Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One) is a much better phone than the Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One)!

Huawei Honor 9 Lite (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One) 
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Excellence Score
29.2
59.8
Value for Money Score
72.8
89.7
Price ₹ 10,752 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.65 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 427 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 512
RAM 3 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 13.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Portrait Mode, Bokeh, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (12MP + 20MP), 12MP: F/1.7.5 Aperture; 1/2.9" Sensor Size; 1.25µm Pixel Size; Sony IMX486 Sensor, 20MP: F/1.75 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 2.0?m Pixel Size; Sony IMX376 Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Burst mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify, Group selfie, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Selfie Portrait Mode, Selfie Bokeh, Full HD Video Recording SONY IMX376 Sensor, 2.0?m Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Beautify, AI Portrait Mode, HDR, Selfie Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Group selfie
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 149 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3010 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 2.5D Curved Back Glass; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks stunning, with an beautiful glass-based build - making it stand out amongst the competition in this price range - an elegant and modern design, executed almost perfectly
  • The phone is also slim, compact, and pocketable - which, amongst a sea of mammoth phablets, is again a design choice that a lot of people will appreciate
  • Decent face unlock functionality - one of the cheapest devices right now to boast the same!
  • Very good edge-to-edge 5.65-inch full-HD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and with good sharpness, and brightness levels, making it one of the best displays in this price bracket
  • EMUI is pretty decent and has some nice add-ons to standard Android functionality, like split screen notifications, and dynamic fonts
  • Good day-to-day performance backed by the solid Kirin 659 SoC (it's on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC)
  • Dual camera setups on both the rear and front sides make for some good bokeh shots
  • Decent 3, 000mAh battery under the hood - the phone will get through the day on a single charge (having said that, there are better battery life phones in this price bracket)
  • Well built
  • The fingerprint reader on the back is in a natural position to comfortably unlock with either index finger
  • Contemporary, tall 18:9 display, brings the Mi Android One series up to modern standards
  • One of the best parts about the phone is of course the fact that it is part of the Android One series, which should mean guaranteed Android updates for at least 2 years + a stock, simple version of Android, with no unnecessary bloat
  • Butter smooth performance backed by a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, hardly seen at this low a price bracket
  • Stellar set of dual cameras on the rear - arguably the joint best at this price point, at par with the excellent Redmi Note 5 Pro - take nice photos in good and low light alike, and the bokeh shots too come out well
  • Very good selfie camera, with good bokeh shots - overall one of the best selfie cameras in this price bracket
  • Very loud loudspeaker, one of the best in this price bracket
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Mi A2 is a good, solid phone in this price bracket and you won't go wrong with it - it will compete strongly against the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro (a bit cheaper, but doesn't have stock Android), and Honor Play (faster, better for gaming, but loses on the software)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass based design means that if you drop it, you can do some damage to the device, so using a case would be a good idea
  • The EMUI interface is now cleaner than before, but still not as simple and no-nonsense as stock Android
  • While the cameras are good with bokeh shots, standard photography is average and could have had better detail, brightness and composure - in roughly this price range, you’ll get better photography from the slightly more expensive Xiaomi Mi A1, which uses its dual-camera setup more effectively and delivers on everyday photography better
  • Takes a little over two hours to charge using the bundled 10W charger - fast charging support would have been a nice-to-have
  • On the whole, while it's a good phone, this is a very competitive price range - the Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto G5S Plus and Huawei’s own Honor 7X will give the phone a tough fight - while Honor 9 Lite is arguably the best looking of all, it is not the most powerful of the lot, and the cameras, while decent, are not class leading
  • No 3.5mm jack, so if you want to use your existing standard-jack headphones, you will need to use an adapter (included in the box)
  • Brightness levels for the display could have been better - it's not the easiest phone to use under sunlight
  • The battery life could have been better - it will last you the day with moderate use, but it's not as good as the best of the competition
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  1. Affordable as it may be, it wouldn't be our default choice in the midrange quite like the A1 was
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you can't do without stock Android and want good cameras without paying too much, then the Mi A2 should check all your boxes
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has all the elements of success
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Quite easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Go for the Mi A2 if and only if you want a Xiaomi phone with stock Android OS
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