The Xiaomi Mi A1 happens to be the latest budget Android smartphone that the Chinese manufacturer has come up with. However, the new Mi A1 begs to differ from the usual crop of Mi branded devices that the company comes up with. Instead, the biggest claim-to-fame of the phone is the Android One platform it is based on.
Put in other words, the Android One is Google’s way of introducing a pure Android experience to the masses. And the new Mi A1, it hopes, will do that to perfection, more so given the tempting sub-$250 price tag that it sports.
For that much of your money, what you get is a sleek 5.5-inch full HD phone powered by a 2 Ghz Snapdragon 625 processor mated to 4 GB of RAM. Then there also is 64 GB of native storage (expandable to 128 GB via microSD card) while a 3080 mAh batterywill keep the show going. An Adreno 506 GPU will ensure speedy processing of graphic rich files. There is a USB-C slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well, as is a fingerprint scanner at the rear.
While on the rear, another highlight here is no doubt the dual cam that the device comes with. On offer will be two 12-megapixel lenses. One will be of the wide angle type while the other will provide for 2x optical zoom telephoto shots. The front, on the other hand, makes do with a rather modest 5 megapixel cam.
The device, on the whole looks slick and slim, being just 7.3 mm thick. Bezels along the sides are virtually non-existent though the same along the top and bottom are considerable. The choice of colors includes Black, Gold and Rose Gold. On the whole, the Mi A1 isn’t likely to win international beauty contests, but will surely win big if there ever is a contest on a phone’s practicality.
As for its availability, the Mi A1 has already landed in India and will go on sale there starting Sept. 12 itself. It is not known though when it is going to be launched elsewhere but Xiaomi said the phone is slated for launch in several emerging markets around the world, including Russia, Indonesia, Mexico and so on. Unfortunately, the US and UK isn’t in that list just yet.