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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Undoubtedly The One | Geek Winky

After a long interval, Google finally introduced an Android One smartphone in collaboration with Xiaomi. Focusing on the mid-range segment, Xiaomi launched Mi A1 smartphone which is a rebranded version of the Mi 5X which was previously  introduced in China in July. To check out whether this phone suits you or not let us check out its review....
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The Xiaomi Mi A1 makes a way with 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass LTPS display along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Its dimension is 155.4 × 75.8 × 7.3mm. The metal unibody design is something that we’ve seen Xiaomi use in many of its others devices and Mi A1 doesn’t feel any different. It is solid to hold and has the look and feel of a premium device, even though it is priced at Rs 14,999. On the back, the dual rear cameras are placed horizontally and the lens set does tend to jut out. The round fingerprint scanner is at the back of the device. The back has the Mi logo and well below that is the ‘Android One’ logo. Like the Mi Max 2, it has ‘U-shape’ antenna bands on both top and bottom edge which go well with the overall design.

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The side edges are slightly rounded, and since the phone is only 7.3mm thick, it’s extremely comfortable to hold in the hands and to carry around in the pocket. The right side of the device houses the volume rocker and power button. On the left, we have Hybrid Dual SIM slots. Moving down, we have 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker grille. The weight of 165 grams is well balanced too, and the A1 doesn’t feel heavy.


The Mi A1 runs on stock Android Nougat 7.1.2, and an Android Oreo roll out is promised before the end of this year. The Mi A1 is described as ‘created by Xiaomi and powered by Google’, and the experience of using it is vastly different from the other Xiaomi devices available in India. It arrives with a Snapdragon 625, 2 GHz octa-core processorThe processor is the same as the one on the Redmi Note 4, which is an equally capable phone. 

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This is however different from the Pixel smartphones that have unlimited photo and video backup in original quality. There is however 64GB internal storage, which can be expanded upto 128 GB using a microSD card. It has 4 GB of RAM which is sufficient for the good performance.

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is armed with dual primary cameras of 12MP + 12MP, which together capture crystal clear images and sharp videos. At the launch, Xiaomi went all out, comparing this to the iPhone 7 Plus dual rear camera, which is a tall claim to make and follow up. A 5MP selfie shooter also captures quality snaps. The video calling experience is also great. On the connectivity front, the options include 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C port. 

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Keeping the device ticking is a 3,080mAh battery. In my day-to-day use, the battery was able to easily last a day on a single charge. The smartphone users generally use Whatsapp, emails, twitter, facebook and Instagram. Add in some game time, video and music playback, and about an hour worth of calling, and you will have to charge the phone before going to sleep. Suffice to say, some of Xiaomi’s Redmi smartphones in India have a much better battery performance. Charging is via the USB Type-C port, and the time taken from zero to 100 percent is a shade under two hours.

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If you look beyond Android One, the Mi A1 on its own is a very capable device that is well built, features a decent list of specifications and features, and is aggressively priced as well. The dual cameras may struggle a bit in low light, but the photos clicked during the day more than make up for it. At a cost of around ₹15,000 , the Mi A1 comes very close to being a perfect mid-range smartphone, and I would highly recommend it.

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Article By - Atul Agrawal
Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Undoubtedly The One | Geek Winky Reviewed by Atul Agrawal on 5:50 AM Rating: 5
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