Xiaomi Mi A1 Review – Created by Xiaomi, Powered by Google


The new Xiaomi Mi A1 is a flagship-class Android device being heavily marketed as “created by Xiaomi, powered by Google.” It runs Android One without custom apps or other software overlays and will receive timely updates.

The display panel is a Full HD 5.5-inch LTPS IPS touchscreen with a 401 PPI density and good brightness. Colors are vivid, viewing angles are broad, and the text is crisp.


The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen covered by Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch (PPI), higher than most other devices in this segment.

The panel of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is based on IPS LCD technology and can reproduce 16,777,216 colors with a color depth – of 24 bits. It also has an excellent contrast ratio and excellent viewing angles.

The display is bright and undoubtedly one of the better screens in this price range. It can also display text and images in bright sunlight without needing a tempered glass protector.


The Xiaomi Mi A1’s camera performance is decent in daylight but fares worse when shooting in low or mixed lighting conditions. Photos taken in poor light are surprisingly noisy, even when the wide-angle camera is pointed toward a subject.

The 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras are the same as those in the Mi 5X and 6. The regular wide-angle lens has an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25um pixels, while the telephoto lens has an f/2.6 aperture and 1um pixels.

The portrait mode takes impressive pictures of people and other subjects with beautiful bokeh. In the proper lighting, it also produces nice-looking landscape shots.


The battery of the Xiaomi Mi A1 isn’t large – a 3,080mAh unit, for example – but it’s more than enough to see you through an entire day of moderate use. This is thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and USB Type-C charging.

The phone is a solid performer and looks excellent, too. It’s available in black with a fingerprint-resistant coating or rose gold.

It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and runs stock Android. It also has a dual-camera system.

We’ve been using the Mi A1 for over a month, and its battery life is still perfect. We’re getting around 15 to 18 hours of use from a single charge, which is pretty good in this price range.


Google’s first attempt to launch Android One failed miserably – and this time, the company has teamed up with Xiaomi, which has built a reputation for producing top-tier devices at meager prices. The result is a device offering some of the best hardware on the market, stock Android, and a secure software experience.

The Mi A1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 system-on-chip. This 14nm process chip is based on Samsung/Global Foundry’s FinFet manufacturing technology and has eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked up to 2GHz.

It also has an Adreno 506 GPU and can run 3D games on-screen without stuttering or frame-rate issues. This isn’t a high-end processor, but it’s enough to power your everyday tasks, especially when combined with the phone’s low power consumption.

The Mi A1’s software is also remarkably swift, which shouldn’t be surprising given the hardware under the hood. It’s also incredibly secure, which should be reassuring for users who are concerned about privacy.

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