Xiaomi today launched a new smartphone called Mi A1 that is based on Google’s Android One program. Although the Android One program was announced way back in 2014, Google is hoping it will gain traction with its partnership with Xiaomi.
The Mi A1 features an aluminum unibody chassis and is a reworked edition of the Mi 5X which was announced in China this July. The smartphone’s highlighted feature is the presence of dual cameras at the back, a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP camera with telephoto lens, much like what we first saw in the iPhone 7 Plus last year.
Xiaomi’s Mi A1 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, supported by 4GB of RAM. For the Indian market, Xiaomi will only sell a 64GB ROM variant. There’s a microSD card slot in case you’re looking to expand the storage on the smartphone.
Mi A1 will run stock Android out of the box, specifically Android 7.1.2 Nougat. At the launch event, Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 will receive an update to Android Oero before the end of 2017. Xiaomi itself will be handling the updates instead of Google because of the custom camera app on the smartphone.
The smartphone includes a 3080mAh battery and a 5MP front-facing camera. Apart from that, the Mi A1 also promises a digital music experience using a dedicated headphone amplifier built inside the smartphone.
A fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the phone for authentication purposes. The Mi A1 supports dual-SIMs and includes an IR blaster too. The Mi A1 is priced at Rs.14,999 and will be available starting September 12 on Mi’s own website, Flipkart, Mi preferred partners and Mi Home stores.