The Xiaomi Mi A1 will go on sale in India for the first time at 12pm IST via online and offline channels. The first Android One phone by Xiaomi, the Mi A1 will be available to purchase via Flipkart and Mi.com online, as well as the company's Mi Home offline stores. Other large-format stores where the Mi A1 (Review) will be available include Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, UniverCell, E-Zone, Croma, and Vijay Sales, as well as Mi Preferred Partner stores. The Android One smartphone was launched at an event in New Delhi last week, and is a variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5X, and retains most of its specifications including a dual rear camera setup.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 price in India is Rs. 14,999, and it will come in two colour options - Black and Gold. Launch offers include up to 300GB of additional 4G data from Airtel. The smartphone has been launched in a single variant in India, featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One smartphone. But what does that mean? Google has certified the smartphone for performance and security, and assured timely Android version updates. The Mi A1 comes with a "carefully curated set of preinstalled apps", namely, Mi Camera, Mi Remote, and Mi Store apps, apart from a Mi Services section within Settings. It is also optimised for Google Assistant and Google Photos.
Other key Mi A1 features include a metal unibody design, 2.5D curved glass, and features a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The smartphone, in the Indian market, sports a dual pyrolytic graphite sheet, which helps radiate heat, helping reduce thermal performance by up to 2-degrees Celsius. It also sports an IR blaster.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Xiaomi Mi A1 runs stock Android 7.1.2. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. Coming to the dual rear camera setup, the Xiaomi Mi A1 bears two 12-megapixel sensors, with one featuring a wide-angle lens with a 1.25-micron pixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture, and the other sporting a telephoto lens, 1-micron pixel sensor, an f/2.6 aperture, and capable of delivering 2x optical zoom. As can be expected with the setup, Xiaomi says the smartphone comes with a Portrait Mode for delivering depth of field effects like Bokeh. The smartphone bears a 5-megapixel front camera with a real-time beautification mode.
The smartphone bears 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The Xiaomi Mi A1 offers 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack as connectivity options. Sensors on board the Xiaomi M A1 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, infrared, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The smartphone bears a 3080mAh battery, measures 155.4x75.8x7.3mm, and weighs 168 grams. The company is touting several audio enhancements, such as the inclusion of a 10V smart power amplifier, DHS Audio Calibration Algorithm, and support for high impedance headphones.