Xiaomi launches Mi A1, the most expensive Android One smartphone yet in India

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Xiaomi has finally launched its first-ever Android One smartphone in India. Called Mi, the smartphone is priced at Rs 14,999. The smartphone marks the debut of the new 'A' series by Xiaomi and is the company's third to come with dual rear cameras. Mi A1 is also the most expensive Android One phone to launch so far.
Google launched the first Android One smartphones in 2014. At the launch Google CEO Sundar Pichai (then senior VP, Android, Chrome and Apps at Google) said that the Android One programme has been conceived with India in mind. Since then the company has launched several Android One phones in India, the last being Lava Pixel V1 (before Xiaomi Mi A1) launched in July 2015 at Rs 11,350.

Here are some things you need to know about Xiaomi's all-new Android One phone.

Google calls it the most powerful Android One phone

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the latest addition to the Google's Android One initiative that was introduced three years ago. Based on the specifications, this is also the most powerful Android One smartphone till date. For now, the Mi A1 is the only Android One smartphone to sport an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM along with a dual rear camera.

First Xiaomi smartphone with two rear cameras in India
Xiaomi Mi A1 is the third smartphone by the company to sport dual rear cameras after theMi 6 and the Mi 5X but it is the first by the company in India. This device has a 12MP wide angle and a 12MP telephoto lens for an improved bokeh effect and zoomed-in shots.

Runs stock Android
The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs Android One OS, which is essentially stock Android but for budget smartphones. The hardware and software standards are created by Google itself. The Android One smartphones, however, has no user interface customisation options.

To be sold in over 40 countries
Although the Xiaomi Mi A1 has made a debut in India, it will be arriving at 40 countries including Russia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico among others. The announcement will be made locally over time.

"One of the first" phones expected to get Android P

During the Mi A1 launch event, global director of Android programs Jon Gold said that the smartphone will be among the first ones to get Android 8.0 Oreo and also Android P, which we assume may arrive next year. Gold indirectly also confirmed the existence of Android P with the comment.

Xiaomi Mi A1Specifications

The key features of the Xiaomi Mi A1 include 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, dual 12MP rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera, 64GB inbuilt storage with microSD card support and 3080mAh battery.

It will go on sale starting September 12.

source gadgetsnow.com

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