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Xiaomi Mi A1 review

We’ve all seen Xiaomi’s lineup of flagship handsets released since the beginning of this year and it’s quite fair to think the company as one of the front-runners of top-end handset makers of recent.


With the launch of handsets like Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 and many others, Xiaomi can very well take on the likes of Apple’s iPhone 8 series, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and LG’s G6, V30 and much more.

That being said, we can’t leave out the Xiaomi Mi A1 handset that significantly boosted the Chinese company’s global presence given the fact that it was able to command a universal appeal.

One of the many things that make the Xiaomi Mi A1 handset unique is the fact that it’s not that sophisticated yet comes with an aura of sophistication.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 device is not your regular mid-range handset and as a matter of fact, can perform almost all the functions you would find on sophisticated handsets like iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and many others.

If it were up to most of us, we would never rank some these so-called ‘’flagship’’ devices that are usually widely hyped than usual.

Apart from few technological changes that put some of these smartphones ahead, the truth, however, is that most of them don’t deserve the kind of recognition that they get – ‘’Samsung Galaxy S8!’’

In a bid to reach a larger audience by getting a better recognition, Xiaomi was able to produce a high-specced and performance-speed handset which in turn landed the company with a huge amount of profit – the Xiaomi Mi A1.

For those that have used the Xiaomi Mi A1 phone can agree that the handset is by far one of the best devices produced by the Chinese smartphone giants.

Partnering with Android One, it looks like the Mi A1 device will get a well-deserved recognition, as the company holds high hopes about the handset.

As it turns out, the Xiaomi Mi A1 the first ever Xiaomi device to be made available across Europe. Xiaomi’s partnership with Android One is probably one of the best things that have happened to the company this year.

Looking at the bigger picture here, it’s quite obvious that Xiaomi’s handsets will gradually begin to replace flagship devices brought by Samsung, Apple, and LG that are already dominating markets in the Europe region.

This is just the beginning of great things to happen for Xiaomi, and we love the fact that they have covered more ground compared to five years ago.

Not only does Xiaomi produce top-end flagship devices, but the company also brings mid-range smartphones that offer good-looking specs.


The Xiaomi Mi A1 handset is a perfect example of mid-range offering as it comes with 5.5″ LCD screen, which is now a popular demand, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 that ranks number one SoC, in terms of power efficiency.

What’s more, the handset also brings dual-camera technology that users can’t seem to get enough of. Most people are claiming that the Xiaomi Mi A1 handset is the number one mid-range handset that delivers imaging experience that is currently trending.

The good news is, this Snapdragon 625-powered, aluminon-clad, fingerprint-sensing, Android Nougat-running smartphone is being sold at a give-away price.

Key features

  • Body: Aluminum unibody design
  • Screen: 5.5″ IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution, 403ppi
  • OS: Android OS v7.1.2 Nougat, Oreo coming soon
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 625 chipset: octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 processor; Adreno 506 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: Dual 12MP camera; wide-angle F/2.2 + telephoto F/2.6, live bokeh effects, dual-LED flash, phase detection autofocus, 2160p@30fps video;
  • Selfie: 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB of built-in storage
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)
  • Connectivity: LTE; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Bluetooth v4.2, USB-C port, IR blaster
  • Battery: 3,080mAh non-removable battery
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)

Main defects

  • The handset comes with no NFC
  • It does not support Quick Charge
  • There is no FM radio application, though it has a receiver

Quite interestingly, we see here on the Xiaomi Mi A1 handset, some of the omitted features of the Mi 5X device that also falls under the mid-range segment.

Ditching NFC and fast charging support, the charger coupled with the Mi A1 will restore about 30% of a flat battery in half an hour, which is definitely impressive for most us that can relate. Fortunately for us, the Mi A1 is free of MIUI and has broader availability.

As earlier hinted, the Android one program that is known for the wide-spread of an entry-level and mid-range handset is one of the best things that ever happened to the Xiaomi Mi A1 device. This automatically means that the handset will probably reach your region in a matter of time.

To conclude, it seems there are lots of first-time happenings for both Xiaomi and Google and we can’t wait to see what the two companies make of this partnership.

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