Xiaomi Mi A1 Review

Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched in India on September 5th at a price of Rs 14999. Two USPs of the device are the dual-camera setup and stock Android OS. The Mi A1 is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature stock Android OS in association with Google’s Android One program. The company has also confirmed that the device will receive Android 8.0 Oreo update before the end of 2017.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Design and Display

The smartphone has a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 px LTPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass on top for protection and aluminum unibody build. Powering the device is a 3080 mAh battery and 2A charging through the Type C port. The Mi A1 runs pure Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS. Even though the phone has stock Android OS, Xiaomi has retained a few apps, such as the Mi camera app since the Google app doesn’t support dual-camera functions right now. The phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, 8x ARM Cortex A53 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage which is expandable via microSD card. Handling the graphics under the hood is the Adreno 505 GPU. The fingerprint sensor sits at the back of the device below the camera. Xiaomi has also included a dedicated headphone amplifier for better music listening experience.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Camera

In terms of optics, the smartphone features dual sensors – 12MP with an f/2.2 aperture (26mm) and 12MP with an f/2.6 aperture (50mm) setup with 1.25-micron pixel size. Out of the two cameras at the back, the primary one is equipped with a telephoto lens and the secondary camera has a wide-angle lens. The telephoto lens allows the user to take bokeh effect shots with blurred background and a 2X optical lossless zoom. For landscape shots, Xiaomi has introduced a wide angle lens while on the front is a 5MP camera.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Features

Xiaomi Mi A1 4G Phablet 5.5 inch Android One Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz Octa Core 4GB RAM 32GB ROM 3080mAh Battery Dual 12.0MP Zoom Lens Touch Sensor

Display: 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel LTPS FHD screen, 450nit brightness, 403 PPI

CPU: Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz Octa Core 

System: Android One


Camera: 5.0MP front camera + 12.0MP + 12.0MP back cameras

Sensor: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Infrared Radiation, Proximity Sensor, Touch Sensor

SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Nano SIM + Nano SIM


Bluetooth: 4.2

2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20 TDD-LTE B38/B40


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