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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review: Android One Done Right

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review: Android One Done Right

We are all familiar with Xiaomi's status as one of the most popular budget phone manufacturers on the Asian market. The Chinese giant offers you a budget package with its budget devices, running a forked version of Android called MIUI. While many users love MIUI and its superior customization capabilities, there are some who are still waiting for an inventory experience paired with brilliant hardware and price. This is where Google stepped in to save the day. Google recently partnered with Xiaomi to revive its Android One program, which was once forgotten with the launch of Xiaomi Mi A1.

Unlike the previously released Android One devices, which were quite poor due to hardware constraints, the Mi A1 is a great combination of hardware and software at a really attractive price of 14,999. We have heard users singing praises for the device over the past week, so I decided to put the Mi A1 to the test for myself. Read this in-depth review to find out all about my experiences with the device:

Budget

Before taking a detailed look at the Xiaomi Mi A1 in person, let's take a quick look at the device's specs:

Dimensions 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm
Weight 165 g (4.41 oz.)
Monitor 5.5-inch FHD LCD screen, with 1920 x 1080p resolution
Processor Eight-core Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz clock speed
GPU Adreno 506
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card
Primary camera Dual 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto lens, with two-tone flash
Secondary chamber 5MP, with f / 2.6 aperture, beautification and facial recognition
Battery 3.080 mAh
OS Android 7.1.2 Turrn
Sensors Fingerprint, infrared, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity and proximity sensor, accelerometer
Connectivity VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Colors Black, gold, rose gold
Price 14, 999

What's in the box

As we've come to expect from Xiaomi phone cases, the Mi A1's retail package had no big surprises. The device was sitting on top as usual, with the charging brick and cable hidden in a clean rectangular box underneath. The box also included the SIM eject tool and the user manual, but no complementary accessories were found. Xiaomi can at least include a screen protector or a protective case with their devices just like doing in the day.

Here is everything you get inside the Xiaomi Mi A1 retail packaging:

  • My A1 (obviously, you can't miss this one)
  • 5V power adapter
  • USB Type-C cable
  • User guide
  • SIM ejector tool

Design and build quality

The moment you remove the plastic wrap from the Mi A1 and take it by hand, you will not feel like you are holding a cheap phone. Xiaomi has used, yes, you guessed it, Aluminum to carve the structure of the robust Mi A1 device . However, the Chinese giant has given little thought to the design of the device and now seems to have copied the design of the iPhone 7 Plus or OnePlus 5.

The Mi A1 is a fairly solid construction and feels quite comfortable in the hand, but not as good as the Moto G5s Plus, to be honest. The Moto G5s Plus shows an original design, even when it is also carved from metal. The rounded camera bump, a placeholder for dual-lens setup and the flash, above the "Moto" logo in the dimple on the back looks impressive.

You get a great 5.5-inch Full HD display, which sadly doesn't brag about the new 18: 9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi has Stuck with huge bezels on the bottom and physical navigation buttons, they give you a power key and a control of volume on the right tray and dual SIM hybrid on the left. The buttons are not entirely soft and it is a pleasure to use them.

The back of the device has a dual camera setup, very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and a fingerprint sensor quite fast in the middle. This is my favorite position for the biometric sensor since my index finger naturally rests in that position. The Moto G5, on the other hand, places the fingerprint sensor on the front on the bottom bezel. You can make it easier to unlock the phone when it's on the table and that's it.