Xiaomi rolled out the Mi A1 in the second half of 2017. We’re almost done with the first half of 2018 and we’re expecting the Chinese OEM reveals another Mi phone. We’ve recently seen the Xiaomi Mi 8 and at this point, we’ve started looking at the Mi A2 which is also known as the Mi 6X. The phone comes equipped with an 18:9 display and dual rear cameras. The Mi 8 may be out but the Mi 6X is yet-to-be-unveiled as the Mi A2.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 was sighted on TENAA earlier and now we’ve got information a Lite version may also be released. A new certification has been listed on China’s FCC and a regulatory agency in Singapore. There’s not much information on hardware and specs in Singapore but TENAA’s listing tells us the phone will be called as the Mi A2 Lite.
We have some idea about the specs: a 5.99-inch screen, 19:9 display, 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB onboard storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, vertical dual-camera system, rear metal build, thick bezels, and a notched display. The phone has a rear metal build so you know it’s durable. We can also expect a circular rear fingerprint sensor. There’s no in-display fingerprint sensor yet. More details and information are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 may arrive together with the Mi A2 Lite sometime this Summer. We’re looking forward to a July unveiling. There is a possibility of an earlier launch but we’ll see.
The Mi A1 runs on Android One so we’re assuming the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite will also be powered by the same Android One platform topped by MIUI 10. The Android One platform is a lighter version of Android that would offer only the basic mobile OS features, support, and experience.
The lighter version of Android was made known in 2014 when the first Android One phone was introduced in India. The idea was a response to the demand of the Android community of a lighter mobile OS that won’t need as much space and memory. Some of Android One’s benefits include regular updates up to two years and offline Youtube. Android One launched in other countries, didn’t take off as expected, and then relaunched again in India.
Android One makes your ordinary smartphone more powerful and smarter than ever with the AI features. It’s almost more secure because of the Google Play Protect built in. While standard Android OS offers bloatware, this Android One only features pre-loaded apps that have been curated. If you want a longer battery life, Android One optimizes performance and power usage so you can enjoy an all-day battery.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite with Android Oreo should appeal to people looking for a premium-looking phone and yet don’t want to spend a lot of money. We’ve already seen the Mi A2 earlier. The latest TENAA images show a notch. It may greatly remind you of an iPhone X because of the notch that houses several sensors including a selfie camera.