Xiaomi is already the leader in the budget smartphone market, and the company is rumoured to launch yet another smartphone soon, the Mi A2. If the Xiaomi Mi A2 launches in India under Rs. 15,000, it will compete directly with the Nokia 6 (2018), which the company announced yesterday. Here is how the newly launched Nokia 6 (2018) compares with the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Price in India
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched in India on 5th September 2017 with a price of Rs. 14,999. However, the price of the Mi A1 has dropped down to Rs. 13,999, and the devices continues to be sold for the same. The Nokia 6 (2018) that was launched yesterday at an event in Delhi costs Rs. 16,999, whereas the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to launch with a price of Rs. 15,999.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1:Display
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 is rumoured to feature a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with bezel-less design and Full HD+ resolution. Though the bezel-less display is still a rumour, we entirely believe it, as the cheaper models from Xiaomi have the bezel-less display too. The Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Nokia 6 (2018) have a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Camera
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera setup with phase-detection autofocus and dual-tone dual-LED flash. We reviewed the Mi A1, and found its camera to among the best performing cameras in its price category. Similar to the Mi A1, the Mi A2 is also expected to feature a dual-camera setup. However, the dual-camera setup in the Mi A2 is rumoured to have one 20MP sensor and one 8MP sensor.
Unfortunately, the Nokia 6 (2018) features a single 16MP primary camera. The primary camera has Carl Zeiss optics, phase-detection autofocus, and dual-tone dual-LED flash. Due to the lack of dual-camera, the Nokia 6 (2018) cannot capture images with bokeh effect. Although, we think it is not a deal-breaker. The Nokia 6 (2018), as well as, the Xiaomi Mi A1 feature 4K video recording. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 is also expected to feature 4K video recording.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Performance
The Xiaomi Mi A1 houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The Mi A1 is also an Android One smartphone featuring Android 8.0 Oreo OS. Being an Android One smartphone means that the device will receive fast OS updates directly from Google. Thanks to the powerful chipset and well-optimised software, the Mi A1 has a fast, and buttery-smooth performance.
While the Mi A1 has one of the fastest SoCs in a mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 6 (2018) takes it a step further with the Snapdragon 630 SoC. The Snapdragon 630 SoC has slightly better GPU than the Snapdragon 625. The Nokia 6 (2018) has 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The Nokia 6 (2018) is also an Android One smartphone. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to feature Snapdragon 630 SoC along with Android One platform.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Battery
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a 3080mAh battery with the Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging technology. The Nokia 6 (2018) packs a slightly smaller, 3000mAh battery, and it too comes with Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging. The battery capacity of the upcoming Mi A2 is not known yet, but we expect it to be 3000mAh unit or a 4000mAh unit with Quick Charge 3.0.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Verdict
The Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Nokia 6 (2018) are neck-to-neck in display, performance, and battery. While the Mi A1 has a dual-camera setup, which the Nokia 6 (2018) lacks, the Nokia 6 (2018) has a higher resolution front-facing camera than the Mi A1. So the overall camera performance is also similar. The only difference between the two devices is the price. The Mi A1 is Rs. 3,000 cheaper than the Nokia 6 (2018). So it all comes down to budget and personal preference; both the devices are excellent.
As for the Xiaomi Mi A2, considering the rumoured specifications, it beats the other two devices in almost every criteria. However, we can’t be sure of that until the device launches. If you can wait a couple of months, you might have a chance to buy a better smartphone than the Mi A1 and the Nokia 6 (2018).