The all new Android One is here, and it’s from Xiaomi. Xiaomi has today launched the Mi A1 which is a part of Google’s Android One program. And with that, it delighted many people who really wanted a Stock Android Experience along with the power and value of money that Xiaomi provides. And Mi A1 will be another such phone that will deliver everything well, has Stock Android without any customization and bloatware and will get Android upgrade, just like the Pixel or Nexus.

The Xiamo Mi A1 is a blend of power, simplicity, and grace- The  Mi A1 has a full metal body and is powered by a chipset that is powerful, yet energy efficient and the dual cameras on the back are enough to make your photos stand out in the crowd with 2X Optical Zoom and Portrait Mode, with Bokeh effect.

Mi A1 AndroidOne Phone Launched in India
Mi A1 AndroidOne Phone Launched in India

The Mi A1 has been announced at a launch event in New Delhi, India and apart from the Indian smartphone market, the Mi A1 will be available in more than 40 markets around the world including Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Mexico. The Mi A1 is priced at Rs. 14,999 in India, the prices for other markets will be announced soon.

(L-R) Donovan Sung, Director of Product Mangement, Xiaomi Global, Manu Jain, VP, Xiaomi, Managing Director, Xiaomi India and Jon Gold, Director, Android Program, Google at the launch of Mi A1
(L-R) Donovan Sung, Director of Product Mangement, Xiaomi Global, Manu Jain, VP, Xiaomi, Managing Director, Xiaomi India and Jon Gold, Director, Android Program, Google at the launch of Mi A1

Commenting at the launch event, Xiaomi Senior Vice President Wang Xiang said, “Mi A1 is a strategic device in our global expansion, marking a milestone in our quest to bring innovation to everyone. From the beginning, Xiaomi has been all about choice, and we are delighted to offer users a new way to experience the power of Xiaomi.” Commenting on the partnership with Google, he added, “Google has been a great partner and given our strong collaboration, we thought their idea to launch a Xiaomi smartphone on Android One would be a great opportunity to give our users a different user experience. I’m truly excited about what this partnership will bring to our users across the world!”

From Google, Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s VP of Business & Operations, Android & Google Play, said, “By taking this next step with Android One, we are excited to be working with partners around the world to bring high-quality Android device experiences to more consumers.Mi A1 marries excellence in device design with a simple and pure Android experience, the best of Google built in, and a commitment to future software and security updates. We’re thrilled to welcome Xiaomi and the Mi A1 to the Android One family.”

The main feature of Mi A1 that almost everyone is talking about a lot is the dual camera configuration, with wide-angle and telephoto lenses used to provide great results. There are two 12-MP sensors on the back along with LED flash. The two lenses on the back allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and color. For selfie lovers, the Mi A1 comes with an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural and it now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera.

The Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades. The Mi A1 is available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold. The phone is just 7.3mm thick and has rounded edges for a comfortable and firm grip. There is also a rear fingerprint sensor.

The Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch 2.5D 1080p full-HD curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring an immersive media experience. As we talked earlier, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, coupled with 4GB of RAM that is a tough player in terms of performance, but soft in case of consuming battery. The phone packs a 3080mAh battery. There is 64GB of storage onboard which can be expanded using the hybrid dual SIM cum microSD slot.

Priced at Rs. 14,999, the Mi A1 will be available nationwide starting 12 September via Mi.com and Flipkart at 12:00 noon. It will also be available at all Mi Home stores, Mi Preferred Partner stores and Large Format Retail partner stores.

In case you’re still wondering what you get on Mi A1, check out the Mi A1 Key Specifications below. 

  1. Premium full-metal body
  2. Dual 12MP+12MP camera with optical zoom wide angle + telephoto
  3. Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
  4. Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
  5. 5MP front camera
  6. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  7. 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  8. Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  9. 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  10. 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  11. Rear fingerprint sensor
  12. IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  13. Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  14. Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  15. Weight: 165g
  16. Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  17. Android 7.1.2 with guaranteed upgrade from Google
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