As first suggested a couple weeks ago, Google is adding a new partner to their Android One program to produce Android phones for less mature markets or where the lower end of the market is struggling with options. The latest manufacturer to produce an Android One device was revealed to be Xiaomi with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone. The hardware in the device is definitely a step up from typical Android One devices and represents a broadening of the program by Google.
The new Xiaomi Mi A1 contains a mid-tier set of hardware and features to go with the streamlined pure Android experience designed by Google for the Android One program. The processor is a Snapdragon 625 unit and is matched with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via microSD. The display is a 5.5-inch full HD unit. The Mi A1 also comes equipped with a 3080mAh battery that Xiaomi says will last through a day of use and a rear fingerprint sensor. Also pushing the unit up the ladder is a dual camera configuration for the rear-facing units that includes a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens that is capable of achieving 2X optical zoom. All of this is housed in a metal chassis.
Google says the new device will be available in “dozens of markets” and in particular will be sold in India, Indonesia, Russia, Vietnam and Taiwan. Three color options are available including black, gold and rose gold. Xiaomi currently has the device listed on their Indian web site for 14,999 rupees ($234 USD).