Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros & Cons

All About Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is iconic in more ways than one. To begin with, it is going to be one of the first Make in India smartphones, India’s very own indigenous production, since later copies will be completely made in India.

Right now, the phone is being produced by Google in collaboration with Xiaomi. Besides, the phone is also eminently affordable; in fact, it is one of the few phones with heavy features that you can purchase without burning a hole through your pocket.It is clear that Xiaomi is attempting to tap into the as of yet untapped young adult market, who so far would not have been able to purchase truly feature heavy phones.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros & Cons

Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros & Cons

So, should you or should you not spend some money on the Xiaomi Mi A1? Here, let us weigh the pros and cons. First, let us take a look at the great things the Mi A1 gives you.

The dual camera setup in the Xiaomi Mi A1 is noteworthy in two ways. First of all, it is one of the first Xiaomi phones under the Rs. 20,000 price range to sport a dual camera setup. Secondly, although other phones in this price range do have a dual camera setting, the Mi A1 is set apart from the rest by its saturation settings, through which you can control the saturation points of the captured photos.

Apart from that, you can look forward to the bokeh effect, much like a DSLR camera, thanks to the mix of the telephoto lens and the 12-megapixel wide angle lens. It will now become easier to take photos in less light as the Mi A1 has 1.25-micron large pixels that help in more and better light intake, and long distance shots will also have more clarity and precision due to the 2X optical and a 10x digital zoom.

Constant updates

Since the Xiaomi Mi A1 phones are now Android One phones, users of the phone will receive timely software updates and bug fixes. So, curt users will be getting the Nougat version of Android, but the phone will get updated as the next Android versions are released.

Of course, Google does not support dual camera settings, which means that you will not be getting the updates from Google directly but from Google via Xiaomi. And there is more to look forward to; according to Xiaomi, the Mi A1 will be updated to Android Oreo by the time 2017 ends, and it will also likely be one of the first phones to get Android P when it is launched.

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Pure Android experience

Speaking of Android, it is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi A1 is one of the few phones to run on a pure Android version. That means that it will be free from any bloatware apps. And if that is not good enough for Android Nougat lovers, it is also going to offer a really great experience of using an Android phone.

Timely updates and bug fixes aside, the phone will also run extremely smoothly thanks to the fact that there are no bloatwares jamming up the performance of the phone.

But, all said and done, there are a few things about the Mi A1 that might stop you in your tracks.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Cons

No MIUI features

The Xiaomi Mi A1 does not come with the great MIUI features that made using the Xiaomi phones so great for so long. Of course, the experience of using the smooth as butter pure Android is also pretty great, and if that makes up for the absence of the MIUI features for you, then that is great.

It is also one of the first Xiaomi phones to not have the MIUI ROM, which might be a pretty disheartening factor for die hard Xiaomi users. And, even for first time users who have been used to dealing with Samsung or Motorola devices, you will probably have to get used to the lack of dual messenger, second space, screenshot shortcuts, and one handed mode, among other features.

The Xiaomi A1 might come with a great memory storage, but that does not mean that you will not want some more memory to stoe your photos, videos, and music. And you might also want to have to sim cards along with a memory card in your phone.

Sadly, however, the Xiaomi Mi A1 does not allow that. There are only two slots in the phone, and one is compatible with both a sim card and a memory card. So, that means that you can either have two sim cards in your phone, or expand the memory with a single sim and a memory card. That might be really disheartening for some users, especially those who are used to having all features simultaneously in their phones.


All said and done, there is no doubt that the Xiaomi Mi A1 is going to be one of the most sought after phones in the next few months. The price itself is attractive, especially for the young adult market that might finally be able to afford a feature laden smartphone. There are a few drawbacks, but it would be really impossible to find a smartphone that is just perfectly suited to all needs. 

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