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Camera

66.7% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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Capable of recording 120fps slow-mo videos

The rear cameras is capable of recording 720p slow-mo videos at 120 fps. This is a feature that is lacking in many phone nowadays, even though many phones are technically capable of it.

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Can record 4K videos

The Xiaomi Mi A1 can record videos at a maximum resolution of 4K at 30 fps. This is a great option to have, especially if you intend watching your videos on a 4K display or shooting for YouTube and you want your audience to be able to watch your content in 4K.

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The second most favorite feature of the Mi A1 is its ability to takes pictures with soft blurred background effect. This is a digitally produces effect, but it looks really good and some people might think that that image was taken with an SLR camera not a smartphone cameras. The image processing...

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One of the main highlights of this phone resides at the back with dual cameras offering. One cameras features a 12MP sensor with a wide-angle camera lens and the second camera is a 2x optical zoom telephoto lens. The second camera doesn't zoom and when I say 2x optical zoom, I just mean that the...

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 lacks an Optical Image Stabilization system for both of its dual cameras. I've searched the official mi.com website and found no evidence of an existing OIS feature. Although in some smartphone cameras like the Google Pixel with its large 1.55-micron pixels not having OIS isn't a...

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One of the main disadvantages of the camera is related to the telephoto lens of the dual cameras. That telephoto lens is a great option, but the main downsides are that the pixels of the telephoto cameras are smaller measuring 1.0 microns and the lens is an f/2.6 aperture lens, relatively very slow...

Performance & Hardware

100% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Plenty of onboard storage

The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with 64GB of onboard storage capacity, which is enough for most people. You can store lots of apps, games, photos and videos without worrying about being left with no available space. Have you need more, you have microSD card slot to expand it.

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Fast SD625 processor

The Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn't carry a flagship processor, but the Snapdragon 625 processor is quite fast and can run many of the high-demanding 3D Android games out there.

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Lots of RAM

No need to worry hear, the A1 is equipped with not less than 4GB of RAM for smooth multi-tasking and graphics experience straight out of the bat.

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Display

0% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Isn't great for VR

The Xiaomi Mi A1 isn't that great for VR (e.g. Google Cardboard) because of its low pixel density (~403 ppi) display. If you want better VR experience, you should be looking at a Daydream-ready device or one with a higher ppi, 2K display will be good as a start.

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Big top and bottom bezels

In the era of bezel-less smartphones it's unimpressive to see a phone like the MiA1 with such big top and bottom bezels. There are already quite a few cheap Android phones out there that do employ a bezeless design.

Design

75% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Durable phone with full meta body

One of the great design advantages of the Mi A1 is that it comes with full meta body, which makes it feel great in the hands, makes it look more premium and of course it's more durable so that strong yet lightweight material protects it on case you accidentally drop it.

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Slim phone

The Mi A1 measured only 7.3mm, which is very slim, which contribute to premium look and good handling. I think that most people prefer buying a slim device that looks good and feels good in the hands, especially after you put a protective case on it that makes it thicker.

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Available in a variety of colors

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is available in a variety of colors, including Black, Gold and Rose Gold, so you can choose the phone that best fits your personal style.

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Quite a big phone for a 5.5-inch one

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is quite larger with 155.4mm height. I wish it was smaller and more like other 5.5-inch smartphones that are smaller in size.

Audio
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Bad speaker position (for gaming)

The Xiaomi Mi A1 has its speaker position on the bottom, which means that if you play games in landscape (horizontal) orientation, you can easily block the speaker with your hand. It's better ot have it on the wide of the phone for gaming. At least I prefer it that way.

Software/Apps
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Comes with stock Android

Great to hear that the Xiaomi Mi A1 has Vanilla Android pre-installed, no bloatware and this obviously means frequent security patches and updates. There is also a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Connectivity

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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IR Blaster built-in

Great news, the Mi A1 comes with IR Blaster built-in, so you can use it to remote control home appliances in your home. It's a great feature to have that is missing in many of the latest Android smartphone nowadays.

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Supports the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac protocol

The Xiaomi Mi A1 supports the latest and fastest WiFi 802.11ac protocol, which results in much faster data transfer rate, great for downloading and uploading big files over the network.

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Hybrid microSD slot, can't use both SD and 2nd SIM

It's disappointing to have a Hybrid card slot, which means that if you want to use a microSD card, you need to use it instead of the second SIM card; you can't have them both.

Battery

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Has fast charging

The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with Type C fast-charging capability, so you can charge up your phones faster compared to phones that don't support this feature.

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Non-removable battery

I don't know why the made the battery non-removable, it's not like that the phone has IP rating for water and dust protection of some sort. It would be nice to be able to use backup batteries and use them when needed like when traveling or for business.

Other
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Affordable price

The Xiaomi Mi A1 costs INR14,999, which is around 200 Euros, very good price considering its specs.

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