Our Opinion

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

Apple iPhone SE 32GB  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
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Excellence Score
29.6
39.0
Value for Money Score
60.4
72.2
Price ₹ 16,961 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9.3, Upgradeable to 12 Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 640x1136 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, Retina Display, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A9 Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) Adreno 506
RAM 2 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 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.22um Pixels, Live Photos, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto HDR for photos, Exposure control, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, F/2.2 Aperture, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Backside Illumination Sensor, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Auto Image Stabilization, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Improved Noise Reduction, Face Detection, Photo Geotagging, Slo-mo Video Support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, Timelapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization (1080p and 720p), Continuous Auto-Focus Video, Improved Noise Reduction, Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 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 HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, F/2.4 Aperture, Auto HDR for Photos, Backside Illumination Sensor, Exposure Control, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Face Detection, Timer Mode, Burst Mode 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 7.6 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 113 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1642 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 240 hrs 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:13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (3G): 12 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 13 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Touch ID; WiFi Calling; NFC; TV Out; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Siri; Spotlight Search; Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified) Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Packs nearly every worthwhile feature (processor, great camera, always-on Siri) from iPhone 6S into a smaller, much more compact 4-inch phone - this a great choice for Apple fans who like smaller phones
  • Super compact and light
  • Currently this is a phone in a class of its own: there is no other phone of such size that's even remotely as powerful
  • Excellent phone for one-handed use
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, glamorous screen with wide viewing angles, superb sunlight legibility
  • The intuitive, efficient and reliable software experience of iOS
  • Excellent, top-shelf performance and reliability across the board
  • Just like the iPhone 6S, the primary camera is superlative, and among the very best cameras put on a phone
  • Excellent battery life (better than any other iPhone to date)
  • Comes with best-in-class earphones
  • The iPhone SE works with all the old iPhone 5/5S cases and accessories, too
  • 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]
  • Misses out on some minor iPhone 6s features, like 3D Touch
  • With the small screen, this is not the best phone for video watching, or web browsing experiences
  • With the small screen, the on-screen keyboard is smaller too, and might be difficult to adjust to, if you are moving from a larger phone to this
  • Loudspeaker is not deep enough
  • Only 16GB of memory may become limiting if you tend to install a lot of apps/games, or store a lot of videos on your phone
  • The front camera is underwhelming at just 1.2MP
  • 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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