Yesterday, Xiaomi officially released the Mi A2, the successor to last-year Mi A1 smartphone, which was highly estimated for its excellent camera, sleek design as well as the Mi A2 Lite version. Is the Mi A2 a worthy successor to the first Xiaomi Android One phone? Let’s check out a detailed look.
The Mi A1 was highly appreciated for a great build quality, thanks to the sleek metal unibody design and a 2.5D curved glass on the front. However, there is a big minus from the thick bezels, which reduced the aesthetic appeal. On the new Mi A2, while Xiaomi has introduced a few major design changes, the metal build is still intact.
The Mi A1 sported a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, which gives a pixel density of around 403 PPI. To catch the trend, the Mi A2 features a bigger 5.99-inch IPS Full HD+ display, thinner bezels, and the screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 against accidental drops.
The Mi A2 is a huge upgrade over its predecessor, Mi A1 when the phone is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC along with a dedicated AI engine. The octa-core chipset inside the Mi A2 includes 4 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 cores and 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 cores, with Adreno 512 GPU. Since it’s a predecessor, so the Mi A1 is equipped a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with a previous generation Adreno 506 GPU. The Mi A2 Lite version has the same processor as the Mi A1.
As Snapdragon 660 supports a dedicated AI Engine, there is a ton of AI-based features like AI photography enhancements and integrated into the phone.
The Mi A2 is equipped an upgraded dual rear camera setup on the back with the main 20MP (f/1.75) sensor and another 12MP (f/1.75) sensor. The dual camera setup comes with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), smart portrait, and AI-based features. The rear camera can record 4K videos at 30fps, FullHD videos at 30fps, and slo-mo video recording. For front-facing camera, there is a 20MP selfie snapper accompanying with a flash, and other Ai features. The front camera on the Mi A2 also features auto-HDR and can record FullHD videos at 30fps.
Storage and Connectivity
Another upgrade of the Mi A2 over the Mi A1 is the amount of RAM as well as internal storage. The Mi A1 only packs with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. On the other hand, the Mi A2 packs up to 6GB of RAM and the doubled 128GB of expandable storage.
Although the Mi A2 packs a smaller 3,010mAh battery capacity other a 3,080mAh battery on the Mi A1, it supports Quick Charge 3.0 charging through a USB Type-C port. However, Xiaomi removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new Mi A2.
Pricing and Availability
The Mi A2 will go on sale in 40 countries, starting from July 27th in France through both online and offline Mi Stores. In terms of pricing, the lowest Mi A2 version will be starting at 249 Euros, which is slightly higher than the Mi A1’s current price, which is about 173 Euros.
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