Xiaomi Mi A2 Android Oreo

Xiaomi has launched two new smartphones in the Xiaomi Mi A2 (above) and the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite at an event in Spain today. What’s the difference, and which one suits you best? Let’s take a look.

The Mi A2 is almost completely the same phone the earlier released Xiaomi Mi 6X, but comes with a much wider availability, while the Mi A2 Lite is a new variant that we haven’t seen before. Both phones come with Android One rather than Xiaomi’s usual MIUI skin. The Mi A2 is a step-up in both specs and size from the Mi A1, but it’s lacking a headphone jack, unlike the Mi A2 Lite. Both have rear fingerprint sensors.

The Mi A2 has Android One but no headphone jack

The full table of specs is below, but here’s a quick take on what will matter. The Mi A2 has a 6-inch Full HD+ LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood, and with two RAM configurations: 4GB of RAM with 32 or 64GB of storage; and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. It also comes with a 12+20MP dual rear shooters with f/1.75 aperture and a 20MP front shooter, and a 3,000mAh battery.

As a comparison, the Mi A1 has a smaller 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of storage, and had a snug little headphone jack.

Xiaomi Mi A2 top bezel

The Mi A2 Lite represents something new from Xiaomi from the Mi A1 which didn’t offer a more budget version. It’s a 5.84-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 625 chipset and lower RAM, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, or 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage. It’s sporting a much bigger 4,000mAh battery, and scrimps and saves everywhere, with micro-USB charging, and some much lower camera specs: 12+5MP, and a 5MP front shooter. It also has a display notch, whereas the Mi A2 does not (we should have pictures of it soon).

The Xiaomi’s Mi A2 looks like it’ll be in competition a range of value smartphones depending on what region you’re in. Certainly, it will offer competition with Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro, along with the Samsung Galaxy J8, the Vivo V9, the Oppo F7, and Nokia 6 and Nokia 6.1, also on Android One.

Read Next: Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite price, availability, release date

The Android One experience should be attractive to consumers, who get a bloatware-free experience along with faster updates.

Xiaomi Mi A2 and Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite specs: Full specifications sheet

The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite look like capable mid-rangers at attractive prices. Check out the full spec sheet below for all the important details:

 Xiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Display5.99-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
403ppi, 85% NTSC
18:9 aspect ratio
5.84-inch IPS LCD
2,280 x 1,080 resolution
432ppi, 84% NTSC
19:9 aspect ratio with notch
SoCSnapdragon 660 (2.2GHz octa-core)Snapdragon 625 (2.0GHz octa-core)
GPUAdreno 512Adreno 506
CameraRear: Dual-camera (12MP, f/1.75, 1.25μm Sony IMX486 + 20MP, f/1.75, 2μm Super Pixel Sony IMX376)

Front: 20MP, f/2.2, 2μm Super Pixel Sony IMX376
Front HDR and 4500K selfie-light
Rear: Dual-camera (12MP, f/2.2, 1.25μm + 5MP f/2.2, 1.12μm)
Front: 5MP, f/2.0, 1.12μm
5V/2A charging
USB Type-C
USB 2.0
5V/2A charging
USB 2.0
Fingerprint scannerYesYes
Headphone portNoYes
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo
(Android One)
Android 8.1 Oreo
(Android One)
ConnectivityDual Nano-SIM
Bluetooth 5.0
GSM: B2/3/5/8
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TDD-LTE: B38/40
FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8
TD-LTE: B38/B40
FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
Dimensions158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm149.3 x 71.7 x 8.75mm
Colorsblack, gold, blue, red, rose goldblack, gold, blue

If you want to learn more, don’t miss our Xiaomi Mi A2 hands-on coverage at the link and give us your take on the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite in the comments section below.

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