Xiaomi's second Android One smartphone Mi A2 launched in India

Xiaomi's second Android One smartphone Mi A2 launched in India

Bruce McAvoy

Xiaomi on Wednesday took the Indian smartphone market by storm yet again with the launch of its second Android One smartphone. The Mi A2 was globally announced in Spain last month and it has now made its way to India. One of the major USPs of The A-series from Xiaomi is that they run on stock Android, being part of Google's Android One Program.

The Android One program has become a topic of discussion amongst mobile phone enthusiasts due to its growing adoption rate. The entirety of Nokia's catalog is powered by stock Android and comes under the Android One Program. Similarly, there are smartphones like the Moto G6 and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 that offer pure Android experience out-of-the-box.

The Mi A2 draws design cues from its distant cousin, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, so much so that upon first glance, users will not be able to tell them apart from each other. Xiaomi's aim with the Mi A2 is to provide a powerful and long-lasting smartphone with all the goodness that Android has to offer.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications

The Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) IPS panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio making way for a large screen estate. It is further topped by a layer of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The A2 has an aluminum unibody design, is just 7.3mm thick and weighs 168 g.

On the optics front, the Mi A2 sports a twin camera setup on the back which comprises of a primary 12-megapixel camera and a secondary 20-megapixel camera which is utilized for depth-sensing. The primary rear camera is equipped with a Sony IMX486 sensor while the secondary 20-megapixel camera is based on the IMX376 sensor. Both the camera modules have a wide f/1.75 aperture which plays a major role in low-light photography.

The front is home to a 20-megapixel selfie camera with Sony's IMX376 sensor and an LED flash. To strengthen your selfie game, the Mi A2 comes with an artificial intelligence assisted Beautify 4.0 mode that allows users to enhance their selfies.

Xiaomi's Mi A2 rocks a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset with an octa-core Kryo 260 CPU. The SD 660 is also accompanied by an Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) that assist artificial intelligence based features on the Mi A2 such as the portrait mode, smart lens selection, face recognition among others. Adreno 512 GPU on the A2 ensures slick graphics render on games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends.

Xiaomi has only launched the 4GB RAM variant of the A2 which has 64GB of internal storage. Though the company has promised that they will soon bring the 6GB RAM variant of the Mi A2 with 128GB of storage capacity to India in the next few months.

The Mi A2 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with a planned upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie in the coming few weeks. It is also expected to be on of the first smartphones to receive the Android Pie update.

The smartphone draws power from a 3,010mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 4+ technology via USB Type-C. The Mi A2 also ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack but Xiaomi provides a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in-the-box.

Mi A2 comes in four color options to choose from - Black, Lake Blue, Gold and Rose Gold.

Price and availability

The Mi A2 is priced at ₹16,999 for the 4GB RAM variant that has 64GB of storage. It will go on pre-orders starting August 9, 12 PM on Mi India Store and Amazon India. There's a 6GB RAM variant of the A2 as well which has a bigger storage capacity, but Xiaomi will launch it in the next few months. We expect the price of that variant to be somewhere around ₹18,999.

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