Xiaomi Mi A2, A2 Lite launched: India availability, specifications and more

Xiaomi Mi A2 listed on two popular online retail stores for pre-orders ahead of launch

The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a front glass design and an aluminum body. Unlike many other smartphones launched over the previous year or so (including the Mi A2 Lite), Xiaomi's new Android mid-ranger doesn't feature a display notch, thus having a relatively conventional-looking front panel, though its rear plate is somewhat reminiscent of Apple's iPhone X, primarily due to the vertical arrangement of the two cameras which are separated by a dual-LED flash unit. Both the devices are expected to launch in India soon. The Android One smartphones are successors to the Mi A1 that launched a year ago to great reviews. Xiaomi Mi 5X was rebranded as Mi A1, while Mi A2 is the global variant of Mi 6X, which made its debut in China in May.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is backed by a 3010 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and it falls under Android One programme from Google.

The Mi A2 is priced at P14,990 (4GB RAM, 64GB storage) and P17,490 (6GB, 128GB storage). The 4GB/32GB model of the Mi A2 will be priced at €249, whereas the 4GB/64GB one will retail for €279 and the 6GB/128GB variant will set you back €349.

Xiaomi mentions that it will make both devices available in over 40 markets around the world, and we should be hearing more about region-wise availability later this month. The Mi A2 will start selling on 27 July in Spain and it will gradually be launched in the mentioned markets throughout August.

Xiaomi Mi A2 listed on two popular online retail stores for pre-orders ahead of launch
Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite are official, both Android One with dual cameras and mid-range specs

The Mi A2 lite is expected to run the same Android One platform with a notched 5.84-inch Full HD+ display. There's a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor but it lacks a headphone jack.

The highlight of the phone is its 16-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture rate and a 79.8° wide-angle lens. There are three color options - Black, Gold, and Blue. Coming to optics, Mi A2 will sport a rear dual camera system comprising of a 12MP lens coupled with a 20MP f/1.75 lens. Xiaomi suggests that this 2um pixel size 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology combines 4 pixels at once to create a larger pixel, making the end product photo better than ever. Not only was it Xiaomi's very first Android One phone, it was also one of the first mid-range phones running on Google's stripped-down version of Android. If Xiaomi launches the Mi A2 Lite in India, it will be the brand's sixth smartphone with the same two-year-old chipset, after the likes of Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Mi A1, Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Y2. The screen has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a notch on top.

Powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor (four 2.2GHz Kyro 260 cores + four 1.8GHz Kyro 260 cores) with Adreno 512 GPU. On the front, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is likely to feature a standard 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

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