Xiaomi Mi A2, A2 Lite highlights: India availability, full specifications, price
The global launch of Xiaomi’s second-generation Android One smartphones will take place in Spain today. Here are the live updates of the launch event.
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Xiaomi on Tuesday launched Mi A2, Mi A2 Android One smartphones in Madrid, Spain. Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphones will be part of Google’s Android One platform, like the Mi A1.
Xiaomi Mi A2 is priced at €249 (Rs 20,000 approximately) for the base model, and €349 (Rs 28,000 approximately) for the top-end variant. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite starts at €179 (Rs 14,000 approximately), while the 4GB + 64GB model will retail at €229 (Rs 18,000 approximately).
Under the Android One programme, Mi A2 will run stock Android which is expected to be Android 8.1 Oreo. It will also receive regular security and OS upgrades.
Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications
Xiaomi Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 4GB and 6GB of RAM. For photography, Mi A2 sports a 12-megapixel sensor and a 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.75 aperture, and LED flash. Up front, it houses a 20-megapixel selfie camera for selfies. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,010mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite specifications
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has a notch cutout which is on a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display. Under the hood of the smartphone runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The smartphone also has a dual-camera setup of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, and a 5-megapixel front camera. Mi A2 Lite packs a bigger 4,000mAh battery.
Watch Xiaomi Mi A2 unboxing and first impressions:
Here are the highlights from Xiaomi’s global launch event.
Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite go official
Xiaomi’s Mi A2 launch event in Madrid, Spain has concluded. Watch this space for full details of the new phones.
Mi A2, Robot builder
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Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite: Overview
Here’s an overview of the new Xiaomi phones.
Xiaomi Mi A2: India availability
Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available in India very soon. The company is unlikely to launch the more affordable variant Mi A 2 Lite in India.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: Price
The base model of Mi A2 Lite is priced at 179 Euros, Rs 14,000 approximately. The 4GB + 64GB model is priced at 229 Euros, Rs 18,000 approximately.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: Processor, battery
Mi A2 Lite is one of the few phones to come with Snapdragon 625 processor. It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: Camera
On the back it has a 12-megapixel sensor and 5-megapixel sensor. The camera comes with AI portrait mode, PDAF and other usual Xiaomi modes.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite officially announced
Mi A2 Lite comes with a similar design as Mi A2. It features a 5.84-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Price
Xiaomi Mi A2 base model will be available for 249 Euros, Rs 20,000 approximately. The 6GB + 128GB model will be available for 349 Euros, Rs 28,000 approximately.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Processor details
Xiaomi Mi A2 is one of the few devices to come with Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 660 processor.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Android P
Google says Xiaomi Mi A2 will be one of the first devices to get the Android P. The update will be rolled out later this year. Google’s Android P brings a range of new features such as battery optimisation, notification snooze, and more. Also read: Android P Beta: Compatible smartphones, how to download, and top features
Xiaomi Mi A2: Google Lens
Google’s AI-driven Lens will also be available on Mi A2. The Lens platform allows users to look up information about a device by just pointing the camera at it. The phone also comes with unlimited photo storage on the cloud through Google Photos.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Colour options
Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available in Black, Blue and Rose Gold colour options.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Selfie camera
Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an AI selfie camera. The front-camera resolution: 20-megapixel, Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 2um Super Pixel, low-light enhancement, AI portrait selfies, semantic segmentation and HDR.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Better portrait shots
Mi A2 is able to detect the edges in a portrait shot much better than other phones, claims Xiaomi. The mode is based on Artificial Intelligence. The camera can detect depth even in low-light conditions and even with lights in the background.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Improved low-light photography
Mi A2 is said to deliver better photos in low-light conditions. The dual-camera has been optimised according to react different light conditions, and automatically enhances quality in low-light.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Camera
Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an AI-based dual-camera featuring 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor and f/1.75 aperture, and 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor. Full camera specifications: 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel sensors, large f/1,75 aperture, 4-in-1 2um Super Pixel
Xiaomi Mi A2: Design
Mi A2 is quite slim at 7.3mm. Xiaomi says it’s slimmer than Samsung A8 which is 8.4mm thick
Xiaomi Mi A2 officially announced
Xiaomi Mi A2 unveiled with a new design -- arc design, slimmer profile, and USB Type-C port.
Xiaomi Mi A2 succeeds Mi A1
Xiaomi says Mi A1 was one of the top selling phones in 2017.
Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite confirmed
Google says it is looking forward to collaborate with Xiaomi to work on Android One phones. Xiaomi says Mi A1 was well received by the media with some even calling it the best phone in the segment.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Successor to Mi A1
Xiaomi Mi A2 will succeed the last year’s Mi A1 smartphone. Xiaomi Mi A1 was also Google’s launch pad to revamp Android One programme. Mi A1 is available in India at a starting price of Rs 13,999.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Xiaomi goes international
Xiaomi claims it registered a rapid growth in the European market despite being at the number four position. The company has opened stores in France and aims to tap more markets within Europe. Xiaomi already has a large presence in India.
Xiaomi Mi A2: A successful 2017
Xiaomi says it is the fastest growing internet company in the world and had a successful run in 2017. According to a recent IDC report, Xiaomi is among the top smartphone companies in the world. In Europe, Xiaomi is at the number four position.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Largest tech IPO ever
Mi A2 will be the first major product launch after Xiaomi debuted on Hong Kong stock exchange. Wang Xiang claims Xiaomi had the largest tech IPO ever after Ali Baba.
Xiaomi Mi A2: International market, technology focus
Wang Xiang says Xiaomi is a technology company which is focused on building an ecosystem of tech products, including Internet of Things.
Xiaomi Mi A2
The official launch event begins. Xiaomi’s Wang Xiang takes the stage. The event kicks off with a brief introduction of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Global launch event
The event is expected to begin shortly.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Xiaomi eyes international market
Xiaomi has over the years focused on China and India markets. The Mi A2 launch event in Madrid, Spain hints at the company’s efforts to tap the international market. OnePlus, which also focused on India and China markets, is also having a similar approach, and launched its OnePlus 6 in London.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Stock Android vs MIUI
Mi A1 is the only smartphone from Xiaomi to offer stock Android experience. Other Xiaomi phones come with a custom MIUI ROM. Stock Android means the phone has pure Google software experience whereas a custom ROM brings a range of customisations, such as new app animations, interface and added functionality.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Dual-Camera
According to the teasers online, Xiaomi’s latest Mi A2 will come with a dual-camera setup on the back. It may be recalled that Xiaomi Mi A1 was known for its high quality camera, and was also among the few affordable phones to offer a two camera setup on the back. The latest version is expected to come with major bump in megapixels and overall resolution.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: A lighter version
Xiaomi is expected to launch a stripped down version of its Mi A2 smartphone. The phone will have the same Android One experience but will have smaller screen and lesser processor. Xiaomi hasn’t yet revealed whether the Lite model will be available in India.
Xiaomi Mi A2: What is Android One?
Android One is Google’s initiative for select smartphones to deliver the latest Android experience with no or minimum customisation from the OEM. With Xiaomi Mi A1, Google changed its strategy for Android One to offer the platform for more and wider range of smartphones that are not necessarily priced under Rs 10,000. Android One promises latest Android updates and security patches from Google.