After weeks of leaks and teasers on social media, Xiaomi has finally launched its Android One powered smartphone the Mi A2. Along with the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi also launched the toned-down variant of the smartphone, the Mi A2 Lite as an entry-level Android One Xiaomi device. Google’s stripped-down operating system “Android One” was originally intended for low-end devices. However, the Mi A2 phones are firmly mid-range and should provide a solid stock Android 8.1 experience.
This is Xiaomi’s second launch event in Europe after it launched the Mi Mix 2 in Madrid last year. The company announced that they have worked a lot to raise the bar of the phone’s photography and has introduced Super Pixel technology in both the rear and front cameras for well-lit photos even in adverse lighting conditions.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Overview
Just as last year’s Mi A1 was based on the Mi 5X, the Mi A2 has basically identical hardware to the Mi 6X. The phone has launched in three color options – Gold, Blue, and Black. The phone comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Protecting the display panel is a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
In the camera department, the Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a dual-rear camera setup which consists of a primary 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a secondary 20MP 1.25-micron pixels sensor for portrait photography. Both the lenses have the f/1.75 aperture. The cameras also comes with various AI-based features as seen on Redmi Y2 and other Xiaomi phones this year. On the front, there is a 20MP lens with Sony IMX376 sensor and Xiaomi’s Super Pixel Technology. The front camera also has AI-powered Symantec Segmentation for enhanced bokeh effect, selfie light and HDR for better quality photos.
Xiaomi Mi A2 continues to be a mid-range phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, under the hood. For better multitasking, the phone has either 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM. The 7.3 mm thin phone has an aluminum unibody design, Bluetooth 5.0 and comes with a USB Type-C charging port. On the back, it has a fingerprint sensor in the center and a dual-camera setup aligned vertically on the top left corner.
Since the phone has launched under Google’s Android One program, customers will get unlimited high-quality photo storage on Google Cloud, as well as monthly security updates and two Android updates. Fueling up the device is a 3010mAh non-user removable battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Overview
The Mi A2 Lite is a smaller and cheaper variant with a notched 5.84-inch 19:9 Full HD+ IPS LCD display. The phone is as same as the recently launched Redmi 6 Pro. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 625 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage and supports microSD card for expandable storage.
In the camera department, the Mi A2 Lite packs a dual-camera setup made by a 12MP and a 5MP lens. The phone also packs a 5MP front camera for all your social media ready selfies. And sitting just below the rear cameras is a fingerprint scanner. Fueling up the device is a large 4000mAh non-user removable battery.
Xiaomi Mi A2 price and availability
The smartphone is all set to launch in Nepal as well, although availability and pricing are yet to be announced. For Mi A2 the 4GB/32GB variant is priced at €249 ($290), and the 4GB/64GB variant and 6GB/128GB variant is priced at €279 ($325) and €349 ($408) respectively.
The Mi A2 Lite comes in two variants: 3GB/32GB storage variant for €179 ($209), and 4GB/64GB variant for €229 ($267).
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