New Xiaomi-built Android One phone to launch in 40 markets

The Android One moniker at the time failed to make an impact because of a lack of exciting hardware and the consumers' general lack of faith in the brands Google chose to partner with.

What do you guys think about Xiaomi Mi A1? It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display that is encased in a metal body and has just 7.5mm thickness, making it slimmer than most flagship devices. It has a similar design as we found in OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7 Plus. On the front is a 8MP camera with flash, Pro mode, and it has a 84-degree wide-angle lens. It packs a 3080mAh high capacity battery.

The inbuilt storage of this phone is about 64GB, and it is expandable through the microSD card up to 128GB.

They made Xiaomi Mi A1 available to the customers through Flipkart, Mi.com and via company's Mi Home stores. Originally the program saw Google lay out a "recommended spec" for local manufacturers, aiming for high-quality, low-priced devices with stock Android and fast updates directly from Google. This is the company's first stock Android smartphone which has created a huge buzz around the technology world. But back to the Mi A1, it's quite hard to perceive why the phone exists and how it will save Android One's sinking boat. For example, in Japan, Android One devices are among the top selling phones in SoftBank-owned Y!Mobile stores. It has a front-facing camera of 5-megapixel. The plan was great, but the whole idea of one size fits all specifications was the biggest problem with the Android One program. Google could have added a few minor benefits for buyers, but nevertheless, it's refreshing to see manufacturers have begun to address one of the most critical concerns on budget smartphones - the software.

Also, Mi A1 boasts of 1.25-micron large pixels resulting in more light intake. At its inception, there were three smartphone brands selling pretty much the same device at the same price-point.

Since Xiaomi Mi A1 runs on pure Android interface, the smart phone comes with pre-loaded benefits. Though, the updates won't come from Google directly - since they don't support dual camera phones - the Mi A1 will receive timely updates from Xiaomi. You can backup unlimited photos and videos to Google Photos. It is the first dual-camera Xiaomi phone to go on sale in India, however. The Mi A1 has the same processor, but, unlike the Redmi Note 4, the Mi A1 has stock Android at its core.

Google does not want us to write an obituary for Android One, yet.

Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One phone during the event in New Delhi.

Xiaomi is calling the shots and will act as the catalyst for the Android One program.

Xiaomi smartphones are known for their long battery back up and their stylish handset. Apps open faster, switching between apps is smooth and even with 8 to 10 apps running in the background the smartphone was able to handle games such as PES 2017 and Asphalt 8 without any hiccups.

Xiaomi is also going all out with this device.

Launching feature packed smartphones at budget prices has become the norm for Xiaomi in the Indian market and its latest announcement - the Redmi 4A - is an improved version of the Redmi 4.

  • Carolyn Briggs