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Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite official — less than RM900 for a pure Android experience!
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Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite official — less than RM900 for a pure Android experience!

by Vyncent ChanJuly 24, 2018
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Xiaomi’s Mi A1 marked a surprising step for Xiaomi, with the device being part of the Android One program. Xiaomi is known for their heavily customized flavor of Android, MIUI, and the shift to a pure Android experience was surely refreshing for fans of the Chinese tech giant. And here’s Part 2 of the story, with the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

Xiaomi Mi A2

The Mi A2 was previously leaked, and it’s essentially a Mi 6X running vanilla Android. There is a Snapdragon 660 inside, with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The battery is rather small at just 3000 mAh. For those who hate the notch, this mid-ranger doesn’t have it. It’s a conventional 5.99″ 18:9 FHD+ display.

The dual rear cameras setup features 12MP f/1.75 + 20MP f/1.75 cameras. Selfie aficionados will also be happy to hear that the same 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor is also used for the front-facing camera.

Priced from €249 (~RM1184) for the 4GB + 32GB variant, all the way up to €349 (~RM1660) for the 6GB + 128GB version, the Mi A2 is probably one of the more affordable mid-range pure Android devices out there. It will be offered in Blue, Gold and Rose Gold.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

If you can’t afford the Mi A2, fret not, as Xiaomi also announced the Mi A2 Lite today. The Mi A2 Lite shares its specifications with the Redmi 6 Pro, which means a fancy 5.84″ FHD+ notched display up front, and a 12MP + 5MP rear camera.

The Mi A2 Lite comes with a Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is notably outdated in the face of more recent mid-range devices like the Redmi Note 5 or ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1). It can be configured with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, with a dedicated storage expansion slot available. The battery in this one is huge, at 4000 mAh.

The lesser 3GB + 32GB variant of the Mi A2 Lite will be priced at €179 (~RM851), while the 4GB + 64GB variant  will be priced at €229 (~RM1089). The Mi A2 Lite will come in Blue, Black and Gold color options.

Both the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are confirmed to come to Malaysia. Which one will you choose?

Pokdepinion: I think the Xiaomi Mi A2 definitely looks rather interesting. The Mi A2 Lite’s appeal may be due to the more modern design though, but the Snapdragon 625 is definitely a poor choice now in 2018.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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