Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone was launched in September 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass — which is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for your reference. Best dual camera system on a budget, Google’s software with timely updates and Powerful hardware.
It is not expensive at all. Boasting of a full-metal body and dual rear cameras, the Mi A1 would — invariably — remind you of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, especially from the behind. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM, 4GB of RAM is good enough for multitasking, and allows you to run multiple apps without any trouble. Touch response was good, and we didn’t face any kind of lag throughout the review period. The Snapdragon 625, which is also inside the company’s much popular budget phone the Redmi Note 4 (as also inside the gigantic Mi Max 2), is notably the first Snapdragon 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Mi A1 comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto (or zoom lens). In terms of core specifics, the 26mm wide-angle lens on-board the Mi A1 comes with an f/2.2 aperture while the 50mm telephoto lens boasts of an f/2.6 aperture. This dual camera system offers 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The system is further aided with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash but there is no optical image stabilisation. On the front, the Mi A1 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs Android 7.1.2 and is powered by a 3080mAh non removable battery, lasted for roughly 15 hours with heavy usage. We had Outlook, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Telegram, Gmail, and WhatsApp running in the background at all times. In our HD video loop test, the Mi A1 managed to run for 10 hours and 18 minutes, which was decent but not great. It measures 155.40 x 75.80 x 7.30 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 168.00 grams. At a price of $235 and coming to several other countries soon, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a pretty good smartphone on its own. It looks quite premium, and performs like a good, trusted workhorse.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
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