Xiaomi Mi A1 (Mi 5X)

Announced Sept. 13, 2017

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With the Xiaomi Mi 5X confined to the domestic Chinese market soon after launch, its double, the Mi A1, is called upon to boost the brand's global presence. Steered by Google, Android One is full of potential. Xiaomi's looking keen on getting its message across a wider audience and, of course, making some profit in the process with the Mi A1. Android One started as an initiative for the emerging markets, making decent smartphone experience widely-available on entry-level and budget-friendly handsets. It has now outgrown its initial target and is ready to confidently step into mature markets with phones like the Xiaomi Mi A1. The Chinese maker benefits from this sort of partnership too, celebrating the first Mi ever that's officially available across Europe.

Pros

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.
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.
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...
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...

Cons

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...
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...

Quick Specs

Network GSM / HSPA / LTE
Dimensions 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm (6.12 x 2.98 x 0.29 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
Materials Front glass, aluminum frame, back
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
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