Xiaomi’s Mi A1, this latest smartphone from the company is quite different from its usual models. This is because Xiaomi collaborated with Google in its creation. More exactly, the new device, as even its name suggests, runs on Android One. This comes to replace the MIUI user interface with which the owners had gotten used to.
The Mi A1, a Google-Xiaomi Mix
This latest smartphone from Xiaomi is quite a significant departure from the usual releases of the company. Known for its lower-price range phones, this new one is higher priced than what has come to be expected from the company.
However, the phone is also more technically impressive than its predecessors.
The Mi A1 runs on Android One and comes with a 5.5 inches touchscreen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution protected by a Gorilla Glass piece.
This all comes set in an aluminum unibody 7 mm thick which also neatly conceals its antenna bands. The device features two camera lenses on its back, one being a telephoto and another a wide-angle. They can work together in snapping portrait images with a blurred background.
The default camera app appears to still be the one developed by Xiaomi, despite its running on Android. It will also have a 5-megapixels selfie camera.
Mi A1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a 3,080 mAh battery. It comes equipped with a Type-C USB and a fingerprint sensor. The smartphone offers three color schemes: black with a fingerprint-resistant coating, gold, or rose gold. It will come with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.
The Android One interface will be stock, and the phone will be offering Google Assistant and come without bloatware. It will also have the Google Play store pre-installed, instead of the MIUI’s one, and have pre-installed Google services.
The Mi A1 will first become available in India starting with September 12, 2017, and in another 40 countries sometime later this month. It will cost the local equivalent of $235. Android One has no official sellers in the United States or the United Kingdom.
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