Xiaomi is brand that has become synonymous with affordable smartphones with good performance. Over the past years, the company has made more waves in the news with some pretty out there products which include an electric scooter. So has the company lost it when it comes to smartphones? I’m looking to find out with their second Android One device: the Mi A2.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 doesn’t change much from its predecessor, the Mi A1, when it comes to design. The pretty vanilla design of the overall phone might be a nod to the vanilla version of Android that it has within. But its unassuming simplicity is what makes the Mi A2 a compelling device.
The Mi A2 has the now classic candy bar form factor. The front face of the smartphone is a simple, white or black panel (depending on the colour of the device), emblazoned with the FullView display, the notification LED and the front facing camera. You won’t see any capacitive or physical buttons on the face of the phone as all of them have been moved into the user interface of Android itself.
Head on over to the back of the device and you only see the a fingerprint sensor centered on the back in one of the most natural positions for larger smartphones. You also see the dual sensors of the main camera stacked on the top left side of the devices. The attenae bands frame the simplistic, elegance of the Mi A2.
On the sides you only have power button and the volume rocker on the right side while the dual SIM tray is on the left. The bottom is home to the USB-Type C socket and the speakers.
While the design is simplistic, the Mi A2 felt very natural in hand. For a square, blockish device, the A2 is actually weighted very well. It’s not too light nor is it too heavy. The Mi A2’s weight makes it feel like a proper smartphone. One built with purpose and premium materials.
The hardware of the Xiaomi Mi A2 feels very purpose driven in its assembly; from its processor to the cameras, the phone screams value for money and truly does deliver when it comes down to it.
The choice of using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM allows the user to get one of the smoothest stock Android experiences on the market. Of course, there is room for improvement, but the compromise does not take away from the user experience of the Mi A2.