Xiaomi took Spain by storm as they refresh Mi A line of phones with the launch of two (2) superb smartphones. Xiaomi Mi A2 and its Lite version were both launched to succeed the 8 months old Mi A1.
Phones on Mi A series are AndroidOne devices meaning they are result or product of collaboration between Xiaomi and Google. You get Xiaomi Hardware and Google’s stock android Operating system.
If you have ever used a Xiaomi and Pixel smartphones, you will understand while the launch of Mi A2 is one of the most anticipated event in the industry.
Lovers of good gadget understand the feeling of having the best of xiaomi and pixel in a single device (xiaomi excellent hardware and pixel feature rich and clean software).
Without further ado, let’s see what the Mi A2 has under the hood for us.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Specs & Review.
If all you quickly want to know is if this device is a worthy upgrade to the Mi A1, the answer is Yes. It has almost all the department upgraded.
You have a clearer display, larger screen size, better build quality, faster processor, latest Android version, far better camera and you have more memory configurations to choose from.
It only come short in battery as it features 70 mAh less than its predecessor but considering the processor powering the Mi A2, you can be sure you won’t notice it.
Other things that might be worth nothing is the absent of 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, it was earlier launched in China as Xiaomi Mi 6X.
Xiaomi Mi A2 has beauty radiating all over it. Is it the glowing front and rear or the aesthetically curve sides.
Mi A2 is a 5.99-inches IPS LCD smartphone with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels to be precise) which amounts to about 77.4% screen to body ratio featuring 18:9 aspect ratio, 403 PPI pixel density and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5.
All i am just trying to say above is that you have a big screen with sharp and bright display incorporated inside a small body. The display is then protected from scratch and crack with an hardened 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 which is carefully curved into the sides.
Thanks to the adopted 18:9 full view, the bezels around the device has been reduced by almost half. Above the display are the notification light, selfie camera, earpiece and flash light. There is nothing below the display.
At the top of the device is the IR blaster while the bottom housed the speaker grills and usb type c port. Yeah, the 3.5mm headphone jack is missing in the Xiaomi Mi A2 but Xiaomi boxed it with a Type-C to Audio adapter.
On the right side are the power buttons and the volume rocker while the SIM card tray slot resides at the left hand side.
Flipping to the rear, you will immediately notice the striking resemblance between the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Redmi note 5 pro.
Talking of the camera arrangement which saw the led flash light positioned between the dual cameras and the placement of the fingerprint scanner.
The antenna lines across the top and bottom rear gave it a more premium look. You won’t also miss the android-one and Mi imprint at the mid-bottom rear. While the device has a corning glass front, the rest of the body is made of metal (Aluminium).
Processor, Operating System & Memory.
Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by one of Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range processor with speed running up to 2.2GHz, the Octa Core Snapdragon 660 has Adreno 512 GPU on board.
This was the same processor that powered the Nokia 7 Plus and Vivo X21. It is power efficient with flagship performance thanks to Qualcomm’s decision of replacing the 8-Cortex A53 cores with Kryo 260 cores as seen on the snapdragon 845 (Their current most powerful SoC).
As i had reiterated earlier, Xiaomi Mi A2 is an androidone device meaning it runs on pure Android 8.1 Oreo and will be among the first in line for Android P and Android Q.
You get to enjoy the redefined Google assistance, Lens, Photos and Maps.
AndroidOne was supposed to mean stock Android OS but Xiaomi like with the Mi A1 was able to get Mi File Manager, Mi Camera and Mi Remote on the Xiaomi Mi A2.
Assisting the processing power is the 4GB or 6GB RAM depending on the configuration you go for or the one available in your country. There are internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
Battery & Connectivity.
Xiaomi Mi A2 is packed with 3010 mAh battery capacity which should get you through a day considering the light OS and processor consumes less power.
It supports 4G LTE, Dual Band Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Infra-Red port, FM Radio, USB Type-C port and quick charge 3.0. The variant that will be launched in India on August 8 will support Quick Charge 4.0 and will have the 4GB, 64GB storage configuration has their base variant.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available in Black, Rose Gold, Blue and Gold colors. Now let’s talk about the camera on board the Mi A2.
Front facing camera is Sony IMX376 20MP with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 2.0µm lens size and can shoot video in 1080p. The selfie camera has AI integrated into it to produce more crisp images irrespective of the condition (normal or low light). It is also responsible for the face unlock feature.
Xiaomi Mi A2 uses dual rear camera which are vertically arranged at the top left corner behind the device. To ensure great photography, dual Led flash was positioned in between the cameras.
Both cameras on the rear of the Mi A2 are Sony IMX sensors. There is a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor featuring f/1.75 aperture, large 2.0µm lens size and support PDAF (Phase Detection Auto-Focus). The device uses this camera for taking low-light pictures.
There is also Sony IMX486 12MP camera at the back featuring f/1.75 aperture and 1.25µm lens size. It is use for normal light shots.
The combo supports HDR, Panorama and can record 4K video. It also has AI integration which can decide when to use both camera or use either of them depending on environment and light condition.
One of the cons of Xiaomi phones used to be the average or bad camera but starting with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, that has changed. When the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S came, we taught we have had the best until the Chinese tech giant unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 8 (even though they feature the same rear camera, Mi 8 takes better shots).
They have come a long way to get to Xiaomi Mi A2 and i think it is safe to say they have finally got the camera right.
Here is the camera arrangement. The 12MP is on top follow by the dual led flash and then ended with the 20MP sensor.
The camera on the Mi A2 is really great with lot of advance settings to improve the quality of the pictures if you don’t want the AI making all the decisions for you.
Price of Xiaomi Mi A2 in Nigeria.
Mi A2 won’t be officially available in Nigeria but you can always get it on Chinese sites like Aliexpress and Gearbest. You can also get them on Jumia but they will also be placing the order on one of the above sites.
- 32GB internal Storage, 4GB RAM: $290 (~ 107,000 Naira). This variant won’t be available in India.
- 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage: $325 (~ 120,000 Naira).
- 128GB internal Memory, 6GB RAM: $410 (~ 151,000 Naira).
Mi A2 from Xiaomi will be available in over 40 countries starting from the ending of July 2018.
Full Specifications of Xiaomi Mi A2.
- Dimension: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm.
- Screen size: 5.99-inch IPS LCD.
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
- Screen Resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+).
- Pixel Density: 403 PPI.
- Body: Full Metal.
- 2G: Yes.
- 3G: Yes.
- 4G LTE: LTE FDD (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20), LTE TDD (B38/B40).
- SIM Type: Dual Nano SIM.
Operating System & Processor.
- Android version: Android 8.1 Oreo (AndroidOne).
- Processor Type: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial Intelligent Engine).
- Processor Speed: Octa Core (quad core 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 + quad core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260).
- Graphics Processor: Adreno 512.
- Rear Camera: Dual 20 MP (f/1.75 aperture, Type 1/2.8″ sensor, large 2.0µm pixel) + 12 MP (f/1.75 aperture, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) with dual led flash.
- Features: Phase detection, HDR, panorama, AI.
- Video Recording: 120p@fps(slow motion), 480p@30fps, 720p@120fps, 1080p@240fps, 2160p@30fps.
- Front Camera: 20 MP (f/2.2 aperture, Type 1/2.8″, ultra large 2.0µm pixel size), 1080p, Auto-HDR, Led Flash. Supports AI for portrait selfies and beautify.
- RAM: 4GB/6GB.
- Internal Storage Memory: 32GB/64GB/128GB.
- SD card Slot: No.
- Non-removable 3010 mAh. Support Quick Charge 3.0 (4.0 for India).
- Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint, Ambient Light, Hall, Gyroscope, Infra-red, Face Unlock, Motor.
- Bluetooth: v5.0.
- USB: USB Type-C.
- GPS: A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou.
- Wi-Fi: WI Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi direct, hotspot, dual band.
- Audio/Music Support: PCM, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, AMR–NB and WB, FLAC, WAV.
- Loudspeaker: Yes.
- Video Support: H.265, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1.
- FM Radio: Yes.
- Black, Blue, Rose Gold and Gold.
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