Two weeks ago, we reported that Search giant Google and Xiaomi teamed up for a secret device, though that wasn’t so secret as they thought it would and as teasers keep pushing out, it became more apparent that both companies are up for something small yet it’s so big enough to get noticed.
The day finally arrived as Xiaomi formally introduced the new Xiaomi Mi A1 in India. The handset is basically a Xiaomi Mi 5X that’s been stripped from the the usual MIUI skin and slapped in a stock Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) right through, making it the first official Xiaomi device to run on the said Barebone and pure-vanilla Android operating system. The “A1” on the name simply signifies that it’s an Android One device, a project that we thought were gone but the new handset just told us otherwise.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is unlike the rest of the Android One device takes the pride of being a flagship device for the project and what makes it a flagship is how the device was built and the components underneath. The handset has the Xiaomi product quality for a premium device, its full-metal design is just the beginning and the display is that of a flagship as well with a 5.5-inch 1080p LTPS IPS LCD screen protected by a Gorilla Glass lamination to keep it from scratches.
What powers the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and a hefty 64GB of expandable internal storage via a microSD card on SIM-2 slot. Moving further, it comes with a fingerprint scanner mounted on the back and includes a 3080 mAh battery to keep the lights on as you move throughout the day which supports fast charging through its USB-C port.
What makes the Xiaomi Mi A1 even more desirable is that fact that it comes with a dual rear-facing camera with two 12 Megapixel on each sensor and supports up to 2x optical zoom. The main cameras is then supported by a dual-tone LED flash to help is dim conditions. On the front, you’ll get a fairly enough 5 Megapixel Selfie shooter that can take 1080p videos. Though we said that it comes with Stock Android out of the box, Xiaomi settled for its own Camera app on the Mi A1 that’s understandably because it had to optimize what its camera hardware is capable off.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available will also be update to Android 8.0 Oreo towards the end of the year and a promised constant update similar to other Android phones from Google. It will also be be one of the phones to get Android P sometime next year and other updates in between. It will be available in Black, Gold and Pick with a price tag of INR14,999 ($200). It will be on sale starting the 12th of September in 37 countries both online and in physical stores.