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Xiaomi Announces the Android One Mi A1 Smartphone With Dual Rear Cameras

Popular Chinese Android smartphone maker Xiaomi today announced its very first Android One smartphone, dubbed the Mi A1. Not only is the Mi A1 Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, it also happens to be the first Android One smartphone that isn’t an entry-level offering. In short, the Mi A1 gives you solid hardware combined with stock Android and the guarantee of fast Android updates. Xiaomi has, in fact, claimed the Mi A1 will be one of the first smartphones to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update later this year and will also be among the first smartphones to get the Android P update next year. Even though the Mi A1 offers a stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat UI, it will come with a few Xiaomi apps pre-installed. Some of the apps you can expect to find on the Mi A1 include the Mi Camera, Mi Remote, and the Mi Store app.

As far as the hardware is concerned, Xiaomi’s new Mi A1 is based on the Mi 5X that it announced a few weeks back. The Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch LTPS display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution and 2.5D curved glass on top. Xiaomi claims the panel offers peak brightness of 450 nits and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. Running under the hood is a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2 GHz. Even though the Snapdragon 625 may not be the latest mid-range SoC from Qualcomm, it does deliver impressive performance as well as battery life thanks to being manufactured on a 14nm process. The Snapdragon 625 also powers Xiaomi’s popular Redmi Note 4 in India.

In the memory department, the Mi A1 includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.0 internal memory. Xiaomi has opted for a Hybrid Dual SIM configuration on the Mi A1, allowing you to expand storage further by up to 128GB if you can live with just a single SIM card inside the phone. At the back, Xiaomi Mi A1 features a dual-camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor and a 12MP secondary sensor allowing for up to 2x optical zoom and a portrait mode for those DSLR-like shots. The primary 12MP camera features 1.25um pixel size and a wide-angle f/2.2 aperture lens. The secondary 12MP sensor features smaller 1.0um pixel size and is paired with an f/2.6 aperture telephoto lens. For all the selfie lovers out there, Xiaomi Mi A1 offers a 5MP snapper on the front.

Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with GLONASS, 4G VoLTE, and a USB Type-C port. A 3080mAh capacity battery keeps the lights on, with support for fast charging. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm and weighs in at 165 grams. Rest of the key features include a dedicated 10V amplifier for great audio quality and a fingerprint sensor mounted at the back of the handset.

The Mi A1 has so far been launched only in India, where it has been priced at Rs.14,999. It will be sold in the country exclusively by Flipkart and Mi.com starting September 12th at 12 PM IST. Color options include Gold, Black, and Rose Gold. In the coming weeks, Xiaomi will be rolling out the Mi A1 in other markets across Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle Least and LATAM regions.

What are your thoughts on Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone?