There’s no denying that Xiaomi propelled the popularity of the second generation Android One initiative from Google more than a year ago and it was the Xiaomi Mi A1 that made it possible. While everyone including myself believed that the Mi A1 stands for Mi Android One (who could blame us?), it’s more clear now that Xiaomi purposely launched the A Series solely for the Pure Android enthusiast with the numerical increment now going forward into 2 as in Mi A2 for that matter. It surprisingly made the Indian mobile enthusiasts to get the spot on Xiaomi’s Android One devices naming convention, a big thanks to them.
Now, the Mi A2, the second generation of Xiaomi’s A series of devices comes with big improvements in terms of design and of course in its overall performance. Unlike the Mi A1, the Mi A2 will be available in two variants and that’s the regular Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite which we will detail down below.
Xiaomi Mi A2
The company’s second generation device that’s without all the custom features and extra load of software on its proprietary MIUI. Critics long speculated that the Mi A1 is a short-lived adventure which the won’t be making a follow-up. As it turns out that wasn’t the case and Xiaomi offers an even more premium features that put this series of devices again into the spotlight. Like the Mi a1, the Mi A2 is a directly ported and a rebranded version of its MIUI-equipped counterpart the Mi 6X with everything about its hardware features are all carried out into the Mi A2.
The Mi A2 comes with a unibody metallic shell and is only at about 7.3mm in thickness in Gold, Lake Blue and Black. It houses a large 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with an 18:9 Aspect ratio in Full-HD+ resolution. The display is then covered and protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which something that you would see everyday on a regular mid-range variants.
Performance-wise, the Mi A2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE SoC, a flagship mainstream chipset with 8-core processors and comes with integrated AI algorithms that the device would use to power its AI capabilities and functionalities. Along with that powerful processor, it also comes these RAM and storage configurations: 4GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB and the top of the line variant with 6GB/128GB options. One surprisingly disappointing thing about the Mi A2 is the absence of the memory expansion slot which proved to be useful for Mi A1 users.
The Mi A2 is built for Photography and with that Xiaomi equipped the handset with a dual camera sensors on the back. It primarily houses a 20 Megapixel Sony IM376 and features a 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel for brighter low-light shots. A 12 Megapixel secondary sensor of Sony IMX486 supports the main camera and features a 1.2-micron pixel. Both of these sensors comes with an f/1.75 Aperture lens so it takes an even brighter and clearer photos than its predecessor. However, there are no differences in terms of lens from both of these sensors so don’t expect them to be either a Telephoto or wide-angle lens.
On the front, The Mi A2 comes with a significant upgrade as now it sport a 20 Megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor which features a 1.85-micron pixel size with f/1.75 Aperture lens. With these new hardware features, Xiaomi paired them all with AI capabilities and functions and also features bokeh effect.
The rest of the features includes a fingerprint scanner on the back, Dual SIM slot but mind you, only the primary SIM will support LTE connectivity with the second SIM to rely with 3G connectivity and below. Other than that, it supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and then there’s the USB-C port which double as the handset’s audio Jack, it comes with 3010 mAh battery and then there’s Android One that makes this device special and all different from any Xiaomi devices.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
If there’s a direct upgrade from the Mi A1, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is the thing. As expected with the A series, the Lite version of the Mi A2 is also a rebranded MIUI device and one could refer that to the recently released Redmi 6 Pro. Hardware-wise, the Mi A2 Lite is that of a Redmi 6 Pro that runs Android One software out of the box.
Like the regular Mi A2, the lite version of the handset also has a metal build in Gold, Lake Blue and Black color variants and is little narrower with a 5.84-inch IPS display. But unlike the regular Mi A2, it has a notch on top of the display that houses its front-facing camera and earpiece. It has a screen aspect ratio of 19:9 and offers a full-HD+ resolution.
The handset is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC as that of the Mi A1 and is available in either 3GB or 4GB RAM variants paired with either 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage.
For Photography, the Mi A2 Lite is equipped with dual cameras on the back comprising a 12 Megapixel primary sensor paired with a 5 Megapixel depth sensor. The front is equipped with a 5 Megapixel Selfie shooter.
The biggest upgrade that the Mi A2 Lite has over the Mi A1 and the Mi A2 is its powerhouse. This Lite version of the series comes equipped with 4000 mAh battery, something that’s been what Mi A1 users were hoping for their next upgrade. It supports dual SIM with SIM to only enable 4G connectivity.
Fingerprint scanner is made available on the back and it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack which is a good thing given that manufacturers are starting to omit this nifty little functionality. What one would be able to miss with the Lite version though is that it has a microUSB port instead of the newer USB-C interface. Stock Android 8.1 Oreo will definitely boot on this one right out of the box as part of the Android One program.
Both the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite will be available on July 27 in France, August 8 in Italy and August 10 in Spain. Prices of these devices are as follows:
Xiaomi Mi A2:
4GB / 32GB – 249 Euros
4GB / 64GB – 279 Euros
6GB / 128GB – 349 Euros
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite:
3GB / 32GB – 179 Euros
4GB / 64GB – 229 Euros