XIAOMI MI A2 AND MI A2 LITE HANDS-ON, QUICK REVIEW: SOLID BUDGET PHONES WITH PURE ANDROID

WE GO HANDS-ON WITH XIAOMI’S TWO NEWEST ANDROID ONE PHONES!

Xiaomi’s strategy of stuffing the best possible hardware in a phone then selling it at near cost to the consumer is one that has managed to propel it to superstardom, earning it millions and millions of fans worldwide. But not everyone is a fan of MIUI, the overlay that comes standard with each Xiaomi phone that comes out of China – some may even say that it’s one of the biggest stumbling block for the company’s hardware in some Western markets like Europe.

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That’s why their original Android One phone, the Mi A1, did so well in places like Spain and France since it delivered the same tried and tested Xiaomi formula with pure Android bliss.

WHAT ARE THEY?

The Mi A2 is Xiaomi’s successor to their first Android One phone, the Mi A1. The Mi A2 is a reworked Mi 6X announced earlier this year that’s made for Western audiences. The biggest change is the removal of Xiaomi’s MIUI overlay and the use of pure Android courtesy of the Android One initiative.

The Mi A2 Lite follows the same vein, sporting much the same hardware as the Redmi 6 Pro but at a much lower price point as the Mi A2. It has less powerful innards, but make up for it with a bigger battery, expandable storage and a 3.5mm jack.

HOW DO THEY FEEL?

Both phones feel pretty great. The Mi A2 uses a unibody aluminum design that’s much tougher than glass-backed phones that are the rage nowadays. The rear of the phone holds the vertically stacked dual camera module, which is composed of a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.75 aperture lens and a 20-megapixel sensor f/1.75 aperture lens. The main difference is that the secondary 20-megapixel camera does pixel-binning which should result in better low-light photos.

The power button is on the right along with the volume rocker. There’s an IR blaster on the top while the USB Type-C connector is on the bottom, flanked by speaker grilles. If you noticed, there’s no 3.5mm jack, so you’ll have to use the Type-C adapter if you want to use wired headphones with this phone.

The front is a 6-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. There’s no notch, but the tradeoff is that the phone is a bit taller than a comparable device with a notch.

Hardware-wise the Mi A2 runs a Snapdragon 660 processor with a choice of either 4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB of storage depending on the price. Qualcomm’s mid-range processor is capable of handling most Android apps that are available on Google Play without any problems.

The Mi A2 Lite is the low-cost Android One alternative to the Mi A2. It’s a reworked Redmi 6 Pro, and utilizes a plastic and metal body, along with a notched display. Because of the smaller 5.84-inch full HD+ display, it’s a little handier to use one-handed, important for people with smaller mitts.

The phone has dual cameras in the form of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary shooter. Internally its hardware is a little dated though, as it runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of storage. It does have more battery than the more expensive model though, at 4000mAh but sadly both phones don’t come with fast chargers in the box upon purchase.

Both phones feel fast and fluid, and seeing pure Android on Xiaomi-made hardware addresses many of the complaints we’ve had with the company’s sometimes bloated UI. Xiaomi added a few AI enhancements to the camera of the Mi A2, specifically better edge detection when shooting in portrait mode, even when there’s more than one person in the shot. We’ve yet to try this so we’ll have to take their word for it for now.

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General Brand:Xiaomi
Model:8
Color:Blue/Gold/Black/White
System Operating System:MIUI 9 (Base on Android 8.0 OS)
CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa core, 2.8GHz
GPU:Adreno 630,710MHz
RAM:6GB LPDDR4x
ROM:256GB UFS
Extended Storage:N/A
Display Screen type:capacitive screen
Screen size:6.21 inch AMOLED
Screen resolution:FHD+ (2248×1080 pixels) screen display, 402PPI,60000:1
Network Wireless connectiveity:GSM, 3G, 4G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
Frequency:
2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8 CDMA 1X/EVDO BC0
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, TD-SCDMA B34/B39
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20, TDD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41(120MHz)
Bluetooth:Yes, 5.0
WiFi:Yes, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G WiFi /5G WiFi / WiFi Direct/WiFi Display,WiFi 2×2 MIMO,MU-MIMO
GPS: Yes,GPS/QZSS/GLONSAA/BEIDON/
Galileo
Camera Camera type:three cameras (one front two back)
Dual Back camera:12.0MP(f/1.8 )+12.0MP(f/2.4)
Front camera:20.0MP
Video recording:Yes
Connectivity SIM card slot:Dual Nano SIM card dual standby(Both SIM slots are compatible with 4G, respectively. When they work at the same time, only one of them can receive LTE service and the other WCDMA )
TF card slot:N/A
USB slot:Type-C
Audio output:Yes (Charging mouth interoperability)
Microphone:Supported
Speaker:Supported
Media Video format:3GP, MP4, RMVB
Audio format:WAV, AMR, MP3
Image format:GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG
FM radio:N/A
Language Now it comes with Original Mi Rom:English and Chinese, and after unlock bootloader, it can be flashed with global Rom with following langauges:
Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Deutsch, English(India), English(United Kingdom), English(United States), Espanol(Spanish), Espanol(America), French, Italiano, Magyar, Uzbekistan, Polish, Portuguese(Brasil), Romana, Slovencina, Vietnamese, Turkish, Czech, Russian, Ukrainian,  Bulgarian, Greek, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, Thai, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese
Sensor Gyroscopes, Acceleration sensors, Distance sensors, Ambient light sensors, Hall sensors, Electronic compass, Barometer,Rear Fingerprint ID,Face ID
Additional Features 4G, WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth,Gesture Sensing,Smart Wake, Ebook, Email,Messaging, wallpapers, calendar, calculator,clock, camera, Google Play Store, tethering & portable hotspot, Touch ID, fast charge,Type-C, etc
Battery Battery type:Lithium
3400mAh (typ)/ 3300mAh (min)
Charger:USB, 18W QC3.0 travel charger,5V2A QC4.0+
Dimension & Weight (Main Product) Dimension:154.9*74.8*7.6mm
Weight:175g
Package Contents 1 × Phone
1 × Built-in Battery
1 × Type-C Cable
1 × Type-C TO AUDIO
1 × Eject Pin
1 × User Manual
1 × US Power Adapter (A right AC Adapter will be sent as your shipping country)

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