Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone Launched in India, Coming to 40 Markets Soon

Android One initiative aims to deliver low cost smartphones with at least 2-year worth of firmware updates. The program first launched in India in 2014, has since then expanded into more countries, and Xiaomi has just introduced their own Android One phone with Mi A1.

Xiaomi Mi A1 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor up to 2.0 GHz with Adreno 506 GPU @ up to 650MHz; 14nm FinFET process
  • System Memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 64GB internal storage, micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Display – 5.5″ LTPS FHD display with 450nit brightness
  • Camera
    • 12 MP + 12 MP dual rear camera with dual tone flash, autofocus, 2x optical zoom
    • 5 MP front-facing camera
    • 4K/1080p/720p video @ 30 fps; 720p slow-mo video @ 120 fps
  • Connectivity
    • Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi with WiFi direct and WiFi display support
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • Cellular
      • 4G modem; supports Volte/4G/3G/2G on compatible networks
      • Bands:
        • GSM – B2, B3, B5, B8
        • UMTS – B1, B2, B5, B8
        • FDD-LTE – B1, B3, B5
        • TDD-LTE – B40, B41(2555-2655MHz)
    • 3-choose-2 NanoSIM/MicroSD
    • GPS with AGPS, GLONASS,BEIDOU
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, built-in microphone, built-in speaker
  • Sensors – Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall sensor, accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor
  • Misc – Power/lock button, volume buttons, infrared blaster
  • Battery – 3080mAh(typ) / 3000mAh(min)
  • Power Supply – 5V / 2A via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions – 155.4 mm x 75.8 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 165 g
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Mi A1 phone will ship with a power adapter, a USB cable, a SIM insertion tool, a user guide, and a warranty card. The phone will run the latest Android version with stock Android launcher, not MIUI, a requirement of Android One program. The phone will first ship with Android Nougat, but it will get an update to Android Oreo by the end of the year, and based on the 2-year update, should at least get the update to Android P a few months after the release.

Xiaomi Mi A1 can be purchased in India for 14,999 Rupees (~$234 US) with free delivery and payment by cash on delivery. At first glance it looks like the phone will be hard to get outside the country of launch, but considering Xiaomi products are sold worldwide thanks to Chinese e-retailers, there may be hope that anybody can eventually purchase online, wherever you live. More details may be found in the product page.

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14,999 Rupees (~$234 US) is low cost in India?

My next phone could be an Androin One, but around 180 euro would be my max.

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itchy n scratchy

Red mi note 4 has better specs (ok not camera) and lower cost its about 200$ and indian price should be around 10000…

Seems Android one is the new nexus?

Edited to add:
Outside of India its barely more than a 3G phone

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I just read Lenovo will launch the “Lenovo K8 Plus” in India for 10.999 rupees. That seems more attractive to me.

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cnxsoft :
@Sander
I find it hard to compare prices. Mi A1 has more memory and storage, a better camera, WiFI 802.11ac, but the battery is smaller.
The Lenovo is also not part of Android One program, the main reason why I wrote about Mi A1 here.

About the Lenovo: I read “stock Android”, and I thought it was the same as “Android One”. And it’s not, is it?

Sorry.

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@cnxsoft

Yeah it says “Global Version”, be CAREFUL. You’ll may actually end up with the China Version, which means some or all of the radios won’t be compatible in your country, and you may not even be able to install/use Google Play.

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@itchy n scratchy

Yeah but RedMi Note 4 comes contaminated with MiUI.

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@cnxsoft
This one is listed as a global version with lots more bands…
https://www.geekbuying.com/item/Global-Version-Xiaomi-Mi-A1-5-5-Inch-4GB-64GB-Smartphone-Black-385504.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=EDM&utm_content=&utm_campaign=DMCAH_holiday_20170907
….love the idea of vanilla android and 2 years of updates, want one!!

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Really nothing special about this phone except for rear dual cameras. The main downside of this phone is its relatively lower battery. I think Redmi Note 4 is a better deal compared to this.