Xiaomi Mi A1, the first Android One smartphone from the company is now official. As rumoured, the new Mi A1 runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat with an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo coming by the end of this year. The smartphone is priced at Rs 14,999 and will be available from Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home at 12 noon from September 12.
An Indonesian blog was the first to report that Xiaomi and Google are collaborating to launch an Android One smartphone. Xiaomi's Mi A1 is basically the Mi 5X, available in China running stock Android instead of company's MIUI. The smartphone ditches Xiaomi's MIUI and instead offers company's own apps like Mi Store and Mi Remote. The Mi A1 features an all metal aluminium unibody design with rounded edges and sports a rear mounted fingerprint sensor along with fingerprint resistant back coating.
In terms of specifications, the Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. One of the headlining features of the handset is the dual rear camera setup, which is similar to the one found on company's flagship Mi 6 device.
The Mi A1 features dual 12MP rear cameras with one wide-angle and another telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom. The primary camera supports portrait mode, 10x digital zoom and comes with Beautify 3.0 mode. The smartphone also offers a 5MP selfie camera with 1080p video recording support.
The handset features an IR blaster and includes a 10V smart amplifier for an improved audio experience. The Mi A1 is backed by a 3080mAh battery and it uses USB Type-C port. The smartphone somewhat reassures the fact that Android One is far from dead and will proliferate further with the launch of more devices from Xiaomi. The Mi A1 will be available in black, Gold and Rose Gold colour options and will include unlimited storage on Google Photos.