Last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi A1, which was its first Android One smartphone. The device brought with it a clean UI, fast performance, great camera capabilities, and a long battery backup. That coupled with an affordable price tag of Rs. 12,999, made the Mi A1 one of the highest selling smartphones in India. A couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi took the wraps off the Mi A2, which comes as a successor to the Mi A1. Today, however, Xiaomi has launched the Mi A2 in India at an event in Delhi. Let us have a look at its price, offers, sale date, specifications, and features.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Price in India, Offers, and Sale Date
Though the Xiaomi Mi A2 is available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants internationally, in India Xiaomi has launched it in only 64GB storage variant, and it is priced at Rs. 16,999. However, the company has promised to launch the 6GB + 128GB variant in India soon.
The price of the Mi A2 is almost 30% higher than its predecessor, the Mi A1. At this price tag, the Mi A2 competes with the likes of Vivo V9 and the Samsung Galaxy J8. The Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available to purchase in Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue colour variats. The Xiaomi Mi A2 will be up for pre-orders on Amazon and Mi Store starting from 12 noon, 9th August 2018.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Specifications and Features
Starting with the display, the Xiaomi Mi A2 has the same 5.99-inch bezel-less, IPS LCD screen that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro have. The display has Full HD+ resolution, and it is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Just like its predecessor, the Mi A2 has a metal body. However, the device looks vastly different from the Mi A1 since it now has a bezel-less design.
The Mi A2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, which is a huge step-up from the Snapdragon 625 that was used in the Mi A1. The Snapdragon 660 has eight Kryo 260 cores, and Adreno 512 GPU. The chipset is mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Sadly though, there is no microSD card slot. The Xiaomi Mi A2 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo OS. As you might have guessed, the Mi A2 is an Android One smartphone, which means it has stock Android UI and receives updates directly from Google.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 sees a considerable upgrade in imaging too, with its 12MP + 20MP dual-camera setup at the back, and a 20MP camera at the front. According to Xiaomi, the additional 20MP sensor at the back aids in lowlight imaging. Both the camera sensors at the rear have a f/1.8 aperture. They are aided by phase-detection autofocus, and a dual-tone dual-LED flash. Just like its predecessor, the rear camera of the Mi A2 can record 4K videos.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 had a relatively small 3000mAh battery, but even then the smartphone returned an excellent battery backup. The Xiaomi Mi A2 also comes with a 3000mAh battery, and though it seems small, we expect it to perform as good as the Mi A1, if not, better. The device also comes with Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging, which is exclusive to the Indian market.
In terms of connectivity, the Mi A2 has the USB Type-C port, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, GPS, and dual-SIM connectivity with 4G LTE and VoLTE. Unfortunately, the Mi A2 does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack, which means you can not plug-in your traditional 3.5mm headphones into the smartphones directly. Fortunately, though, Xiaomi is shipping the device with the USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter. We will soon be bringing you the hands-on of the device, so stay tuned.