Xiaomi Mi A1 review: Offers the 'power' of Android One

Posted September 07, 2017

Xiaomi Mi A1 has been launched in India, and this is a Google Android One smartphone.

They made Xiaomi Mi A1 available to the customers through Flipkart, Mi.com and via company's Mi Home stores.

True to the nature of all Xiaomi offerings, the Mi A1 is a beast on paper.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a speaker grille at the bottom, along with a USB Type-C and 3.5mm jack. Here, we weigh its pros and cons and help you make an informed decision.

As a result, the Mi A1 opens up a whole new audience for Xiaomi. While the K8 Note did bring in a lot more competition in the market standing against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Moto G5 Plus, and Honor 6X, the Lenovo K8 Plus has a dual-lens camera combination on the back. One of the cameras has a 12MP 1.25-micron pixel sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.

The most important part of the Mi A1 is the software. This 30-second video ad shows off the device itself, along with pieces of stock Android that runs on this smartphone.

But what makes the Mi A1 phone a tad different from its competitors (at the same price range) are the saturation settings, wherein you can control the saturation of the photos captured. Google has also confirmed to update the device to Android Oreo before the year end.

While Google's Director for Android Program Jon Gold thinks of the Mi A1 as more of an evolution, Xiaomi's device is a pure reboot for the Android One program.

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If you are considering purchasing the Mi A1 from AliExpress, keep in mind that goods shipped from China will incur import duty when they arrive in the UK. The battery that's keeping the system running here is a 3080mAh non-removable pack. It being Xiaomi's first Android One phone, it also promises a pure Android phone experience with regular OS upgrades. The camera, which is supposed to be the key highlight of the smartphone, leaves a lot to be desired. The 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass layer gives it a premium feel. The Redmi Note 4 may have a more original design, but, overall it's not as solidly built as the Mi A1. Performance is buttery smooth on this device, thanks to the stock Android.

The device marks the comeback of Android One.

According to Counterpoint Research Associate Director Tarun Pathak, over 5 million Android One devices have been sold across 20 countries. Special emphasis can be observed on the device's dual #Rear Camera feature.

Starting off with the design, the Mi A1 looks identical to the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with its top placed antenna band design and similar rear camera placement.

For audio the Dirac HD Sound algorithm can produce a more natural and transparent sound, claims the company. The screen size of the mobile phone is 5.7 inches (14.48 cm) with resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels.

The users don't have the option of expanding the memory via its microSD card. A solid, all-round phone that is a pleasure to use is what was needed.

The above feature is sadly missing from the Xiaomi Mi A1. It has the hybrid dual-SIM configuration. SO, I am sure the battery will surely last for a day easily.

However, Google seems to have learnt from its earlier mistake of having it priced very low.