Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite Android One-backed phones for the global market on Tuesday, in Spain.
The main USP of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is the fact that both these phones run a stock version of Android and not Xiaomi’s custom ROM MIUI. Also, both these phone come with the promise of frequent and timely software updates, considering they’re part of Google’s Android One program.
The Mi A2 is successor to the Mi A1 from last year, while the Mi A2 Lite is a toned down version of the Mi A2. Both the phones however rock the same Android 8.1 Oreo software, and also both these phones come with dual rear cameras, and full metal bodies. While the Mi A2 has an 18:9 aspect ratio, the Mi A2 Lite comes with 19:9 aspect ratio which means that it comes with a notch.
While the Mi A2 is a rebranded Mi 6X, the Mi A2 Lite is a rehashed Redmi 6 Pro. Both the Mi 6X and the Redmi 6 Pro have already been launched in China, with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI software. The Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, run vanilla Android, or more precisely, vanilla Android 8.1 Oreo software out-of-the-box.
The Mi A2 has a full-metal body and comes with a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density. Also, it supports an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9, as against the more traditional 16:9. The phone measures 7.3mm in thickness and is protected up-top by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Mi A2 will be available in as many as three colours: gold, blue and black.
In terms of core hardware, the Mi A2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage which is also expandable. The Mi A2 is a dual-SIM phone that supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Mi A2 is further backed by a 3,010mAh battery, and charges over USB Type-C with support for fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) packed in.
The main highlight of the Mi A2, according to Xiaomi, is its camera setup. The dual camera module on the back of the Mi A2 comes with one 12-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 486 sensor) and another 20-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 376 sensor). Both the sensors have an f/1.75 aperture. The main sensor has large pixels while the secondary sensor supports pixel binning that should result in all-round good low-light photos. The Mi A2 dual camera setup ships with lots and lots of AI and is therefore capable of churning out machine learning algorithms to produce good quality portraits or photos with shallow of depth of field. The Mi A2 can also intelligently switch between primary and secondary sensor depending on the available light, according to Xiaomi. The dual camera setup is further assisted by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash.
On the front, the Mi A2 comes with a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash. Even the front camera uses AI to assist in all-round better portrait selfies.
The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, looks like a mashup of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and an iPhone X. The phone looks exactly like the Redmi Note 5 Pro from the back, and from the front, it looks a lot like the iPhone X, only with slightly more bezels. The Mi A2 Lite will also be available in gold, blue and black colour options.
In terms of core hardware, the Mi A2 Lite comes with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a 2280×1080 pixel resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and 432ppi pixel density. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is also expandable. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and charges over standard micro-USB.
On the optics front, the Mi A2 Lite sports a 12+5 MP dual camera setup on the rear and a 5MP camera on the front.
Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite: Price and availability
The Mi A2 will start at 249 Euros (roughly Rs 20,071) for the base version with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage going all the way to 349 Euros (roughly Rs 28,131) for the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Mi A2 will also be available in 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version for 279 Euros (roughly Rs 22,489).
The Mi A2 Lite, meanwhile, starts at 179 Euros (roughly Rs 14,437) for the base version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage going all the way to 229 Euros for the top-end version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (roughly Rs 18,470).
Clearly, the Mi A2 Lite is a lot more expensive than the the Mi A1 but take note that these are European prices and India pricing could be a lot more different when the phone is announced in India. The good thing this year is that Xiaomi will be offering the Mi A2 in standard and Lite versions so buyers have more options to choose from.
The Lite is an entry-level option for those looking for all the goodness of Xiaomi hardware and stock Android, according to the company, while the Mi A2 would cater to those looking for a more flagship level of Android One experience.
News credit : Indiatoday