Xiaomi Mi A1 is no longer available for purchase at retail stores as well as on online platforms including Mi.com. The unavailability sparked a big question whether Xiaomi has discontinued the smartphone to make way for its successor, the Mi A2, which is set to be launched as Mi 6X in China on April 25.
It now seems that Xiaomi has no such plan to discontinue the Mi A1, its first smartphone based on Android One platform. The Chinese smartphone maker does plan to restock the device at a later stage. “Mi A1 is not discontinued in India, and it will return for sale soon,” Xiaomi said in a statement to BGR India. However, the company did not offer a timeline as to when the smartphone will be back in stock.
The Mi A1 was launched in September last year as the first Android One smartphone from the company. The Mi A1 was based on Mi 5X, which launched exclusively in China. At the time of launch, it ran Android 7.1.2 Nougat but later got updated to Android Oreo earlier this year. The timely software and monthly security updates were two of its biggest selling point.
In terms of specifications, the Mi A1 featured a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It also features dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup with 2x optical zoom and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is backed by a 3,080mAh battery and was launched at Rs 14,999. Since its debut, Xiaomi has announced a permanent price cut of Rs 1,000 to sell Mi A1 for Rs 13,999.
The successor to Mi A1, also called Mi A2, is expected to launch as Mi 6X on April 25. The Mi 6X is expected to feature a large 5.99-inch LCD display with taller aspect ratio of 18:9. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2GHz and will likely arrive in three storage options. There will be a base model with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and a 6GB RAM variant with option for either 64GB or 128GB of storage.
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The Mi 6X is also expected to bring major improvements in the camera department. It will retain the dual rear camera system and will pair a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.8 aperture to a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor. The setup will work similar to dual cameras found on Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is expected to run MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo but the Mi A2 launching in India will run stock Android 8.1 Oreo with Android One branding.