Mi A2 to Soon Face Challenge From Honor 8X, Lenovo Z5 in India; Can the Xiaomi Smartphone Sustain?

Xiaomi's Android One Mi A2 smartphone is expected to face competition from two new rivals in the India market - Honor 8X and Lenovo Z5.


Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 was a huge success in the Indian market. It delivered a stock Android experience combined with excellent hardware specifications and an impressive dual-camera setup. While the Mi A1 did not have many strong rivals, the company’s latest Mi A2 Android One smartphone is already facing competition from the excellent Motorola One Power and the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Soon, the Mi A2 will need to take on two new rivals – Honor 8X and the Lenovo Z5.

Honor 8X, Lenovo Z5 Could Soon Cause Trouble for the Mi A2 in India

The Honor 8X, which was launched in China alongside the Honor 8X Max last month, is all set to be launched in India on October 16th. Honor began the global rollout of the smartphone earlier this week with launch events in Dubai and Madrid. Lenovo, on the other hand, is expected to launch a new K-series Android smartphone in India on the same day. While some are speculating that the company could launch the K8 Note successor in India at the event, others suggest there is a possibility that the company may launch the Z5 instead. However, if Lenovo does bring the Z5 to the Indian market, we expect it to be rebranded as a K-series smartphone.

Both the Honor 8X and the Lenovo Z5 will be taking on the Mi A2 in India, making things even more difficult for the Xiaomi Android One smartphone. At the time of its launch, Xiaomi Mi A2 was the only smartphone priced below Rs.20,000 to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 AIE processor. Now, however, there are two other Snapdragon 660-powered smartphones in the same price bracket – Vivo V9 Pro and Realme 2 Pro.

How Does the Mi A2 Fare Against the Honor 8X, Lenovo Z5?

Unlike the Motorola One Power and Nokia 6.1 Plus, which are part of the Android One program, the Honor 8X and Lenovo Z5 come with a skinned version of Android. The Honor 8X, with its large 6.5-inch Full HD+ display and Kirin 710 12nm chipset, is likely to appeal to consumers looking for a powerful budget Android phablet. Honor 8X also packs a larger 3750mAh capacity battery, which should enable it to deliver a slightly better battery life than the Mi A2. On the other hand, the Lenovo Z5 impresses with its high screen-to-body ratio and AI-powered camera features. Since the Lenovo Z5 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood, we expect it to be priced slightly lower than the Mi A2 in India.

Similar to how the Honor 8X and the Lenovo Z5 both fare better than the Xiaomi Mi A2 in some areas, the Mi A2 has a few advantages over both its upcoming rivals. In terms of camera performance, the Mi A2 has an edge over both the Honor 8X and the Lenovo Z5, thanks to the superior camera hardware. Selfie lovers are also likely to prefer the 20MP snapper on the Mi A2 over the 16MP unit on the Honor 8X and the 8MP unit on the Lenovo Z5. And since it is an Android One smartphone, the Mi A2 will receive software updates for a longer period of time compared to the Honor and Lenovo smartphones.

Thanks to the above advantages and the fact that Xiaomi is a much more popular brand than Honor and Lenovo in the Indian market, the upcoming launches are unlikely to have a significant impact on Mi A2’s popularity in the country.