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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by Google's Android. //Photo credit: Xiaomi

Xiaomi shows off the Mi A1: The best Android One phone yet

Chinese smartphone maker Xioami has unveiled the Mi A1 in India yesterday, confirming speculation that the phone would be ‘different’ from other Xiaomi smartphones.

The smartphone, a first by Xiaomi under the Android One programme, is almost similar to the Mi 5X which was unveiled in China recently.  runs on the MiUI with some slight tweaks.

The massive difference between the Mi A1 and Mi 5X however is the operating system, with the former spotting a clean Android 7.1.2 Nougat, as opposed to the customized MiUI most Xiaomi smartphones carry.

In terms of hardware, there’s plenty to shout about with the screen displaying Full HD, and the phone itself powered by the reliable, yet battery saving Snapdragon 625.

To ensure smooth use, a 4GB RAM with 64GB storage is attached to the phone with dual 12MP cameras at the back.

According to the phone launch last night, the Xiaomi Mi A1 will be made available in India first, and will be sold in several Asian markets, so there’s hope for Malaysia to get the phone.

Nonetheless, to be honest, I am not a fan of stock Android after using the MIUI, and I do feel it is a step back for Xiaomi considering the MIUI is really good.

But if you are keen to get the MI A1 smartphone early, it will be sold on Flipkart, and official retail stores in India for U$D230 this 12 September ,before heading to 25 other global markets. –