Ever since Xiaomi stopped the production of Xiaomi MI A1, speculations were going on regarding the launch of the Mi A2. Fast forward, with the release of the Mi 6X, the air got cleared, and with the recent announcement, the wait is over as tomorrow, Xiaomi will officially be launching the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite.
The launch of the Mi A2 was expected, but the Mi A2 Lite is the surprise entrant, now from the name you can tell that the Mi A2 Lite is going to be the lower variant of the Mi A2.
The main reason why Xiaomi is launching two smartphones is the pricing; the Mi A2 is expected to be priced at Rs 20K (base variant), which is quite higher than last year’s Mi A1. With that being said, Xiaomi came with a new cheaper model; the Mi A2 Lite, which is expected to price around 10-11K. Now if you are someone who is looking forward to the launch of the Mi A2, then keep reading this post, as we are going to look at everything you need to know about the Mi A2 Lite.
So, here’s everything you need to know about the Mi A1 Lite: –
For those of you who don’t know, it was Xiaomi who revived the Android One program in India with their Mi A1, the Android One program was first launched in India back in 2015, with local vendors like Micromax, Karbonn, etc. but it failed, so it was Xiaomi who came to the rescue and relaunched the program with Google.
One of the most significant advantages of having an Android One phone is getting guaranteed updates and monthly patches. For instance, when the Mi A1 came out in last September, it ran on Android v7.1.2 (Nougat), as of now, it is running on the latest Android v8.1.0 (Oreo) and also be getting the Android P update, which is an impressive thing considering the fact that less than 1% of Android smartphones are running on Android v8.1.
With that being said, the Mi A2 and A2 Lite will also be under Android One program so in short, it will get not only the Android P update but also the Android Q update including monthly security patches.
If you look at the flagship smartphones that were launched this year, in most of them you’ll find one thing common which is the notch, now let it be Honor 10, OnePlus 6, Mi 8, LG G7 ThinQ, etc. And now Xiaomi is bringing a budget smartphone in India which is going to cost around 10-11K and will also feature a notch.
So, for those you who were looking for a value for money budget smartphone with a notch then the Mi A2 Lite is the device you would love to have.
#Dedicated microSD card slot
Xiaomi hasn’t been one of those who has encouraged the idea of a dedicated microSD card slot on their smartphones, nonetheless, with the Mi A2 Lite, you are going to get a dedicated microSD slot. Therefore, along with using two Nano SIM cards, you will also be able to use a dedicated microSD card.
With the notch, the Mi A2 Lite does indeed look impressive, but that’s not all, the device also sports a large 5.84-inch IPS LCD having a resolution of (1080 x 2280p), the Mi A2 Lite beats the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of resoltuion as it has gotten pixels per inch than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
On top of the display, the Mi A2 Lite will have a Corning Gorilla Glass (3 or 4) Protection, but Xiaomi just like with the Redmi Note 5 Pro hasn’t specified the version of the Corning Gorilla Glass.
Xiaomi has been teasing that the camera in both the A2 and A2 Lite has been improved courtesy of AI, and most importantly the portrait mode, so expect to see better portrait mode on both the Android One smartphones.
The rear of the A2 Lite is having a vertical dual camera setup having 12 + 5 MP camera with dual-tone LED flash, whereas, at the front, there may be an 8 or 13 MP camera for selfies. Anyways, both the cameras are going to have a f/2.2 aperture, which could have been reduced for better low-light photography.
The Mi A2 is going to come with a Snapdragon 660 which as you can tell is more powerful than the Redmi 5 Note Pro’s Snapdragon 636, but being the lower variant, the Mi A2 Lite is going to feature the same chipset, RAM, and ROM which we the Mi A1 had.
Because the Mi A2 Lite features a Snapdragon 625 is disappointing, but if you look at the market, the Snapdragon 625 chipset is still quite popular among the smartphone vendors. However, it would have been better if Xiaomi could have used the Snapdragon 636.
The Mi A1 had a 3080 mAh battery, which somehow gives you one day of usage. And sadly, the Mi A2 will also feature the same 3080 mAh battery, but the good news is that Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, is going to have a 4000 mAh battery, which rest assured will easily be able to give you two days of usage without any issues.
|Device name||Mi Mix 2|
|Release Date||July 2018|
|Dimension||(5.88 x 2.82 0.35 in)|
|Colors available in||Black, Blue, Red, Black, and Gold|
|Screen Size||5.84 inch|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Pixel density||~ 432 ppi|
|O.S & Hardware|
|Processor||2.0 GHz Octa-core|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|micro-SD slot||Yes (dedicated microSD slot)|
|Primary Camera||12 + 5 MP|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP|
|Video||4K recording at 2160p @30fps|
|Features||dual-tone LED flash, panorama,touch-focus,
AI camera, face/smile detection
|USB||micro USB v2.0|
|Audio Jack||Yes,3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Capacity||4000 mAh (Li-Po)|
|Store & Price|