Xiaomi announces Mi A2 and notch bearing Mi A2 Lite, Powered by Android One

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Xiaomi’s first take on to the Google’s coveted project – Android One, came in the form of Xiaomi Mi A1. The device, although is a rebranded edition of the Mi 5X, the Android One branding made it an instant hit on the regions wherever it was launched. The Chinese firm is back again to create the magic of stock Android experience by announcing Android One backed Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite globally.

Practically, the Mi A2 is a rebranded edition of Mi 6X that went official in China a while ago. If we go in terms of tradition, the Mi A2 marks as a direct successor to the yesteryear’s Mi A1 with improved processor and noval design. While the Mi A2 Lite totally stand out from the standard Mi A2 as it flaunts a notched display.

Let’s have a quick overview of the two new Android One smartphones, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

Mi A2 Specifications

As said, the Mi A2 is the Android One avatar of the Mi 6X. So, in terms of internals as well as on design aspects, both of them are identical. Of course, the only major difference being the former running Stock Android 8.1 sans the Xiaomi’s proprietary MiUI skin wrapped on it.

The Mi A2 is powered by powerful and efficient Snapdragon 660 Mobile platform. The platform is best a phone can have under the mid-range segment. Made up of 4×2.2GHz Kyro 260 cores and 4×1.8GHz Kyro 260 cores coupled by Adreno 512 GPU, the SDM660 could make the device fly. It’ll be available in two storage options: 4/64GB and 6/128GB configs.

A 5.99-inch 2.5D LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio is interfaced on the new Mi A1. In terms of cameras the device rocksĀ AI integration for better processing of images. The “AI Selfie Camera” of the device flaunts a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and soft-LED flash. While on the rear sits a “AI Dual Camera” setup with 12MP primary Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.75 aperture and 1.25-micron pixels, accompanied by a 20MP secondary Sony IMX376 sensor with the same aperture but 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel size.

Might see inadequate, but a battery with 3010mAh is where from the device get its juice. Thankfully, support for QuickCharge 3.0 that allows it to go from nil to 50 percent in 30 minutes can plausibly address the low mAH value. Sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and Fingerprint sensor. No 3.5mm headphone jack, disappointed? Well, not an issue as you can get a quality Type-C headphone and as you know the era of 3.5mm jack is almost finished, isn’t it?

Mi A2 Lite Specifications

Mi A2 Lite as the name signifies can be said as a Lite variant of the Mi A2. However, the device differs a lot when compared with its larger sibling. Mainly, the Mi A2 Lite – unlike the Mi A2 Lite has a notched display. Perhaps, it’s the cheapest Mi device under the notch bandwagon.

The Mi A2 Lite, under the hood boards the same SoC of the Mi A1 – Qualcomm Snapdragon. Yes, the Xiaomi’s favorite processor which have been a staple in myriads of Mi devices launched since 2016. It flaunts 5.84-inch fHD+ LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a NOTCH. The storage options include: 3/32GB and 4/64GB of RAM/onboard storage configuratin. Surprisingly a dedicated microSD card slot with support for cards with up to 256GB storage is up.

Coming to the cameras, a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor (1.25-micron pixels) supplemented by 5MP secondary camera is what the Mi A2 Lite flaunts. A 5MP selfie shooter resides on the front notch. Both the rear and front features AI Portrait Mode as well as AI Scene Recognition features. A 4000mAh battery fuels the device and connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and traditional Micro-USB.

Availability And Pricing

Currently, we’ve the info regarding only in Eurpoean markets. The Mi A2 is up at EUR 249 (around Rs. 20,100) for the base 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage model. Whereas, EUR 279 (around Rs. 22,500) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, and EUR 349 (around Rs. 28,100) for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model.

The Mi A2 Lite price starts at EUR 179 (approx. Rs. 14,400) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage mode. While the higher variant of 4/64GB config costs EUR 229 (approx Rs. 18,400). Both the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite will be available in Black, Blue, and Gold colour options.

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