Announced just moments ago in India, Xiaomi’s very first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, will be coming to the Malaysian market. Considering the fact that not many Android One devices are available here – not officially, at least – this is a pretty big deal.
The most appealing aspect of the Mi A1 is undoubtedly the fact that it’s an Android One smartphone; it won’t be running on Xiaomi’s MIUI software, which makes it much easier to get timely Android updates. Even though the Mi A1 won’t be shipping with Android Oreo out of the box, the device will receive the update before the end of this year.
Other specifications of the Mi A1 are what you’d expect from a capable mid-range smartphone. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 64GB of expandable storage, two 12MP rear cameras – one sensor comes with a wide-angle lens while the other a telephoto lens – a 5MP front-facing shooter, and a modest 3,080mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available in Malaysia in late September 2017; it can be purchased through online as well as offline channels. Of course, we don’t know yet just how much the A1 will go for in Malaysia, but for the sake of comparison, the device retails at 14,999 Indian rupee (about RM995) in India.