Xiaomi Expands into Europe Markets with two Budget Android One Phones

Xiaomi launch Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite flagships in its first Global Launch event in Madrid, Spain

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Android One Program was developed by Google in 2014 in an effort to enhance good user experience and modify security levels through regular updates and Google Play Protect. It consists of a series of cheap Android phones that runs on an unrefined (without added interface features or extra apps from the device maker and many which cannot be altered by the user) pure version of the Android Operating system. Xiaomi Mi A1, which we saw last year launched in New Delhi India, falls under this category of smartphones. Mi included the dual camera for the first time in the Mi A1 series. Xiaomi reports the Mi A1 is at the top of their sales and the best for that matter. Mi A1 was in the list of top ten smartphones in the year 2017. There were, however, a bunch of consumers who have complained about the device’s complications with updates for Android One,

Xiaomi was ranked the fastest-growing internet company last year. It stops at nothing to make sure Mi fans are engaged with the newest, hottest and affordable tech at relatively cheap prices. Yesterday, Madrid city in Spain was colourful with Xiaomi unveiling two of its new products; Xiaomi Mi A2 and Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite models. The pair is launched as the next generation of Android One phones. The Chinese tech player mostly drew inspiration for the manufacture and sale of Mi A2 from the massive volume of sales made by the predecessor. Most of their features are impressive with more focus put on the high-end camera specs and perfect software experience. Xiaomi Mi A2 will also be the first device to get Android P.

The two new Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite handsets will be available in Italy, France and Spain from July and August and will launch in more than 40 global markets thereafter. We will update you with more details on the release dates and availability in your market. The pair gadgets will be available in the following countries; Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Belarus, Bulgaria, Zcheck Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Columbia and Mexico.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Powerful Photography

Xiaomi Mi A2’s dual-rear camera (12MP+20MP), coupled with Xiaomi’s AI makes a “Super Pixel” technology. In other words, the setup combines four pixels to produce a larger pixel that improves the performance of the sensor’s light sensitivity. Sensors are larger for premium quality and densely detailed pictures. This same technology is applied in the front’s 20MP powerful selfie sensor although Xiaomi has modified it, even more, to include AI Bokeh effect enhancement to the front camera’s Portrait Mode. Other impressive camera features with Mi A2 include soft selfie light, perfect low-light photography and Portrait semantic segmentation. The more advanced camera specs can allow the user to carry out professional photography efficiently. The flagship’s admirable camera will face a contestable competition from giants like Huawei P20’s which is currently the best in the markets.

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Xiaomi Mi A2- Vertical Dual Camera Display

Specifications of Xiaomi Mi A2

Design
BuildAluminium, Glass
Dimensions158,7 x 75,4 x 7,3 mm
Weight166 g
ColorsRose Gold, Red, Black, Gold, Blue
Cameras
Back Camera12 MP + 20 MP
Front Camera20 MP
FeaturesGeo-Tagging, Face Detect, Panorama, HDR, Front Flash, Dual-LED flash
Display
Dimensions5,99 Inches
Resolution1080 x 2160 Pixels
TypeIPS, 16M colors
FeaturesCorning Gorilla Glass
Hardware
ChipsetSnapdragon 660
GPUAdreno 512
Memory4/6 RAM, 32/64/128 Storage
Battery3000 mAh (Not Removable, Li-Ion, Fast Charge)
SensorsType-C, Gyro, Accelerometer, Fingerprint (Back)
Software
OSAndroid 8.1
UIMIUI 9
Network
Network ProtocolsLTE, HSPA, CDMA, GSM, EDGE, GPRS
4G Bands800, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600
3G Bands850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100
FunctionalitiesGPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, Infrared, GLONASS

Xiaomi Mi A2 Problem

Xiaomi Mi A2 has fine perfectly designed subtle curves at the back to make it easier holding the device. It, however, lacks a few essential accessories, a fact that saw a couple of fans raise questions in the MIUI Forum. These include the company’s omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the missing memory card slot. Xiaomi did not also enable NFC function in Mi A2. NFC payments turns out to be a basic functionality of a phone in many countries.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Price

Mi A2 will come in three variants with different prices; (4GB+32GB) version will cost $291.17 while the (4GB+64GB) for $349.64 and the (6GB+128GB) version will be around $408.1. These are fair price figures if you consider the quality of specs offered by the handsets. Mi A2 will launch in Blue, Black and Gold colours.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

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Xiaomi Mi A2- Vertical Dual Camera Setup

Specifications of Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Design
Dimensions149,3 x 71,7 x 8,8 mm
Weight178 g
ColorsRed, Black, Rose Gold, Gold, Blue
Cameras
Back Camera5 MP + 12 MP
Front Camera5 MP
FeaturesHDR
Display
Dimensions5,84 Inches
Resolution1080 x 2280 Pixels
TypeIPS, 16M colors
Hardware
ChipsetSnapdragon 625
GPUAdreno 506
Memory3/4 RAM, 32/64 Storage
Battery4000 mAh (Li-Po, Not Removable)
SensorsGyro, Accelerometer, Fingerprint (Back)
Software
OSAndroid 8.1
Network
Network ProtocolsLTE, HSPA, CDMA, GSM, EDGE, GPRS
4G Bands800, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2600
3G Bands850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100
FunctionalitiesInfrared, GLONASS, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite’s 4,000mAh battery capacity combined with its energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC produces a long lasting battery life for the device. The battery has the best performance compared to the devices in the same class. Mi A2 Lite’s battery can last on a full charge for two straight days equivalent to 34 hours of music, 6 hours of heavy gaming or 8.4 hours of watching high-quality videos.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Price and Availability

Mi A2 Lite will come in two variants based on RAM and internal memory spaces; (3GB+32GB) version will go for $209.31 while the (4GB+64GB) model will cost around $267.78. With the best AI dual camera experience its rare to find a device within the price segments. Mi A2 Lite will be available in the same period as Mi A2 and we will update with more accurate launch dates and prices in different regions.

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