The Android One family got a new member, Xiaomi’s Mi A1. Xiaomi has announced a new metal-bodied phone today in New Delhi, India with a tagline of “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google. It’s a first ‘Android One’ smartphone of the company.
The new Mi A1 has a dual camera system, 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and a metal body. The dual camera system includes a secondary telephoto lens for zooming and portraits with shallow depth of field.
The Mi A1 contains Qualcomm’s ubiquitous Snapdragon 625 processor, which maintains the balance between battery life and performance.
This new device has an exclusive feature as software which runs stock Android and it’s a chunk of Google’s Android One program.
The company has captured Indian smartphone market’s 17 percent in last quarter. Xiaomi’s brand is powerful in India and has the second position after Samsung’s 24 percent. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 were the top-selling phones at that time.
The Mi A1 is notably more expensive than those phones starting at 14,999 rupees, but it’s defiantly less than half the price of OnePlus5.
The new powerful device won’t be a big seller for the company, but the Android One Program will pull up as it’s an interesting upmarket move.
Beyond India, Xiaomi’s Mi A1 will hit 40 countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Russia, Hong Kong, and Mexico later this month.
Following specifications shows quick overview:
- 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- 3,080mAh battery
- 5-inch full-HD display
- Dual SIM support