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. However, Google later expanded into wearables, tablets, TV, and Auto with Android One.
Now, there is a new report that Google could be working with Xiaomi to announce a new Android One smartphone, allegedly Xiaomi A1. If the report is true and both the companies manage to announce this new phone in the Indian market, it could be the first Android One budget-friendly handset in India by made by a Chinese manufacturer. The report is barely surprising given that Xiaomi smartphones are popular among the masses, especially those looking to buy an affordable or mid-range smartphone.
Recently, Xiaomi also claimed to have sold over 5 million units of its affordable Redmi Note 4 (Review). It goes to show how popular Xiaomi phones have been outside mainland China. If you recall, recent Counterpoint research revealed Chinese brands’ YoY shipment growth in global markets spiked exponentially in comparison with their domestic market in Q2 2017 and Xiaomi topping the list witnessed 324% YoY growth globally.
That being said, it makes sense for search giant Google to rope in Xiaomi to be part of its Android One manoeuvre. At this point, no concrete details are available to report. Some reports claim that specifications of the Xiaomi A1 could be similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi 5X. If that’s true, the device could sport a 5.5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display with 401 ppi pixel density. Techook has reached out to Xiaomi for comment and will update once we hear back.
Update (August 21, 2017): Xiaomi India declined to comment.