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The Xiaomi Mi A2 against its competition, Xiaomi Mi A1 included

One of the most anticipated phones of the year has already made an appearance: the Xiaomi Mi A2. The second generation of last year's super sales has come to stay with its Lite version, and promises to be a real candy for those who seek Xiaomi's reliability with the purity of Android One inside.

And it arrives in Spain, a land where the middle range predominates. We have faced A2 against its rivals in our country: the BQ Aquaris X2, the Huawei P20 Lite and the Nokia 6.1. Nor is the obvious comparison between the Mi A2 and A1, which we will also see next.

Let's start with the obvious: what has changed?

The Xiaomi Mi A2 against the world: we face it against everyone

Let's go to the chicha of the matter: what has improved with respect to the famous Xiaomi Mi A1? We already anticipate that the second generation device has substantially improved various issues, and that ironically much of the A1 hardware has become part of the A2 Lite hardware:

Xiaomi Mi A1Xiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
screen
5.5 inches (1080 x 1920 px) 5.99 inches (2160 x 1080 px) 5.84 inches IPS (2160 x 1080 px) with notch
Processor (SoC)
Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 625
GPU
Adreno 506 Adreno 512 Adreno 506
RAM
4GB 4/6 GB 3/4 GB
Internal memory
32/64 GB + microSD 32/64/128 GB 32/64 GB + microSD
Rear camera
Double: 12 + 12 Mpx 20 + 12 Mpx 12 + 5 Mpx
Front camera
5 Mpx 20 Mpx 5 Mpx
Battery
3080 mAh 3010 mAh 4000 mAh
Connectivity
4G LTE, USB Type-C, infrared sensor, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm jack 4G LTE, USB Type-C, infrared sensor, Bluetooth 5 4G LTE, microUSB, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm jack, infrared sensor
Size
155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm 149.33 x 71.68 x 8.75 mm
Weight
165 grams 168 grams 178 grams
Android version
Android One 8.1 Oreo Android One 8.1 Oreo Android One 8.1 Oreo
Others
Rear fingerprint reader Rear fingerprint reader Rear fingerprint reader
Price
From 209 euros From 249 euros From 179 euros

The truth is that we see a very noticeable improvement, which has a direct impact on the price. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 remains in the Lite version, but in return it goes up to 4000 mAh battery and we have better screen frames. The A2 Lite is very similar in terms of specifications to the A1, and this should serve as a reference.

It is in A2 where we see clear differences. To start, we hit a huge high in terms of power: we start with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, a very powerful chip and very close to the high range that even surpasses some of Qualcomm's most emblematic 800 range processors, such as the 820.

It improves on everything else. We have much better screen frames than in the previous generation, and better memory configurations (with more variety). We reached 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, making this device a Mr. phone for all those looking for quality hardware.

Of course, the MI A2 Lite maintains the microSD while the normal Mi A2 loses it.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 against the world: we face it against everyone

Of course, we see that we have fallen short on several things. For starters, the battery has decreased to 3080 mAh in the standard version, while in the Lite we have a huge 4000 battery. And we expected that there would be NFC, but it has not been. Moreover, they give us Bluetooth 5.0 and we lose the jack in the top model, having it in the Lite. The double camera is still valid, and it will be difficult to improve the A1 generation, as it stood out for a good photographic result.

For the rest, we still have Android One, the main reason for buying this phone. The question is whether Xiaomi will have learned from the mistakes, since we all remember the problems with the Mi A1 and its updates. Will the users of this phone go through that same ordeal? It remains to give a vote of confidence to Xiaomi. By the way, detail: we still have metallic design and The A2 Lite has notch.

And what about the mid-range in Spain?

In this comparison we will forget Xiaomi and compare the A2 with the main devices that will support the mid-range in Spain. The devices chosen are the Nokia 6.1, the BQ Aquaris X2 and the Huawei P20 Lite, which each stand out in their field and represent the main mid-range phones in our market.

Xiaomi Mi A2Huawei P20 LiteBQ Aquaris X2Nokia 6.1
screen 5.99 "FullHD + 18: 9 IPS LCD 5.84 "FullHD + 19: 9 IPS LCD with notch 5.65 "FullHD + 18: 9 IPS LCD 5.5 "FullHD 16: 9 IPS LCD
Processor (SoC) Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Hisilicon Kirin 659 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 509 Adreno 508
RAM 4/6 GB 4GB 3/4 GB 3GB
Internal memory 32/64/128 GB 64 GB + microSD 32/64 GB + microSD 32 GB + microSD
Rear camera 20 f / 1.75 +12 f / 1.75 Mpx 16 + 2 Mpx 12 + 5 Mpx f / 1.8 16 Mpx f / 2.0
Front camera 20 Mpx 16 Mpx f / 2.0 8 Mpx f / 2.0 8 Mpx f / 2.0
Battery 3080 mAh with fast charge 3000 mAh with fast charge 3100 mAh with fast charge 3000 mAh with fast charge
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS. WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS. NFC WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS. NFC
Size 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm 150.7 x 72.3 x 8.25 mm. 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight 168 grams 146 grams 163 grams 172 gr
Android version Android One 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 Android One 8.1 Oreo Android One 8.1 Oreo
Others USB-C, Dual SIM, fingerprint sensor, infrared … USB-C, Dual SIM, fingerprint sensor, facial recognition USB-C, fingerprint sensor, stereo speaker, FM radio USB-C, fingerprint sensor, 3.5 jack …
Price 249/279 euros / 349 euros 295 euros 299.90 / 329.90 euros 280 euros

We must clarify that these devices have been chosen not because they are the best option, but because they represent the different scenarios of the mid-range that will have to face the Mi A2 in Spain: super sales devices (the P20 Lite), good phones but somewhat more expensive (Aquaris X2) and phones more focused on a conservative audience (the Nokia 6.1).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 against the world: we face it against everyone

It must be said: the Mi A2 moves in a strange intersection between the difficulty of succeeding with a higher price than the previous generation and the ease of the name, since many will buy the A2 for the successful concept that accompanied the first generation.

In terms of design, the A2 is somewhat relegated against the X2, which stands out powerfully against its rivals. For the rest, everyone uses metal, the P20 Lite being the most similar to the Xiaomi phone. It is the Nokia 6.1 that is somewhat more stagnant, because it still has considerable frames and especially has a less finished premium That the others.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 against the world: we face it against everyone