The Xiaomi Mi A1 is not just a repackaged phone for the international market with a global version of MIUI, but rather a new entry for the revival of Google’s Android One program. As much as we love MIUI, having pure Android on board a Xiaomi phone is the best thing that could happen for fans.
It comes with Android Nougat out of the box with no skin whatsoever, complete with Google services and monthly security updates. Xiaomi is proud to promote Google Photos for the Mi A1, because it offers unlimited high-quality photo backup for free.
It’ll receive Andriod Oreo before the end of the year, and be one of the first devices to get Android P when it launches in 2018. That’s the Android One promise it’s set to deliver.
Another main feature of the Mi A1 is its dual rear cameras. The phone has 12-megapixel 26mm wide-angle and 12-megapixel 50mm telephoto cameras. As with other dual-camera phones, the setup allows users to take amazing portrait shots with nice bokeh effects.
Specs-wise, the Mi A1 is the same Mi 5X we saw before. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display topped with Gorilla Glass and encased in a metal unibody. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage.
Other hardware features include a 10V smart power ampliﬁer for audio, dual graphite sheet for better thermal management, and a fingerprint reader on the back. Juice comes from the 3080mAh battery, which has support for fast charging.
The Mi A1 is priced at INR 14,999 (US$ 235) in India and will go on sale on September 12. Other markets will get the Mi A1 in the coming months. There are three different colors: black, rose gold, and gold.