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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Xiaomi A1 - Android One Redefined

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Just when everyone was starting to think Google's Android One project did not live to it's hype, top chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, have announced the Xiaomi A1, the company's first Android One device.

The Xiaomi A1 packs all the awesome features of Android One plus an upgraded hardware. The phone will cost about $234 (~ N84,200) that's way more than the usual $50 - $100 Android One devices which had been released earlier.

The change in pricing could be a strategy by Google to reach more high end users and initiate them to the Android gang.

Of course, a higher price means higher end hardware, and Xiaomi doesn't disappoint here. Let's take a look at the specifications of the device.

Xiaomi A1 - Dammybas blog
Xiaomi A1 
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XIAOMI A1 SPECIFICATIONS
Xiaomi A1 Full Specifications
Xiaomi A1 Full Specs


  • Android 8.0 Oreo (Full stock android)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 4GB RAM, and 64GB ROM (expandable up to 128GB)
  • 5.5 inch FHD Screen
  • Dual 12MP  Rear Camera (Up to 4k video recording)
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 3000mAh Battery with quick charging support
  • Reversible USB Type-C Connector
  • 4G Compatible
  • Sensors: Infrared, Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint & Proximity
  • Dual SIM compatible

The phone is available in 3 colors: Black, Gold & Rose Gold.
Xiaomi A1 Design Image
Xiaomi A1 Design
The dual camera is one of the standout features of this beautiful device. The camera has a 2x optical zoom and churns out some very nice pictures.

Here are some of the pictures:
Xiaomi A1 Dual Camera
Source: Xiaomi
Xiaomi A1 is powered by full stock Android 8.0 (Oreo) with all Google services (including Google Assistant and Google Photos) embedded in the OS.

The phone is expected to get new android updates yearly as soon as they are released.
Xiaomi A1 Dual Camera Design

The device has already launched in India, and is expected to launch in 40 countries. As at the point of writing this, I'm not yet sure if the phone will be available in Nigeria at launch. (I'll update this page once the device is available). The Xiaomi A1 is now available on Aliexpress with free shipping, Click here to buy and get instant $10 off.


Xiaomi A1 Quick Review




So, what do you think about this device? Leave a comment.

Source: Engadget, Google Android One, Xiaomi.





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