Google’s Android One program might be making a comeback soon. Android One releases have had long gaps between individual phones which lead many to believe that Google might be axing the program. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to a new report coming out of Indonesia, Xiaomi might be its first ever Android One phone. The phone will likely be a revamped version of the existing Xiaomi Mi 5X, with some software modifications.
As is norm for Android One phones, the Mi 5X would come with stock Android instead of the MIUI 9 skin. While many people would appreciate the clean and simplistic stock Android, its real draw are the timely software updates, something which is a problem even for some of the larger Android phone makers.
Possible Specs for Xiaomi’s Android One
The Mi 5X is already one of the more affordable Android phones out there, and spec-wise it isn’t a slouch either. You get a 5.5” display on the front with 1080p resolution, with Snapdragon 625 under the hood and 4 GB RAM. The back boasts a dual-camera 12 + 12 MP setup with 4K recording, while a 3080 mAh battery and up to 64 GB of internal (expandable) storage close the spec-book.
It’s unknown whether the variant will be priced higher or lower than the standard Mi 5X smartphone. The usual variant with MIUI costs just around $200, and is one of the more potent offerings in the market in this segment.
It also remains to be seen whether the Android One version of the phone will be available in markets other than Indonesia. So far, the only Android One phone to hit the Pakistani market was the QMobile A1, which hit the market more than two years ago in June 2015. The arrival of a new phone will certainly heat up the mid-range market even further.