Xiaomi Mi A1 with Android One launched in India

Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone companies around the world. Recently in India, they achieved a remarkable feat of selling 25 million smartphones in India in 3 years from its launch. Their Redmi Note 4 is still one of the most selling smartphones in India.

Taking their brand to another level in India, Xiaomi had a launch event planned in India today. Keeping the new smartphone device as a total surprise, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the new flagship, Xiaomi Mi A1 at an event in Delhi, India.

Mi A1 sports a premium design that features full metal body and rounded back edges. Calling it the coolest and the most innovative phone from Xiaomi, it sports a 5.5 inch FHD display that is protected by Gorilla Glass. It is a very thin smartphone with a thickness of just 7mm. Also the back of the device is fingerprint resistant.

The fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the device. The Xiaomi Mi A1 will come in three color options of Black, Rose gold and Gold.

Touting the new smartphone as a flagship device with dual rear camera, Xiaomi Mi A1 features the same camera present on iPhone 7+. It features 12MP + 12MP dual rear camera and produces images that are brighter and clearer. Mi A1 uses stereoscopic imaging plus deep learning algorithm to produce DSLR like images. Improving on their existing Beautify mode, Mi A1 features smart beautify and natural color correction mode. It also features 2X optical zoom that can be activated with just one tap. Mind it, it’s optical zoom and not digital zoom. Optical zoom produces loss less images.

Coming to the most important USP of the phone, Mi A1 is manufactured by Xiaomi, but powered by Google. Meaning, it is an Android One phone. It is the newest entrant to Android One series, and perhaps the most premium as well. And most importantly, the device will be getting Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of 2017 officially from Google.

With Xiaomi Mi A1 all pictures you take on your device are seamlessly uploaded to Google Photos in full high quality without any storage restrictions. Yes, the Mi A1 let’s you upload unlimited full quality photos to Google Photos. This was one of the most interesting feature of the Pixel phone and it’s great to see it coming to the Xiaomi Mi A1 as well.

Mi A1 also comes with cool audio features such as DHS Audio calibration algo, stand-alone audio amplifier. It comes with Pyrolytic graphite sheet, USB Type C port, and IR Blaster.

Xiaomi Mi A1 price

The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with a camera that even beats the best of flagships out there, even the flagship killers ones. But that doesn’t take its price to an unreasonably high figure. You’d surprised to know that Xiaomi will be selling the Mi A1 for just Rs 14,999 ($235) in India. Moreover, with the Mi A1, Airtel customers will get additional 200GB 4G data for both new and existing connections.

Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available for purchase in India from September 12th at Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home stores and other offline channels like Chroma, Vijay Sales and others across India.

As for global availability, the Xiaomi Mi A1 will be launched in the following countries very soon.

Xiaomi Mi A1 key specs

  • 5.5″ Full FD display
  • Dual rear camera (12MP + 12MP)
  • Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • Android One platform
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • IR Blaster
  • ..and more