- Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched at an event today
- The smartphone is part of the Android One programme
- The Mi A2 is exclusive to Amazon in India
Mi A2, the successor to the Mi A1 was launched in India at an event in Delhi NCR on Wednesday. The smartphone was first unveiled in Spain last month, and as PaidFreeDroid exclusively reported on Instagram page then, Xiaomi has planned to launch only two variants of the Mi A2 in India i.e 4GB+64GB variant and they announced 6GB+128GB variant will be coming soon. Xiaomi is skipping 4GB+32GB variant that was also unveiled in Spain.
The Indian unit of the smartphone also comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ (but the charger in the box doesn’t support fast charging, Mi A2 users can buy fast chargers available on Xiaomi.com or some other medium).
Xiaomi at the Delhi NCR launch event revealed the Mi A2 price in India, sale date, as well as launch offers. The smartphone is exclusive to Amazon. Xiaomi also revealed that 10 million smartphones were sold in the last quarter in India and many other stats. Read on for all the information from the launch event.
Top Highlights of Smartphone: Xiaomi is touting several ‘AI Camera’ features, including Portrait mode (available on the front camera as well), Beauty Mode 4.0, and face recognition. There is also a ‘Smart Lens Selection’ feature, that chooses the appropriate rear sensor based on the lighting conditions. The smartphone also offers electronic image stabilisation (EIS) for video recording.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Price in India, Sale Date, and Launch Offers
- The Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India starts from Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. It will come with a soft case in the box. The 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant was also launched, but, the smartphone will be coming soon, and no price has yet been revealed. It will be made available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.
- The Mi A2 will go up for pre-orders on Thursday, August 9, from 12 noon, via Amazon India and Mi.com. The Mi A2 will go on sale for the first time at 12 noon, August 16, via Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home, and Mi Preferred Partner Stores.
- Mi A2 launch offers include up to 4.5TB additional data from Reliance Jio, which is also offering up to Rs. 2,200 instant cashback.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Specifications and Features
The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and being a part of the Android One programme from Google, is certified to offer an optimised Android experience and timely updates. The company is promising “minimal preloaded apps.” The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and pixel density of 403ppi. It is protected by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5. The Mi A2 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.
The Mi A2 sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It uses a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera, with 2-micron pixels, 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech, and f/1.75 aperture. The rear camera setup also features a flash module. On the front, the Mi A2 bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module.
Connectivity options on the Mi A2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port – there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, while other sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 3,010mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0, however, the smartphone will ship with a regular 10W charger in the box which does not support fast charging. It measures 158.7×75.4×7.3mm and weighs 168 grams.
Mi A2 is a good quality smartphone with powerful features. The excellent configuration is good enough to handle all the things you do with the device. The cameras provide outstanding images under various lighting conditions as well as record quality videos. Though the average battery backup might be a problem for you and the display, however, feels like a letdown.
The lack of 3.5mm audio jack is likely to make or break buying decisions. Stock Android with the promise of regular updates remains the device’s highlight.
Having said that, it is quite easy for me to recommend the Xiaomi Mi A2 to anyone looking for a new smartphone under Rs.20,000 budget segment with a great cameras and great performance. The closest competitors include the Honor Play which is launched with much powerful processor, a 3.5mm jack, better display and also a notch design.