The Chinese Xiaomi has just presented two new Android One devices. The Mi A2 and cheaper Mi A2 Lite have smooth hardware, clean software and relatively low recommended prices. Read all about the smartphones here.
Xiaomi Mi A2
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is the successor of the popular Mi A1, which appeared last year. The device stood out because it was part of the Android One program, which means that the phone runs on stock Android and gets updates quickly. The software is like that on Pixel devices, although Xiaomi itself is responsible for the rollout of updates. That means that security patches and new Android versions appear slightly later than when Google releases them. Out of the box the Mi A2 runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo). An update to Android 9.0 (P) follows later this year.
The specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A2 were known for a long time, because the smartphone is the European version of the Mi 6X that appeared in China. The device has a 5.99 inch screen with a resolution of 2160 by 1080 pixels and thinner edges on the sides. Under and above the screen are still thick bezels. However, the display has an aspect ratio of 18 by 9, like the most recent Android phones.
Under the bonnet we find a Snapdragon 660 chip with octacore processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage space, which is common in this price range. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back under the dual camera (12 + 20 megapixel), at the front is a 20 megapixel selfie camera. The housing is made of glass and metal and the whole receives power from the 3010 mAh battery. With the usb-c port and Quick Charge 3.0 support it charges quickly.
Release and prices
The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes in different variants, each of which differs in price. The entry model (with 4GB RAM and 32G storage) costs 249 euros, the variant with 4GB RAM / 64GB storage has a price of 279 euros. The most expensive version has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and a suggested retail price of 349 euros.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
New this year is that Xiaomi releases a cheaper version of its Android One phone. The Mi A2 Lite is the European version of the Redmi 6 Pro and – as the name suggests – has less powerful hardware and a smaller screen. The latter measures 5.84 inches and has a notch for the 5 megapixel front camera, loudspeaker and various sensors. The resolution is 2280 by 1080 pixels, which provides sharp images on this screen size.
The Mi A2 Lite is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Just like with its bigger brother, the fingerprint scanner is on the back, although the dual camera has sensors of 12 and 5 megapixels. Furthermore, the battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh is much larger, although there is no USB port and fast charging. Charging, on the other hand, is slower and via the now obsolete micro-usb connection.
Release and prices
The Mi A2 Lite runs on Android 8.1 and gets monthly security updates. The Mi A2 Lite comes in two variants: 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. For that, Xiaomi asks 179 and 229 euros respectively.
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- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
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- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
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- and other cool features.
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Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip