Hey! That’s a big news from Xiaomi. If I’m not wrong the Mi A1 is actually the same Mi 5X that was launched in China. The only difference is ditching the usual MIUI interface.
I’m not against the popular MIUI interface but having the stock pure Android UI on board gives a clear advantage. Recently, the other Chinese telecom giant Lenovo ditched its famous Vibe UI for stock Android.
Instead of relying on the developer OS, the handset will quickly receive OS updates and bug fixes. Moreover, it doesn’t have any bloatware resulting in a clean interface.
Back to the Xiaomi Mi A1, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
Though @Rewati-Baruah is comprehensive, it missed some minor details such as:
It has a fingerprint scanner at the back.
It is equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
Along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it has 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU.
The in-built 64GB storage can be further expanded up to 128GB using an external microSD card.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 supports 4G VoLTE and has a hybrid SIM card slot with 3.5mm headphone jack.
Though the company claimed iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5 as its competitors, in reality, based on the pricing strategy, it needs to fight with the new players like Nokia 6, Coolpad Cool Play 6 and Moto G5S Plus.
Based on the price, specs offered by Xiaomi, and Google’s stock Android experience, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a decent buy.