The most exciting new Android phone is… an Android One?

Xiaomi Mi A1 First Impressions Android One is back with a better phone

Thanks to the Mi A1, Android One will get Xiaomi's brand, which is strong in numerous developing markets where most new users come from, and a boost in availability, thanks to the launch in 40 markets.

As for the rest of the story that has been leaked in various forms over the past weeks, this is what we are looking at. On the face of it, it is a great partnership considering Xiaomi is one of the most popular smartphone brands in India and Google has tried very hard to make Android One take off. The Lenovo K8 Plus has a 5.2-inch IPS display with the Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 450 nits brightness.

What else new, though?

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is available in Black, Gold and Pink color options and is priced at INR14,999 (around U.S. $234/€196) and should be available all around the world as of September 12. Google CEO Sundar Pichai who was the SVP for the company back in 2014 had launched the Android One platform at its annual developer conference. There are lots of extras, too: a dual-sensor camera setup, a fingerprint sensor, a USB-Type C port, a headphone jack, a microSD card, and an IR blaster. While Android One had clearly gone on the back-burner for India, Google did sporadically launch Android One smartphones in different markets. This is the same camera setup seen on devices such as Apple iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5. MIUI, while offering much more than what Google offers by default, doesn't get updated to the latest version as fast as stock Android devices. It comes with 64GB inbuilt storage, which can be expanded upto 128GB.




Mi A1 sports a 12MP+ 12MP rear camera and this one has a telephoto and wide-angle lens setup. Special emphasis can be observed on the device's dual #Rear Camera feature. Xiaomi announced at the event yesterday in India, that they plan on introducing the handset to 40 markets.

The MI A1's camera app comes with a number of handy modes such as Bokeh (blurs background to enhance objects under focus), Straighten (image remain straight regardless of the phone's orientation), and Beautify (removes spots and marks on the face). It is powered by a 2GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor Processor with 4GB RAM.

The K8 Plus has a curvy design with the aluminum back and a fingerprint sensor on the back. In early August, the phone started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update (MIUI 8.5) alongside the July Android security patch. At this price, the phone will surely repeat the success of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. But if it sells well, the Mi A1 could become a model for other OEMs, and it could also show more customers the benefits of having a bloat-free device with proper updates. Some other Xiaomi Mi A1 optimised services are Assistant and Photos. The Android P is also promised for the Mi A1, when the new software launches. It has a 10V smart power amplifier, DHS Audio Calibration Algorithm and can support high impedance headphones. The sale will begin from September 12 at 12 noon.

Xiaomi has recently made its Xiaomi Mi A1 official.

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