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
- 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
- Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi with WiFi direct and WiFi display support
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 4G modem; supports Volte/4G/3G/2G on compatible networks
- 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
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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