In late April this year, Xiaomi launched the Mi 6X smartphone in China, succeeding the Mi 5X from last year. Since the Mi 5X made its global debut as Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, the Mi 6X global variant is expected to succeed the Mi A1 in India and a few other markets outside China. The Mi A2 was listed online by a Swiss retailer recently and Xiaomi has now started teasing its next global launch event on Twitter, hinting at an impending launch.
Mi A2: Launch Likely at Xiaomi’s Next Global Event
Xiaomi is asking its fans on Twitter where they would like to go with Mi for a global event. The options given to the fans include Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Mars. Since the company has started teasing its next global event already, we can expect a confirmed date and venue to be shared by Xiaomi very soon. The Swiss retailer listing had suggested the Mi A2 will begin shipping in Europe on August 8, so the global launch event could take place sometime next month.
Mi A2: Specifications, Features
As confirmed by various leaks already, the Mi A2 is going to be identical to the Mi 6X when it comes to hardware specifications. It will feature a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering the Android One smartphone will be a powerful 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor. In terms of memory, the Mi A2 is expected to be offered in three versions – 4GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. In the camera department, Xiaomi Mi A2 will feature a 12MP + 20MP dual-camera setup at the rear and a 20MP selfie snapper on the front. Keeping the lights on will be a 3010mAh capacity battery with fast charging support. In addition to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Mi A2 will allow users to unlock it using the AI Face Unlock feature as well, similar to other recent Xiaomi budget Android smartphones. On the software front, the Mi A2 will be running stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, instead of MIUI 9.5 on the Mi 6X.
Mi A2: Expected Price in India
The Mi A2 price in India is expected to start above the Rs.15,000 mark in India. Since the Redmi Note 5 Pro currently starts at Rs.14,999 in India, we can expect the Mi A2 to be priced at Rs.15,999 or even Rs.16,999 for the base 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of onboard storage. The 6GB RAM variant, on the other hand, is likely to be priced at a shade under Rs.20,000.