Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)!

Motorola Moto G5 Plus (4GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
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Excellence Score
28.9
38.4
Value for Money Score
68.7
73.0
Price ₹ 12,499 onwards ₹ 15,388 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow 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 5.2 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 506 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 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 F/1.7 Aperture, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, 8X Digital Zoom for Photos, 4X Zoom for Video, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion video 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 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Wide-angle Lens, F/2.2 Aperture, Display Flash, Professional mode, Beautification mode Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.7 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 155 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3080 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, TurboPower Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 6 hrs of power in 15 min (TurboPower); NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The first Moto G series phone to have a metal body - looks quite handsome, and is a big step-up over its predecessors
  • Excellent build quality
  • Nice chrome accents on the front and rear add to the looks
  • Water-repellent nanocoating is a nice add-on
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • The power and volume buttons on the right are located comfortably for single-hand operation
  • The phone's rounded edges and corners make it comfortable to hold and use
  • Decent display, with good viewing angles (sunlight legibility could have been better though)
  • Runs close-to-stock Android UI out-of-the-box, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The added touches from Moto like Moto Display, and gestures are all pretty useful
  • One-button Nav allows you to tap or swipe the fingerprint sensor instead of reaching for the Android navigation buttons - it works great, and can be pretty handy
  • Good, consistent performance all round - handles multi-tasking with ease, and apps launch quickly - games are handled well too, with no stuttering - benchmarks scores are pretty good, though a step behind the Redmi Note 4, which is the top performer in this price bracket
  • Good rear camera - improved even compared to its already good predecessor - captures good results in all sorts of situations - and has quick focusing - in daylight landscapes looked detailed, with punchy colours - the professional mode is good too - overall, this is arguably the best camera among the budget phones, though low light performance could still be better
  • The front camera is good too, with its colour accuracy, as long as there is adequate light
  • Supports 4K video recording
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life - in real world tests, the phone easily lasts the day with moderate use (though it lacks the stellar battery performance of some of its peers like the Redmi Note 4)
  • Excellent TurboPower charging functionality - a 20-minute charge gets you up to nearly 50 percent
  • 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]
  • No LED notification indicator - the Moto Display feature somewhat compensates for this, but isn't as useful all the time
  • The bundled headphones are average
  • Loudspeaker quality is average too
  • Tends to heat up when being used for navigation for an extended time
  • 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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