The Android One project was an ambitious initiative by Google to bring stock Android and impressive hardware in budget. However, for some reason the series did not take off and for a while went AWOL. Now, the brand is making a comeback with Xiaomi and Mi A1 is aiming to revive Android One again. The device is quite impressive on paper and has also been lauded in quite a few reviews. Here is a brief overview of the device for those who are looking to get their hands on once.
Why should you buy?
Android One product
As we have already mentioned, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One device. This means that it comes with the latest Android operating system in its stock avatar- Android Nougat. While the installed OS is not quite the latest, the device will get the Android Oreo as well as soon as it is released to general public. To have the build and performance of a Xiaomi device along with the smoothness that comes from stock Android, Mi A1 makes for a good option.
Frequent Android update
Having the Android One device comes with yet another perk, which is that the software aspect is controlled by Google. What this means is that as soon as a major Android update is pushed, Android One handsets will be the first in the queue to get the same. With Android Oreo update right around the corner, this is the right time to pick the device.
Dual Camera module
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first ever Android One device as well as first from the brand to come with a dual camera module on the rear panel. The device boasts of a pair of 12-megapixel snappers on the rear panel, of which one is a telephoto lens. What this means is that the device is capable of capturing stunning images with good depth of field, in other words, bokeh images.
Gorilla Glass display
The front panel of the handset is adorned by a 5.5-inch display that flaunts a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Since the display of the device is usually the most delicate aspect, it helps to have some sort of protection on the top. The display on this handset features a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, which protects it against minor scratches and shatters.
Why should you not buy?
No fast charging
Xiaomi has equipped the Mi A1 with a beefy 3,080mAh battery, which would easily see through a day’s worth of usage. However, the handset is missing the support for fast charging, which means that you will have to wait for a little while when charging the device from zero per cent.
At this price point, with dual camera module and stock Android, Xiaomi Mi A1 makes for a compelling buy. If you are looking for a device that performs like a champ and also is an imaging powerhouse, look no further and grab your Mi A1 today.
|General Specifications||Launch Date||September 12, 2017|
|Color||Black, Gold, Red, Rose Gold|
Nano + Nano / MicroSD
|SIM Card||Dual Nano SIM|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.2 (Nougat)
Upgradable To V9.0 (Pie)
|Custom UI||Android One|
|Phone Body||Case: Metal Back: Metal Side: Metal|
|Dimensions||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm|
|Processor & RAM||Processor||2 GHz Tru-Octa Core 64 bit (Cortex A53)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953|
|Display||Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen||IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass|
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD|
|Pixel Density||401 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio||70.63 %|
|Other Input Features||Multi-touch|
|Dual Rear Camera||12 MP + 12 MP|
Dual-color LED Flash
|Rear Camera Aperture||f/2.2|
|Front Camera Aperture||f/2.0|
|Rear Camera Features||Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Rear Auto Focus||
Phase Detection autofocus
2160p@30fps, 4k, Full HD, HD
Digital Zoom, Up To 10x
|Battery||Battery Capacity||3080 mAh|
|Battery Type||Li-ion, Non Removable|
Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
|USB Port||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Entertainment & Multimedia||Ringtone||Music ringtones, Vibration|
|Audio Format||AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WAV|
|Video Format||M4V, MKV, MP4, Xvid|
|Storage||Internal Storage||64 GB|
Up to 128 GB
|Calling & Messaging||Phone Book||
|Additional Information||Items in the Box||Handset with built-in Battery, Charger, USB Type-C Cable, SIM Eject Tool, User Manual, Warranty Card|