Earlier this week, Xiaomi confirmed to launch a new flagship smartphone in India with the dual-lens camera. While the company hasn’t revealed any details regarding the device, it has now confirmed that this upcoming smartphone will be exclusive to Flipkart. However, it will be also sold via Mi.com and Mi Home retail outlets. We expect this new device to be the rumored Mi A1 Android One smartphone that comes with stock Android UI instead of MIUI.
Earlier to this, a few Indian smartphone manufacturers including Lava, Micromax, and Spice have launched their own Android One smartphones in India. The Mi A1 is expected to be the same Mi 5X that was launched in China but with stock Android UI. It will be even more interesting if the Mi A1 comes with the recently released Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) September 2, 2017
Earlier: Aug 28th, 2017 – Today, Xiaomi has officially confirmed to unveil a new flagship dual camera smartphone on September 5th. Since the tweet particularly mentioned it as a global launch, we don’t expect the company to launch the upcoming Mi Note 3 or the Mi MIX 2 smartphones. Instead, Xiaomi might launch the rumored Mi A1 Android One smartphone that was earlier leaked through its global website. The Mi A1 will be the company’s first ever Android One smartphone. The Mi A1 shares the same model number (MDG2) as the Mi 5X launched exclusively in China.
Interestingly, the Mi 5X also sports the dual camera setup on the rear. It comes powered by the Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, while the Mi 6 flagship smartphone launched in the first half came with Snapdragon 835 processor. We expect the Mi A1 Android One smartphone to come with the same specifications as on the Mi 5X. Instead of the in-house MIUI, the Mi A1 will be running on the stock Android out of the box.
Earlier: August 18th, 2017 – Xiaomi currently sells the high-end smartphones under the Mi series and the affordable smartphones through the Redmi series. Now, the company might announce a new smartphone called Mi A1 under the Mi series. The Mi A1 smartphone with the model number MDG2 is listed on the RF exposure page on the Xiaomi’s official website. The MDG2 was earlier spotted on benchmarking websites. It was then reported to be the Mi 5X and interestingly, the Mi 5X is also missing on this list. The MDG2 smartphone also received the FCC certification in July this year.
As of now, there is no other information about the Mi A1 smartphone. Recently, Xiaomi has announced to launch a new smartphone with dual rear cameras in India. While the company skipped launching the flagship Mi 6 smartphone in India, the Mi 5X is the only other newly launched device to feature dual camera setup. The company is yet to reveal the name of its upcoming dual camera smartphone in India and my wild guess is that, the company will launch the Mi 5X as Mi A1 in India with few changes.
The Mi 5X sports metal built unibody design and is currently available for just 1299 Yuan (approx Rs. 12,500) in China. Talking about the specifications, it sports a 5.5-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. It is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2GHz and comes coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The device comes with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. It runs on the latest MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear of the device.
It features a 12MP dual-lens camera on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. Since there is no home button, the device comes with capacitive navigation buttons. Unlike the Mi 6, the Mi 5X offers MicroSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and USB Type-C port. It is backed by a 3,080mAh non-removable battery and supports fast charging with the5V/2A (10W) power adapter. It measures 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm and weighs 165 grams.
Next week, the company is launching the selfie-focused Redmi Note 5A smartphone with a 16MP front camera in China. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details about the upcoming Xiaomi smartphones!