Xiaomi Mi A1 Review Pros and Cons: Premium but Affordable

Review of Xiaomi Mi A1 at a Glance:-

In 2014 Google decided to launch Android One phones by collaborating with the 3 Indian Smartphone brands Micromax, Kanbonn and Spice but these handset were not able to take expected attention of people, now in 2017, they relaunched Android One with Xiaomi. Here we have enlisted the major Advantages and Disadvantages of the handset. The key features it is offering is 5.5 inches FHD display, Stock Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) OS with guaranteed 2 years software upgradations, Snapdragon 625 CPU, Dual 12 MP Primary | 5MP secondary camera, 64 GB Internal | 128 GB SD Card support | 4 GB RAM and 3080 mAh Battery.

iPhone Design with Curved 2.5D Glass
Mi A1 has modified design from the traditional Xiaomi phones. It looks like the blend of Xiaomi and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The perfectly layered 2.5D curved-edge along with ergonomically crafted metallic body makes the phone feel premium. The rounded edges and corners with an ergonomic body with 7.3 mm thickness fits easily in a palm. The antenna lines in top and bottom of the rear also look like the ones on the iPhone 7 plus. The power and volume buttons are placed on the right edge while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. The bottom has a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack for connecting headphones and a speaker grille. It is also equipped with 10V smart power amplifier which is paired with the advanced Dirac HD Sound. 
Clean and Sharp Display
5.5 inches full HD display is clean and bright enough to make visual content pleasurable to eyes. The 2.5D curved glass is not only enhancing the design but also helping in the making it easy to grab in the palm. In its vibrant screen pixelation is unnoticeable with 403ppi of display density. It also has a hard covering of Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it from the scratches. 

Dual Primary Camera with 2X Zoom
This affordable mid range Smartphone has Flagship dual camera. 12MP with f/2.2 aperture and 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture work together to create real bokeh. In daylight conditions, pictures from the primary camera look crisp. It is also capable of fast autofocus on the subject, 2x optical zoom takes you closer to scene without sacrificing the quality. Although camera struggling to take images in insufficient lighting conditions where the noise is clearly observed. You can also shoot the video at 4K (2160p) Resolutions and it supports 120fps at 720p resolutions. 5MP secondary camera is decent enough to take quality selfies. 

Decent in Performance
This handset is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4 GB RAM and backed by the Stock Android. It is running smoothly even for the multitasking although for heavy games its Adreno 506 GPU is not so impressive but acceptable. On the basis of its budget, the configuration for the performance is quite decent. A typical user does not feel any kind of glitches while using the phone for different tasks. The handset features a top and bottom mounted microphone Combined with a noise-reduction algorithm by Fortemedia for transferring clear voice even in loud areas. 
Battery Could be better
Mi A1 is quite similar to Redmi Note 4 in multiple fields but the battery is unexpectedly lower than the former. This phone is featuring only 3080 mAh battery as compared to the Redmi Note 4 with 4100 mAh capacity. Although there is some welcome addition like USB Type-C slot, Fast battery charging etc. 

Specification of Xiaomi Mi A1:-

  • OS- Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) 
  • Chipset- Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 625 | 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 | Octa-core | Adreno 506
  • Display- 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen | 1080 x 1920 pixels | 403 ppi pixel Density
  • Camera- Dual 12 MP Primary | 5 MP Secondary | 2160p Video Resolutions with 30fps
  • Phone Dimension- 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm | 165 grams Weight | Colour- Black, Gold, and Rose Gold
  • Connectivity- 4G- LTE | 3G- HSDPA | Bluetooth v4.2 | WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac | 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Dual Nano SIM
  • Sensors- Proximity- Yes | Accelerometer: Yes | Light: Yes | Gyroscope: Yes | Fingerprint: Yes 
  • Memory- 64 GB Internal | 128 GB External | 4 GB RAM
  • Battery- 3080 mAh | Non-removable

Pros of Xiaomi Mi A1:-

  • It also has IR blaster to control Home appliances.
  • USB Type-C slot & Fast battery charging supported. 
  • Stock Android with some Mi enhancements.
  • Dual SIM card supported.
  • Quick Autofocus camera.
  • Good details in sufficient light.
  • Display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.

Cons of Xiaomi Mi A1:-

  • Mi A1 dual camera pairs a binocular stereoscopic imaging system.
  • The battery is nonremovable.
  • Hybrid SIM slots.
  • Photos come out with Noise in low light.
  • Doesn't support NFC. 
  • Average battery life.
  • Poor photo quality in low light.

Why to buy and Final words about Xiaomi Mi A1:-

Xiaomi always launches the smartphone with their own MIUI skin and this is the first time any Xiaomi phone comes up with Stock Android OS. The most highlighted features of Mi A1 are Dual Primary Camera with 2X optical zoom support 4K recording, Metallic body with only 7.3 mm thickness, USB Type-C slot and display with CGG protection. Definitely, there are plenty of good features that can easily attract the customer but the down-gradation in battery capacity can turn the people to think about the Redmi Note 4. There are similar budget alternate handset in market like Lenovo K8 Note and Nokia 6 etc.
Price- 14999 INR


  1. What about honor 9i as compare to mi A1 if price point not counted.

    1. Honor 9i better than Mi a1
      Honor 9i comes with 18:9 display, 4 Cameras, Lots of RAM and ROM but missing Fast Charging.