Xiaomi is rumoured to be working with Google on a new Android One phone. The phone in question — code named the Mi A1 — would likely be a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google. A couple of images doing the rounds of the Internet now allegedly show a Mi device — said to be the A1 — tipping some key design elements of Xiaomi’s upcoming Android One phone.
The most prominent design element as per the leaked images is an edge-to-edge bezelless screen much on the lines of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix. That being said, unlike the Mi Mix, the alleged Mi A1 comes with extremely tiny bezels on the top as well as on the bottom. The Mi Mix, for your reference, does not have a forehead, just the chin which also houses the phone’s selfie snapper.
Moving on, based on the leaked images, it seems the fingerprint scanner has been pushed on the rear side since the phone has a clean front with soft keys for navigation, much like it is in the Mi Mix. Although it is being said that this phone could be the Mi A1, we suggest you take this piece of information with a pinch of salt because the A1, because it is an Android One device ought to be light on the pocket as far as pricing is concerned and we already know that this phone would pitch in dual camera. All these factors, when put together, would increase cost significantly. That besides the fact that Xiaomi is already set to launch the Mi Mix 2 in China on September 11.
As for the A1, it would likely be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X with more or less the same innards but updated software. As opposed to its other phones that run MIUI, the Xiaomi’s Android One phone may run a stock version of Android. Although the latest version Android is now Oreo, if Xiaomi indeed launches a new Android One phone that will be all likelihood powered by Android Nougat.
The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto.
It comes with a full metal uni-body design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).
On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.