Xiaomi unveils first stock Android device

Xiaomi Mi A1 dual lens

Xiaomi Mi A1 announced: Android One with great specs, affordable price, wide availability, and a promise of Oreo in

At this price, the phone will surely repeat the success of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

The Mi A1 has an RRP of RS 14,999 in India, which converts to £179.43 in Sterling. The project aimed to provide a quality stock Android experience at a sub-$100 (Rs. 6,000) price point, whilst also certifying the device for an optimised Android experience. Google and Xiaomi will jointly market the device. But one may note that the Redmi 4A device sports an IPS LCD screen while on the contrary, the alleged Redmi 5A surfaced as Xiaomi MCT3B comes with a TFT screen.

A new Xiaomi smartphone has been spotted on the website of China's TENAA. The search engine giant will be advertising the return of Android One across every corner of the web and guess which phone will be showcased on these puffs? The company is doing this by launching Android One operating system with the Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone launched on Tuesday. However, this doesn't mean that the hardware of Mi A1 falls on the low-end like other devices under the Android One program.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi A1 is a Google Android One phone: So what does it offer now?

So, Google is now playing a game by partnering with its rival itself- Xiaomi. The Android One imprint placed under the Mi logo on the back gives it a nice touch. For example, in Japan, Android One devices are among the top selling phones in SoftBank-owned Y!Mobile stores. It ought to likewise coordinate easily with any Android client who as of now uses MIUI theming - or any of the well-known clones recreating the MIUI UI, symbols, or typography.

"There are some similarities between the two, but they are really two different phones". There is a 5MP camera at the front which also supports a real time beautification mode. But this Xiaomi phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. The device feels nice in hands and it feels light as well. People interested in purchasing then Xiaomi's upcoming smartphone Mi 7 will have the option of picking up their favourite one from the three colour variants i.e Silver, Gold and Grey. Viewing angles were fine as well, in my brief time with the phone. The company has termed the device as its first "Flagship Dual Camera" smartphone to be launched in the Indian market. Would a premium Android One smartphone make sense?

Internal storage is 64GB and one can add up to 128GB more via microSD cards.

The entire package is backed by a 3080mAh battery. On that note, there is a vivid possibility of the smartphone to be a successor to Xiaomi's Redmi 5A.

That skepticism is sort of obvious considering that the A1, apart from flaunting a bold Android One branding on the rear and stock software, benefits from nada else.

What makes the Xiaomi Mi A1 special is the fact that it comes with Android One, or simply, stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS. The reason for this terminology is because this is the first Xiaomi smartphone to launch in India that packs a Dual camera setup.

Xiaomi hyped the camera so much in this smartphone. For starters, the Mi A1 ushers the Android One name into the market Google failed to crack years ago. MIUI devices also get security updates much later than a Nokia phone, or even a Moto phone.

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