New Xiaomi-built Android One phone to launch in 40 markets

Posted September 07, 2017

Though it maybe priced more that the earlier Android One smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with some of the top-end smartphone specifications. The Mi A1 comes with the tagline of "created by Xiaomi, powered by Google". As part of the launch offer, Airtel users will get 200 GB data extra on the Mi A1.

While Google's Android One program failed to become a success in India when it launched almost 3 years ago, the internet giant seems to be giving it one last shot in the country.

In India, the only market where the Mi A1's availability has been detailed so far, the phone will sell for Rs. 15,000, which is about $235.

One of the limitations of Android ecosystem is the time original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) take to roll out Google updates, while many never update them at all. Eventually, Android One was launched in many other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, and many more. As per the report, Google revealed that Android One now stands for Simple (for an uncluttered, non-bloatware interface), Smart (optimised for Google Assistant and other Google services), Secure (protected by Google Play Protect), and Fresh (promised updates).

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone that runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat. It is a special OS developed by Google to bring the pure Android experience to budget smartphones. The phone offers 1080 pixels of recording option. The device also comes with 3 gigabytes of RAM. Crafted using a metal unibody design with chamfered edges in three colour variants - Rose Gold, Black and Gold - the phone is thus easy on the eyes.

Mi A1 offers the purest Android interface with hardly any customisation
Mi A1 offers the purest Android interface with hardly any customisation

A stock Android phone is impossible for Xiaomi to pull of in China. It sports the dual pyrolytic graphite sheet, and it aids in heat radiation.

"When Android One was launched in India back in 2014, the goal was to get the next billion people online by providing them with high quality, affordable phones".

Xiaomi is also going all out with this device. The Mi A1 measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm and weighs 165 grams while the Lenovo K8 Note measures 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.55 and weighs 180 grams making it heaviest in the list. How does that work? In terms of core specifics, the 26mm wide-angle lens on-board the Mi 5A comes with an f/2.2 aperture while the 50mm telephoto lens boasts of an f/2.6 aperture.

The two firms together unveiled the first smartphone here on Tuesday in a rare occasion where a global launch took place in India.

The Mi A1 also has a native Mi app for the camera, not the standard Google camera app. Xiaomi says they added their own software tweaks, which were needed to support the hardware on this. It is up to the software to leverage the power of the hardware and make something useful out of it and that is what Google has done in the Mi A1. The upcoming smartphone Mi 7 by Xiaomi will also don sensors for the light, compass, accelerometer and gyroscope to use maps and location finder. The search engine giant will be advertising the return of Android One across every corner of the web and guess which phone will be showcased on these puffs?