Xiaomi India has been teasing a new phone for a couple of weeks now and while the teaser confirmed the upcoming device to sport dual cameras at the back, little did we know that Xiaomi was planning something special. In collaboration with Google, Xiaomi has announced the Mi A1, their first Android One device.
Having Android One means, the Mi A1 does not come with Xiaomi’s MIUI but instead stock Android OS. The only Xiaomi customisations include three apps, namely the camera, Mi Remote and feedback.
Speaking of cameras, the phone has two 12 megapixel sensors at the back, one wide-angle for regular images and another telephoto lens for bokeh and zoom shots. Xiaomi says the main camera is akin to the one used in Mi 6 sans OIS. The front is a 5-megapixel one.
The design is slightly revamped as well with the slim 7.3mm Mi A1 having an all metal body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the top that blends nicely with the rounded design.
Rest of the hardware includes a Full HD 5.5-inch display, octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, hybrid SIM slot, integrated DAC, 3080mAh battery, rear fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C support.
Xiaomi’s first Android One phone will go on sale from September 12 in India for ?14,999 and some countries. In India, it will sell in gold and black colours initially on Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home. The rose gold variant will be available next month.
Xiaomi is on a launching spree. On September 11, the Chinese smartphone maker will also reveal the next-generation Mi Mix 2.