Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)!

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Excellence Score
34.7
39.0
Value for Money Score
67.2
72.2
Price ₹ 16,900 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
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
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Mali-T830 Adreno 506
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 F/1.7 Aperture 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 Flash, F/1.9 Aperture Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 7.9 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 181 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3600 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive, sturdy, unibody design - easily one of the better looking devices in this price bracket - build quality and materials are flagship-grade
  • Fairly ergonomic too
  • Very good sAMOLED display, arguably the best in this price bracket - high resolution, good viewing angles, good colour reproduction - videos look excellent - and sunlight legibility is great too (on par with more expensive phones, and better than Samsung's own Galaxy J7 Max in this price bracket)
  • Samsung's UI over Android is light, and works well - with some nice add-ons like social camera, and Samsung Pay
  • Decent performance in day-to-day use
  • Good rear camera - pretty similar to the one on the very good J7 Max - making it one of the best cameras in this price bracket - and a good shooter even for low light situations
  • Very good audio output from both headphones, and loudspeaker
  • Separate slots for Dual SIMs and SD card (instead of a hybrid slot)
  • Very good battery life - among the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • 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]
  • Performance could certainly have been better, and while its good enough in daily use, it's not quite what you would call snappy, and it doesn't match up to its top competitors - so, if your only use case is casual social networkings, emails, videos - then the phone will do fine, else there will be better options in this price bracket
  • While the rear camera is pretty good, it does sometimes take too long to focus, and sometimes underexposes pictures, and that takes away from the dependability a little bit
  • Front camera is good too, but it is focused a bit too close, which can lead to blurry shots when the phone is held a bit far
  • No support for fast charging
  • If design, battery life and brand name are the main criteria then the Galaxy J7 Pro is a good choice, but it has some tough competition from the likes of OnePlus 3T (more powerful + more dependable camera), and Moto G5S Plus on the lower end (almost as good in all criteria, at a lower price)
  • 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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