Xiaomi is another interesting Chinese smartphone brand that offers superb performance, more than solid build quality, and excellent screens, all that for a meager price. It’s Mi series is one of the best flagship killer brands out there. The only real problems with their phones are average (and sometimes even worse) cameras and the company’s MIUI user interface that changes Android drastically. Luckily, Xiaomi joined Google in their Android One effort to bring affordable but powerful phones that run stock Android and released its first Android One model called the Xiaomi Mi A1.
The phone comes with an excellent set of features for a sub-$250 device. It’s powered by Snapdragon 625, a powerful chipset that comes with snappy performance and low battery usage, along with excellent graphics capabilities.
Next, we have a 5.5-inch 1080p display along with a bit measly 3080mAh battery. The phone features dual camera system on the back with two 12MP cameras, one of them being telephoto. Not bad at all. And you also get four gigs of RAM along with 64 GB of storage. But it gets better.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with a stock Android instead MIUI; a user interface quite similar to the iOS which many Android users find kind of tacky. It runs Nougat but will get Android Oreo by the end of the year. Now, this looks like a solid alternative to Google Pixel line now that Google decided to make their phones premium priced.
For just about $230 you get a stock Android run on powerful hardware along with lots of RAM and storage an excellent build quality, and dual camera system on the back. Now it is when this story turns south. The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available just in India, at least for now. But maybe in the future, we could start getting powerful Android One models (because aside from this one they were all been pretty bad when it comes to performance) that could prove to be a compelling alternative to the Google Pixel.