Xiaomi A2

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This ul­tra-thin smart­phone is an ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tion of Xiaomi's hard­ware and Google’s un­mod­i­fied An­droid Oreo/An­droid One op­er­at­ing sys­tem out of the box. Un­like many, Xiaomi has not adopted the fancy all-glass rear or the notch dis­play. In­stead, the A2 sports an alu­minium uni­body, a 5.99 inch full HD+ screen with an 18:9 as­pect ra­tio, and thick bezels on the top and the bot­tom. Pro­tected by 2.5D Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5, the screen looks bright with deep blacks. In spite of the big dis­play, the curved edges at the rear make it easy to hold. The thin side panel houses the vol­ume key and the power but­ton on the right, the SIM tray on the left, the IR blaster on the top and the Type C charg­ing port and the speaker grill at the bot­tom. In­ter­est­ingly, A2 has done away with the head­phone jack as Xiaomi has bun­dled an au­dio con­nec­tor in the box. How­ever, the com­pany never bundles ear­phones with its smart­phones.

Set­ting up the phone took only a few min­utes and I was greeted with a clean user in­ter­face. That is not sur­pris­ing as an An­droid One de­vice only comes with Google Ser­vices and apps along with a few other es­sen­tial apps, as per Google’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions. To use the IR blaster for con­trol­ling ap­pli­ances, I had to in­stal the Mi Re­mote app from the Play Store and it worked flaw­lessly even with my 10-year-old LG air con­di­tioner and six-year-old Philips LCD TV. It seems Xiaomi has been lis­ten­ing to con­sumer feed­back and in­creas­ing the data­base of sup­ported de­vices.

Mi A2 is a cam­era mon­ster and cap­tures great im­ages. Bokeh im­ages shot us­ing the dual-cam­era set-up (12 MP+20 MP) at the rear can be taken in Por­trait mode by keep­ing the sub­ject within 2.5m range. It senses am­bi­ent light­ing and switches be­tween the cam­eras as the 12 MP one is ideal for nor­mal light­ing and the other for low light. The lenses can also be switched man­u­ally. The 20 MP front cam­era uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to de­tect faces and blurs the back­ground, even in low light. Plus, ac­cess to AI Beau­tify 4.0 within the Por­trait self­ies re- moves marks and blem­ishes from the face, re­sult­ing in per­fect im­ages.

In terms of per­for­mance, this de­vice can han­dle e-mail, video stream­ing, (ba­sic) im­age and video edit­ing, and gam­ing with ease. Even while play­ing games such as As­phalt rac­ing or Bat­tle War­ship, there was no frame loss or any sign of lag. Un­der the hood, it is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 660 octa-core pro­ces­sor and has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age. The phone has scored 132123 on AnTuTu bench­mark. Be­ing an An­droid One de­vice, Mi A2 will re­ceive a timely An­droid 9 Pie up­date, most likely to­wards the end of this year. The A2 ver­sion launched in In­dia sup­ports Quick Charge 4.0 and the 3,000 mAh bat­tery on­board eas­ily lasts a day.

DUAL CAM­ERA for depth im­ages, has man­ual mode US­ING AI, 20 MP cam­era cap­tures great-depth self­ies An­droid one de­vice means no bloat­ware, clean UI

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