A device identified as the Xiaomi Mi A2 appeared in the database of smartphone benchmarking service Geekbench several days back, having been listed as running Android 8.1 Oreo and featuring a number of familiar specs. The device itself is expected to be a rebranded version of the Mi 6X launched in late April (and seen above), much like the Mi A1 was effectively an international variant of the China-exclusive Mi 5X last year. Besides the moniker itself, the main and likely only difference between the two models is that the Mi 6X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI, whereas the Mi A2 will be launching as part of Google's Android One program, hence featuring a stock version of the mobile operating system.
The listing that can be seen below reiterates the basic hardware specifications of the Mi A2, i.e. Mi 6X, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chip with an energy-efficient cluster running at up to 1.84GHz, as well as 4GB of RAM. The handset should also sport a 5.99-inch IPS display panel with an FHD+ resolution of 2,160 by 1,080 pixels, a minimum of 32GB of storage space, 20-megapixel front camera, and a twin camera setup on the back. The lattermost system should consist of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 20-megapixel one, be supported by a dual-LED flash, and come with phase detection autofocus support.
The Mi 6X was released in several variants in the Far Eastern country, with the most premium model offering 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash memory, though it's presently unclear whether Xiaomi is planning on commercializing more than one configuration of the Android One lineup. A 3,010mAh battery is expected to still be part of the package, together with dual-SIM capabilities, though the handset lacks a microSD card tray. Xiaomi is likely to officially announce the Mi A2 in the coming months, with its direct predecessor debuting last September.