared sensor
- 5.5 inch Full HD 2.5D curved glass LTPS display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass
- 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution with 450nit brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio
- 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with 650MHz Adreno 506 GPU
- 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage (eMMC 5.0), Expandable up to 128GB with microSD card
- 12 Megapixel rear camera with wide-angle lens, 1.25µm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture and dual-tone LED flash
- Secondary 12 Megapixel rear camera with telephoto lens, 1.0 µm pixel size, f/2.6 aperture and PDAF
- 5 Megapixel front-facing camera
- 3.5mm audio jack, dedicated 10v amplifier
- 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C
- 3080mAh battery