TechDroider: Mi-A1

Poll: Are You Going to Buy the Xiaomi Mi A1?

Just a few days ago Google and Xiaomi resurrected the Android One with the Mi A1 Smartphone.

It's a good idea to buy a Mi A1 over a Mi 5X (Available in China) if Stock Android is your primary concern.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.1 Nougat.
So we're curious to find out how many of our readers are planning to buy the Mi A1. In case you're wondering, the smartphone will be sold today at 12:00 Noon for Rs. 14,999 at Flipkart / Mi.com and Offline Stores.

So, Will you buy the Xiaomi Mi A1?


Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X

Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X
Just yesterday, we reported that the Mi A1 firmware cannot be flashed on the Mi 5X because Mi A1 uses A/B system that the Pixel devices use. The A/B systems means that when the device gets an update it will be downloaded and installed on the second system partition and when you restart that second partition will swap to become System A instead of B to make the updating process seamless.


The A/B system can probably be altered by editing Boot Image files. Well, You can now Install Mi A1 Android One Firmware to the Mi 5X, Thanks to developer "heli0us". Additionally, all aspects of the phone are working as expected (No bugs).

You'll need to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP Custom Recovery in-order to Install the Android One Firmware on Mi 5X Tiffany. You can grab the Custom Rom ZIP file from below.

The Firmware is based on Google's latest Android 7.1 Nougat. However, Google plans to roll Android 8.0 Oreo update to Mi A1 by end of 2017, this also means that the Mi 5X will also get Android 8.0 Oreo via Port.
Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X
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Beware: Mi A1 Firmware Bricks Mi 5X

We all know that the Mi A1 is exactly the carbon copy of the Mi 5X in terms of Hardware and Design but on the Software side the Mi A1 is powered with Google's own Stock Android Nougat while the Mi 5X runs Xiaomi's MIUI 9.

Additionally, the partitions are different between the two devices due to the Mi A1 using the A/B system that the Pixel devices uses. The A/B systems means that when the device gets an update it will be downloaded and installed on the second system partition and when you restart that second partition will swap to become System A instead of B to make the updating process seamless.



DON'T FLASH THE MI A1 ANDROID ONE FIRMWARE ON YOUR MI 5X, IT WILL BRICK YOUR DEVICE.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available Offline and Online in India starting 14,999 INR (233 USD) on September 12.

Mi A1 vs. Mi 5x: 4 key differences

Mi A1 vs. Mi 5x: 4 key differences
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is now official with Google's Stock Android and Dual Camera. The Mi A1 is exactly a carbon copy of the Mi 5x with few upgrades and downgrades. In this article we will talk about Key differences that you will find in Mi A1 and the Mi 5x.

Screen Protection: The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 3. However, the Mi 5x doesn't feature any Gorilla Glass Protection.


Android UI: "Made by Xiaomi, Designed by Google" The Mi A1 comes with Pure Stock Android with two pre-installed Xiaomi Application. Xiaomi and Google plans to update the Mi A1 to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of 2017 and to Android P whenever it gets launched. The Mi 5x on the other hand comes with MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat.

Variants: You get two variants with the Mi 5x 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The Mi A1 on the other hand features only 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

Availability: The Mi 5X is China exclusive, however you can import that device from Gearbest. The Mi A1, thanks to Google's Android One Project will be available in tons of countries.

That said, the Mi A1 is the Mi 5x with Google's Back, you can find the Xiaomi Mi A1 pricing, specs and availability details here.

Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available September 12

Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available April 21
You are probably watching along to the Mi A1 live stream, but the device is now official with enhanced features such as a dual-camera, fingerprint resistant back and Stock Android.

As for the rest of the story that has been leaked in various forms over the past weeks, this is what we are looking at. So, we have the First Xiaomi Smartphone with Google's latest Stock Android.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available April 21
What else new, though? Well, you get a Beautify 3.0, IR Blaster, Confirmed update to Android Oreo by the end of 2017 and Android P whenever it get released.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available Offline and Online starting 14,999 INR (233 USD) on September 12, and will be offered in a rich color palette including Black, Rose Gold, and Gold.

Xiaomi is Announcing the Mi A1 Today, Watch the Event Live Here!

The Mi A1 (Android One) will be officially announced in India today during a live streamed event. Xiaomi will show off the Mi A1, tell us the new features. 

During this Livestream, we are sort of expecting to see the price of the Smartphone and Launch day offers. You can watch out the live event here-



Xiaomi Mi A1 Leak 'Confirms' A Big Surprise

Just a few days ago we reported that Google is working with Xiaomi on its budget-segment Android One phone. And now we have a new leak confirming the Specs of Xiaomi’s new smartphone.

Leaked at Geekbench, Google and Xiaomi new Smartphone will be called "Xiaomi Mi A1", which is confirmed to feature Snapdragon 625 Processor, 4GB RAM, and Google's Pure Android 7.1.2 Nougat we all dreamed for.


According to previous reports, the "Mi A1" is said to come with a 5.5" FHD Display, Dual Rear Cameras and Dual Sim card Slot at Budget Price. Sounds Great?

There's no information regarding the design of the Xiaomi A1, We will let you know once we get new information regarding this Smartphone, Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.




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