Xiaomi launches Mi A2 with high-end camera hardware and Android One in India

Xiaomi Mi A2 home screen

After last year’s Mi A1, Xiaomi‘s first smartphone to support Google’s Android One platform, the company recently unveiled not one, but two successors of the Mi A1, the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite. While Xiaomi skipped Mi A2 Lite for India, the Mi A2 was launched in India today.

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The Mi A2 comes in two memory variants – 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage or with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Here’s everything you want to know about the Xiaomi’s latest device.

Android One

Like the Mi A1, the Mi A2 will support Android One, which means that they will offer pure stock Android experience instead of Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI skin. The phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and will be supported with monthly security updates. They will also support Google’s Project Treble, which should allow the Mi A2 to receive new Android feature updates faster.

At the launch event, the company did not share any timeline for the Android 9 Pie upgrade though. A Google representative confirmed that the Mi A2 will be one of the first devices to get Android Pie later this year.

Impressive camera hardware

Xiaomi Mi A2 camera bump

The highlight of the Mi A2 is its dual rear cameras with a 20MP primary sensor with a ƒ/1.75 aperture and support for Super Pixel technology. That means that when you take a picture with this camera, it will combine information from four pixels to form one large 2.0µm pixel — said to offer clear and sharp images even in low-light. The second rear sensor comes in at 12MP, with 1.25µm pixel size and ƒ/1.75 aperture.

There’s also the 20MP front-facing camera with a ƒ/2.2 aperture and support for Super Pixel technology with a 4500K front-facing selfie-light too.

Specifications

 Xiaomi Mi A2
Display5.99-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
403ppi, 85% NTSC
18:9 aspect ratio
SoCSnapdragon 660 (2.2GHz octa-core)
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4/6GB
Storage64/128GB
MicroSDNo
CameraRear: Dual-camera (12MP, f/1.75, 1.25μm Sony IMX486 + 20MP, f/1.75, 2μm Super Pixel Sony IMX376)

Front: 20MP, f/2.2, 2μm Super Pixel Sony IMX376
Front HDR and 4500K selfie-light

Battery3,000mAh
5V/2A charging
USB Type-C
USB 2.0
Fingerprint scannerYes
Headphone portNo
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo
(Android One)
ConnectivityDual Nano-SIM
Bluetooth 5.0
GSM: B2/3/5/8
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TDD-LTE: B38/40
FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
Dimensions158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
Weight166g
ColorsBlack, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose gold

Pricing and Availability

The Mi A2 comes in four colors – Lake Blue, Black, Rose gold, and Gold. In India, the Mi A2 will cost 16,999 rupees ($248) for the 4GB/64GB version. The 6GB/128GB version will follow up soon, but the pricing of the same wasn’t shared.

The device will be available to pre-order starting August 9 at 12 noon on Amazon.in as well as Xiaomi’s own mi.com.

Are you planning on buying the Mi A2? What do you think of the pricing? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).