Xiaomi bares new Android One smartphones Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has expanded its Android One lineup with the introduction of Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

The Mi A2

The wildly successful Mi A1 launched in September last year was Xiaomi’s first Android One device. The two new devices announced are set to take its Android One series to a whole new level, especially with the exceptional photography experience they offer.

Mi A2 is a photography powerhouse by sporting a 12MP + 20MP rear AI dual camera and a
20MP front camera. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon TM660 SoC with the powerful Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE).

The slightly smaller Mi A2 Lite is a great value package with a 12MP + 5MP rear AI dual camera and a 4,000mAh large battery.

As a benefit of the Android One partnership, both devices will have unlimited high quality photo storage with Google Photos to ensure users will never have to worry about running out of photo storage.

“We’ve been blown away by the positive response to the Mi A1 over the past year,” said Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s vice president of Android and Google Play Business. “We’re thrilled to expand our Android One partnership this year to introduce two great new devices, the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. We can’t wait for consumers around the world to see and experience them.”

The Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full Screen Display, protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panel, in an aluminum unibody with a curved back panel that is tapered towards the four sides.

Measuring just 7.3mm thick, Mi A2 offers great aesthetics and ergonomics at the same time. With a 20MP Sony IMX376 front camera and a 12MP + 20MP AI dual camera, the Mi A2 is one of the most powerful setups in this price range.

The 20MP front sensor features Super Pixel technology that combines the information of four pixels to create one large 2.0µm pixel, which greatly improves the sensor’s light sensitivity, resulting in clearer and brighter images in low-light conditions.

Coupled with effects such as AI Portrait, AI Beautify 4.0 and HDR, as well as a 4500K front Selfie-light, taking a good-looking selfie becomes truly effortless.

The rear 20MP camera features the same Super Pixel-enabled sensor with a ƒ/1.75 large aperture, which results in clearer, vibrant photos even in low-light conditions.

It is coupled with a 12MP camera that has 1.25µm large pixels and a ƒ/1.75 aperture as well, which allows Mi A2 to take photos with beautiful bokeh effects.

Another useful feature on Mi A2 is that users can manually select the 20MP or 12MP rear camera according to environment lighting, for example switching to the 20MP sensor when shooting in low-light situations to take advantage of the large 2.0µm pixels for brighter photos.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon TM660 platform with Artificial Intelligence Engine, Mi A2 offers a crisp, smooth experience. Advanced Kryo architecture, coupled with up to 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, means Mi A2 offers a perfect blend of performance and power-efficiency.

The Mi A2 Lite

The Mi A2 Lite is one of the first Android One devices to feature a unique 19:9 display. This 5.84” FHD+ full screen display is housed in a relatively compact body, making it very convenient for one-handed use.

The screen also comes with useful features such as Auto Contrast, Reading Mode and Night Mode. Mi A2 Lite sports a 12MP + 5MP AI rear dual camera, with the 12MP primary sensor featuring large 1.25µm pixels and phase-detection autofocus for fast and accurate autofocus.

It also has a 5MP front camera that supports AI Portrait Mode, which means photos can come with a bokeh effect even without a second lens.

With an impressive 4000mAh battery, Mi A2 Lite easily powers through 6 hours of continuous gaming and 34 hours of music playback. This is also thanks to the power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 platform, which allows Mi A2 Lite to cope with demanding 3D games while maintaining excellent battery life.

As Android One devices, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite run pure Android 8.1 out of the box with the latest Google AI-powered software innovations built in, such as a smarter battery that adjusts to user habits.

They also make it easy for users to find answers and get things done on-the-go with help from Google Assistant and Google Lens.

In terms of security, users can rest easy with monthly security software updates and Google Play Protect built in.

Moreover, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite support Google’s Project Treble, resulting in faster and easier system updates than other Android devices so users can get their hands on the latest features.

The devices will be rolled out gradually in 40 markets around the world, with availability starting late July.

Mi A2 comes in two versions with the following pricing in the Philippines: 3GB+32GB for P14,990 and 4GB+64GB for P17,490. Mi A2 Lite will be available at 3GB+32GB for P9,990 and 4GB+64GB for P11,990.