Xiaomi Mi A2: What Has Changed From the Mi A1?

Xiaomi has finally removed the curtains from the next iteration of its Mi A series today in Madrid, Spain. Not only this, the Chinese company has also launched a Lite variant this time around. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is priced at EUR 249 for 3GB + 32GB variant, EUR 279 for 4GB+64GB variant and EUR 349 for 6GB+128GB variant. While the Mi A2 starts at EUR 179 for 3GB+32GB variant and EUR 229 for 4GB+64GB variant. Both the devices are expected to hit the Indian shores soon but till then, let’s dive in a little deeper and find out if the new Mi A2 is a worthy upgrade to the extremely popular Mi A1?

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Detailed Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 LiteXiaomi Mi A1
PriceEUR 249 - EUR 349EUR 179 - EUR 229Rs 14,999
Dimensions158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm
Weight166g178g165g
Display5.99-inch Full HD (1080 x 2160 pixels) IPS LCD (18:9)5.84-inch Full HD (1080 x 2280 pixels) IPS LCD (19:9)5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS LCD (16:9)
ProcessorOcta-Core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Adreno 512 GPUOcta-Core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Adreno 506 GPUOcta-Core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Adreno 506 GPU
RAM3GB/4GB/6GB3GB/4GB4GB
Storage32GB/64GB/128GB32GB/64GB64GB
Battery3000 mAh (Non-Removable) | Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.04000 mAh (Non-Removable) | Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.03080 mAh (Non-Removable) | Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo - Android OneAndroid 8.1 Oreo - Android OneAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat (Upgradable to Android Oreo) - Android One
CameraDual 12MP f/1.75 + 20 MP f/1.75

Front - 20MP
Dual 12MP f/2.2 + 5 MP f/2.2

Front - 5MP

Front - 20MP
Dual 12MP f/2.2 + 12 MP f/2.6

Front - 5MP

Front - 5MP
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
USB Type-C 1.0
GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Micro-USB 2.0
GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
USB Type-C 1.0
GPS
3.5 mm Headphone JackNo YesYes
ColoursBlack, Gold, Blue, Red, Rose GoldBlack, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold, RedMidnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White
Dual SIMYesYesYes
Water ResistanceNoNoNo

 

Before I get into the analysis, here is an illustration where Xiaomi explains what has changed from Mi A1.

 

What has Changed?

1. The Processor: The Mi A2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset inside compared to the Snapdragon 625 in the Mi A1. SD 660 is certainly more powerful with 2.2 GHz clock speed in 4 cores. It supports LPDDR4 RAM, has upgraded graphics and supports Bluetooth 5.0. Now, Snapdragon 625 is still one of my favourite processors for its balanced performance, however, it just misses out in some departments when compared to the Snapdragon 660. This is perhaps the biggest advantage that Mi A2 has over the Mi A1.

2. Camera: The camera on the Mi A1 was already commendable for how much it damages your pocket. But with the Mi A2, Xiaomi is closing in to the more respectable mid-range smartphones in the market. The Mi A2 comes with a dual camera setup at the back – one is a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor along with a primary 12-megapixel IMX486 sensor. Both the sensors boast a really impressive f/1.75 aperture which possible translates to a much better low-light performance. Adding to this is the new bigger 1.25 micron pixel size. Not only this, Xiaomi also claimed that the portrait mode on the Mi A2 is much improved than the Mi A1. There is also a bump in the front camera from 5 megapixel to 20 megapixel along with the selfie portrait mode.

3. More RAM and Bluetooth 5.0: With the Mi A2, Xiaomi has also introduced a 6GB RAM variant along with a 128GB internal storage. Not sure, how will Xiaomi price this variant in India but it surely signals how the company is slowly heading towards the mid-range segment. Apart from this, the Mi A2 also supports Bluetooth 5.0 which to be honest is still underrated as a feature in smartphones these days.

4. No Headphone Jack: Alright, this is a debatable move by Xiaomi. I agree, headphone jack is slowly heading out and people do get used to not having it, ‘But’ – I couldn’t understand the reason here. The Mi A2 has a decent sized chin at the bottom and I am sure Xiaomi is not saving up space for some display drivers. Again, this decision is highly subjective. What do you think?

 

 

What has not changed?

1. Display: The Mi A2 continues to boast the same display but with bigger dimensions. We get a 5.99-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display. Not sure about any sort of display protection though. The display on the Mi A1 wasn’t that bad and as they say ‘If it ain’t broke, why fix it’. But maybe, just maybe an OLED panel next time Xiaomi? Please?

2. Design: The design on the Mi A2 is utterly similar to the Mi A1 if you can let go the new camera orientation and not so likable ‘camera bump’. I still prefer aluminium over glass for its durability so no complaints here. Some of you might miss features like water resistance and wireless charging but you have consider the fact that Mi A2 is still a budget device.

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