Xiaomi Mi A2 is the successor of Mi A1 which was launched last year. The Mi A1 was a huge success as it brought some of the flagship-grade features to a lower mid-range smartphone. But the Mi A2, on the other hand, is being criticized for several things. Even we did a video on it; if you have missed it, check it out here.
Anyway, besides some disappointments, the Mi A2 also carries some amazing features. We have previously compared the Mi A2 with Nokia 6.1 Plus, Huawei P20 Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Lenovo Z5. In that comparison, the Mi A2 defeated all of them.
So the real question is: should you buy it or not? Well, read this article and have a closer look on the pros and cons that will help you make a decision. Before we start, have a look on its specifications.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Specifications and Features
|Display||5.99 LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x2160px, 18:9 Ratio|
|SoC & GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Adreno 512|
|OS & RAM||Android 8.1 | 4GB or 6GB|
|Storage||64GB or 128GB | Non-Expandable|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP + 20MP, f/1.8, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front Camera||20MP (f/1.8), Auto HDR|
|Battery||3,010 mAh with QC 3.0|
Xiaomi Mi A2 Pros.
Good Performance: The Mi A2 comes with Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with Adreno 512 graphics processing unit and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. As the Snapdragon 660 processor is an upper mid-range processor, the performance of this handset is better than any other phone available in this segment.
Even the graphics performance is pretty much decent and there were no issue whatsoever while playing several graphics-rich game including PUBG Mobile, Shadow Fight 3 and Gangster Vegas: the Mafia Game. Other tasks like social media apps, tools and multi-tasking work just fine.
Android One: The Mi A2, like its predecessor, is the part of Google’s Android One Program. Means, the handset will get faster updates and security patches compared to those phones running normal Android OS. Plus, the stock UI experience is very good.
Good Camera: As we told you that we have already compared this handset with several other smartphones, we have discovered that Mi A2’s camera performance is also better than any other handset available in this price segment, especially the lowlight photography.
Unfortunately, the handset doesn’t come with 2x Optical Zoom feature which we have seen on Mi A1 earlier. But hey, it’s fine. The handset offers very good image quality and it won’t disappoint you. Plus, its selfie camera is also very good. I am sure that selfie lovers would definitely love its front-facing camera performance.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Cons.
Old Design: The Mi A2 carries an old design. In fact, it looks very similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Except the antenna, everything is identical. Talking about what’s more disappointing, the handset comes with big bezels and doesn’t carry a notch. And it feels really bad, especially when the “Lite” variant of this handset carries a better design. Plus the camera bump is really a problem. Even after applying a case, the rear camera module can get scratches.
No 3.5mm Audio Jack: The Mi A2 doesn’t have 3.5mm audio jack however, it does come with a bundled USB Type C to 3.5mm audio jack converter. But the missing 3.5mm audio jack is a bigger disappointment as you can’t use your earphone while charging. It is problematic for users like me who love to play games because the battery drains faster while playing games.
Dim Display: The display is good but it is dim. Means, when you try to operate it under direct sunlight, it will be a problem. Plus, as if it wasn’t enough, the display also has reflection. Even setting its brightness to the maximum doesn’t help much and you still need to cover it with your hands in order to see what’s being displayed.
Unimpressive Battery Life: The handset is backed by a 3,010 mAh battery which is only sufficient if you operate the phone normally. During moderate usage, it doesn’t last more than 13-14 hours. And if you are a heavy user who loves to play games, good luck finding the socket every 3 hours. One more thing, it supports Quick Charge 3.0 however, but it doesn’t come bundled with fast charger. So, if you want to quickly charge the battery, you will need to buy the fast charger from Mi Store.
Look, if you want to flash your phone in the public, then it is definitely not for you. It carries an old design and looks identical to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. But if you don’t care about the looks but what’s inside, it won’t disappoint you. The handset has best camera setup under ₹20,000 segment. Plus, it comes with Snapdragon 660 which we have seen only on two devices till now – the Nokia 7 Plus and Moto X4 and both handsets are priced above ₹20k. So, all we found during our test run is that this phone is for those who want their phones to do the tasks rather than just looking good.