Xiaomi Mi A1 Review

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review
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Xiaomi Mi A1









  • Premium design
  • Google’s software with timely updates
  • Best dual camera system on a budget
  • Powerful hardware
  • Excellent price


  • Average battery life
  • There is no NFC on this phone
  • You still can't buy this in the United States
  • Has problems with color balance and low light
  • Unoriginal design

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review – Created by Xiaomi, Powered by Google.

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first Android One phone with a software experience designed by Google. Xiaomi partnered with Google to bring  a pure Android phone that stays secure and fresh over time, with favorite Google services front and center. Enjoy a best-in-class photography experience on Mi A1 with its dual camera and unlimited photos storage at high quality with Google Photos.

Mi A1 measures an ultra-thin 7.3mm. The full metal body incorporates dozens of both subtle and bold design choices into a phone that looks and feels perfect.

Mi A1’s dual camera offers the market’s best flagship experience. 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto lenses work together to create real bokeh, the soft blurred background normally only possible with SLR  cameras.

competitors: Nokia 8


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Announced2017, September
Dimensions155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm (6.12 x 2.98 x 0.29 in)
Weight165 g (5.82 oz)
BuildFront glass, aluminum frame & back
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DisplayLTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.5 inches, 82.6 cm2 (~70.1% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OSAndroid 7.1.2 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo); Android One
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506
Card slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal Memory64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Primary CameraDual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm, f/2.6), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
1.25 µm/ 1.0 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected], check quality
Secondary Camera5 MP, 1080p
3.5mm jackYes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
Infrared portYes
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3080 mAh battery

There we are, Xiaomi has started rolling out the Mi A1 in a number of European countries following the launch in India a month ago. Adding Europe to the traditionally strong Southeast Asia markets, Xiaomi is really getting out there and making a statement.

While it still has a long way to go compared to true global players like Huawei, Xiaomi has made the first step and Android One makes all sorts of sense. Now, the Mi A1 is clearly not an entry-level device (the kind Android One was until recently associated with) but is probably the cheapest smartphone with a dual-camera. And that’s on top of premium build, a reasonably good 5.5″ screen, sensible hardware and future-proof Android.

Xiaomi’s bang for the buck has always been hard to match, but the Europe-bound Mi A1 units appear to have lost some of their price edge compared to the bargains you can find at online vendors. Fair enough, it’s a new playground and new rules. If that means sensible after-market support – compared to very limied one – Xiaomi might actually have a case there. We guess we’ll know soon. You don’t really think the Mi A1 is an accidental arrival, do you?

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When the Android One programme was first launched, it promised a lot but eventually faded away. With Xiaomi, Google has managed to put a fresh face for Android One, but how well the new plan goes is yet to be seen. When it comes to price, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a firecracker of a package. The metal body and overall finish are superb, while the display and overall performance are good. Users will also get to experience stock Android on a Xiaomi phone for the first time, so those who never liked MIUI, this one’s for you. The dual cameras work well.

Things which need attention are battery life and low-light photography, which even other Xiaomi models are better at.

At Rs. 14,999, the Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available across several channels including Flipkart, Mi.com, offline retail partners, and the company’s own Mi Home stores. It will be going on sale starting September 12. Considering that Xiaomi has managed to make a huge name for itself with its MIUI software, it will be interesting to see the response to this phone in India and other markets where it’s launching.

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Xiaomi seems particularly intent on building out market share, and to that effect the brand has priced the Mi A1 very aggressively. The ₹14,999 price is astounding when you consider what’s on offer with the device: sleek design, great display, clean software experience, dual cameras, and all-day battery life.

The software experience in particular is the standout feature of the Mi A1. One of the main reasons for Motorola’s success in this segment was because of its reliance on an uncluttered user interface, and by teaming up with Google, Xiaomi is able to offer a similar experience to its customers.

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The Mi A1 raises the bar for what one expects in a mid range Android smartphone. Previously, the game was restricted to good hardware but Xiaomi in collaboration with Google has ratchet up the ante by adding the missing piece of great software. Despite there being phones with stock Android in the market, the Mi A1’s clutter free Android One certified experience gives the peace of mind of timely software updates and simplicity of use.

More than that, on hardware alone, it is a formidable beast, with one of the best dual camera implementations around besting even the OnePlus 5 which is almost twice its price and great hardware all around, it is easily now the benchmark for what one should expect in a sub Rs 15,000 phone.

In the case, this phone isn’t to your liking – mainstream users will appreciate the new Moto G5S Plus, people looking for a bigger battery will probably want a Redmi Note 4 and people solely looking for design and imaging finesse would be pleased by the new LG Q6.

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a very good phone, if you take it for what it is. This is not a spiritual successor to the Nexus lineup, as I’ve seen some people describe it as. It’s just a very good mid-range phone, with an excellent software experience, a good camera, fantastic build quality, and a promise of quick updates.

In the grand scheme of things, my complaints with this phone are very minor. The capacitive navigation buttons are annoying at first, but you get used to them after a few hours. The camera has issues with color balance and low light, but so does almost every budget phone. My biggest complaint with this phone isn’t with the hardware or software – it’s the availability.

While the A1 will be sold in dozens of countries worldwide, the United States is not among them. That’s a massive shame, considering most of the good Android budget phones in the US are made by Motorola, and that company has been pretty awful at software updates lately.

If you are in a country where the Mi A1 is sold, I would definitely recommend it. Xiaomi has made an excellent device with Google’s help, and I hope it’s the first of many Android One phones from the company.

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a pretty solid and well-rounded package. The capable innards are housed in a premium metallic chassis that looks great. In the daylight the dual cameras shine, and its portraits alone merit a much higher price.

It’s difficult to criticize the Mi A1 given its impressive affordability, but we would have liked to see a more original design and better low-light camera performance nonetheless.

Android One or not, the Mi A1 is a very capable device. Getting a stock Android experience with guaranteed updates, which essentially future-proofs device, just sweetens the deal. I’m not sure if Google contributes anything significant to this collaboration, but Xiaomi puts up a good showcase of its prowess. At ₹14,999 ($230) in India, the Mi A1 is close to the perfect smartphone for those on a budget.

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