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Xiaomi Mi A1 sequel may have been uncovered with Snapdragon 660 chip

The handset was hinted at in recent firmware files, while evidence of a potential Xiaomi Redmi Android One device was also spotted.

Published onApril 30, 2018

Xiaomi Mi A1 phone rear
  • Recent firmware files have hinted that Xiaomi is currently developing two new Android One devices.
  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 may be based on the Xiaomi Mi 6X and come with a Snapdragon 660 SoC.
  • The other handset may be an Android One Xiaomi Redmi phone with a Snapdragon 625 chip.

Xiaomi may be preparing a Mi A1 successor, according to a report from XDA. The speculation is based on a new device’s firmware files, and it looks like it would be an Android One handset like the original.

The smartphone, codenamed “jasmine_sprout” and possibly being released as the Xiaomi Mi A2, would reportedly arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The files also suggest it may be based on the recently revealed Xiaomi Mi 6X (like the Mi A1 was based on the Mi 5X) and would run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with Project Treble support.

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For context, the Mi 6X comes with a 6-inch, Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) display, Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4 or 6GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage, in addition to a dual 12MP + 20MP rear camera with 2x optical zoom and a 3010 mAh battery.

XDA also found evidence of a potential Xiaomi Redmi Android One device, codenamed “daisy_sprout,” which would include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jen hinted only a couple of weeks ago that the Redmi series would be getting its own Android One device, and the recently leaked Xiaomi Redmi S2 is said to include a Snapdragon 625 chipset, so there’s a chance the Redmi Android One phone will be based on this.

There were several clues in the firmware files that support the speculation, including the “_sprout” suffixes spotted in the two codenames, which are associated with Android One phones (the Xiaomi Mi A1 was codenamed “tissot_sprout”). The firmwares’ lack of MIUI system apps point toward Android One handsets too.

We don’t have any further details on the handsets or when they might be released, but we’ll hopefully be able to provide more information soon.

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