The Xiaomi Mi A1 might have lost some of its sheen after the arrival of its two newer brethren – the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, if you are not a huge fan of Xiaomi’s MIUI, the Mi A1 still makes for a great option at its current price because the phone runs a stock version of Android and is a part of the Android One program. In this comparison article, we will compare the Mi A1 to Nokia’s newly announced Nokia 6 (2018). This phone succeeds the Nokia 6 – the Finnish company’s budget offering from 2017 and is yet to be launched in India. The third handset in this comparison is the Honor 9 Lite from Huawei. This phone was launched a few months ago in the country and is positioned the company’s popular Honor 7X.
Mi A1 vs. Nokia 6 (2018) vs. Honor 9 Lite: Design, Display
The Mi A1 is a classy looking handset that features an aluminium frame and back mated to toughened glass at the front. The phone gets a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Nokia 6 (2018) also features an aluminium body and back panel while there is toughened glass at the front. The phone gets a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display in the 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
The Honor 9 Lite gets an aluminium frame and has toughened glass coating on its rear panel. The display on the 9 Lite measures 5.65-inches across and is in the 18:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.
Mi A1 vs. Nokia 6 (2018) vs. Honor 9 Lite: Hardware Specifications
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset and gets the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The phone is offered in a single variant that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. You do get an option to expand the memory further using microSD cards. This dual SIM handset also comes with a fingerprint scanner and a 3080 mAh battery.
The Nokia 6 (2018) finds itself using the Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 chipset that also houses the Adreno 508 GPU for graphics. The phone when launched will be offered in two versions – a 3GB RAM +32GB version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB variant. The dual SIM handset supports microSD cards and has a fingerprint scanner as well in addition to a 3000mAh battery.
The Honor 9 Lite uses Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 chipset. For graphics, the phone gets the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. The phone is sold in two versions in India starting with a 3GB RAM +32GB version and a higher priced 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The handset gets a microSD card slot and is also dual SIM ready. It also gets a fingerprint sensor and has a 3,000 mAh battery.
Mi A1 vs. Nokia 6 (2018) vs. Honor 9 Lite: OS updates and version
The Mi A1 currently runs Android 7.0 Nougat and is upgradeable to Android 8 Oreo
The Nokia 6 (2018) will run Android 8 Oreo out of the box when it is eventually launched in India. It remains to be seen if the phone will be selected for an official upgrade to Android P.
The Honor 9 Lite runs EMUI 8.0 atop an Android 8 Oreo Core and is already on the newest version of Android.
Mi A1 vs. Nokia 6 (2018) vs. Honor 9 Lite: Camera specifications
The Mi A1 gets a dual camera setup at the rear as its primary camera. This consists of a 12-megapixel, f/2.2 camera, and another 12-megapixel f/2.6 lens. These cameras support phase detection autofocus, 2X optical zoom, and dual LED dual-tone flash. Video recording can be done in 4K resolution using the rear camera. The front camera is a 5-megapixel unit that can also record full HD videos.
The Nokia 6 (2018) gets a single 16-megapixel camera at the rear and has an aperture of f/2.0. This camera features Carl Zeiss optics and supports phase detection autofocus as well as dual LED dual-tone flash. The front camera is an 8-megapixel f/2.0 unit. Video recording is capped at 1080p resolution at 30fps using both the cameras.
The Honor 9 Lite gets a dual camera setup both at the front and the rear. The primary camera setup at the rear consists of a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensor while a similar setup is also used at the front. The rear camera setup supports phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Video recording is capable in 1080p resolution at 30fps.
Mi A1 vs. Nokia 6 (2018) vs. Honor 9 Lite: Price in India
The Mi A1 is available in a single version in India and will set you back by Rs. 13,999. The Honor 9 Lite is available in two versions with the base 3GB RAM + 32GB version being priced at Rs. 10,999 while the 4GB RAM +64GB version shall set you back by Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 6 (2018) is yet to be announced in India.