Xiaomi Mi A2: Release on July 24 & Lite version in planning

The release of the Xiaomi Mi A2 seems to be official now. On July 24, the manufacturer’s new mid-range smartphone with Android One operating system will be presented. At least Xiaomi posted a picture which gives us the hint “The next gen is coming”. A few days ago Xiaomi invited to a global launch event in Madrid, Spain.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Poster Teaser

Also a Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite seems to come on the market, which is completely in the style of the Redmi 6 Pro. In addition, the Explorer Edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 could go on sale on the same day.

The rumours about the Xiaomi Mi A2 are still persistent. Although Xiaomi has denied a release of this smartphone, the signs of a release are still growing. So now another picture of the supposed Xiaomi Mi A2 has appeared.

Xiaomi Mi A2 screenshot

Xiaomi Mi A2 = Mi 6X with Android One

Just to put it briefly: In 2017 Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Mi 5X, which was launched shortly after the Xiaomi Mi A1. The first Xiaomi smartphone without MIUI operating system, but with Android One. Android One is a pure Google operating system and benefits from fast system updates. Except for some missing LTE bands in the 5X both devices are identical! In the second quarter of 2018 the Xiaomi Mi 6X, the successor of the Mi 5X, was released. Accordingly, we expect the Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphone with Android One operating system and more LTE bands this year.

That would mean: a 5.99 inch screen on the front, as we also see on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, for example. There is also a dual camera on the back that takes really good pictures (test photos of the Mi 6X in the test report). In addition even a 20 megapixel sensor on the front side, which should be fun for friends of Selfies.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Online Shop
An online shop from Switzerland has even listed the Mi A2.

Inside, however, there is probably the most exciting change. Here we have the Snapdragon 660 processor, which we already know from the Xiaomi Mi Note 3. This is a really strong CPU that occupies exactly the upper middle class and can almost tie in with the power of a flagship smartphone. We should expect 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory.

Xiaomi Mi 6X smartphone

But why are two versions of the same smartphone necessary? Even though the Xiaomi Mi 6X is a really strong smartphone in itself, the phone lacks two crucial things: more LTE bands and multilingual software. The Mi A2 comes into play. This is intended for the western market and is accordingly equipped with multilingual Android One operating system and various LTE bands.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite – the little brother

Beside the Xiaomi Mi A2 there seems to be another Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which should be the same as the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. So we’re dealing with a 5.84 inch display including notch, but then we work with the Snapdragon 625 processor. Thanks to a 4,000 mAh battery one should expect a very solid battery life here again. Also the photos of the 12 & 5 megapixel dual camera can be seen. The biggest difference would then also be the operating system. The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite probably looks like the larger Mi A2 with the Android One operating system.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Colours
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro could also be launched with Android One operating system as Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.

Evaluation

If the Xiaomi Mi A2 really does, it’s a smartphone that many have been waiting for. Because it starts exactly where Xiaomi is currently still somewhat weak, namely in the upper middle class. Under $200 you have a lot of possibilities at Xiaomi, over $400 you have strong flagships like the Mi 8 with only the Mi Note 3, Mi 6X and Xiaomi Mi 8SE in between, which all get along without the most important LTE bands and partly without Global ROM. Let us wait and see; we are very curious and will keep you up to date.

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