When Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 in India, the device quickly became one of the most popular premium budget phones in the country given its stock Android finish. The departure from MIUI helped Xiaomi gain more traction in the Indian market and when the company launched the Mi A1 with Android One last year, the smartphone further boosted its market share in the country and made the brand almost invincible in the premium budget smartphone segment. Xiaomi even held a poll on its twitter handle asking fans if they prefer MIUI or stock Android, and the result of the poll was unsurprisingly in favour of Android One. Hence, the Mi A2 was born to succeed the Mi A1 and follow in its footsteps to engage users who want faster OS updates and the familiar feel of Android.
Today, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will be launched in India at 4PM and the company will be livestreaming the event online. You can catch the livestream of the Mi A2 launch here. Xiaomi will also be giving out 100 F-Codes to participants of the Mi A2 livestream and those interested in grabbing those F-Codes should head over here and register for the contest. The F-Codes provided by Xiaomi will push buyers to the front of the line and guarantee them a handset, even during flash sales. It is a sure-shot way of getting the Xiaomi Mi A2 when it first goes on sale on Amazon.in.
When Xiaomi launched its Mi A2 globally, the company also unveiled the Mi A2 Lite. The Mi A2 Lite also comes with an all-metal body and Android One, but unlike the Mi A2, the Mi A2 Lite has a notch on the display. Unfortunately, India was not on the list of countries slated to get the Mi A2 Lite, so you will have to do with the Mi A2 if you are looking to buy Xiaomi’s latest Android One offering. Let’s take a look at the specs of the device.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Specs
The Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched globally in three colours - Gold, Blue and Black. The 7.3 mm thin phone has an aluminum build and it sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, the aspect ratio of which is 18:9. The latest generation of Bluetooth - 5.0 - comes to the phone along with last year’s flagship Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The phone draws its power from an an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. Since the phone has launched under Google’s Android One programme, customers will get unlimited high-quality photo storage on Google Cloud, as well as monthly security updates and regular OS software updates. In fact, the Mi A2 will be one of the first phones to receive the Android Pie update when it's rolled out later this year.
A fingerprint sensor and a dual-camera setup aligned vertically make their way at the back of the Mi A2. The dual-camera system on the Mi A2 features a primary 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor having 1.25 micron pixels and a secondary 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor for portrait photography. Both the lenses have f/1.75 aperture. There is a 20MP front camera with a Sony IMX376 sensor and Xiaomi's Super Pixel Technology. The front camera also features AI-powered Symantec Segmentation for an enhanced bokeh effect and HDR for better quality photos.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Price
A leaked listing on Amazon.in as recent at yesterday, pegged the Mi A2 price at Rs 17,499 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant, which is the sole variant launching in India. Globally, the Mi A2 comes in three variants - 4GB RAM + 32GB storage which is priced in Europe at 249 euros (approx Rs 20,000), 4GB RAM + 64GB storage prices at 279 euros (approx Rs 24,000), and a 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version for 349 Euros (approx Rs 28,000). Xiaomi has incorporated LPDDR4X RAM in the Mi A2 and the smartphone is accompanied by a soft back case within the box.
Xiaomi is known to partner with Reliance Jio to offer cashback on its products, so we expect similar announcements for the Mi A2 as well.
We have a Xiaomi Mi A2 unit here in our labs for a review and have had a chance to play around with its camera for a bit. You can read our first impressions of the Mi A2 and its camera right now, and can expect our review of the Mi A2 to go live by tonight.You can even watch our Mi A2 first impressions video below.