Xiaomi Mi A1 Full Review – Android One is better

Here is now my full review of the Xiaomi Mi A1, a Mid-end Smartphone that offers Dual Cameras and also the only phone from Xiaomi that comes with Android One. It offers a fresh new experience and googles OS on it makes it even better. 

Android One makes it even better

The Good:

  • Pure OS is impressive, offers a fresh new look and availability of Google’s latest Updates
  • Decent Performance
  • Dual Camera Performance is above average especially on very good lighting.
  • Very good Battery Life

The Bad

  • Strip down Video Mode on the camera, no IS (Image Stabilization)
  • Audio Quality from the Microphones still is questionable

If you are tired of Miui, then get this phone specifically for Android One

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a decent Mid-End Smartphone, which doesn’t really offer a whole lot compared to other Mid-rangers in the market. But what it gives is Android One, frankly offers consistent updates and also guarantees you to future Android releases. The OS overall is fast, stable, no issues whatsoever and offers everything google or Android has in store.

More so, the phone is also decent. 9 hours battery life, excellent dual Band wireless connectivity, accurate GPS and impressive performance  and gaming, makes this one of the best value Midranger of 2017.

Dual Camera impressive on Good Lighting

The Dual Camera performance is also great, especially when used on good lighting. Honestly, photos come out close to the performance of the Xiaomi Mi 6, especially in Bokeh or Portrait mode. But low light, isn’t one of its strengths. Anyway, would I recommend this phone? Yes, 100% this is a great budget phone and Android One just makes it even better.

SpecsXiaomi Mi A1
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
MemoryRAM: 4 GB
OSAndroid One (Stock Android 7.12 Nougat)
Display5.5 inch IPS 2.5D Arc, LTPS
1920 x 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 450nit, 1000:1 Contrast
Dual Rear Cameras12 mp Wide Angle Lens, 1.25um Pixels, 5P Lens, Dual Tone LED Flash
12 mp 1.0 um, f/2.6 Aperture
Telephoto Lens, 2x Optical Zoom
5P Lens, PDAF, Low Light Enhancements, HDR, Panorama, Continuous Shooting Mode, Facial Recognition
Video: 4K/1080p/720p/ 720p Slow motion 120fps
Front Camera5 mp 1.12 um, f/2.0 Aperture
Beautify (36 beauty profiles)
Self timer, Facial Recognition
Special FeaturesRear Fingerprint ID, IR Blaster
Network Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano SIM)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2/HID
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz)
AudioDirac HD Audio
SensorsInfrared, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Hall, Accelerometer, Fingerprint, Proximity
IO1x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
Dimensions155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
Weight: 165.9g
5V/2A Charger (USB type C)

Highlights of the Xiaomi Mi A1:

  • Premium build, all aluminum polish with great ergonomics
  • Android one offers a fresh new look and overall makes this phone much better
  • Decent 1080p screen and still usable when used outdoors
  • Guarantees you with future updates and everything Android has to offer is available to you
  • Excellent Camera performance on good lighting
  • Can take creamy bokeh shots, performance I think is similar to the Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Very similar Camera UI to the Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Offers Decent Performance (Snapragon 625 and Adreno 506) are very efficient chipset
  • Impressive gaming performance, no lag spikes and fps slow downs
  • runs Cool (35-36C on Idle) and after gaming temps averages 40C
  • Reliable Fingerprint Scanner
  • Supports USB Host OTG
  • Excellent Connectivity (fast and stable Dual Band Wireless ac)
  • Fast and accurate GPS Performance
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support (supports memory Expansion) – Global version (supports a lot of 4G Frequencies)
  • Decent Reception, 4G LTE speeds and Call Quality
  • Decent Audio Quality (both loudspeakers and 3.5mm Audio Jack)
  • Offers 9 hours battery life with Quick Charging Support

Some Cons:

  • Huge Bezels
  • Design isn’t anything new
  • Camera performance isn’t best for low light
  • Video fps drops on low light
Xiaomi Mi A1 (4+32gb)$159

Xiaomi Mi A1 (4+32gb)

Snapdragon 625, Android One, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC, Dual Camera

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