Xiaomi Officially Launches the Android One Powered Mi A2

Almost a year ago, Xiaomi launched the Mi A1, an Android One smartphone that sold quite well and grabbed the mid-range market quickly.

Today, Xiaomi announced its successor, the Mi A2, at a global launch event in Madrid, Spain. It has been launched in collaboration with Google again and it’s part of the Android One program, meaning it will have fast updates and get monthly security patches.

No date has been announced for its availability in Pakistan yet but it’s guaranteed to launch here.

Design and Display

Xiaomi Mi A2

Just like how the Mi A1 resembled the Mi 5X in almost every department, the Mi A2 resembles the Mi 6X. The two phones are identical in nearly everything.

On the back, you have the vertically placed dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner placed in the center.

As far as the display is concerned, it is a 6-inch IPS LCD with 1080p resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Hardware

The Mi A2 improves over the Mi A1 in several departments, especially in performance.

With the Mi A2, you get Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset. As far as memory configuration is concerned, you have three options.

  • 4GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage

Connectivity options include USB-C, Bluetooth, an IR blaster but no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Camera

On the back, you have dual cameras. One of them is a 20MP sensor while the other is a 12MP lens. Both have a f/1.75 aperture for better low light performance.

Mi A2 Dual Camera

The front camera also sees an improvement and now comes with a 20MP sensor. There is also a wide array of different AI focused modes that will help with selfies.

Battery, Availability, and Price

The battery capacity of the Mi A2 is 3,000mAh and this time around, it also comes with fast charging.

The colors available for the Mi A2 include Blue, Gold, and Black.

Mi A2 market availability

Mi fans will be happy to hear that the Mi A2 will make its way to Pakistani officially, as indicated by the slide shown at the launch event. Local pricing for the Mi A2 is still a mystery as well as how long it will take to finally launch here.

International prices that were revealed on stage are as follows:

  • 249€ for the 4GB+32GB variant
  • 279€ for the 4GB+64GB variant
  • 349€ for the 6GB+128GB variant

Xiaomi Mi A2 Specifications

  • CPU: 2.2GHz octa-core Kryo 260
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display:
    • 5.99” LCD with FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4/6 GB
    • Internal: 32/64/128 GB
    • Card slot: yes
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 12 MP Sony IMX486, f/1.75 + 20 MP IMX376, f/1.75, 4K video, LED Flash
    • Secondary: 20 MP IMX376, f/1.8, flash
  • Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ac, FM Radio, IR Blaster
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh, fast charging


  • android one was supposed to be guaranteed updates for low end phones aimed at emerging markets. yet now all the android one phones are mid range i would say from a developing country perspective.

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