Xiaomi Sends Out Media Invites for Mi A2 Android One India Launch Event on August 8


Xiaomi’s first smartphone with the stock Android user interface—Mi A1 (Review)—was launched in India last year, and it turned out to be ultra-popular, at least among enthusiasts. It not only featured excellent hardware for the price but also Android One branding, which meant that Android version upgrades would be faster than other smartphones from the company. After reviewing the smartphone, we called it a “budget masterstroke by Xiaomi.

Soon, consumers started demanding a follow-up of the Mi A1. Yesterday, Xiaomi launched not one, but two Android One branded smartphones—Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite—during an event in Spain, and both phones have been launch for global markets. However, the company hadn’t announced the launch date of the Mi A2 for the Indian market. All that changes today as Xiaomi has announced a launch date for the Mi A2 in the country.

Xiaomi Mi A2: India Launch Date

Xiaomi Mi A2 India Launch Date - Media Invite

We received an invite from Xiaomi earlier today, and going by the information, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will be launched in India on the 8th of August 2018 (Wednesday). As announced in the global launch, there’s no mention of the Mi A2 Lite anywhere in media invites, and if you were thinking to grab the cheaper version of the Mi A2, you may be out of luck, for now.

The launch will happen at 4:00 PM at an event in New Delhi. The company will most probably run a live video of the launch event, but even if it doesn’t, you can stay tuned to our website where we will live blog minute-by-minute updates from the launch event. You can also follow our Twitter account for swift updates from the launch event of the Xiaomi Mi A2 on August 08, 2018.

Xiaomi Mi A2: Features, Specifications

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a variant of the Mi 6X, which was launched a couple of months ago in China. The only difference between the two phones is that the Mi 6X runs MIUI, while the Mi A2 runs Android One-branded, stock Android software user interface. The Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch LTPS IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ screen resolution (1080×2160 pixels), 403ppi screen density, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 77.4% screen-to-body ratio. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo, and users can expect at least two major Android version updates for the Mi A2 in the coming years.

The Mi A2 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, which is much faster in performance than the Mi A1’s Snapdragon 625 chipset. The Snapdragon 660 processor uses four Kryo 260 CPU cores running at 2.2GHz, four Kryo 260 CPU cores running at 1.8GHz, and the Adreno 512 GPU. The phone was announced with three memory configuration variants: 3GB RAM+32GB storage, 4GB RAM+64GB storage, and 6GB RAM+128GB storage. There’s no microSD card slot for storage expansion. We’ve heard rumblings of Xiaomi launching just the 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant of the Mi A2 in the Indian market.

Mi A2 vs Mi A2 Lite: What’s Different in These Xioami Android One Phones?

The Xiaomi Mi A2 features a 12MP+20MP dual-camera setup at the rear. The 12MP camera uses the Sony IMX376 sensor (1/2.9-inch) with 1.25µm pixels, f/1.75 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, and 4K video recording. The 20MP camera uses the Sony IMX486 sensor (1/2.8-inch) with 1.0µm pixels, f/1.75 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, and 4K video recording. It can capture images with bokeh mode, thanks to the dual-camera setup. The front-facing 20MP camera has 1.0µm pixels, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash and a fixed focal length. It can capture 1080p videos. The phone uses artificial intelligence (AI)-backed algorithms for capturing better images.

Connectivity-wise, the Mi A2 features a dual-SIM card slot, dual-4G LTE, dual-VoLTE, GPS, FM Radio, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, IR port, and a USB Type-C port. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack in this phone. However, you can use the bundled USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, but the company is also offering Face Unlock. The 3000mAh battery inside the Mi A2 is supposed to be compatible with the Qualcomm Charge 3.0, but there are rumours regarding the company bringing the Quick Charge 4.0 feature just for the Indian market. That would be really cool, won’t it? Especially since not even high-end phones feature the rapid charging mechanism.

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Xiaomi Mi A2: Expected Price In India, The Competition

The 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant of the Xiaomi Mi A2 could be priced in India somewhere around the Rs. 20,000 mark, especially since it was launched in Europe with a price tag of €279 (which translates to Rs. 22,500).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 will compete with the Nokia 7 Plus (Review), which comes with similar specifications as well. It will also compete with the likes of the Honor 9N (First Impressions), Honor 9i, Honor View 10 (Review), Huawei P20 Lite, Nokia 8 (Review), Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (Review).