Xiaomi launches a follow-up device (actually two follow-up devices) for the well-received Xiaomi Mi A1: € 249 ($ 290) Mi A2 and € 179 ($ 209) Mi A2 Lite. In the same way as Mi A1, these are Android devices under Google's Android One brand, and they get a wider version than Xiaomi devices get normally. Xiaomo's blog says that the phones are on their way to "40 markets around the world, with availability from the end of July." The A1 had a similar "40 market" release, and while none of these countries were officially US, it was very easy to take one on a site like Amazon.
Let's start with a large specification sheet:
|Xiaomi Mi A2||Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite|
|START PRICE||€ 249 ($ 290)||€ 179 ($ 209)|
|Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|DISPLAY||5.99 Inch 2160 × 1080 LCD (18: 9)||5.84 Inch 2160 × 1080 LCD (19: 9)|
|] SOC|| Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512 GPU
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||3 GB or 4 GB|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB or 128GB||32GB or 64GB, + MicroSD|
|Cameras|| Rear: Dual 12MP + 20MP
|Rear: Dual 12MP + 5MP||USB-C||USB-C||Micro USB|
|19659027] NOTCH DESIGN||Nope||Yep|
|EXTRAS||Fingerprint Reader||Fingerprint Reader|
The specifications and designs are kind of everywhere with these two devices. The more expensive Xiaomi Mi A2 has a traditional rectangular display, a smaller battery, USB-C, no headphone jack and no MicroSD slot. The cheaper phone has a larger battery, a microSD slot, a headset connector, an old microUSB, and a listed display. Both have pros and cons, and regardless of the price, it's quite difficult to choose a favorite here. It would be more appropriate to have a phone that follows all of the controversial 2018 smartphone design trends (a listed display without a headphone jack) and one with a more traditional design.
Usually, the headphone jacks have not been flagging devices, but Mi A2 is one of the rare lower ends that does not come with a 3.5mm port. I've seen someone in the industry claim that removal of the headphone jack makes room for as much as 500mAh battery, but Xiaomi does not offer any advantages over last year's jack-equipped Mi A1. The two phones are equal in size, but M2 actually has a slightly smaller battery (3000mAh versus 3080mAh). The removal of the headphone jack appears to be a pure downgrade.
Both devices have aluminum bodies, rear fingerprint readers, IR blaster and navigation buttons on the screen. Both of these devices are based on shiny Xiaomi devices – A2 is a Mi 6X, while A2 Lite is a Redmi 6 Pro – and no one has NFC, which is not very popular in China. As members of the Android One application, both phones live with stock Android and an updated Android 8.1 Oreo building. They should also have the typical Android One Update Lifecycle, which is two years of major updates and monthly security updates for three years.
If you want to spend more than the base price, there are also a lot of storage and memory upgrades. A2 starts at € 249 (~ $ 290) for the basic 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space, or you can double the $ 279 (~ $ 325) storage space of 64GB. The highest end A2 is € 349 (~ $ 408) for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Keep in mind that the A2 storage is not expandable, so plan for the future. A2 Lite starts at € 179 ($ 209) for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with a single higher 4GB / 64GB model for € 229 (~ $ 267).
Listed image of Xiaomi