Kingslayer of Smartphones?
If OnePlus has trumpeted the “flagship killer” brand, Xiaomi is poised to do the same for the mid-range with the Xiaomi Mi A1. Google has finally given the world the Android One smartphone that it deserves with the Xiaomi Mi A1. It packs aggressive internals, led by the Snapdragon 625 paired with 4GB of RAM. It joins in on the trendy dual-camera set-up for those creamy “bokeh” shots and top top it all off it is upgradeable to Android 8.0 Oreo (stock Android) within the year. All of this for just Php12,000 (roughly converted)? That’s just savage man.
Here’s a quick refresher of the specifications for your perusal.
Xiaomi Mi A1 specs
- Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 5.5-inch full HD display, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 64GB storage, expandable via microSD
- 12-megapixel wide-angle primary camera, 12-megapixel telephoto (2x zoom) secondary camera, LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, IR blaster
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Android 8.0 Oreo within 2017)
- 3,080mAh battery
- Black, Gold, Rose Gold
We can’t fault anything with it on paper, especially with the pricing. Heck, most devices that pack the specifications above are priced usually at the Php15,000-Php20,000 range. This one is cheaper and it comes with Pure Android. No bloatware. No crappy overlays. And this one gets Android updates fast.
It’s a solid device from any angle you look at it and we are all excited to get our hands on it to put it through the paces for a full review for you all. If you can’t wait and you something similar, you might want to get the Xiaomi Mi 5x. The major difference is that the Mi 5x doesn’t use Pure Android but the specs, including the dual camera set-up, are similar.
What do you guys think? Is the Xiaomi Mi A1 going to be the Kingslayer of Midrange devices or will it suffer the fate of the previous generation of Android One devices? Let us know what you think in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you!