Xiaomi Mi A1 Successor On the Way Along With a Budget Android One Redmi Device

Since the launch of Mi 6X last week in China, the internet and YouTube is filled with reports such as Mi A2 coming soon. Given that Xiaomi launched the Mi 5X as Mi A1 in international markets, this isn’t a surprise. However, there is no update from Xiaomi at the moment, that’s mostly because the Chinese company is not yet looking at launching the Mi A2. But a new report has now confirmed that Xiaomi is indeed working on the Mi A2 smartphone along with a budget Redmi Android One device. Sounds interesting, right? That’s what the new report. Even Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, in his recent trip to India, confirmed to Indian media that the firm is looking to introduce Android One devices under Redmi branding. The reason behind this is the Indian consumers love for stock Android. The entry-level Redmi Android One device will arrive with Snapdragon 625 SoC under the hood.

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This report comes from xda-developers as they managed to get hold of the firmware files of both these upcoming devices. The Xiaomi Mi A1 arrived with a codename of “tissot_sprout”. Basically, “sprout” is the codename of the first generation Android One devices and the firmware file has a codename of mysterious Android One device dubbed as “jasmine_sprout.” There’s also another Android One device codename with “daisy_sprout.”

Digging inside the firmware files, the “jasmine_sprout” device is confirmed to arrive with Snapdragon 660 SoC. So going by the chipset, we can term this device as the Mi A2 because the Mi A1 arrived with a Snapdragon 625 SoC under the hood. Next up, the report revealed camera information of the Mi A2, and there are no surprises, the EXIF model clearly shows the “Wayne” codename, which for the unaware is the codename of Wayne. So expect the Mi A2 to arrive with the same camera specifications as the Mi 6X.

The Mi 6X features dual cameras at the back- a 12MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor. There’s a 20MP selfie shooter as well. Like last year, Xiaomi will be keeping the cameras untouched between the Mi 6X and Mi A2. These are the only details revealed in this leak, but most likely, the entire spec-sheet of the Mi 6X and Mi A2 will be similar.

Moving onto the “daisy_sprout” mysterious Xiaomi Android One device, it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. There’s one upcoming Xiaomi device with Snapdragon 625 SoC, and that’s the Redmi S2 which was leaked in its full glory yesterday. So the Xiaomi Redmi S2 might end as an affordable Redmi Android One device in the Indian market very soon. Rest of the details are a mystery at the moment.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 makes complete sense, but Xiaomi’s decision to launch an affordable Android One device will hurt themselves badly. Because we all know the love of Indian consumers towards stock Android and an Android One device under Rs 10,000 will hurt the sales of Redmi 5 and other MIUI running devices.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 will end up in the Indian market close to the Rs 20,000 barrier because the company is selling the Snapdragon 636-powered Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs 16,999. The Redmi S2, as per the rumoured specifications could be priced below Rs 10,000. Both the devices might be launched in India next month.

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AU(Airtel User)
April 30, 2018 11:52 pm 11:52 PM

Pure android is far more superior to any skin based UI. Nexus started the trend one of my fav phones and now everyone is running after it. LoL

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 1, 2018 5:02 pm 5:02 PM

Just download Lean/Lawn chair launcher and see the difference!!!!!

Kaushik IMA
May 1, 2018 12:15 pm 12:15 PM

Outside delhi and Mumbai, Google phones have no traction.

Yes they are good devices. But reality bites.

Arena
May 1, 2018 5:14 am 5:14 AM

Lol…why superior ?? Every launcher does better than pure skin. Analogy s. Why oems use stock means…easy to update, less devs needed, still your Moto sucks. Nokia does it better.

ayush poddar
May 1, 2018 5:14 pm 5:14 PM

just give smooth and bug free andriod.

Pritam Das
April 30, 2018 5:45 pm 5:45 PM

This is a very good trend. Companies are recognising Indian Market’s preference for Vanilla stock Android. Even Asus did some survey and ditched ZenUI. Now Xiaomi recognising this trend is a great news. Eventually all popular phones should have stock alternative. I’m happy

ayush poddar
May 1, 2018 5:22 pm 5:22 PM

what the use of skin if its utterly buggy and dont give volte or highly security patch on time.
govt should consider this as tech is really so imp right now.

Kaushik IMA
May 1, 2018 12:15 pm 12:15 PM

Asus is launching phones with ZENUI too this year.

Basically brands have realised there are fans of both stock and skinned android so they will release models in segmented manner.

Arena
May 1, 2018 5:15 am 5:15 AM

Lol…next users say vanilla will be boring.

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
April 30, 2018 11:53 am 11:53 AM

No, it won’t hurt them too much, since company most of the times regulate it’s sales quite heavily and will offer only a limited no. of handsets under the Android One program and will then discontinue them permanently just like it did with Mi A1…

ayush poddar
May 1, 2018 5:26 pm 5:26 PM

why android one phone like mi a1 has buggy software release, cant find any proper reason on web. seriously Google/android should clarify Android one program in great details.
who control software on mia1, chiomi or goole?

Kaushik IMA
May 2, 2018 2:22 pm 2:22 PM
Xiaomi phones are not designed by them except for very few models. Xiaomi contracts designs from ODMs who also design the software packages. MIUI etc. are added after ODM finishes bases. This model is followed by many companies on cheaper devices including Sony and HTC. In case of Mi A1 the ODM bases are modified according to Xiaomi’s specifications and Google. Delays and bugs are down to problems with ODM vendor code. Sometimes the ODM code is binary locked meaning Xiaomi cannot optimise UI elements according to the hardware/firmware. This kind of bug happens with every ODM phone. That’s why… Read more »
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
May 1, 2018 9:36 pm 9:36 PM

Bro, the software in Android One phones is mostly controlled by the OEM selling the handset;
I will advise you one thing- Never join Beta program for faster updates; they are in development mode and are mostly buggy…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
April 30, 2018 8:32 pm 8:32 PM

Mi A1 isn’t discontinued!!!!!

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
May 1, 2018 12:37 am 12:37 AM

Well, it ain’t available for more than 4 months…

Kaushik IMA
May 1, 2018 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

I can get mi a1 at any time from any where. Stocks are coming. Checked with retailers.

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
May 1, 2018 9:34 pm 9:34 PM

They ain’t available online; even the Xiaomi sellers in Udupi-Manipal-Mangalore region didn’t have that phone…
Where did you confirm this from??
It might be like new stocks are coming now, since company was busy selling the Redmi 5 series…

Kaushik IMA
May 2, 2018 2:23 pm 2:23 PM

Mi A1 is always available here I just have to walk in and take it. Maybe because Tier 2/3 preference is different, people like MIUI here compared to stock.

ayush poddar
May 1, 2018 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

from where?

Kaushik IMA
May 1, 2018 7:48 pm 7:48 PM

Indore, MP.

Distributors are being selective in handing out stocks. Certain stores get more than others.

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