Update #2, July 18 2018: Following yesterday’s speculation, Xiaomi has now confirmed the second device it will launch alongside the Mi A2 on July 24: the Mi A2 Lite. The company announced this in a recent tweet from its official Twitter channel, though it didn’t provide any further details.
— Mi (@xiaomi) July 17, 2018
For a look at what the phone might feature in terms of specs, check out our previous coverage below.
Update #1, July 17 2018: Xiaomi has announced it will show off two smartphones at its July 24 event in Madrid, Spain. The company took to Twitter to deliver the news, complete with a poster showing two devices.
— Mi (@xiaomi) July 17, 2018
We already know the Mi A2 will be revealed at the event, set to be the Mi 6X with Android One instead of MIUI. But a new leak shows we could be getting a Mi A2 Lite as well. Online retailer AliExpress (h/t: TecnoPasion and GSMArena) has jumped the gun and apparently listed the phone in all its glory.
The Mi A2 Lite will offer a Snapdragon 625 chipset (Xiaomi’s favorite chipset), 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of expandable storage, a 4,000mAh battery and a notched 5.84-inch full HD+ display. In the camera department, you’ve got a 12MP+5MP dual camera pairing and a 5MP selfie snapper.
If that all sounds familiar, it’s because the Mi A2 Lite seems like an Android One version of the Redmi 6 Pro. Heck, it seems like the Redmi 6 Pro images are being used on the store listing too. The real question is whether Xiaomi will sell both phones in the same market, potentially giving consumers the choice between MIUI and stock Android.
In any event, AliExpress lists the 3GB/32GB model at $190, while the 4GB/64GB variant has a list price of $210. Hopefully, the standard Mi A2 isn’t much more expensive, though we’re expecting it to come with a 12MP+20MP dual camera setup, a Snapdragon 660 chipset, and a host of other upgrades.
The tweet (embedded below) includes a poster with a picture of the Mi A1 and the slogan “The Next Gen is Coming.” The poster has Android One branding and says fans of the Mi A1 will love the upcoming device.
While Xiaomi did not confirm the name of the upcoming device in the tweet, it did include the hashtag #2isbetterthan1. This suggests the device will be called Xiaomi Mi A2, as expected.
— Mi (@xiaomi) July 16, 2018
Xiaomi gave very little info about the phone itself in the tweet. However, we have already heard plenty of rumors including that it could have a Snapdragon 660 chipset, run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, and have a rear dual camera setup with 20MP and 12MP sensors.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Xiaomi Mi 5X with the main difference being that the Mi A1 runs stock Android. It is expected that the Mi A2 will be a rebranded version of the Xiaomi Mi 6X. If this is the case, the Mi A2 could also have a six-inch display and USB Type-C port, but no headphone jack.
While the Mi A1 was initially well received, it suffered from buggy updates which eventually led to the company pulling the Oreo 8.1 update. Some of the most liked replies to Xiaomi’s teaser tweet are people complaining about this very issue.
With consistent buggy updates? Yes mate we’d love it!
— Çağatay (@cagatayozturk) July 16, 2018
There is still no official news about a release date. However, the device is rumored to be unveiled at Xiaomi’s Mi Explorer Program in Madrid, Spain which takes place between July 23 and July 26.