Today, after a long time, Mi India people get their hands on the much anticipating Xiaomi Dual Camera Flagship, ‘Xiaomi Mi A1’. The flagship just hit India a couple of hours ago as a global release. For the first time, it’s the only smartphone ‘by the name’ which isn’t available in Xiaomi’s homeland China. However, it’s nothing else but a global version of Xiaomi Mi 5X with a different name and a different Android OS. What’s so special about Xiaomi Mi A1 (Global Mi 5X)? Let’s find out:
Xiaomi Mi A1 (Global Mi 5X) – Specification Sheet
|Model||A1 (Global Mi 5X)|
|Dimensions||75.8 mm x 155.4 mm x 7.3 mm|
|Material||Aluminium alloy, Metal|
|Display||5.5" LCD IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 2.5D curved glass screen, 450 cd/m2, Color LED Notifications Corning Gorilla Glass
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa Core, @2 GHz|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 506|
|AnTuTu Score||64.523 points|
|Camera||Rear:Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm, f/2.6), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front: 5 MP, 1080p
|OS||Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM slot)|
|Network||4G LTE: 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600, 850, 900 MHz
3G: 1900, 2100, 850, 900 MHz
2G: 1800, 1900, 850, 900 MHz
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot,
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS,
Infrared port, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
|Colors||Black Gold Rose-gold|
Xiaomi Mi A1 (Global Mi 5X) – The Highlights
Xiaomi Mi A1 greatest highlight and the only difference from Mi 5X is the Android One OS (Android 7.1.w). It’s the first phone with Xiaomi and Google collaboration. Mi A1 also has a tagline:
Created By Xiaomi, Powered By Google
For those know don’t know what Android One is, let us tell you that it’s based stock Android with default pre-installed apps and optimization, unlike MIUI. Plus, Google is also releasing the Nougat update soon for Android One. However, the custom stock Android OS has some advantages and disadvantages:
Android One Advantages:
- Unlike MIUI, user don’t have to wait for the updates, as Google is in charge, the latest updates will be provided in no time
- Pure Android Experience with rare bugs
- Unique flagship with unique OS, despite all other Xiaomi smartphones running on MIUI.
Android One Disadvantages:
- It’s not faster and simpler than MIUI 9
- Not a true Xiaomi experience
The second highlight is the rear dual camera setup of Mi A1 similar to iPhone 7 Plus and Mi 5X. We witness a 12MP Telephoto + 12MP Wide angle dual camera. The photos and video captured are way better than any other Xiaomi smartphone in India supporting 2x digital zoom. Meanwhile, on the front, we have the 5MP selfie shooter with beauty mode.
— Mi (@xiaomi) September 5, 2017
Concerning specs, the heart of the flagship is Snapdragon 625 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (TF card supported). The phone forges from three-staged metal design. It’s powered by a generous 3080mAh battery and charges via USB Type-C port. This time Xiaomi has provided a dedicated 380V charger which can tolerate India’s frequent power changes. Let’s hope Xiaomi smartphone blast cases decreases this time.
Xiaomi Mi A1 (Global Mi 5X) – Price & Availability
Xiaomi Mi A1 (4+64GB) has a starting price of Rs.14,999 INR ($234) on Mi.com and Flipkart. It’s the most expensive release by Xiaomi in India this year. But let us not forget the incredible features including first Xiaomi dual camera phone in India as well as Android One.
Apart from India, the phone will be available globally in a total of 13 markets in Asia, ten in Europe, ten in the Middle East and Africa, and four in Central and South America. It will start selling on September 12th.
So mark that date on your calendar and set the alarm, because there would be a great rush like previous Xiaomi releases in India. Hope you are lucky enough to get one in the first sale.
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