After unveiling the next generation Android One phone i.e. the Mi A2 at an event held in Spain, Xiaomi is now gearing up for the Indian launch which is scheduled for August 8. The device is expected to be priced around Rs. 20,000 and will be sold on Amazon as an Amazon Exclusive.
Mi A2 is the global version of the Mi 6X that was launched in China, around three months ago. Everything including the specifications remains the same except for few minor differences including the software. Mi A2 comes with Stock Android under Google’s Android One program while the Mi 6X came with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin on top.
Also, given that the Mi 8 and the Mi 8 SE are also lined up, we expect Mi A2 to be priced very aggressively in India. If things go right, Xiaomi will capture the sub-20K price bracket with the Mi A2 like it did with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Globally, the Mi A2 comes at a price tag of €249 (roughly Rs. 20,000) for 4GB/32GB model, €279 (roughly Rs. 22,500) for the 4GB/64GB model and €349 (roughly Rs. 28,000) for 6GB /128GB model.
The main highlights of the device are its Performance and Cameras. It will be competing with the devices like Nokia 7+, Huawei P20 Lite, and the recently launched Huawei Nova 3i that comes with Kirin 710 and goes head to head with the Snapdragon 660 on the Mi A2.
Let us now talk about some of the Mi A2 features and specifications.
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Mi A2 Features:
The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with crucial upgrades over the last year’s Mi A1– it has got a more powerful processor, a remarkably better display, better Cameras, faster charging and of course a better design.
The device comes with an all-metal body with a fingerprint scanner placed at the rear. It sports a 5.99-inch IPS display with FullHD+(1080 x 2160pixels) resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The display maintains a pixel density of 403ppi and is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, unlike the Mi 6X that came with Gorilla Glass 3. The screen to body ratio here is 77.4% due to the significant bezels on top and bottom.
Under the hood, the Mi A2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 512 GPU which makes it great for playing graphics intensive games and smooth multitasking. It comes in 4GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB RAM and Storage configurations.
Unfortunately, the storage is not expandable due to the lack of MicroSD card slot which is a big let down for me. Hopefully, the 32GB variant will not be coming to India but they should have at least gone with a hybrid Sim slot.
Also, the phone lacks a 3.5mm jack which is not something we have expected from a midrange smartphone in 2018. I really can’t figure out why Xiaomi has skipped on essential features without any necessity. As a con, you either have to carry a dongle with you all the time or buy Bluetooth or Type-C headphones.
Coming to the optics department, the Mi A2 comes with a vertically stacked dual camera set up at the back which comprises of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 as a primary shooter coupled with a secondary 20-megapixel Sony IM376 shooter, both having an aperture of f/1.75. The secondary lens is equipped with 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel for capturing brighter photos in dim lit light conditions.
At the front, we have an AI-powered 20-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 and 4,500 K selfie light. The camera does come with Xiaomi’s Super Pixel Technology and is equipped with Symantec Segmentation for enhanced bokeh effect and HDR for better quality pictures. Both, the front and rear cameras are powered by AI and can take really good pictures, so this time, I really don’t have anything to complain about the Cameras.
The device draws its juice from a 3,010mAh battery which is even smaller than its predecessor. Now we get that the sole purpose of removing the audio jack was cost-cutting and making the device slim which could have been used in increasing the battery capacity like Razer did with its Razer Phone. Another matter of disappointment is that the device will be shipped with a standard 5V 2A Charger even when it supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 out of the box, meaning that you’ll have to buy a QC 4.0 Charger separately if you need fast charging speeds.
On the software front, Mi A2 runs on Stock Android 8.1 Oreo. As icing on the cake, the phone will be receiving regular and timely software and security updates, including the Android P, and the upcoming Android Q as well being a part of Google’s Android One program. This is one of the best Selling points of the device indeed.
Apart from this, all other basic sensors and connectivity options including Bluetooth v5.0 and USB Type-C are present onboard. You can check the detailed specifications below.
Mi A2 Full Phone Specifications:
Release Date: July, 2018
Dimension: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm
No of Supported Sim: 2
Screen Size: 5.99 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
Screen Density: 403ppi
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
CPU: Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPU: Adreno 512
Rear Camera: 12MP
Rear Camera Features: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9
Front Camera: 0
Front Camera Features: 20 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8
2G Bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300)
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Android Version: 8.1 Oreo
Mi A2 Honest Opinions:
A faster processor, a better camera, stock android, and a budget pricing. What more do you want? Xiaomi ticked all the right boxes with their Mi A2. We expect the camera to be better than its predecessor. Android One support means it will get at least 2 years of guaranteed android upgrades, which means Android P and Android Q are definitely going to come here. The only disappointment is the lack of a headphone jack.
- Snapdragon 660 Processor: We love it
- One of the best camera phones in the budget segment
- Android One: 2 years of guaranteed android upgrades.
- QC 4.0 supported
- Lack of Headphone Jack