7 Incred­i­ble Xiao­mi Mi A1 Fea­tures That You Should Know

Namrata Gogoi

If you have been following the tech scene in India, you must have seen the recent hype about Xiaomi’s latest device — Mi A1. The Mi A1 is the first dual camera phone from Xiaomi and boasts of incredible features in an affordable price bracket.

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Now that it’s officially launched, we went over it and here are few of the incredible features of the Xiaomi Mi A1 that are worth talking about.

1. Flagship Dual Camera

The Mi A1 is the first dual camera offering from Xiaomi in the sub-Rs 20000 price range. The 12-megapixel wide angle lens is paired with a telephoto lens. The marriage of two lenses will result in pictures with blurred background, aka the Bokeh effect and is touted to rival the best in the industry.

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What’s more, the Mi A1 boasts of 1.25-micron large pixels resulting in more light intake. When it comes to the zoom level, it boasts of a 2X optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom.

The Mi A1 boasts of 1.25-micron large pixels resulting in more light intake

Plus, the dual-tone LED flash is the perfect wingman to the dual camera setup, thus letting you capture great moments even in low light conditions.

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Other features include a beautify 3.0 and unlimited high-quality (not full resolution, though) storage on Google Photos.

2. Based on Android One

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is based on Google’s Android One and in the first Xiaomi phone not to feature MIUI. The main advantage of Android One is faster and regular updates.

The Mi A1 will be one of the first devices from Xiaomi to be updated to Android P

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While the updates will come from Google, Xiaomi might tinker with the updates to provide the best of both worlds.

Though a pure Android experience means that it won’t contain the usual Xiaomi apps, however, the Mi A1 will include a couple of pre-installed apps like the camera app and the Mi Store app.

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Also, Xiaomi has assured of the device updating to Android Oreo by the end of this year. Plus, the Mi A1 will be one of the first devices from Xiaomi to be updated to Android P, when it’s launched.

3. Powerful Processor + Cool Cooling Technology

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which clocks at 2.0 GHz and packs in 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

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If you recollect, this was the same processor that was used in the company latest offerings —  Redmi Note 4 and Mi Max 2. As the director of Product Management for Xiaomi, Donovan

As the director of Product Management for Xiaomi, Donovan Sung, implied during the launch — Xiaomi flocks to the Snapdragon 625 chipset like bees to honey.

The 2.0 GHz octa-core 625 chipset is built on the 14-nm FinFET technology thus making it more battery efficient with minimal heating.

Adding to it, the Mi A1 has an additional thermal cooling comprising of pyrolytic graphite sheet which can lower the device temperature by as much as 2-degree centigrade.

4. Premium Design

The Xiaomi Mi A1 sports a metallic unibody with round back edges, rounded corners and a slimmer profile at just 7.3-mm thickness. Plus, it tips the scale at just about 165 grams.

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Similar to the latest Android flagships, the Mi A1 has its antenna lines at the perimeter, thus lending a smooth finish to the rear, broken only by the dual camera setup and the fingerprint sensor.

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Plus, the Xiaomi Mi A1 also boasts of a fingerprint resistant back.

5. Screen Protection

The build quality of Xiaomi phones has always been debatable with the screen shattering even on minor falls. However, with the Mi A1, Xiaomi has done things a tad differently.

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It comes packed with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection, thus providing a fall back against nasty falls.

6. Better Audio Performance

With the Mi A1, Xiaomi has assured of a better audio performance. It packs in a standalone audio amplifier coupled with DHS Audio Calibration algorithm, along with a 10V smart audio amplifier.

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While the algorithm would help in improving the speaker outputs by channeling the deeper lows and higher volume, the standalone amplifier would bring out the true potential of any headphones.

Moreover, the Mi A1 also assures of clearer call quality, thanks to the noise-reduction algorithm by Fortemedia.

7. USB Type-C Connectivity

Following close on the heels of the Mi Max 2 and the Mi 6, the Mi A1 also sports a USB Type-C connectivity.

This can be used both for high-speed data transfers and (you guessed it right) to power up the 3080mAh battery unit.

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What’s more, the USB Type-C has a custom 380V charger, made to protect against the power surges in India.


The Xiaomi Mi A1 is priced at just Rs 14,999 and will be available in India from September 12th, in both online and offline markets.

While the online sale is exclusive to Flipkart and mi.com, the offline market includes the Mi preferred partners like Purvika, Sangeetha, etc.

It’ll be available in three different colors –Black, Gold and Rose Gold.

Xiaomi Mi A1: A Step in the Right Direction

Being a Xiaomi Phone, the Mi A1 includes the usual suspects like NFC, VoLTE Support, IR blaster and the fingerprint sensor on the rear. Priced at only Rs 14,999, the combination of the hardware specs and the dual camera setup is simply amazing.

So, will you buy the Xiaomi Mi A1? Do drop us a line or two in the comments below.

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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.