Xiaomi has just made their first Android One device official – the Mi A1. As obvious as it looks and sounds, the A1 stands for Android One.
The Mi A1 is packed with a lot of both powerful and useful goodies including a Snapdragon 625 (mid-range) chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (flagship territory). Luckily, the storage is expandable via a MicroSD card slot up to 128GB. (The body by the way is identical to the Xiaomi Mi 5X)
The display is also noteworthy, it sports a 5.5″ FHD IPS LCD panel (~403ppi). The fingerprint sensor can be found on the back centre of the device while the front has 3 capacitive buttons.
The Mi A1 borrows the dual camera setup from Xiaomi’s flagship device – the Mi 6. It has a dual-tone LED flash setup as well as 12MP dual-camera sensors on the back. (with f/2.2 and f/2.6, 2x optical zoom, AF and Phase detection)
The device unfortunately doesn’t come with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 instead it opts for the older 4.2 standard. FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack port and a USB-C 2.0 can be found on the device, unlike an NFC.
Since this is a Xiaomi device, you would most likely expect it to have MIUI on top of Android – but since this isn’t a Xiaomi device, instead an Android One, it comes with stock Android Nougat 7.1.1. It will apparently be one of the first devices to receive Android 9 next year – Android 8.0 Oreo is currently is in the works and it should reach the device by the end of this year.
The battery is 3080 mAh, so it should be plenty enough to work through a busy day of browsing the internet, using social media and taking a few photos. Heavy power users however may need to charge up their devices faster and luckily, fast charge is supported. Unfortunately Xiaomi didn’t go into detail on what Fast Charge method is supported so we can’t confirm anything just yet.
The device will be available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold colour options on 12 September for INR 14,999 (or about $200, £155). As said above, it’ll be available starting on 12 September across 37 countries worldwide and in various online and offline stores.
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