Xiaomi Mi A1, the Android One phone by Xiaomi is now official

Xiaomi Mi A1, the Android One phone by Xiaomi is now official

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Xiaomi Mi A1 is now official. It is the first Xiaomi phone that offers vanilla Android experience out of the box. The phone is manufactured by Xiaomi and is powered by Google under the Android One program.

Design

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially the Mi 5X running stock Android. The Mi A1 design takes inspiration from the OnePlus 5 in many aspects, mainly the build and the placement of the rear cameras. The phone has a thin profile with dimensions of 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm and a weight of 165gms. The dual camera setup in the rear has a slight bump with the fingerprint scanner sitting below the camera. The phone is made of metal, with the display taking up the front of the phone. It has Xiaomi’s three signature capacitive navigation buttons in the front.

Specifications

The Xiaomi Mi A1 sports a 5.5 inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM expandable via microSD card. On the back lies the dual camera setup of one 12MP wide angle lens and and 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical lens. Xiaomi claims that the Mi A1’s dual camera setup can shoot photos on par with the iPhone 7 Plus.

The smartphone is powered by a 3080mAh battery with support for fast charging via the USB type-C port. The Mi A1 retains the 3.5mm jack. It features a dedicated sound amplifier for that extra boost in sound quality.

Pricing and availability

The Mi A1 is available in three colour variants, Black, Rose Gold and Gold. The phone will be available in India starting September 12 through Mi.com and Flipkart and some retail stores too, with a price tag of Rs.14,999. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is expected to be launched in many more countries in the coming days. Watch this space for more!

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  • goodwill

    Malaysia also has been listed as one of the 1st country to have it, apparently. I’ll definitely get my hands on this. Finally, Xiaomi running stock android.

    • sere83

      I know right, MIUI is the main reason I don’t buy xiaomi phones anymore. Buggy, poor android version updates, half baked features, ram hogging, constantly sending info to chinese servers. But with stock android this is actually really appealing. Would have been nice to see a pro version with SD653 or something but generally its not too bad for the price considering it should actually get proper updates. My main issue is that I would have liked to have seen more 4G bands, while 800 band is welcome there is really no reason not to include them all as its a world phone. Why they left out NFC too i have no idea, would have added very little to the price. Also surprised to see no EIS on camera, cant expect OIS at the price but at least EIS. Although its is still above most chinese mid rangers due to the clean software / updates and dual cam.

      • goodwill

        They should go for the upcoming SD660 next cause it’ll be more efficient and it’ll have better graphics. I agree with what you’re saying, It makes no sense to limit the bands, tbh even if it’s not meant for the market that Xiaomi is not in, officially, people travel. It’d be naive to think that I (or many) don’t travel to America or Europe and won’t require the extra bands eventho I reside in Asia. Still, for the price and the steps that they took to have the 1st stock android phone from Xiaomi is not at all bad. I’m sure the predecessor will just get better.

  • James

    2 questions – does it support Band 20, does it have NFC?

    • sere83

      supports Band 20, no NFC though.

  • So is it cheaper or expensive compared to the Mi 5X?

    • goodwill

      It wouldn’t matter tho. Even if Mi 5X is cheaper (or not) since it’s practically the same phone, you should be able to sideload the A1 firmware into Mi 5X eventually.

  • Jh1

    According to the Mi website, LTE bands are only 1, 3, 5, 40, 41. I was hoping for Global LTE coverage. Without it, I’d much rather purchase the m6 note, RN4x, or upcoming honor 7x.

    • sere83

      Which mi website? On global mi.com it lists…

      FDD-LTE B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20
      TDD-LTE B38, B40

      • Jh1

        Thanks for the correction. I think I must have been looking at the Indian version.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    ANOTHER sd 625 from xiaomi

    this is getting RIDICULOUS !

    please stop Xiaomi, before people STOP taking you seriously !

    i hope the M6 note kicks your ass !

    • Some folks would rather go with battery life than performance. The shift to SD 625 is a good move in my opinion. They are covering high performance and great battery life segments well

      • Muhammad Yasir

        i get your drift, sd 625 is a brilliant power conserving SoC

        good.

        but on EVERY PHONE ?!

        come on , be candid. that does feel retarded, doesn’t it ?!

        they ruined the mi 5x with it and now they had a GREAT chance to save some face and equip the much fan fare and famed ‘Android One’ phone with a NEW , up and coming SoC (SD 630, if the 660 meant too big a pair of gonads for them)

        what a delighfult combo that would have been !

        and a camera, that on paper, can compete with the iphone’s dual cam

        just notice the GRAND opportunity Xiaomi missed for a hugely decent phone !

        • Lol. Compared to other Android One offerings I’ve come across so far, I would say this is a great start as it beats them all.

          Hopefully the next model will come with a larger battery and powerful processor so as to capture both markets.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            well, that’s the companies fault that they can’t cash the Android One as a lucrative offering …

            Xiaomi missed the chance to murder all competition

            lets hope the make better decisions in the future