Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the HTC Desire 10 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)!

HTC Desire 10 Pro  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
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Excellence Score
31.9
38.4
Value for Money Score
67.4
74.3
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 15,100 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2016 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 MarshmallowLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS, Display Color Personalization LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Mali-T860 Adreno 506
RAM 4 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 20.0 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, Laser Autofocus, BSI Sensor, 27.8mm Focal Length, Auto HDR mode, Panorama mode, Continuous Shooting, Pro Mode 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 13.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features BSI Sensor, F/2.2 Aperture, 27.8mm Focal Length, Voice Selfie, Live Makeup, Selfie Panorama, Self Timer up to 10 seconds, Touch to capture, Volume Button as Shutter Button, Full HD Video Recording, Auto HDR mode Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.86 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 165 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 480 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters HD Video Playback: 11 hrs, Audio Playback: 53 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 8 hrs, Battery Standby Time (4G): 432 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Flex Storage Supported; Google backup; HTC Transfer Tool; HTC BoomSound; Motion Launch; Quite Ring on Pickup; Pocket mode; Flip to Mute; Power Saving mode; Extreme Power Saving mode; Fast Charging; App Lock by Fingerprint Scanner; NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Boost+ Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, striking aesthetics with a polycarbonate body
  • Delivers a pleasing level of grip and comfort, with a soft matte finish
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Good display - bright and clear - ensuring videos and games look great
  • HTC's Sense UI is one of the better Android overlays around, allowing you to customize your home screens with various themes and stickers for a personal touch, while at the same time keeping things simple
  • Smooth, lag-free performance
  • Good rear camera - same as the one on HTC One M9, and even adding laser autofocus to the mix
  • Good front camera which has an HDR mode and a selfie panorama mode, allowing you to get even more buddies into your shots
  • Good audio quality especially when listening via headphones
  • Decent battery life - lasts a full day in general usage, and there's fast charging (0 to 100 per cent in a little over 90 minutes) for when it runs low
  • 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]
  • While general performance is great, gaming performance is not top-of-the-line for this price range
  • Misses out on some features like a Type-C USB connector, NFC, and Wi-Fi ac, that are usually now expected in this price bracket
  • 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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