Here is the Xiaomi Mi A1 review,  this handset comes with a attractive price tag and also performs in all areas be it gaming, battery life, overall quality and camera. This review will help you know how the handset performed and you can also check the sample images.

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 handset that is actually AndroidOne powered which means Xiaomi is taking care of the hardware and Google will be handling the software part. The biggest advantage of Mi A1 is it will continue getting Android updates, the next one will be Android O and the next will be Android P.

Talking about performance the Snapdragon 625 14nm chipset does a very good job, powerful and hardly heats up, perfect for gaming. Screen quality is also pretty good with a FHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protected.

Key highlight is the dual cameras on the back, check the camera section to get an idea how the camera performed.

Xiaomi Mi A1 review

Xiaomi Mi A1 features, specifications

Inside the box (unboxing the Xiaomi Mi A1) :  Handset, data cable (USB to USB Type C), travel charger 5V/2A, user guide, warranty card, and SIM Ejector Pin
SAR Value : 1.26 W/kg @ 1g head and 0.17 W/kg @1g body (15mm distance)
Body : Build and finishing is very good, weight is 163 gram, easy to use and hold, comfortable, metal body with curvy design
SIM Type : Nano SIM + Nano SIM / Micro SD card (Hybrid slot), 4G VoLTE supported
Weight and Dimensions : 163 grams, 7.3mm thick
Screen  :  5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are very good, 2.5D curved glass and corning gorilla glass protected for added protection
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM), WiFi, GPS, IR Blaster and Bluetooth
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, light and magnetic, Gyro, hall and Step counter
LED Notification : Yes, single color
OTG : Yes supported
RAM : 4GB (about 2.8GB free on first boot)
ROM : 64GB (about 52GB free on first boot)
Micro SD : Yes 128GB MAX
OS : Android Nougat 7.1.2, will get Android Oreo and Android P updates, this is pure android and not running MIUI

Xiaomi Mi A1 back panel

Xiaomi Mi A1 Performance

CPU :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 14nm 625 octa core @ 2Ghz
GPU :  Adreno 506 GPU
Heating : low
Max Battery Temperature : 36 degrees

Handset is powerful, hardly heats up, max battery temp I encountered was 36 degrees.

Xiaomi Mi A1 display

Xiaomi Mi A1  Benchmark

Antutu : 63395 / 13021
NenaMark3 :  59.4fps (3-3)
Multi Touch : 10 points
Disk Speed :  214 MB/s read  and 230 MB/s write

Xiaomi Mi A1 design, metal body

Xiaomi Mi A1  Gaming Review

I installed Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5. Both these games played really well, no lags, very smooth and after playing it for few minutes the battery temp was pretty normal in fact.

Xiaomi Mi A1 ports

Xiaomi Mi A1  Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 12MP wide angle (f/2.2) – 25mm focal length + 12MP Telephoto (f/2.6) 50mm focal length, auto focus, flash, dual tone LED flash
Front Camera : 5MP, f/2.0, beauty mode
Video Recording : max 4K resolution

The camera quality is excellent. You get really good shots in dual camera mode, however follow the instructions  when you enable dual camera mode, cause if you don’t you will complain about subject not focusing, blurry etc.  So once you understand how the dual camera works you will be able to make the most out of it (check the samples below).

Xiaomi Mi A1 dual cameras

Normal shots are also excellent, there is 2x optical zoom that also does a very good job, using when you want to zoom in without moving forward. The selfie shots were good. Mi A1 can shoot 4K videos, video quality is very good, you also get time-lapse and slow motion video recording options.

Night / low light shots also turned out great. There is manual mode option for still photos, however the shutter control option is limited, would have been better if you get to control it a bit more.

Camera Rating :  4.4 out of 5

Mi A1 camera sample

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Mi A1 shot with dual rear camera in portrait mode Mi A1 camera sample front Selfie

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Other features

The finger print sensor on the back is not very fast but also not really that slow, and its accurate. Sound is loud and clear, no issues. I did not face any issues with networks, I was using the Reliance Jio SIM + Airtel SIM.

Xiaomi Mi A1  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 3080mAh (non-removable)
Charging Time : I used the QC 3.0 fast charger to charge it took 2 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, so fast charger really did not charge that fast, handset does not support fast charging, use the charge provided
Battery Life : 5 to 9 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One to One and a Half days of mixed usage

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 33 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 17 minutes / 3% / 34 degrees
Mc5 + Asphalt 8  game play : 15 minutes / 5% / 35 degrees
4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  25 minutes / 7% / 36 degrees

Verdict

Another excellent handset from Xiaomi, and add to it powered by AndroidOne – this makes it even more special. Now this handset is not running MIUI, the experience will be different. In case you are in love with MIUI this is not for you, unless you are looking for a change.

Mi A1 performs, hardly heats up (do not mix battery temp with CPU Temp – Battery Temp limit is up to 60 degree and CPU Temp limit is up to 100 degree), camera is excellent and battery life is also pretty good.

A very good buy if you are planning to get one, go ahead.

Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Xiaomi Mi A1  price in India is Rs. 14,999 sale begins from 12th September 2017.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. I want to know about audio sound via quality headphones? I read that it have Dirac sound technology which enhances audio output dramatically over other handsets. Please someone throw light on this.

    1. Audio quality via headphones is pretty good.. Remember to use high impedance headphones otherwise you will hear that static sound… Soundmagic E10C works flawlessly..

  2. I want to know about audio sound via quality headphones? I read that it have Dirac sound technology which enhances audio output dramatically over other handsets. Please someone throw light on this.

    1. Audio quality via headphones is pretty good.. Remember to use high impedance headphones otherwise you will hear that static sound… Soundmagic E10C works flawlessly..

  3. Hi gogi,
    I just bought mi a1 mobile . The mobile gets pretty warm during regular usage and hit when using camera. I installed CPU z app and checked that except pa_therm0 all other temperatures are less than 40 degree. Whereas the pa_therm0 is at 78 degree. Is that normal.??. Please help here. I m just waiting for your decision so that I can replace it.

  4. Hi gogi,
    I just bought mi a1 mobile . The mobile gets pretty warm during regular usage and hit when using camera. I installed CPU z app and checked that except pa_therm0 all other temperatures are less than 40 degree. Whereas the pa_therm0 is at 78 degree. Is that normal.??. Please help here. I m just waiting for your decision so that I can replace it.

  5. Now on flipkart I am getting Mi A1 for ₹11,700 is it a good deal Mr.Gogi Rana or any other alternative or should i wait???
    Please reply fast Gogi ji ,thank you somuch…

    1. Thanks you so much Gogi Ji for your fast reply ,really appreciated. You are the best reviewer on the net and I visit at least 3 times a day on your website to check new updates for gadgets and I always purchase mobiles only after reading your reviews
      Currently I am using Mi4i and purchased after reading your review only,till now there is no issue-Awesome mobile. Now I am going to buy the Black Mi A1.
      What you think is the best colour?

        1. thanks again… Now I will definitely go for Black one
          and If these discount again will be given in January from HDFC Cards?

  6. Now on flipkart I am getting Mi A1 for ₹11,700 is it a good deal Mr.Gogi Rana or any other alternative or should i wait???
    Please reply fast Gogi ji ,thank you somuch…

    1. Thanks you so much Gogi Ji for your fast reply ,really appreciated. You are the best reviewer on the net and I visit at least 3 times a day on your website to check new updates for gadgets and I always purchase mobiles only after reading your reviews
      Currently I am using Mi4i and purchased after reading your review only,till now there is no issue-Awesome mobile. Now I am going to buy the Black Mi A1.
      What you think is the best colour?

        1. thanks again… Now I will definitely go for Black one
          and If these discount again will be given in January from HDFC Cards?

  7. Very good YouTube channel. Good voice, balanced and simple language with no harshness, smooth flow, no nonsense approach, gives information which helps in taking decisions, no criticism of brands, in-depth review. I subscribed it on my first visit to your Gogi YouTube channel. I visit your channel to see your style of presentation. Truly world class. Better than internationally famous reviewers. Keep it up. Thanks and bye.

  8. Very good YouTube channel. Good voice, balanced and simple language with no harshness, smooth flow, no nonsense approach, gives information which helps in taking decisions, no criticism of brands, in-depth review. I subscribed it on my first visit to your Gogi YouTube channel. I visit your channel to see your style of presentation. Truly world class. Better than internationally famous reviewers. Keep it up. Thanks and bye.

  9. Sir I had received mi a1 but mi ir are missing as main screen there are two circle one is for Google and another for mi but in my phone mi circle is missing then how to get that

  10. Sir I had received mi a1 but mi ir are missing as main screen there are two circle one is for Google and another for mi but in my phone mi circle is missing then how to get that

  11. Dear Gogi / All,

    MI A1 – is not charging once we plug it with the original charger to the AC power cord. However by force restarting the phone and plugging again charges it. Have to follow the same process everyday for charging. Lot of Users have given the same complaints in multiple other forums / sites without any proper solution. Any Help / Resolution please ?

  12. Dear Gogi / All,

    MI A1 – is not charging once we plug it with the original charger to the AC power cord. However by force restarting the phone and plugging again charges it. Have to follow the same process everyday for charging. Lot of Users have given the same complaints in multiple other forums / sites without any proper solution. Any Help / Resolution please ?

  13. gogi sir..

    Mai Janna chahta hu ki jb aap mi A1 ke sath video recording kr rahe the tb kisi ek object ko focus krke baki background ko blur kaise kiya tha.

    please reply.

  14. gogi sir..

    Mai Janna chahta hu ki jb aap mi A1 ke sath video recording kr rahe the tb kisi ek object ko focus krke baki background ko blur kaise kiya tha.

    please reply.

  15. @Gogi Sir,
    As I recently bought mi A1 after reading your review, as I got the black one which comes with made in china tag above the AndoidOne logo at the back. Though that doesn’t matter but I noticed few things that make me little bit confused, hope u will help me clearing my doubts. I had a few dust particles inside my camera glass don’t know they stucked there during manufacturing or after I started to use it, battery drain little bit fast then other not giving that backup u found on yours during review, sound output through phone speakers are not clear, thats all are ok but the main problem is dust particles inside camera glass though I m protecting it from dust. And lastly do made in India and made in china verients do really have any quality differences as some people are saying in social medias? Hope u will reply me.
    Thank you.

  16. @Gogi Sir,
    As I recently bought mi A1 after reading your review, as I got the black one which comes with made in china tag above the AndoidOne logo at the back. Though that doesn’t matter but I noticed few things that make me little bit confused, hope u will help me clearing my doubts. I had a few dust particles inside my camera glass don’t know they stucked there during manufacturing or after I started to use it, battery drain little bit fast then other not giving that backup u found on yours during review, sound output through phone speakers are not clear, thats all are ok but the main problem is dust particles inside camera glass though I m protecting it from dust. And lastly do made in India and made in china verients do really have any quality differences as some people are saying in social medias? Hope u will reply me.
    Thank you.

  17. one thing I wanted to know perhaps gallery app is not that of stock android. Gallery app is perhaps from Mi. Please confirm it and tell us why so. And shall future update bring stock android gallery app to this handset or not. As I do not personally like Mi photo gallery app which everyone tries to sync with servers.
    thanks gogi ji.
    And I praise this gogi app becoming better and smooth day by day. I can feel it.

  18. one thing I wanted to know perhaps gallery app is not that of stock android. Gallery app is perhaps from Mi. Please confirm it and tell us why so. And shall future update bring stock android gallery app to this handset or not. As I do not personally like Mi photo gallery app which everyone tries to sync with servers.
    thanks gogi ji.
    And I praise this gogi app becoming better and smooth day by day. I can feel it.

  19. your photography awesome…… i have A1 but my photo no good as u. i think it happen lack of knowledge of photography.

  20. your photography awesome…… i have A1 but my photo no good as u. i think it happen lack of knowledge of photography.

  21. Hi gogi ji, am using redmi phones from past one year, they gave lot of good experience with their MIUI operating system with regular updates and new features. what my concern is like MIUI security features in hide documents, pictures, lock apps and secret folders creation was ammazing features in MIUI8 and + , is there any hidden features in this MIA1, is there any future updates please find out.

  22. Hi gogi ji, am using redmi phones from past one year, they gave lot of good experience with their MIUI operating system with regular updates and new features. what my concern is like MIUI security features in hide documents, pictures, lock apps and secret folders creation was ammazing features in MIUI8 and + , is there any hidden features in this MIA1, is there any future updates please find out.

  23. Hi Gogi Bhai…. I always look upto your reviews before buying any gadget.Recently I purchased Mi A1 after seeing your review. You said it can recoed slow motion videos. But to my disappointment, it can not. I think the review unit you got was totally different because what everyone is getting is also not Made in India device. Mi has accepted that there is a problem with the slow mo recording. but they are not sure whther it will be fixed in future updates.

  24. Hi Gogi Bhai…. I always look upto your reviews before buying any gadget.Recently I purchased Mi A1 after seeing your review. You said it can recoed slow motion videos. But to my disappointment, it can not. I think the review unit you got was totally different because what everyone is getting is also not Made in India device. Mi has accepted that there is a problem with the slow mo recording. but they are not sure whther it will be fixed in future updates.

  25. Hi Gogi. My MI A1 took 6 hours fot its first charge, from 10 to 100%. Is it ok or I got defective piece?

  26. Hi Gogi. My MI A1 took 6 hours fot its first charge, from 10 to 100%. Is it ok or I got defective piece?

  27. Hi Gogi,

    Quick question – Mi A1 or Samsung On Nxt or Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie? Please suggest and advice.

    Thanks
    Mubin

  28. Hi Gogi,

    Quick question – Mi A1 or Samsung On Nxt or Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie? Please suggest and advice.

    Thanks
    Mubin