After a lot of rumors and speculations that the Xiaomi Mi 6X will be the new Xiaomi Mi 2, following the footsteps of their previous gen counterparts, the Mi 5X and Mi A1, Xiaomi has officially announced today that they will be launching the Mi A2 as well as Mi A2 Lite smartphones in a global launch event to be held in Spain on July 24.
The Mi A1 was a smartphone under the Android One program which offered a stock android experience, contrary to Xiaomi’s heavily skinned MIUI interface. The smartphone was very well received, but unfortunately, Xiaomi didn’t live up to the expectations of providing constant updates as per the Android One Program. However, they’re back with the second iteration, and hopefully things are a little different this time round, at least in terms of software.
Assuming that the Mi A2 will be a rebranded version of the Mi 6X with stock android, let’s recall a few key specifications. There’s a Snapdragon 660 SoC under the hood, a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup to the back houses a 12+20MP dual lens configuration with an f/1.75 aperture and a 20MP front facing camera with a host of AI features. On the battery front, the Mi A2 may sport a 3010mAh battery.
The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand, seems like a toned down version of the A2. The Redmi 6 Pro which was released a few days back seems to be the phone which Xiaomi aims to release globally as the Mi A2 Lite, with the same chipset as last year’s Mi A1. If we take a look at the specs of the Redmi 6 Pro, there’s a Snapdragon 625 chip underneath with either 3 or 4GB of RAM with upto 64GB of internal storage which is expandable. The dual rear cameras are 12+5MP and the front facing shooter has a 5MP lens. The battery is 4000mAh which charges over micro USB as opposed to Type-C on the elder sibling, the Mi A2.
Going by the pricing of these smartphones is China, we can expect the Mi A2 to be priced around the Rs. 18,000 mark while the Mi A2 Lite might come in at around Rs. 12,000. There is a good chance that one of these phones will be a completely new phone that we haven’t seen in China. With a bad track record with respect to updates, Xiaomi would surely be aiming to get things right this time round, and will have to price these two devices right in order to convince a large audience to invest in these smartphones.