Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a global launch event on September 5. The only things we knew so far is that the phone would have a flagship dual rear camera and it would belong to a new lineup. Since Mi 5X already launched in China last year, this rules out the possibility of the phone being launched in India again in the upcoming event. This gave rise to speculations about a new phone termed Xiaomi Mi A1 and it has now been spotted on Geekbench.
The Geekbench listing reveals that the Xiaomi Mi A1 will come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. It can be seen that the phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, similar to the Mi 5X. Also, the model spotted here is a 4GB RAM variant. Even though the specifications resemble with the Mi 5X, the multi-core performance in the A1 seems to be a notch lower.
Although the upcoming phone might be launched with the name ‘A1’ in India and other regions, it might resemble with the Mi 5X in terms of design and of course, the ‘flagship dual cameras‘. Interestingly, if Mi A1 is launched in the upcoming event, it will be the first Xiaomi phone to run on stock Android rather than the brand’s own custom skin, MIUI.
This Geekbench listing also validates earlier reports which claimed that Google and Xiaomi might be working together to renew the Android One program. Android One was launched in September 2014 with a few low-budget devices in India but the initiative failed to take off. By partnering with Xiaomi, Google might be aiming to take a new approach by providing mid-range specifications along with good hardware build and design. Since the Mi 5X adheres to both these parameters, it might be possible that Xiaomi may look forward to make this happen.
All of these reasons make it seem very likely that the September 5 event might be the launchpad for Xiaomi Mi A1, the new Android One phone.
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