Mi A2 Review After 8 Months With Updates

Xiaomi launched Budget Mi Android One series smartphone Named Mi A2. Mi A2 was released in India on 8 August 2018. Mi A2 is priced at 16,999 @ 64 GB Variant, 19,999 @ 128 Gb model.

We can think this Mi A2 has a DNA OF Mi 8 Lite Smartphone. In terms of Hardware Mi A2 has Every other Feature present on Mi 8 Lite Except Android One.

it features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named 660 which is available on Mi 8 lite and Oppo R11 too. this chip is made of 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 4 x Kryo 260 low power cores which are clocked at 1.8GHz, second part features 4 x Kryo 260 high powered cores which are clocked at 2.2GHz. it has Adreno 512 GPU which increases its work by 300% compared to SD 653 the last Midrange processor from Qualcomm . it has a CAT 12 Modem which has Download and Upload speeds of 600 & 150MBPS. it has also integrated Ai bulit in processor which helps in AI Capabilities.

this phone has a Dual Camera setup which comprises a 12MP primary sensor F/1.75 + 20MP Secondary sensor F/1.75 which makes the user take Crystal Clear normal, good portrait images.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of  Xiaomi Mi A2 and Jump into the review.

Xiaomi Mi A2

  • 5.99″ FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD display with 18:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Snapdragon 660 CPU
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4 / 6 GB ram
  • 64 / 128 GB internal storage
  • Dual nano sim slot
  • Triple rear camera 12 MP f/1.8 (Primary) + 20MP f/1.8 (Secondary)
  • Front camera 20MP (f/2.0)
  • 3010 Mah battery with Quick charging 3 ( International) & 4+ ( India) support
  • USB TYPE-C
  • Fingerprint sensor / IR Blaster
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / WiFi / GPS
  • Android 9 Pie

5.99″ Full HD+ LTPS IPS LCD Screen :

Here in Display Department MiA2 Features an Excellent FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD panel in 18:9 Aspect Ratio with 403 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is not averge to see in direct sunlight.

Single Speaker and USB-C Port :

 in Mi A2, Xiaomi Used their traditional Single Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their Older Mi A1 Smartphone. these speakers are supported by Dolby Atmos Sound technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus) which help to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker. here earpiece provides a louder sound when we turn on an option named Extra Volume During Calls in Noisy Conditions.

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack is not provided. insted of that they provided a Dongle to use. the Audio Quality is Good with excellent base and perfect Volume. there are no special Features like Dolby atoms or others to tune the sound. but theSound Quality is good from speaker and Type c And 3.5mm Dongle.

Build Quality : 

 Mi A2 is Built with a Metal frame on side and same Alumium back of the device. on front it is protected with Gorilla Glass 3. it provides a good look and feel Because it is made with Metal body. Through this Mi A2 was Build with Metal there are no issues of creakiness with build quality. well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 6″ IPS LCD screen.

Rear fingerprint scanner: 

Mi A2 Features a Rear mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the top back of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. Here Xiaomi included the fingerprint gestures which we Mostly see in the Samsung Flagship smartphones line up named Galaxy S.

Weight balance: 

Mi A2 feels very light and Slim with 6″ Screen and 3000 mAh battery equipped. This can be Mi A2 can be used by one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device.

Battery life:

 My Mi A2 lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 10% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3000 mAH Battery. We got 5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get upto 6hr Battery life if you use on WiFi. The ideal drain of Mi A2 is very low as older Mi A1. here in Mi A2 Quick charging 4+ is added to backup the backup fastly. this actually makes a difference and charges the phone in 90 min which is a very good.


Stock Andriod Operating System :

Here the MiA2 comes with the Android One Branding. so it runs on stock android 9 Pie which good. we cannot see Dual apps and other features in this Android 9 pie. we cannot see the un necssary apps thtaht are wasting Ram in phone which is good. By having Android One Branding we can Expect 2 years of Android Version Upgrades and 3 years of security updates in Mi A2.

Performance: 

My Mi A2 managed to do day to day tasks very well like the oldedr version Mi A1. there are No issues and problems with the UI and there are no overheating issues with Mi A2.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this MiA2 device. it features 4 / 6 GB ram and I did not notice any lags with the 4GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this MiA2. But Heay Games will Start Reloading after 5 Min. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at medium graphics setting with many lags & frame drops in the game.

Storage:

In Storage Department, MiA2 Has 64 & 128Gb Storage Options. In 64 Gb Model, We get 48.5GB free out of the box. No Micro SD Card Support. You have to Relay on the Provided Internal Storage. It has A Support for USB Otg. It Detects the Pendrives, hard disks, Mouse, Keyboards. If you want to see the hard disk you have to Install ES File Explorer App and Open it.

Sensor’s:

Mi A2 has all useful Sensors like Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass. All Sensors are working well. Expect Proximity and sensors.

Call Quality :

 the Call quality on Mi A2 is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality. we have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. the earpiece is included in the top bezel & its very loud.

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, Mi A2 features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in Any lighting condition. let’sdivide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. Main Camera: the 12MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.75. the daylight pictures are very good and contain very good details. Exposure is in control with decent Dynamic range to take good photos in good lighting Conditions.

2. Secondary Camera: the 20MP Secondary Camera on Mi A2 works does a good job in low lighting conditions. it captures a picture in an 84˚ field of view with good details in the night with pixel binning support. exposure is control with decent dynamic range. it is built to get Good support primary camera in low light Conditions.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@30fps .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is not good in 4k@30fps And 1080p FHD recording. the video quality is also good in the low night conditions. it has also support for Super slow mo which record’s in 1080p Sample.

Selfie camera :

 Mi A2 features a 20MP selfie camera with large 1.4 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0. the Picture quality is fantastic and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions. in low light conditiuons it suses pixel binning support to get good details. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.I

Talk Back and Screen casting Support:

In Mi A2 has a Support for screen casting and talk back Feature in Setting. we can Turn on Talk back from asceesbility and screen casting directly from the Setting menu.

Notifiaction Light

It has a single colour notification light on top. it is in White colour.

Widevine L1 support:

 Mi A2 has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see in a budget Xiaomi Smartphone and which is an advantage in Mi A2.

CONS

this Sunlight Visibility in the Display is not so Good.

auto brightness sensor is not working correctly. we have to adjust brightness manually.

There is Issue With Proximity sensor. When taking long calls it suddenly light ups.

No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

No Micro SD Support.

Eis is not Stable in Front camera (1080p) and back Camera (4K)

No Fast Charger in Box

Lower Battery capacity

VERDICT

Who can Get Mi A2: if you want an Android One Device in Xiaomi with good Camera Then Mi A2 can be your First choice. if you want Bigger battery with Android One you can Go to Motorola One Power.

If you are using Mi A2 then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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