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    September 5, 2017

    Confirmed: Xiaomi’s Mi A1 keeps the dream alive with stock Android

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    Xiaomi has announced the Mi A1; a dual-camera smartphone that arrives with both a budget price tag and stock Android in tow.

    As we reported yesterday, Xiaomi has now officially released the Mi A1 – a budget smartphone that delivers something new from the Chinese company thanks to the presence of stock Android.

    With its tagline reading “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google”, the Mi A1 brings with it a 5.5″ 1080p display, a metal body, and – as previously indicated – a dual camera array.

    Read: Xiaomi’s Mi 5X goes official with a budget price tag, dual cameras

    The Mi A1 forms part of Google’s Android One program, which aims to commodify Android – which is traditionally reliant on expensive hardware for optimal experience – for low-budget devices.

    The Mi A1 carries Android 7.1.2 Nougat at launch and will be upgradeable to Android 8.0 Oreo, and brings with it a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable internal storage.

    Interestingly, Xiaomi has offered that the device will be one of the first smartphones to be eligible for an upgrade to Android P when the update is announced in the not-so-distant future.

    The Mi A1’s dual camera array is constituted by two 12-megapixel cameras supporting 2x optical zoom, while the device accommodates a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a large 3,080mAh battery.

    Available in black, gold, and rose gold, the Mi A1 is set to retail for some €240 USD and will retail in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa, and further South Africa.

    We’ll be sure to update pricing for South African consumers once we’ve received further information.

    Read: Apple is now the world’s largest wearables vendor, beating Xiaomi

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