Xiaomi Mi A1
Hello, Friends! Today, I’m going to take a look at Xiaomi Mi A1 Review. Mi A1 is the interesting product of the company. This is the first device in which they have a partnership with Google to give you Android One OS here. That is basically Stock Android experience that will get on Xiaomi Mi A1. Mi A1 comes with dual camera, pure android interface, snapdragon 625 chipset and much more. So, let’s get started-
At 1st glance, the Mi A1 looks very similar to OnePlus 5, especially due to the placement of the Dual Main Camera Setup and the Antennas bands running along the top and bottom edges of the phone. This phone comes in all-metal unibody solid design and offers great grip. The 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass gives the phone a visual appeal. It feels nice and sturdy in your hand with a side profile of 7.3mm the handset measures 165 grams which feel light for the screen size.
At the back, the phone has fingerprint scanner at the centre and the bottom side is MI branding. The Mi A1 comes in three colours, Black, Gold and Rose Gold. At the bottom, you have a speaker grille, USB type-C port for charging and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the left side, you have a Hybrid SIM Card Slot, and the right side is a volume rocker and power button. At the top, you have a noise cancellation mic beside the IR blaster like the Redmi Note 4. At the front top, you have the notification LED is given on the left of the proximity sensors. Below the display panel, you have capacitive keys and they are not backlit while the power and lock keys are nicely made and tactile.
A big difference between this smartphone and Xiaomi’s other smartphones is the display panel quality. The Mi A1 has 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD display at 1080p resolution with 403 PPI. The display panel is impressive as it produces flashy colours with the neutral amount of accuracy. Sunlight legibility is pretty good and the viewing angles are satisfactory. The 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass layer gives it an amazing feeling. Overall, you have a balanced display panel that has a pretty responsive touch and it just bright enough in outdoor.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a dual main camera setup 12-megapixel main cameras and a 5-megapixel selfie-shooter. One of the main cameras is a wide-angle lens and another is a telephoto lens formula, offering 2x zoom and bokeh mode. There’s a Stereo Mode within the camera app for capturing bokeh effects. The camera application is tradition designed by Xiaomi and works seamlessly enough.
Low-light images can sometimes be blury and noisy, and they take valuable time to process. In fact, even with Dual Cameras Setup, the Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t really put a Benchmark as far as camera prowess is concerned. It’s a pretty good camera to job with and will take great shots for social media but you can’t expect much more.
Xiaomi Stereo Mode has been taken from Apple’s Portrait Mode and it can take a picture only in blue the background. While this is done with the combination of hardware and software after that the final effects are very impressive most of the time. The main issue is that the stereo mode works only in ample light, means most of the images captured in the night time or low-light they use only auto mode. While the images are detailed and colours are pretty good.
The company is promising you 2x optical zoom with this phone, and the 1x/2x button is quite beneficial. It turning from the wide angle lens to telephoto lens seamlessly and the results are great. When you’ll capture images in dark room or indoors then you’ll see the images are noisy and blurry but here is not a major loss of image details.
When you’ll shoot in auto mode, the Xiaomi Mi A1 deliver really sharp and detailed images in daylight. However, it suffers from considerable noise, blurry and loss of detail in night time or low light. Overall, the camera quality is good.
Performance & Memory: –
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC which clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core Processor, coupled with 4 gigabytes of RAM. It also has 64 gigabytes of internal storage and expandable to 128 gigabytes. This processor is very closely similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
If I talked about bulky tasks like gaming then the device can control high-quality games with ease. Games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3 and Game of Thrones performed well, conveying very high-quality graphics for the gaming experience. The Mi A1 didn’t heat up and nor did one see any hiccups.
I ran AnTuTu and GeekBench 4 tests on this phone and the Mi A1 scored 62912 in AnTuTu Benchmarks. On the GeekBench 4 test, single core score was 852 and multi-core score was 3837. During all testing, the Xiaomi Mi A1 control everything from multi-app switching to gaming without stuttering. There is no heating problem either, something that a lot of recent phones undergo from. Overall performance is very smooth, fluid and lags free.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs on Stock Android and runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. This is a renewing change as Xiaomi, till now, had its own User interface. The Stock Android insure that there is no bloatware and gives Pure Android experience and well-ordered operating system upgrades. The Xiaomi has even said that the Mi A1 will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update by last of 2017. Along with this, customers will also get unlimited space on Google Photos. In terms of Android version, this is the Xioami’s most advanced smartphone yet. The only change is in the camera application and Algorithm.
Running on the Stock Android remove some of the overheads on the processor and the Mi A1 represents a smooth and lag free experience on a normal day to day things. Applications load as expected and without any hiccups. As you would look forward to, things are a little bit much sappy, and everything just feels very smooth.
There is a pair of Mi Applications that you will search out of the box. These added the camera app, and some applications that you normally search on Xiaomi devices like Mi Remote, Feedback and the Mi Store. You can also uninstall these applications if you really want the purest of Android experiences.
Sound & Connectivity: –
It has a single mono loudspeaker which is loud and clear. When you plug in the headphones on your device then the sound comes from it, very loud and clear. Overall the sound quality is quite good. The call quality is also good.
Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with 3080 milliamp-hour battery. Practically, it passes your whole day when you engage with gaming, browsing and watching videos on YouTube.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 proposes a sturdy build quality, great display and excellent battery life. Except it, Mi A1 comes with a bloatware-free Android experience and the Xiaomi says that this device will get at least two Android Operating Systems updates. The 1st one Android 8.0 Oreo coming as soon as possible in December 2017.
At the price segment of 14,999 rupees or 235 dollars, the Mi A1 is not a perfect smartphone. Here, the camera is average, not great which is the highlight key of the smartphone.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Xiaomi Mi A1||Rs 14,999|
|Xiaomi Mi A1||Coming Soon|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano, Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920p (403 PPI)|
Corning Gorilla Glass
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual Camera 12-MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm F/2.6), PDAF, 2x optical zoom, Dual LED Flash|
|Features||1.25 μm/ 1.0 μm pixel size, touch focus, face detection, geotagging, Panorama, HDR|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|CPU||Octa-Core 2.0Ghz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB|
|External||Up to 128GB (SIM Slot 2)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, Infrared Port & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3080 mAh|