Xiaomi Mi A1 goes official with dual camera, stock Android and Rs 14,999 price tag
At a local event in Delhi, Xiaomi unveiled a new series of smartphone called Mi A1. The Chinese company partnered with Google to join the Android One team and as a result, the Mi A1 runs…wait for it…stock Android out of box.
Android One launched three years ago with a focus on India as Google aimed to codify the Android experience for low-end smartphones. It hasn’t been a huge success, but Google undoubtedly wants to expand the program to a wider range of products to ensure that people continue to have access to the latest versions of its software and services.
The Mi A1 comes with 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD panel with Gorilla Glass protection, battery efficient octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 3080mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage with micro-SD expandable option, a fingerprint scanner on the back and stock Android Nougat with Oreo 8.0 promised by the end of 2017.
Another biggest talking point of Mi A1 is the Dual Rear camera setup on back. Inspired by Apple, Xiaomi slaps two 12MP cameras with one being the wide-angle lens and other delivering Telephoto functionality. The company promises bokeh effect, beautify 3.0, unlimited Google Photos storage and much more with the new setup. It even compared the samples to rival’s solution. The selfie shooter stands at 5MP resolution. We will dig more about camera quality in full review.
Priced at ₹14,999, the Mi A1 undercuts the competition with similar offerings. The colour options include Black, Gold and Rose Gold to choose from. The Mi A1 will be available to buy on September 12 from various Mi partners, Mi.com, and Flipkart.
Beyond India, Xiaomi is releasing the Mi A1 in more countries than usual — a total of 13 markets in Asia, ten in Europe, ten in the Middle East and Africa, and four in Central and South America. It’ll be available on September 12th.