The Mi A1 was one of the most appreciated budget smartphones of 2017. It came with good specifications, flagship grade dual cameras and a superb build quality. In addition to that, this was the first time Xiaomi partnered with Google to launch a smartphone that came with Android One. This allowed Xiaomi to offer a stock Android experience, unlike other offerings that come with MIUI. It opened up a new set of customers for Xiaomi who prefer stock Android over custom ROM. Recent leaks have pointed towards what we can expect from its successor.
Before the Mi A1’s global launch, the smartphone was launched in China as the Mi 5X which came with exactly the same internals apart from the software. It featured Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 user interface which is built on top of Android Nougat. The Mi A1 came with stock Android 7.0 Nougat and has since been updated to Android Oreo.
The leaks reveal that the phone will feature a similar metal unibody design. The phone is also expected to retain the dual-camera setup but with a more iPhone X like vertical lens alignment. On the display front, the phone is expected to join the bezel-less bandwagon and sport a Full HD+ display having an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is also expected to retain the fingerprint sensor on the back.
The phone will launch in the second half of 2018, thus it will come with Android Oreo out of the box. But considering how quickly the Mi A1 was updated to Android Oreo, we can expect the Android P update to appear just as quickly on the Mi A2(?).
Xiaomi has been working on fabricating the Surge Series of chipsets. The first SoC was launched early last year which was dubbed as the Surge S1. This chipset powered the Mi 5C. The company is now gearing up to launch the second and improved Surge S2 chipset which is likely to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC). This SoC is likely to power the upcoming Mi 6X. Similar to most modern chipsets, the Surge S2 is expected to be an octa-core chip which will be built on a 16nm process. This will mean improved performance and battery life.
The Mi 5X was launched in July 2016 and we can expect its successor to launch around the same time this year. The Mi A1 successor is likely to make its way to the global market sometime after that in September. Stay tuned as we bring you more such news.