Xiaomi MCT3B clears TENAA with 13MP camera, Android 7.1.2 OS

Xiaomi Mi A1 First Impressions Android One is back with a better phone

The device will come with stock Android pre-installed and will also come with dual rear camera setup which makes it the first device from Xiaomi to enter the Indian market with dual cameras.

A reason why Google has partnered with Xiaomi for the launch of Android One with the Mi A1. It comes for just Rs. 14999. "Under initial tie-ups, phones were made by Indian companies like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn and were priced below Rs 6,500". Not because it comes with an impeccable set of specifications or due to the fact that the price, like always, is well below what people were anticipating or because the company straight up put an iPhone 7 Plus next to it during the presentation.

Just the Redmi 4A lacks a fingerprint reader, the MCT3B also lacks a fingerprint sensor which also indicates that it could be a successor of Redmi 5A. Both the phones have rear-mounted fingerprint scanners and physical capacitive keys that are also backlit.

The dual camera setup has one 12MP main sensor and another 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens, giving you a 2x optical zoom and a depth-of-field effect. Now, it has joined one of the top sellers in the country. The premium design that features a large 5.5in full-HD display with Gorilla Glass protection and smooth, rounded edges. Visibility in bright light and from wide angles is good.

The handset runs on stock Android and runs Android 7.1.2 out-of-the-box. Also, like Pixel smartphones, you get unlimited cloud storage for high-quality photos and videos.

"The phone would get the Android "O" update by the end of 2017 and would be one of the first to get Android P", Jon Gold, Global Director for Android Partner Programs, told reporters.

Hardware plus SoftwareBoth the Mi A1 and the Redmi Note 4 have the same processor inside, which is, a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The body to screen ratio varies as the Mi A1 has 70.1 percentage of screen to body ratio while the K8 Note comes with 70.95 percentage. So, I am sure this phone is going to be awesome in performance. In the storage department, the device comes with 32 GB of base storage. A solid, all-round phone that is a pleasure to use is what was needed.

The two firms together unveiled the first smartphone here on Tuesday in a rare occasion where a global launch took place in India. The camera can take some good-looking shots if the lighting is good. And given Xiaomi's indomitable reputation in the budget smartphone sector, I have fewer doubts about the success of this alliance.

In terms of connectivity, Mi A1 offers 4G VoLTE along with support for WIFI 802.11, GPS with A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack.

The battery is 4000 mAh, which is another highlight of the phone. Even entry-level smartphone such as Redmi 4A had a satisfactory camera but the Xiaomi Mi A1's camera is a bit of a letdown.

If you've been following rumors about the handset, you'd know that the Mi A1 is basically a repackaged Mi 5X with pure Android running through its veins.

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