Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2: Is It Worth Upgrading to?

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Xiaomi Mi A1 has been one of the most successful Xiaomi-branded smartphones after Mi3. The handset brought some of the never-seen-before features in a mid-range phone – 2X Zoom and Portrait Mode. The handset was priced aggressively to compete with other handsets. Anyway, the handset has been recently succeeded by Xiaomi Mi A2 (Mi 6X) and we have managed to get our hands on its successor.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Mi A1 Build Quality

Its successor – the Mi A2 comes with several upgraded features compared to its predecessor. And in this article, we are going to point out the differences between these two handsets and tell you whether it is worth upgrading to.

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2 Difference

Display: The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a bigger 5.99 inches display compared to Mi A1’s 5.5 inches display. While the newcomer comes with a better 18:9 aspect ratio, the pixel density remains the same (~403ppi). With a bigger display as well as a better aspect ratio, the Mi A2 offers more content on a single page and is good for those who love to watch videos on their phone.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Mi A1 Comparison

Processor: The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a better Snapdragon 660 processor compared to Mi A1’s Snapdragon 625. The Mi A1 was available only in 4GB RAM variant but the newcomer comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. With a better processor, you can do intense gaming. I have played PUBG Mobile, Gangster Vegas and Shadow Fight 3 on Mi A2 without encountering any problems.

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2 Display

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Camera: There has been a drastic change in the camera department. The newcomer comes with a combo of 12MP + 20MP sensors on the rear and a 20MP sensor at the front. In contrast, the Mi A1 has a combo of 12MP + 12MP sensors on the rear and a 5MP sensor at the front. While the megapixel is increased, key features like 2x Zoom have been removed from the newcomer. But yes, camera quality has been significantly improved. We have done the camera test of Xiaomi Mi A2, click here if you want to check the samples and click here to check camera review.

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2 Camera Comparison

Battery: In terms of battery, both smartphones are nearly similar. The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a slightly less powerful 3,010 mAh battery compared to Mi A1’s 3,080 mAh unit. What’s the noticeable difference that the newcomer supports Quick Charge 3.0 whereas the predecessor doesn’t have it.

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2 Specifications

  Mi A1 Mi A2
Display 5.5 inch LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x1920px, 16:9 Ratio 5.99 LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18:9 Ratio
SoC & GPU Snapdragon 625 | Adreno 506 Snapdragon 660 | Adreno 512
OS & RAM Android 8.0 | 4GB Android 8.1 | 4GB or 6GB
Storage 64GB | Expandable up to 128GB 64GB or 128GB | Non-Expandable
Camera (Rear) Dual 12MP (f/2.2) + 12MP (f/2.6), PDAF, 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED dual-tone flash Dual 12MP + 20MP, f/1.8, PDAF, LED Flash
Camera (Front) 5MP 20MP (f/1.8), Auto HDR
Battery 3,080 mAh 3,010 mAh with QC 3.0

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Mi A2 Comparison

Our Verdict

The Mi A2 comes with several upgrades and especially I am happy with the performance as the handset didn’t disappoint me while doing intense gaming, though battery could be a problem. Other upgrades include a bigger battery and improved camera setup. So yes, I would say that it is worth upgrading to.

Further, you can wait for our in-depth overall article if you want to get an idea about the overall performance of this handset.

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