After a long gap, Google introduced an Android One smartphone in partnership with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi in the Indian market. Aiming at the mid-range segment, Xiaomi launched Mi A1 smartphone, which is the global variant of the Mi 5X that was introduced in China back in July.

Xiaomi Mi A1

Design, Display and Hardware

The Xiaomi Mi A1(5X) sports a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass LTPS display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display is bright enough, good viewing angles, decent color reproduction and average sunlight legibility. The phone has usual set of proximity and ambient light sensor next the 5-megapixel front camera and also features a notification LED. It also has capacitive touch buttons below the display that are backlit and also offer haptic feedback when pressed.

This device comes in a unibody metal design and feels solid in hand. It feels very comfortable and gives you a sort of control over it when using with two hands. The phone is just 7.3mm thick and weighs 165 grams.

The right side has a volume rocker and power button. The hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. Moving down, we have 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker grille. The top side has an Infrared sensor and secondary microphone.

On the back side, we have 12MP dual rear camera with dual-tone led flash, and fingerprint sensor module just beneath it. It has 12MP dual rear cameras, one with a wide-angle lens and other with a telephoto lens offering portrait mode, background blur, 2x optical zoom and more. At the bottom side, we have Mi and Android One branding as well.

xiaomi mi a1 software


The Xiaomi Mi A1 is shipped with Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box. Unlike other Xiaomi devices, it comes with Stock Android with a couple of Xiaomi apps. The company promised that it will get Android 8.0 (Oreo) update by 2017 and also said that it will be one of the first phones to get Android P. Since it is an Android One phone, it comes with unlimited high-quality photo and video backups in Google Photos.


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