It’s no longer a secret that Xiaomi has geared up to launch a dual camera smartphone on September 5. Xiaomi also confirmed that it’ll be a global launch. Meanwhile, some reports are suggesting that a new smartphone dubbed Xiaomi A1 could be in works. According to a post appeared on a Chinese social networking website Weibo, Xiaomi’s rumoured A1 smartphone bears the same model number as Mi 5X. Reports also suggest that the A1 could be a re-branded version of the Mi 5X. Xiaomi launched the Mi 5X in China last month, which isn’t announced elsewhere.
Since both the Xiaomi Mi 5X and A1 reportedly share the same model number, specifications are expected to be no different. Specs-wise, the Mi 5X has a 5.5-inch 1080p LTPS display. It houses a dual (12MP+12MP) rear camera with dual-tone LED flash. Up front, there’s a 5MP selfie camera. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM 64GB of expandable storage. It runs Android Nougat with MIUI on top. It supports 4G VoLTE, offers a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 3,080mAh battery.
A few days ago, we saw a report that Google could be working with Xiaomi to announce a new Android One smartphone. Techook reached out to Xiaomi India but the company declined to comment. Google previously introduced Android One lineup with select OEMs like Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn in India. The whole idea was to create a low-cost, entry-level Android handsets for newcomers or first-time users. Interestingly, Android One handsets run stock Android experience out-of-the-box similar to Google’s flagship Pixel and Nexus lineup. So, if Xiaomi decides to release the A1, it shall drop the MIUI 9 in favour of stock Android experience.
Xiaomi recently claimed to have sold over 5 million units of the Redmi Note 4 (Review). It goes to show how popular Xiaomi phones have been outside mainland China, especially in India. This month’s Counterpoint research also revealed Chinese brands’ YoY shipment growth in global markets spiked exponentially in Q2 2017 with Xiaomi capturing 324% YoY growth. So, it makes sense for Google to rope in Xiaomi under its Android One manoeuvre.