With the launch of Xiaomi latest midrange Redmi Note 5 Pro imminent in Nepal, clearing the remaining stock of Mi A1 has been the topmost priority for Vatsal Impex who is the sole authorized distributor of Mi Products in Nepal. To do so, they have just slashed the price of Mi A1 (32GB) variant. The Mi A1 (32GB) is now available for just Rs. 23,999 (previously priced at Rs. 26,999).
Well, that’s a good news for someone looking for an excellent phone on a budget. The Mi A1 still is one of the best budget phones as it comes with all the latest hardware and is by no means an outdated phone. The Mi A1 being an Android One device gets the latest stock Oreo 8.0 OS out of the box and will also get the recently announced Android 9.0.
The Mi A1, however, has a 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD display, when the latest trend is a bigger display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Yes, that’s by no means a deal breaker, but even Xiaomi’s own Redmi 5 Plus has got one and costs Rs. 22,499.
In terms of performance, the Mi A1 excels the competition by a huge margin. The Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and stock UI ensures smooth performance and edges midrangers like Oppo F5 Youth, J7 Max, and Huawei Nova 2i.
The camera performance is, however, a mixed bag. The dual 12MP rear camera takes excellent portraits and daylight images but fails to effectuate during low light conditions. The 5MP front camera is also subpar for the price.
The 3080mAh battery is good enough to provide you a backup for a day. Overall, with the recent price drop, the Mi A1 is a perfect deal if you are on a tight budget.
Xiaomi MI A1 key specs
- 5.5 inches FHD IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection @401 PPI
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- Adreno 506 GPU
- Stock Android Nougat (v7.1.1); planned upgrade for Oreo (v8.0)
- 4 GB RAM
- 32 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Rear camera: Dual-12MP (26mm, f/2.2 + 50mm, f/2.6), PDAF, 2x zoom, Dual-LED flash
- Front camera: 5MP with f/2.0
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, A-GPS, USB OTG, IR Port
- Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, compass
- Non-removable 3080 battery
Rs. 26,999Rs. 23,999