The Mi A1, for your reference, runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and will be updated to the recently announced Android Oreo by the end of this year, Xiaomi has confirmed. But what is so unique about the Mi A1 smartphone and why is this an Android One device?
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is available in Black, Gold and Pink color options and is priced at INR14,999 (around United States $234/€196) and should be available all around the world as of September 12. The Mi A1 measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm and weighs 165 grams while the Lenovo K8 Note measures 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.55 and weighs 180 grams making it heaviest in the list. MIUI, while offering much more than what Google offers by default, doesn't get updated to the latest version as fast as stock Android devices.
While starting point is Xiaomi, in order to reboot Android One, Google is working with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring out more handsets based on Android One. It also offers the purest Android interface with hardly any customisation.
It's been hailed as Xiaomi's first dual-camera phone, which isn't strictly true. The device also gets 2x optical zoom. This Android One device has sensors like proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, accelerometer, infrared, and magnetometer. You're getting one regular RGB shooter here (with a wide-angle lens), and a telephoto camera, while a 5-megapixel snapper is included on the front-side of this smartphone.
The rear panel has dual camera setup at top left corner with dual LED flash.
Inside is a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, which was built on the 14nm manufacturing process and is integrated with the Adreno 506 GPU.
The smartphone packs in a 3,080mAh battery, which is not much on paper, but adequate enough to deliver a day's back-up if you don't stress it too much. It is more than enough for most tasks.
That skepticism is sort of obvious considering that the A1, apart from flaunting a bold Android One branding on the rear and stock software, benefits from nada else. It puts it at par with rivals such as Moto G5s Plus and LG Q6, which also come with the same screen size and resolution.
The display was impressive as it produces vivid colours with fair amount of accuracy. Text in ebooks and webpages look crisp. The display also has good viewing angles.
Color options include black, rose gold, gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, and silver.
The look and feel of affordable smartphones has improved a lot in the last few months.
Well, if you wish to buy the Xiaomi's Mi 7 smartphone, then you'll have to wait until the launch of the device in the Indian market. But back to the Mi A1, it's quite hard to perceive why the phone exists and how it will save Android One's sinking boat. For instance, the Mi A1 has a dual graphite layer under the chassis that absorbs the heat from the processor and distributes it evenly across the body to keep the temperature from rising up.
All in all, the Mi A1 is a pretty good package. With slight curve at the back of edges helps in better grip.