Mi A2: 5 Reasons Why This Stock Android Xiaomi Phone Could Replace Redmi Note 5 Pro in Budget Range


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is arguably one of the finest budget Android smartphones that we have seen so far. Ever since its launch in India, the smartphone has maintained great popularity and as an overall package, there are very few smartphones out there that can even come close to it. However, the title of the best budget Android smartphone may not last very long with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Early next month, Xiaomi India will be launching the Mi A2 in India, which offers quite a few key advantages over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Here are five reasons why we think the upcoming Mi A2 could replace the Redmi Note 5 Pro as the budget king in India.

Android One Software

The Mi A2 succeeds the Mi A1 from last year, which was Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone. It will ship with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box, offering Xiaomi fans a true stock Android experience. While not everyone hates MIUI, stock Android does offer a smoother and slightly more enjoyable experience. So if you are someone who loves Xiaomi products but are not a big fan of the company’s custom MIUI software, the Mi A2 will certainly impress you. In addition to zero bloatware and superior performance, the Mi A2 also comes with the guarantee of regular monthly security updates and OS upgrades for up to two years.

Superior Dual Rear Cameras

The Mi A2 comes with a 12MP + 20MP dual-camera setup, which is more impressive than the 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Both the 12MP and 20MP sensors on the back of the Mi A2 are paired with a large f/1.75 aperture for superior low-light performance. While the AI camera features are similar to the ones seen on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Mi A2 can capture videos at up to 4K resolution with a frame rate of 30fps.

Better Processor

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro is one of the finest mid-range smartphones around, offering great performance combined with high efficiency. However, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by an even more impressive Snapdragon 660 AIE processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with an Adreno 512 GPU. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 660 is definitely superior and also comes with support for Qualcomm’s Neural Processing Engine framework for AI-powered features.

More Storage

If you are someone who runs out of storage space on your phone very often, the Mi A2 might be a better bet compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. While the Redmi 5 Pro is available only with 64GB of onboard storage in India, the Mi A2 is expected to come with up to 128GB of onboard storage. However, do note that the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a Hybrid Dual-SIM configuration, allowing further expansion up to 256GB. On the other hand, the Mi A2 does not come with a microSD card slot.

USB Type-C Port, Quick Charge 4.0

Just like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a USB Type-C port instead of the microUSB 2.0 found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Apart from the newer Type-C port, the Mi A2 is expected to come with support for the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 standard in India. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, in comparison, only supports the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standard. This means the Mi A2 should be able to charge quicker than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, the smartphone is expected to ship with a regular 5V / 2A charger in the box. To enjoy the faster charging speeds enabled by the Quick Charge 4.0 standard.