Google expands Android One portfolio with launch of Xiaomi Mi A1

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).

sources: Google, Xiaomi

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.