Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite smartphones are set to go official today at an event the company is hosting in Madrid, Spain. The Mi A2 launch event is scheduled to start at 11am local time (2:30pm IST) and will see the unveiling of the Android One phone in the international arena. The stock Android experience, of course, also means that the duo will get quicker software updates. The specifications and prices of the two smartphones have been leaked several times over the past weeks, but all eyes will be the official prices and the release dates, especially in India. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for all the updates from the Mi A2 launch event.
Xiaomi is live streaming the Mi A2 launch, so you should be able to catch all the updates without missing anything. We will be covering the event live as well, bringing to you real-time updates from the event. To watch the event, just hit the play button in the video embedded below.
In a teaser recently posted by Xiaomi, the Xiaomi Mi A1 could be seen alongside the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. The company asked users to guess the price of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, hinting at a price tag that is similar to the predecessor when it launched. It is also possible that the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite may sport an even lower price tag. To recall, the Mi A1 was launched for Rs. 14,999 last year.
As per previous reports, the Xiaomi Mi A2 with 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage could be priced at RON 1,288 (roughly Rs. 22,200) and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant may come with a price tag of RON 1,424 (roughly Rs. 24,600). The Mi A2 Lite, meanwhile, may cost RON 943 (roughly Rs. 16,200) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and RON 1,143 (roughly Rs. 19,700) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. As per another report, the Mi A2 could be priced at RON 1,400 (roughly Rs. 24,200, 4GB RAM/32GB storage) and RON 1,600 (roughly Rs. 27,600, 4GB RAM/64GB storage), and the Mi A2 Lite variant might cost RON 1,000 (roughly Rs. 17,200, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage) and RON 1,200 (roughly Rs. 20,700, 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage) respectively.
Xiaomi recently hinted at a possible telephoto lens in the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. As per a teaser posted on Twitter, Xiaomi showed two lenses magnifying an object that is far away, without losing any detail. Also, another teaser suggested that there could be a soft bokeh effect and portrait mode in the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. The teaser also hinted at a feature that will allow users to change focus between background and foreground, depending on your preference. In another teaser, Xiaomi suggested two colour options for the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite - Pink and Blue.
Notably, Xiaomi hasn't officially revealed any particular specifications of the two new Mi-Series models, but the rumour mill has reported much about both. The new smartphones are expected to come with multiple options, including 3GB or 4GB RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Xiaomi Mi A2 will reportedly run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and feature a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
An alleged live image of the handset lately suggested that it is currently under testing with the May Android patch that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The screen featured on the image also didn't show any signs of custom MIUI skin. This hints that similar to the Mi A1 and all the other Android One smartphones, the Mi A2 and A2 Lite will come with a vanilla Android experience. It can be expected that the model will receive Android P update sometime later this year, though the Mi A1 wasn't too quick with updates.
Under the hood, Xiaomi Mi A2 is rumoured to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone is also likely to come with a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor - both featuring an f/1.75 aperture, along with an LED flash module.
On the front of the Xiaomi Mi A2, there could be a 20-megapixel sensor with artificial intelligence (AI) backed features, including an AI Portrait mode. The handset may also have 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the connectivity front and a 3010mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite will reportedly sport a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, paired with 3GB RAM option and up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). In terms of optics, the smartphone will likely come with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor within its dual rear camera setup and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor. Besides, it could come with a 4000mAh battery and offer connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB.