Overview of smartphone Xiaomi Mi A1: dual camera and pure Android
Products Xiaomi enjoys among the Russians great demand. Since the end of last year, the smartphones of this brand are officially sold in our country, and this way, Chinese companies have paved AliExpress and “gray” delivery. However, Xiaomi smartphones, and other of their countrymen — it’s no longer just the “cheap and cheerful”. The Chinese have already repeatedly proved that is able to produce a distinctive style and advanced from a technical point of view the device, and recently presented Mi MIX 2 challenged the leaders of the international market.
But Mi A1, which we will study today, is another offer for those buyers that are eager to save money and at the same time not to strike in a dirt the person next to audience expensive brands. So engineers Xiaomi revived old habits, which the company in the past and criticized (because of the shameless imitation of Apple), and praised (because of how good it sometimes fails to do). However, the technical experience of Xiaomi, which allowed her to produce such interesting products as both Mi6 and Mi MIX, were not in vain.
|Xiaomi Mi A1||Honor 6X||Meizu M5 Note||Moto Z2 Play||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X|
|Display||5.5 inch, IPS, 1080 × 1920 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1080 × 1920 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi capacitive, multi-touch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||No information||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||No information|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953: eight cores (8 × 2 GHz) ARM Cortex-A53||HiSilicon Kirin 655: eight cores (4 × 2.1 GHz + 4 × 1.7 GHz) Cortex-A53||MediaTek MT6755M Helio P10: eight cores (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz) ARM Cortex-A53||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 processor 2.2 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953: eight cores (8 × 2 GHz) ARM Cortex-A53|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 506, 650 MHz||ARM Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||Adreno 506, 650 MHz||Adreno 506, 650 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||3/4 GB||3/4 GB||3/4 GB||3/4 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||32/64 GB||16/32/64 GB||32/64 GB||32/64 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||There||There||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||Two nano-SIM||1 × micro-SIM + 1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800, 1900||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6: ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 4: the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 4: the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 7 (300/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 6, ranges: 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11/b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS (BeiDou and Galileo are implemented by the chipset, but not stated)||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), ultrasonic||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor|
|The main camera||12 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||12 MP, phase detection autofocus, led flash; a secondary camera — 2 MP||13 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video||12 MP, ƒ/1,7, hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash, record 4K video||13 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||5 MP, no autofocus, no flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||4 MP, fixed focus, flash||5 MP, without autofocus, with flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3080 mAh, 3.7 V)||Removable battery: 12,69 W·h (3340 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,58 WH (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||155,4 × 75,8 × 7.3 mm||150 × 76,2 × 8.2 mm||153,6 × 75,8 × 8.1 mm||156,2 × 76,2 × 5,99 mm||151 × 76 × 8.5 mm|
|Weight||165 g||162 g||138 g||145 g||165 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||Splash protection||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Flyme||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, private shell MiUI|
|Current price||17 000 rubles||12 990 / 15 570 rubles||9 999 / 10 999 / 11 849 rubles||25 800 rubles (for the version 3/64 GB)||7 898 / 9 199 / 10 299 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
Official website of the manufacturer does not skimp on praise appearance Mi A1. But the inspiration Xiaomi has brought all the same, familiar to all of us Muse, and this time the scale of borrowing from Apple especially cynical. Mi A1 exactly the same as the iPhone 7 Plus with a proportioned body, the size of the screen, the front panel and the plastic inserts on the metal cover. If not for the absence of the home keys and fingerprint scanner on the back, on the surface Xiaomi Mi A1 and its American prototype it would be long to mix together. However, the quality of manufacture is beyond reproach. Savings is manifested only in the details: the joint between the glass and metal have johnny Ive was more smooth, and the protrusions on the camera and framed by a cheap-looking plastic insert. Of color options Xiaomi offers black, gold and pink.
All keys are concentrated on the right side of the case for right — handed use, holding the device in the dominant hand, as most convenient, although the use of a smartphone without the help of a second hand with this screen size is still difficult. The biometric sensor is preferably not too close to the camera and low enough to be comfortable to reach with the index finger, even if that you do not have a very large palm. A few dozen attempts, the scanner never gave a crash, and the delay before unlock virtually nonexistent.
Case Mi A1 as thin as the iPhone, but the device a little easier, despite the fact that inside there was a place for slightly more capacious battery (3080 mA * h to 180 mA * h longer), and mini-jack connector. Another feature Mi A1 — an infrared emitter on the top edge, through which the gadget can be used as remote control home appliances. That’s only in Mi A1 no NFC antenna, so — there is no possibility of contactless payments with the help of Android Pay.
If you look at the design and specification Mi A1 you think that this is the same smartphone that Xiaomi Mi 5X, released in the summer, then congratulations, you’ve got a point. Changed only the software component of the device. Unlike all the other gadgets Xiaomi Mi A1 powered by Android One. Formally, this version of the OS designed for budget smartphones sold in the countries of the “developing world”, but we this development is very welcome, it’s really just pure Android with no unnecessary, duplicate services by Google (for any third party applications in the Android One requires Google approval). Programs from Xiaomi in this instance were installed, only the shell of the camera, the service feedback with the manufacturer, Mi Remote for the IR-emitter and the client Mi Community — social network users of Xiaomi.
At the moment the current version of the firmware contains Android version 7.1.2 (Nougat), but Xiaomi has already guaranteed future upgrade to Android 8 (Oreo). In fact, the smartphones of the middle class in Android One, which began to appear in the last time, filled the empty niche of the Nexus series devices at an affordable price, with prompt updates directly from Google, because Google Pixel already claim to be “premium” grade with the appropriate price tag.
Compared with customized firmwares Android has a number of unusual but useful features. The movement of your finger down on the biometric sensor opens the notification panel, shift the main screen to the right — a personal news feed and weather forecast. There is voice assistant Google, but it is, unlike the rest of the UI elements doesn’t work with Russian language.
But perhaps the austere interface is pure Android not everyone will like. For example, the basic settings should be done to the battery display in the status bar in percent (default is only in the charging process). Desired setting is in the hidden settings, System UI Tuner. To open access to it, you have to press and within 30 seconds hold the gear icon. In an extreme case, for Xiaomi Mi A1, there is an unofficial firmware with a shell MIUI.