a Review of the Xiaomi Mi A1: Chinese smartphone pure Android versions

Many users upset information from Google about what the Nexus line of smartphones will no longer be available. But in September 2017, the situation has changed dramatically. As a result of close cooperation Google and Xiaomi was unveiled: budget smartphone with pure Android 7.1.2 Nougat with support for updates. Unofficially, the new device is a continuation of the latest models from Nexus.
Device feature built-in 64 GB of its own memory, which is 2 times larger than that of its predecessors. Besides, the device is equipped with two slots for sim-cards, one of which can be used for memory cards. But to go to such extremes is not necessary. Photos and music can be stored in the Google cloud for free.

What else can boast the flagship of the company Xiaomi?

The technical characteristics Xiaomi Mi A1:

  • Screen: a 5.5″, color IPS, touch, 1920 x 1080 px, 401 PPI, capacitive, multi-touch, glass is resistant to scratches, there is avtopovorot screen;
  • CPU: 8-cores, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953, 2.0 GHz;
  • Graphics accelerator: Mali-T880MP4;
  • memory: 4;
  • Built-in memory: 32/64 GB;
  • External memory: up to 128 GB (shared with slot for second SIM card);
  • Operating system: Android 7.1.2 (no MIUI)
  • The rear camera: dual 12/12 MP, led flash, autofocus, 2x optical Zoom, aperture of F/2.2, max. video resolution of 3840×2160, 30 frames/sec;
  • Front camera: 5 MP;
  • Slot SIM: two nano SIM card (combination slot);
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, IRDA, USB;
  • Connectivity: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G, LTE, VoLTE | LTE bands 1, 1800, 2100, 2600, 3, 7;
  • Navigation: GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou;
  • Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, the ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, the Hall sensor, a compass, a fingerprint scanner;
  • Advanced: technology A-GPS, USB Type-C, voice dialing, voice control, airplane mode indicator, IR port (it is possible to control appliances), 3.5 mm headset Jack, USB-host;
  • Battery: non-removable 3080 mA * h, fast charging (USB Type C);
  • dimensions: 75.8 x 155.4 x 7.3 mm;
  • Weight: 165 grams;
  • Available colors: black, red, gold, and rose gold;

Komplektatsiya. The device is packaged in a stylish white box with logo Mi. The kit includes USB cable, AC adapter, extra film on the glass and the paper clip to retrieve the sim card.

appearance. The developers did not take risks, and have applied best design practices. Visually, the device resembles the model of the Xiaomi Mi 5 X. Thin with slightly curved edges, an ergonomic all-metal smartphone in the aluminum casing is nice to hold in hands. At the oleophobic coating fingers slide easily and leave almost no on the surface of the prints. The smartphone looks prestige and expensive.

The new model is not only in the traditional colors gold and pink gold, but also in a matte noble black color. The screen is protected with impact-resistant glass Gorilla glass 3 and scratch resistant, but wearing the gadget with the keys in his pocket, still not worth it.

Panel the touch control located in the lower part, below the screen. Control buttons and power are on the right side and the left – hybrid tray for two SIM cards (regular and Nano) or the additional memory card slot.

The headphones are connected from below through a 3.5-inch connector. There is a speaker and a USB input for connecting external devices. On the top mounted noise-canceling microphone and infrared port allows the machine to be used as a remote control for air conditioner, TV and other household appliances.

On the rear panel stands out with a dual camera module and flash and a scanner for fingerprints, ensuring the safety and protection of personal data. The biometric authentication mechanism allows to unlock the smartphone by one touch. The only drawback – inconvenient location of the scanner. In order to perform the operation of recognition, will have to take the unit in hand.

Display. the Smartphone boasts a touch screen IPS with a diagonal of 5.5 inches that supports the image size of 1920x1080 in Full HD. The point density is 401 ppi. The model is restrained natural colors with a bias towards the cold colors, which is not like all users.

OS and interface. the Device runs on Android 7 and the base comes in version 7.1.2 Nougat. But the manufacturer continuously corrects bugs and improves performance proven operating system. The device has support for Google services, and apps are updated automatically.

To control the phone simply. Easy touch buttons are traditionally placed under the screen. Comfortable surfing the Internet, quickly find necessary information and to plan personal schedule by reference to intellectual assistant Google Assistant.

Performance. Xiaomi Mi A1 works flawlessly. With a powerful 8-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with a clock frequency of 2 GHz Android just flies. The user creates the feeling that he holds in his hands the alien technology, not a phone in the price range up to 20 thousand rubles. High level of graphics chip Adreno provides 506.

Applications don't slow down, you can play almost all games on high settings. While watching videos and running powerful applications, the apparatus is slightly warm. But even at high loads heating of CPU is negligible.

The amount of RAM is 4 GB and internal – 32/64 GB depending on the version of the smartphone. To increase ROM, you can use the microSD memory card. For her, there is a separate sim slot.

a Single charge powerful battery on 3,080 mAh is sufficient for stable operation of the device in a day and a half. But demanding games and watching videos faster you consume energy. In this case, the smartphone is enough for 5-6 hours of continuous operation.

Camera. The manufacturer supplied smartphone dual 12-megapixel camera with twofold optical zoom and portrait mode shooting. This innovative solution allowed to compare the device with iPhone 7 Plus, but this comparison is incorrect. The model is closer to tabletm, therefore, to control the camera will need two hands. Photos turn out really juicy, but only in good light. The video quality is not up to machinery from manufacturers Apple because of the lack of optical image stabilization when shooting movies and weak of the color spectrum.

But front camera very pleased consumers. Mounted 5 megapixel module only at first glance seems weak. The camera has wide angle and good dynamic range. Images to produce sharp and bright. Mode improvements smooths the skin and removes the bags under the eyes.

Sound. The external speaker produces deep loud sound, but with headphones the sound is not always the same clean. In the lower part of the body is 3.5 mm audio Jack with amplifier for 10W that support high-impedance headphones with impedance up to 600 Ohms.

The noise reduction system allows the interviewee to hear the voice of the owner of the device, regardless of the location of the speaker and of the presence of extraneous sounds.

Advantages and disadvantages. Xiaomi Mi A1 is a perfect combination of quality and price. For relatively little money the user gets smart and efficient device with many possibilities.


  • Excellent build quality;
  • Familiar design
  • High performance pure Android;
  • Good front camera;
  • Loud clear sound.


  • Lack of support for NFC;
  • The lack of optical image stabilization when shooting movies and recording mode 4K;
  • Weak color spectrum;
  • Not the best sounding headphones.

It is noteworthy that the smartphone is operable from the taking out of the box, so users don't need to put extra effort and to constantly reflash the system. Google makes all updates on their own, honing the firmware to Shine!

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