Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a slightly better phone than the Apple iPhone 6 32GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)!

Apple iPhone 6 32GB  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
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Excellence Score
33.9
38.4
Value for Money Score
56.9
74.3
Price ₹ 21,899 onwards ₹ 15,100 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 8, Upgradeable to 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Retina HD display, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-Resistant oleophobic coating on front, Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously, Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles, Display Zoom, Reachability LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU PowerVR GX6650 (hexa-core graphics) Adreno 506
RAM 1 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 8.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, True Tone Flash, 1.5um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Backside illumination sensor, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Auto image stabilization, Auto HDR for photos, Face detection, Exposure control, Panorama (up to 43 megapixels), Burst mode, Tap to focus, Timer mode, Slow Motion Video Recording, Time-lapse video, Video stabilization, Cinematic video stabilization, Continuous auto focus video, Take still photos while recording video, 3x zoom, Video geotagging Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 1.2 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HD video recording, Backside illumination sensor, Auto HDR for photos and videos, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure control Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 6.9 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 129 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1810 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 50 hrs, Video Playback Time: 11 hrs, Web Browsing Time (on WiFi network): 11 hrs, Web Browsing Time (on 3G network): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (on 4G network): 10 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Apple Pay; NFC; TV Out; iBeacon micro-location; Noise Filtration; AirDrop file sharing; Family Sharing; Notification Centre; AirPlay; iCloud Drive; QuickType keyboard; Control Centre; Multitasking; Spotlight Search Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality, with Apple's famed attention to detail
  • Beautiful design with premium choice of materials (unibody aluminium frame), solid construction, and iconic looks
  • Super slim
  • Still relatively compact and easy to grasp compared to flagship phones of other brands
  • Rounded sides, make it more comfortable to hold than for instance the chamfered beveled edge of the iPhone 5S
  • Brilliant display with potent brightness, wide viewing angles, and superb color accuracy
  • Buttery smooth, slick performance all-round, and even with graphics intensive mobile games
  • iOS 8 is beautiful and simple and brings in tons of functionality upgrades
  • Better spotlight search which now also has wikipedia, itunes and other results
  • "Hey, Siri" trigger for Siri voice commands
  • Improved multitasking menu which now also has recent contacts
  • The Health app is the most extensive health based app to date, that can pick data from both internal sensors, and 3rd party peripherals, and acts as a centralized hub for all of the user's health stats, including anything from their activity, weight, and heart rate, to blood pressure, blood glucose, and vitamin intake - all this data is also easily shareable with your doctor
  • Enhanced keyboard functionality with QuickType word prediction
  • Support for 3rd party keyboards
  • Buttery smooth web browser
  • The Touch ID biometric touch sensor is the best, most accurate, most responsive fingerprint sensor around
  • Support for VoLTE - voice over LTE, to provide wideband high-quality calls, where network supported
  • NFC and Apple Pay have the potential to revolutionize mobile payments
  • Stunning camera with simple usability, instant focus, tons of new features, and as usual, amazing picture/video quality
  • With its bigger & sharper display, powerful speaker, and snappy performance, the iPhone 6 enthralls when it comes to consuming multimedia content
  • Simple, effective image editing
  • Good call quality
  • Decent battery life
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Screen resolution could have been higher
  • Lacks the optical image stabilization of the bigger, more expensive 6 Plus
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
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