This post will be updated regularly as we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2.
After the reveal of the Mi Mix 2S and Mi 8, the next phone from Xiaomi that will grab headlines is expected to be the Mi A2. The smartphone will likely stick to the same recipe as its predecessor, featuring a solid spec sheet, a bloat-free Android experience, and an affordable price tag.
Although Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed anything about the Mi A2 yet, we have a good idea of what to expect thanks to the latest rumors and a few educated guesses — check them out below.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Release date
- The exact launch date of the Xiaomi Mi A2 is unknown at the moment.
- The smartphone could be announced within the next month or so.
There’s no word on when the Xiaomi Mi A2 will be announced. Its predecessor launched last September, but that doesn’t tell us much since Xiaomi doesn’t always stick to a traditional 12-month release cycle.
It’s possible the manufacturer will speed things up this year and launch the phone within the next month or so. The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which could make its debut alongside the Mi A2, stopped by TENAA recently — hinting it may be revealed soon. But nothing has been confirmed yet, so the Xiaomi Mi A2 could still be months away.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Specs and features
- The Xiaomi Mi A2 could be a rebranded version of the already announced Mi 6X.
- The handset could feature a 6-inch display, the Snapdragon 660 chipset, and 4 or 6GB of RAM.
- It should be part of the Android One family and sport a dual-camera setup.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Mi 5X. The only difference between the two is that the Mi 5X runs Android with the company’s MIUI skin on top, while the Mi A1 is an Android One device. The story is expected to be the same this year, meaning the Mi A2 could be a rebranded variant of the already announced Mi 6X.
If that’s the case, the phone could sport a 6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and pack the Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 4 or 6GB of RAM under the hood, just like the 6X. For comparison, the Mi A1 comes with a smaller 5.5-inch Full HD display, the Snapdragon 625 chipset, and 4GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 may feature dual cameras on the back with 20MP and 12MP sensors for those fancy bokeh shots. The setup should support AI-powered scene recognition to identify what’s in frame and adjust the settings to produce a better image. The selfie snapper up front should come in at 20MP.
Other specs include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an IR blaster, and up to 128GB of storage. The battery could have a 3,010mAh capacity, making it slightly smaller than the one of the Mi A1 (3,080mAh). This means the battery life could take a hit — especially due to the larger display — but we’ll reserve our judgment until we review the device. Unfortunately, there likely won’t be a headphone jack on board, which could be a deal breaker for some.
On the software side, the device is expected to be part of the Android One family, offering a clean version of the OS without any bloatware. This will likely be the main selling point of the Mi A2, especially for those who dislike Xiaomi’s MIUI skin.
|Xiaomi Mi A2 rumored specifications||Xiaomi Mi A1|
|Display||6-inch IPS LCD panel
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|5.5-inch IPS LCD panel
1,920 x 1,080 resolution
16:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Snapdragon 660||Snapdragon 625|
|Camera||Rear: Dual-camera setup with 12 and 20MP sensors
|Rear: Dual-camera setup with two 12MP sensors
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)||Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Android One)|
Xiaomi Mi A2: Design
- The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to look the same as the Mi 6X.
- The handset could sport slimmer bezels than its predecessor.
- It may feature a metal back and a vertically-positioned dual-camera setup.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to come with the same design as the Mi 6X, so we already know what it may look like. The device could sport slimmer bezels than its predecessor and ditch the capacitive buttons on the chin for a more modern look. It will likely retain the metal back and feature a vertically-positioned dual-camera setup instead of a horizontal one. The back may also feature a fingerprint scanner in the middle and Xiaomi’s branding further down.
The only design difference we could potentially see is in the color department. The Mi 6X comes in black, red, gold, rose gold, and blue, though the Xiaomi Mi A2 could come in a few different shades.
Overall, the rumored design of the upcoming smartphone is stylish and modern, but it doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen before. That’s not something we can hold against the Xiaomi Mi A2 given the affordable price tag expected.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Price
- The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to cost roughly the same as the Mi 6X.
- That means it could be a little more expensive than its predecessor.
- Pricing could start at around $250.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage retailed for 15,000 rupees in India at launch (~$225), making it similarly priced as the Mi 5X. Although pricing for the Xiaomi Mi A2 hasn’t been confirmed yet, we can assume it will go for roughly the same as the Mi 6X.
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That means it could be a tad more expensive than its predecessor, as the entry-level Mi 6X with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage launched with a price tag of 1,600 yuan in China (~$250). The 6GB and 64GB model went for 1,800 yuan (~$280), while the high-end 6GB and 128GB variant was priced at 2,000 yuan (~$310).
These are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the Xiaomi Mi A2. We’ll update this page as we hear more.
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