Update: An earlier version of this article stated that the Mi A2 (4GB/64GB) model would be priced at €299, instead it is going to cost €279.
Following months of anticipation, Xiaomi officially announced its latest Android One devices in the form of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, having unveiled them at noon even in Madrid, Spain. As expected, the former is essentially an international variant of the Mi 6X the company launched in late April, whereas the latter is a slightly more affordable version of the main model, with both being designed to offer an extremely high value-to-price ratio and retail as the ultimate Android mid-rangers of 2018.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Specifications
Xiaomi's Mi A2 boasts a 5.99-inch FHD+ (2,160 x 1,080) display panel with an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio covered by curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It's fueled by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 running at up to 2.2GHz and features between 4GB and 6GB of RAM, as well as between 32GB and 128GB of storage space. The dual-camera setup of the device uses a 12-megapixel (1.25μm) IMX486 sensor from Sony mounted behind an f/1.75 lens, as well as a 20-megapixel IMX376 module (2μm) using an identical lens. The front camera of the Xiaomi Mi A2 is a 20-megapixel affair reliant on another Sony-made IMX376 sensor and an f/2.2 lens, boasting support for AI-enhanced selfies, HDR, and semantic segmentation which makes AI image analysis faster. Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-SIM capabilities are also part of the package, together with a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Design
The Mi A2 boasts a metal unibody design and an edge-to-edge display with small but observable top and bottom bezels. Unlike many other smartphones launched over the last year or so (including the Mi A2 Lite), Xiaomi's new Android mid-ranger doesn't feature a display notch, thus having a relatively conventional-looking front panel, though its rear plate is somewhat reminiscent of Apple's iPhone X, primarily due to the vertical arrangement of the two cameras which are separated by a dual-LED flash unit. Despite offering a display panel with an almost 6-inch diagonal, Xiaomi managed to ensure the Mi A2 is a rather compact device, being only 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm in size and weighing just 166g.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Cameras
The 12-megapixel unit found on the back of the device is its main sensor, whereas the supporting one can switch to a "4-in-1 2μm Super Pixel," which is how Xiaomi refers to its shooting mode that's ideal for low-light scenarios as it allows more light to enter the sensor over any given period of time. The Super Pixel capabilities can only be activated manually, i.e. through the Pro shooting mode of the Mi A2, though the smartphone's automatic settings should already be more than suitable for the vast majority of lighting conditions you encounter. The Super Pixel mode is also supported by the front camera of the Mi A2 given how it uses the same sensor, with Xiaomi also offering AI-powered beautification options and a 4500K "selfie-light." In overall, the Mi A2 actually surpasses the Mi 6X in terms of imaging capabilities, offering slightly wider apertures and larger two larger sensors, both of which should deliver improved low-light performance or facilitate the process of freezing motion.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Battery Life
The Mi A2's battery has a capacity of 3,080mAh, which is 80mAh less than what the cell inside last year's Mi A1 offered, though the inclusion of a more efficient processor should make that difference irrelevant in everyday use. The battery isn't removable and will typically provide you with a day of use on a single charge, as is the case with most other products in this price segment. The Mi A2 charges over a USB Type-C (2.0) port and uses a 5V/2A charger.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Software
Since both devices are launching as part of Google's Android One initiative, they come with stock versions of Android 8.1 Oreo and Project Treble support that should allow them to get regular updates with less effort on Xiaomi's part than what's been the case so far. Future owners of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite will also receive unlimited high-quality Google Photos storage applicable to any image taken with either device. Between Google Play Protect and native Google Assistant integration, as well as a vanilla operating system, this is the closest you can get to experiencing Android in the way Google intended you to without paying hundreds of dollars for a Pixel smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Security
Besides a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, there's not much in the way of security that's on offer with Xiaomi's Mi A2, but its Project Treble support should guarantee that the handset is updated with monthly security patches on a regular basis for at least the following two years. That's more than what can be said for virtually any other Android smartphone whose price is in the ballpark of $200, save for the ones made by HMD Global, i.e. Nokia.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Variants
Xiaomi will be offering the Mi A2 in three memory configurations and five colors – Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, and Red. The two more affordable models will ship with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage space, whereas the most capable one will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal flash memory. All units have two slots for Nano SIM cards but microSD support isn't part of the package, and neither is NFC. Connectivity shouldn't be an issue either, with all models supporting GSM (B2/3/5/8), WCDMA (B1/2/4/5/8), TDD-LTE (B38/40), and FDD-LTE (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20) networks.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Much like its name implies, the Mi A2 Lite is essentially a slightly downgraded version of the Mi A2 in almost every department, with Xiaomi apparently pushing it as its attempt to win the title of this year's best smartphone under $200. The device features a notched 5.84-inch FHD+ (2,280 x 1,080) display panel with a 432ppi density and a maximum brightness of 500 nits, thus being the first Android One product with a 19:9 screen. It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chip clocked at up to 2.0GHz (the same one that powered the Mi A1) and is offered in two configurations – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space and another one with double the flash memory and 4GB of RAM. Much like the Mi A2, Xiaomi's Mi A2 Lite is an Android One device running a stock version of Google's Android Oreo.
The handset's 4,000mAh battery is said to be rated for two days of operation on a single charge with limited use, whereas its dual rear camera setup uses a 12-megapixel main sensor (1.25μm pixel size) supported by a 5-megapixel one. Xiaomi's AI Beautify 4.0 technology is also part of the package here, together with a 5500K LED flash and a 5megapixel front camera mounted behind an f/2.0 lens.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Availability
Xiaomi will be bringing the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite to 40 markets starting "late July," which most likely means "next week." The 4GB/32GB model of the Mi A2 will be priced at €249, whereas the 4GB/64GB one will retail for €279 and the 6GB/128GB variant will set you back €349. The base model of the Mi A2 Lite with a 3GB/32GB memory configuration will have a €179 price tag and the 4GB/64GB version will be offered at €229.
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