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Android One: What It Is and All That You Need to Know

07 September, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros and Cons Should You Buy It

You are probably watching along to the Mi A1 live stream, but the device is now official with enhanced features such as a dual-camera, fingerprint resistant back and Stock Android. Android One smartphones will receive software updates directly from Google. The company also announced it will be one of the first phones to get Android P. Impressive! But back to the Mi A1, it's quite hard to perceive why the phone exists and how it will save Android One's sinking boat. Xiaomi devices, in particular, doesn't feel like cheap devices under Rs. 10,000. The smartphones expanded to new markets but just weren't selling. The chipset that ensures phones run longer and cool as a cucumber has been a runaway hit in the under Rs 20,000 price segment. But as good as the idea seemed at that time to come up with Google powered affordable phones, it failed to take off. Under the hood, The device has a 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 was unveiled in New Delhi, India earlier this week, boasting a lot of improvements in specs and design. In fact, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has some really powerful internals that even match the most premium of devices out there. But more about that later.

Xiaomi has released this phone in Indian market.

Mi A1 comes in some stylish colour options such as rose gold, black and gold.

The Mi A1 with its all metal body and dual rear cameras may look remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus, but, at least it looks good while at it. The device features a 5.5-Inch Full HD 2.5D curved edge display with 1080X1920 pixels resolution.


At the bottom, there's a speaker grille, a USB-Type C port along with a 3.5 mm jack while the microphone and the infrared sensors have been placed at the top of the device. The combination - a deadly one at that - ensures the Mi A1 feels faster in nearly every sense of the word in comparison to the Redmi Note 4 that runs MIUI: a custom ROM based on Android.

Xiaomi has also added their own Mi Store, Mi Feedback and Mi Remote apps, that wouldn't have been present in previous iterations of Android One devices. I see the appeal of high-end, expensive phones like the Note 8 or the V30, which were a joy to use in my time at IFA. There is 64GB of storage provided onboard which can be expanded using a MicroSD card. The Redmi 4A has a larger battery of 3,120mAh capacity.

It is similar to when Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India which had the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4X in China, and yet there were two very different devices. One of the rear cameras is a wide-angle lens while the other is a telephoto lens. On the front, it has a 5 Megapixel of front facing camera with which you can take selfies and can make video calls.

Budget segment victor in our midst? Both the phones look like expensive phones, that aren't expensive at all. Alongside, 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).

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