There are too many smartphone makers in China. But only a few of them has developed its own UI. This feature can be a decisive factor when looking for a smartphone. If looking at the top list of Chinese manufacturers, we can see only the first few companies come in with their own OS. Though Xiaomi is the fifth company in China now, it should be in the first position if taking into account MIUI. This is one of the best software in the globe. But MIUI is based on Google’s Android, which means it’s only a shell. Yes, the customization level is too deep, but there are too many people wishing to look inside. Say, Google’s own smartphone, the Pixel is very popular among Android lovers. But it is designed by a certain company chosen by Google. To please those users who like Xiaomi as well as Pixel line handsets, the manufacturer decided to come in with a new line of devices. The first model from the line was announced a few days back on September 5 in India. It’s named the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One).
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the same phone as the Xiaomi Mi 5X launched recently, but it runs on pure Android, Google’s Stock Android instead of MIUI. But the good news doesn’t end here. The phone will receive regular updates by Google and 2 years software support with Android 8.0 and 9.0. This doesn’t mean Xiaomi is ditching MIUI, as you’ll still have a few Xiaomi apps in there, like the camera, IR blaster and Mi Store. Xiaomi Android One buyers will also receive Unlimited Cloud Storage to save all your photos.
As for the hardware, the phone is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, 8MP front camera, two 12MP sensors, one wide-angle and one telephoto lens that provides great low-light shooting experience due to larger pixel size and 2x optical zoom. And a 3080mAh battery just like the Xiaomi Mi 5X.
The official Mi website published the Xiaomi Mi A1 unboxing photos showcasing the packaging, its content (Mi A1, 1 Charging Adapter, 1 USB Type-C Cable, 1 User Guide, 1 Warranty Card, 1 SIM eject tool), and the overall look of this amazing device. You shall see for yourself.