The Xiaomi Mi A2 in five keys
The Xiaomi Mi A2 in five keys

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is already official. The Chinese manufacturer has already released the details of the heir of the popular Mi A1. We are facing an Android One mobile with 18: 9 screen, double camera and very competitive features to be located in a price range that clearly struggles against most average ranges.

Let’s review what the key points are and what aspects of the Xiaomi Mi A2 we should know. A device that wants to repeat the success of the first generation and this time does not come alone because Xiaomi has also introduced the Mi A2 Lite, a little brother whose features are not as powerful as the Mi A2.

Technical specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A2

SCREEN 5.99 “FullHD + 18: 9 
Gorilla Glass 5
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 660
RAM 4/6 GB
STORAGE 32/64/128 GB
BATTERY 3.010 mAh + QC 3.0
REAR CAMERA 20 + 12MP, f / 1.75, 1.25μm, PDAF, 4K / 30fps video
FRONT CAMERA 20 MP, f / 1.8, HDR
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm 
168 g
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 Oreo 
One Edition
OTHERS USB Type C, rear fingerprint reader, BT 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, no jack
PRICE € 249 (4 / 32GB) 
€ 279 (4 / 64GB) 
€ 349 (6 / 128GB)

The Android One of Xiaomi makes the jump to the screens 18: 9

In the last months we were not recommending the Mi A1 for being left behind at the level of optimization of the size. With the Xiaomi Mi A2 the lack of 18: 9 screen has been solved and finally we have a terminal adapted to the current times. It incorporates a 5.99-inch screen with FullHD + resolution and protected with Gorilla Glass 5.

Unlike its small brother, Xiaomi has decided not to incorporate the ‘notch’ in its new leading model with Android One. Many users with traditional tastes will appreciate this movement and although we do not have the most compact mobile phone on the market, it is a clear step forward with respect to the Mi A1.

Climbing a step in power with the Snapdragon 660

The Snapdragon 625 was the most popular processor last year. Its performance was excellent and in conjunction with 4GB of RAM made the Mi A1 a mid range that flew. This year the improvement is even more important. It is not only that the Mi A2 is very fluid, it is instead of the Snapdragon 636 that we have in the Redmi Note 5 has opted for the Snapdragon 660, giving an important level jump since we are talking about a premium mid-range processor.

It is a chip below the Snapdragon 710 and this will help its price can drop considerably over time, but still talk about a 14-nanometer processor that incorporates Qualcomm’s Kryo cores. To this we must add versions of 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM with storage ranging from 32GB to 128GB, which however can not be extended by microSD.

Double camera, portrait mode and artificial intelligence

The photographic section of Xiaomi has taken an important leap in quality. Usually it is the usual, but Xiaomi could not afford to stay behind in a fight as important as this one. The Mi A2 incorporates a double camera with a main sensor of 20 megapixels next to a secondary camera of 12 megapixels. Both with an aperture lens f / 1.75 and pixels up to 1.25 micrometers to capture more light. We have automatic focus and ability to record video in 4K up to 30fps.

More interesting still is the incorporation of artificial intelligence to the camera with the recognition of scenes. In the latest models of Xiaomi that we have tested the truth is that the results suggest that the quality of the Mi A2 will convince the majority.

For the front camera a 20 megapixel sensor with portrait mode is added thanks to this same artificial intelligence capable of achieving depth bokeh effect. The Mi A1 and the Google camera behaved well but at night the pictures seemed insufficient. We’ll see if this year we start having an all-terrain camera.

The battery does not grow, but gets fast charging

One of the doubts that we had is with the battery. In the case of the Mi A2 we have 3,010 mAh plus Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0. These numbers are slightly lower than those of the Mi A1 and we do not know how it will behave on a day-to-day basis.

WiFi 802.11ac, rear fingerprint reader and Bluetooth 5.0 to compensate for the lack of 3.5mm jack. Also USB type C, a connector that several midrange still do not add but that the Xiaomi with Android One do incorporate.

Android One and the price tag

Xiaomi is a manufacturer whose catalog has an excellent quality / price. However, there is a factor that conditions many users, such as the MIUI customization layer. For those looking for a more stable terminal with the seal of Google, these Android One are the safest option.

The Mi A2 joins the BQ Aquaris X2 ProNokia 7 Plus and other Android One that not only offer pure Android, but have the seal of a Google that wants to strengthen those manufacturers that offer products with their particular idea of Android

The most basic model with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will cost 249 euros, the model with 64GB will cost 279 euros and the most powerful model with 6GB and 128GB will rise to 349 euros.

With the Xiaomi Mi A2, the Chinese manufacturer offers us a mobile that fits very well with what most users need. In the details it will be if he finally repeats the success of his predecessor, but initially has all the requirements for it.

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