Is Xiaomi Mi A1 the Perfect Smartphone Union between Xiaomi and Google?

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the flagship Android One Smartphone created for India by Xiaomi in collaboration with Google under its androidone initiative. Xiaomi’s provides powerful hardware at an exciting price point and Google’s Stock Android all in all seem to be the perfect Smartphone Union for the customers.

What is Google’s androidone initiative?

Google’s androidone is the smartphone initiative spearheaded by google to enable the next billion users from the developing countries to get that lucrative smartphone experience at a low cost by clearing defining the software and hardware standards for the smartphones created under this initiative.

All the design, marketing, hardware and software specification by determined by Google whereas the manufacturing was to be done by OEMs.

Why this Xiaomi’s Mi A1 matters?

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 solves the fundamental problem plaguing Google’s androidone program i.e the lack of a Flagship Smartphone bearing the initiative.

Google severely undermined the point that even though people prefer low-cost Android smartphones but they are ready to pay more provided they get a powerful device that doesn’t affect their smartphone experience at all.

This point has been proved by Xiaomi which is currently leading the Mid-end smartphone segment in India.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Specifications:

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD (1920×1080) LTPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 403 ppi protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Network: GSM/HSPA/LTE (with hybrid dual sim slot)

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625CPU

CPU: 2.0 GHz x 8 Cortex A-53

GPU: Adreno 506


ROM: 64 GB (expandable up to 128 GB using SIM-2 slot)

OS: Android Nougat (7.1.2)

Camera: Primary Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2; 50mm, f/2.6), Phase Detection Autofocus, having a 2x optical zoom with dual-LED (dual tone) flash. It can record videos at [email protected] (4k), [email protected] (slow-motion). It has a secondary front facing camera of 5 MP that can record videos @ 1080p

Battery: 3080 mAh Li-ion Non-removable

Communication + Sensors: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band support, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP and LE (Low Energy) support, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS support, Infra Red (IR) port, USB – 2.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, FM Radio.

Sources: gsmarena

How does Xiaomi Mi A1 undermine the competition?

By combining Google’s Stock Android and powerful hardware, Xiaomi promises its newest smartphone buyers of guaranteed OS + Security updates.

Also Stock Android is not lacking UI wise as was the case until a few years back. Today Stock Android is as much as polished like the custom UIs of other OEMs and hence preferred more by the general users.

Stock Android also does not contain the unnecessary software bloat added by the OEMs too.

All in all the Mi A1 proves to be an excellent smartphone from Xiaomi running Google’s Stock Android and providing the necessary support to the androidone program as well by reaffirming people’s belief in the android ecosystem.

If you are interested in buying the Mi A1, you can do so from the link below:

Buy Mi A1 @ Flipkart

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