Test of the Xiaomi Mi A1: a bestseller in the making
In September, Xiaomi and Google declared the first smartphone from their partnership. This one particular requires again the material portion of the Xiaomi Mi 5X but leaves MIUI to adopt Android 1, a pure model of the technique to the compact environmentally friendly robot. Is this the excellent alliance that we have been waiting for a extensive time? Enable's see that!
A Mi 5X less than Android 1
Design Xiaomi Mi A1 Model of the OS Android 7.1 Nougat Interface Android Inventory Screen Measurement 5.five inches Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels Density of pixels 403dpi SoC Snapdragon 625 at 2GHz Processor (CPU) ARMv8 Graphics Chip (GPU) Adreno 506 RAM (19459029) 4 GB Internal memory (flash) 64 GB MicroSD Yes Digicam (dorsal) Dual 12 Megapixel sensor Digicam (entrance close) 5 megapixels Video recording 4K wireless 802.eleven a / b / g / n / ac Bluetooth 4.two + A2DP + LE networks LTE, HSPA, GSM Supported bands 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz, 2300 MHz SIM 2x nano SIM NFC No Ports (Inputs / Exit) USB Kind-C Geolocation Yes Battery 3080 mAh Dimensions 155.4 x seventy five.8 x 7.3 mm Bodyweight 165 grams Colours Rose, Black, Gold Price 240 euros Item sheet
This examination was designed from a model delivered courtesy of our lover Gearbest .
Like a very little tune of Apple iphone 7 Furthermore
We will not conceal it, just after all Xiaomi does not, the Mi A1 looks like two drops of drinking water to a Mi 5X ... or just about. The most observant will in truth recognize two slight dissimilarities on the back. Initial, the existence of the emblem of the Android 1 brand less than that of Xiaomi, but also the authorized recognize of European requirements. Yes, this is a smartphone supposed for the worldwide and it is essential to adapt!
Apart from that, the design remains the exact same and I invite you to examine the examination Mi 5X to have all the aspects. In wide outline, we can be aware even so that it looks like a compact Apple iphone 7 Furthermore with a fingerprint sensor on the back and a jack.
General, the grip is wonderful, although a very little slippery, and the finishes are good, especially in black, antennas are barely visible. Notice even so that the digicam is protruding and marginally beveled, which tends to make the terminal a very little unstable and capture the dust in the base of our pockets. Dust is a constant in all grooves of the phone.
A screen of good high-quality, but without the need of calibration
Like the Mi 5X, the Mi A1 has a five.five-inch IPS display in Full Hd. And as it is the exact same slab, it is not shocking to uncover the exact same features, specifically a incredibly significant brightness (555 cd / m²) and a large distinction (1626: 1). What use the phone without the need of difficulties in whole sun without the need of acquiring to worry about reflections. Its viewing angles are also incredibly good, and even with a powerful inclination, the screen remains perfectly seen, without the need of the colours currently being altered.
The colours, due to the fact we chat about it, are even so significantly colder than on the Mi 5X. Forget about the excellent calibration of 6800 K, the screen of the Mi A1 revolves all around 8300 K, carried by a prevalence of blue. Notice also that not like several third-get together brands, Google does not nevertheless offer a menu to fix this on Android 1.
The screen of the Mi A is marginally worse than that of the Mi 5X mainly because of its colorimetry that can not be modified, but over-all remains incredibly good for a device of this rate.
Android 1, mild and small
The huge distinction concerning the Mi 5X and the Mi A1 is at the software program portion. Right here, it is not MIUI that animates the smartphone, but Android 1 a basic model of the OS, no frills, taking the bare minimal of Android 7.1.two Nougat. The good news is that the updates are delivered by Google and the safety patches are deployed swiftly (that of Oct 2017 at the time of the examination).
But is this deficiency of frills truly a good point? At a time when builders interfaces have been vibrant, large and redundant, the "pure" Android Nexus was praised by consumers. But right now, several brands have recognized that simplicity is in some cases a good point and that simply introducing a number of options is enough to make individuals pleased.
Although Android 1 is effortless to use on a every day basis, those who are applied to a larger sized interface might uncover it a bit empty and swiftly put in a launcher or a other software in some cases requiring rights root to personalize a very little their smartphone, change the dimension of the software grid, alter what appears in the position bar, the color of the screen, etcetera. . These are compact aspects to which one particular attaches alternatively swiftly lastly ...
But do not spit in the soup, have a smartphone Xiaomi with this sort of a thoroughly clean and effortless to use interface, which is also fluid as MIUI, it is alternatively a good point.
Notice in passing that the property screen nonetheless has a folder "Mi" with two apps: Remark and Remote. The first tends to make it feasible to mail feedbacks to Xiaomi, the 2nd to use its smartphone as an infrared remote handle to handle for example its tv.
A mid-range solid
The Mi A1 is positioned as a mid-range and thus embeds a processor Qualcomm Snapdrahon 625 clocked at two GHz coupled to 4 GB of RAM. A technological sheet that we identified more on smartphones in 2016, but which remains not only solid in the absolute, but also incredibly beautiful for its rate.
Xiaomi Mi A1 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Honor 6X Lenovo Moto G5 Furthermore SoC Snapdragon 625 Exynos 7880 Kirin 655 Snapdragon 625] AnTuTu 63,301 details sixty,260 details 56,740 details 63,752 details PCMark (Get the job done two.) 4,733 details N / A N / A N / A 3DMark Ice Storm Unrestricted thirteen,712 details thirteen,283 details eleven,896 details thirteen,698 details 3DMark Ice Storm Unrestricted (Graphics) thirteen,238 details thirteen,346 details eleven,483 details thirteen 267 details 3DMark Ice Storm Unrestricted (Physics) fifteen,679 details thirteen,069 details thirteen,612 details fifteen 458 details 3D Mark Sling Shot Serious 466 details N / A N / A N / A 3D Mark Sling Serious Shot (Graphics) 382 details N / A N / A No / D 3D Mark Sling Serious Shot (Physics) two,010 details N / A N / A N / D GFXBench (Manhattan offscreen / onscreen) nine.7 / nine.nine FPS 12/fourteen FPS 7.8 / 8.4 FPS nine.8 / 10 FPS GFXBench (Motor vehicle Chase offscreen / onscreen) 3.five / 3.five FPS five.two / five.two FPS ] N / A N / A Sequential Reading / Producing 278 MB / s
208 MB / s
one hundred eighty MB / s
72 MB / s
N / A N / A Randomized Reading / Producing 12,551 IOPS
No / D N / A
Unsurprisingly, the A1 A1 as a result received scores marginally larger than those of the Mi 5X, the technique currently being improved optimized than on MIUI. The distinction is even so negligible. It surpasses, even so, a huge portion of smartphones marketed at an equal rate, like the Honor 6X, even a very little more highly-priced, like the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.
Notice that the Mi A1 has a incredibly fast memory, which can make the distinction in day to day lifestyle and in the extensive phrase.
On a every day basis, it does not clearly show any individual slowdown, even if one particular feels from time to time that the start of an software is perhaps a very little extended than on a flagship . The exact same goes for the game titles, especially the greedy types, where by the loading instances appear to be extended and where by one particular sees at instances compact drops of framerate .
A double sensor a very little disappointing
When Mi 5X examination we identified the double module of the phone a very little disappointing. Not remarkably, the result is the exact same below, or even worse, figuring out that the material portion does not transfer. We as a result uncover two 12 megapixel sensors coupled to 23 mm lenses at f / two.two and fifty mm at f / two.six without the need of optical stabilization.
Notice that the picture processing of Xiaomi is even so more gifted than that of Google, which is having difficulties to thoroughly deal with the dynamism of the scenes. On most outside images, an space is burnt or clogged depending on the place of the concentrate ... or the two. And it's a disgrace mainly because the sharpness of the picture is significantly from currently being horrible for a device of this rate range.
Indoors, when the distinction in distinction is much less marked, the result is alternatively proper.
In small mild, the noise is significantly more seen, for guaranteed, but it nonetheless manages to get by on the concentrate and color management. As extensive as there is not a vivid mild somewhere at minimum.
The 2nd sensor is even so alternatively disappointing. The body is tighter, but the aperture way too, and the mild management is more challenging when making use of the x2 zoom. The portrait manner in the meantime provides an over-all proper electronic blur, but which swiftly displays its limits, especially on a hair.
In contrast to the Mi 5X, the Mi A1 has the main French frequency bands, like the 800 MHz band. It lacks the 700 MHz band, but its use is not nevertheless vital enough to be a disqualifying ingredient on a small-priced smartphone like this one particular. It captures the 4G perfectly in the Paris location.
Like all dual SIM smartphones even so (below 2x nano SIM or 1x nano SIM + 1x microSD), the aggregation of frequencies is not ideal and the true speeds keep on being concerning 70 and ninety Mbps on the Orange network where by the ideal in the industry convert alternatively concerning one hundred ten and one hundred sixty Mbps. Even so, this remains mainly enough on a every day basis and 4Gmark presents us an typical of two.seventy nine seconds to load a Net webpage and 1.67 seconds of buffering for loading a YouTube video clip in 720p.
Ultimately, the communications are clear, the two in transmission and reception and the noise canceling microphone is effective very well. From time to time the voices saturate a very little bit, but absolutely nothing can interfere with the comprehending of a conversation.
A good battery
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a battery of 3080 mAh, which is incredibly good for a smartphone of this range. It proves it also in day to day lifestyle and it is feasible to keep two days if you do not have a greedy use of the device. Even so, every day reloading might be essential to be self-assured, but ending the working day should really not be a problem.
Through our SmartViser autonomy examination simulating a continual blended use (video clip playback, match, SMS, calls, web searching, apps ...) with the screen calibrated at 200 cd / m², the Mi A1 held 10:21. For the time currently being this is one particular of our ideal scores just after the BlackBerry KeyOne and the OnePlus five.
Regretably, he does not have a fast charge and he demands more than an hour to regain about sixty% of his autonomy. It's extensive. Way too extensive
Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is not supposed in France, but can be ordered via importers. Gearbest provides it from all around 195 euros at the time of crafting these strains.