Xiaomi Mi A1: Review Xiaomi’s reputation for good phones at budget prices makes it the ideal savior for Google’s beleaguered Android One programme. A
Xiaomi Mi A1: Review
Xiaomi’s reputation for good phones at budget prices makes it the ideal savior for Google’s beleaguered Android One programme. And the Chinese company has surely come to the rescue with the Mi A1.
Android One was supposed to offer cheap handsets running stock Android to millions of customers in developing countries. However, Google’s initial steps were hampered – somewhat ironically – by the likes of Xiaomi making big gains in regions such as India at around the same time with its series of low-cost and powerful devices.
The Mi A1 – in reality, a Mi 5X minus Xiaomi’s custom MIUI skin. It is a renewal of “pure” Android to the wider world. It showcases a Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a dual 12-megapixel camera set up – all for around a fitting budget.
Key Features Mi A1
- Review Price: Around 15,000 INR
- Snapdragon 625
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage
- MicroSD card slot
- Fingerprint scanner
PRICE: Rs. 13,999.00
- Stock Android
- Dual cameras
- Fast fingerprint scanner
- Good performance
- No water- or dust-resistance
- Missing NFC
- Lack of OIS on the cameras
While Google’s Android One initiative hasn’t had the best of starts, the Mi A1 is a massive stride in the right direction. It combines excellent hardware with pure Android software at an incredibly reasonable price point. This makes it an ideal phone for those who want to avoid carrier bloatware and sluggish UI skins but can’t afford a Pixel 2.
While it lacks luxuries such as OIS cameras, NFC, quick-charging and stereo speakers, for Rs. 15,000 it’s hard to grumble.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 offers stock Android and a dual-camera setup for under £200, making its minor omissions easier to stomach. This is the phone with which the Android One initiative should have launched.