Xiaomi Mi A2 launch in India Highlights: Price, sale date, variants and other details

Mi A2 Price in India, Specifications, Features Launch Live Updates: Xiaomi Mi A2 Mobile has been launched in India for a price of Rs 16,999

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2018 6:15:18 pm
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Mi A2 Price in India, Specifications, Features Launch Live Updates: Xiaomi Mi A2, the new Android One smartphone from the company has officially launched in India for a price of Rs 16,999. Mi A2 is the successor to last year’s Mi A1, though it comes with improvements to the camera, better design and a bigger display. Mi A2 also does not come with a microSD slot or a headphone jack on board.

Xiaomi hosted a livestream for the launch of the Mi A2 at 4 pm. This phone will come in 4GB RAM an 64GB storage option, though the 6GB RAM option will come later in India. Mi A2 is expected to go on sale one week on August 16, though there will pre-orders opening from August 9, which is tomorrow. Xiaomi Mi A2 will be sold on Amazon India and the Mi.com website

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Mi A2 Price in India, Specifications, Features Launch Live Updates: (Read more on launch here)

18:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: What to keep in mind for pre-orders

Mi A2 pre-orders open on Amazon India and Mi.com tomorrow. But keep in mind that with pre-orders you have to pay the entire amount in one go. There is no cash on delivery option. Users will have to go to Amazon, click to buy the Mi A2, and after payment is done, the pre-order will be placed successfully. Once that happens, Mi A2 will ship on August 12 for those who pre-order the device. 

17:43 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Key features

The highlights of the Mi A2 are the improved performance, dual-rear cameras, and a revamped design. Like other phones launched in 2018, Mi A2 also comes with the 18:9 aspect ratio, but Xiaomi is stressing on how thin this smartphone is compared to others in the market. Mi A2 also has an AI-driven selfie camera to ensure the best photos. Xiaomi is really touting the camera performance of the Mi A2 in low-light and other conditions. 

17:34 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Price pits it against Redmi Note 5 Pro

Now the price of the Mi A2 is Rs 16,999 , which is the same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which has 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in this option. So will Mi A2 ending up competing with another Xiaomi phone? We will have to wait and see. Other competitors in the list for Mi A2: Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, Moto X5, and Huawei Nova 3i, which have similar features and pricing. 

16:55 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Pre-orders from tomorrow, sale from August 16

Xiaomi Mi A2 will be up for pre-orders on Mi.com and Amazon india from tomorrow, which is August 9. The sale will officially start from August 16. Mi A2 users will get a free case in the box. 

16:54 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: 6GB RAM will come later

Xiaomi says the 6GB RAM +128GB storage version will come later in the market. 

16:52 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 Price in India: Rs 16,999

Mi A2 will cost Rs 16,999 in India. 

16:49 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: It will be a Made in India phones

Xiaomi says all units of Mi A2 will be made in India. Xiaomi will also manufacturer other smartphone components in India in partnership with its suppliers. 

16:48 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Recap of specifications around performance

16:44 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Mi A2: Will be first device to get Android P later this year

Google is promising that Mi A2 will be one of the first devices to Android Pie later this year. Hopefully the Pie update will be problem free unlike the previous Oreo updates on Mi A1. 

16:42 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Mi A2 and Android One

Now keep in mind that the Mi A2 is an Android One device. This means it has stock Android. Mi A2 does come with a  camera app from Xiaomi,  the File Manager app, the Feedback app and Mi Drop file-sharing app from the manufacturer. However, it does not have any other UI feature from Xiaomi. Google Photos is the default Gallery app with unlimited storage. 

16:39 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Portrait selfie camera

16:39 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 Portrait selfies allows for Group photos

Users can take group portrait selfies with the Mi A2 as well. 

16:38 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: AI Portrait Selfies

Mi A2 has AI Portrait selfies. It also has AI bokeh enhancement. It blurs background, and will naturally beautify it as well, claims Manu Kumar Jain. Again he is comparing the low-light Portrait selfies on Mi A2 vs iPhone X and OnePlus 6. 

16:37 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Camera and Auto HDR

The Mi A2 comes with auto HDR mode. The background is also capture well when HDR is in use. Using HDR ensures better dynamic range in photos. 

16:36 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: There's EIS, no OIS

Mi A2 comes with Electronic Image Stabilization for videos. However, there is no OIS or Optical Image Stabilization for videos. The latter is usually considered better. 

16:34 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Camera comparison

Ok Xiaomi just compared the Mi A2's camera to the iPhone X and OnePlus 6. Is it the best? You can find out in our review soon. 

16:33 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Cameras

Coming to the camera, Mi A2 has a 12MP+20MP rear camera. It comes with a smart lens selection feature depending on the lighting condition. It comes with Portrait mode on the front and rear camera as well. Mi A2's front camera is also 20MP.  In low-light conditions, Xiaomi claims the Mi A2's camera is much better than the previous variant. With the rear camera, both sensors take two different pictures which are merged to give the right result. 

16:29 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications

Mi A2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There's no microSD card on the Mi A2.  Mi A2 also comes with 3010 mAh battery. The India variant has support for QuickCharge 4.0. But keep in mind that Xiaomi is bundling a standard charger with this Mi A2 device, not a fast, QC 4.0 compliant one. Users will have to purchase one separately to see the QC 4.0 in action. However, Xiaomi does not sell these in India. 

16:22 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Unibody aluminium design

Xiaomi Mi A has a unibody design with an arc design, which the company claims will make it easier to use. The front is a 5.99-inches full HD+ display, Gorilla Glass 5 with 2.5 curved glass. First Xiaomi phone to launch in India with the Gorilla Glass 5. It is only 7.3 mm in thickness, adds Xiaomi. It will come in four colours: Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Lake Blue 

16:21 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: The price will be key, phone is officially unveiled

Mi A2 is officially unveiled for the Indian market. Mi A2 comes with an improved design, better cameras and of course, stock Android.  

16:17 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2: Mi A1 was one of the top ten selling smartphones worldwide

Xiaomi claims Mi A1 was the best selling Android One device ever. 

16:16 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 launch in India: Xiaomi claims more than 20.7 per cent share in offline market.

Xiaomi India's Managing Director says the offline market also helped Xiaomi grow. The company has 20.7 per cent market share in offline, he points out. 

16:15 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 launch: Fastest growing smartphone company in the world.

Xiaomi says it is the fast-growing company in the smartphone world.  We are number one brand in India as well, claims Manu Kumar Jain. He's quoting a report from Canalys. "Before Xiaomi had never shipped more than 10 million units in one quarter," he adds.  

16:13 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 event starts

Mi India's Manu Kumar Jain on stage talking about how Xiaomi went public this year. This was the largest tech IPO from China in the last four years.   Globally, Xiaomi crossed $15 billion revenue mark last year. Xiaomi says it took only 7 years to cross this year.  

16:09 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 launch: Key specifications of the phone

Mi A2 has the following specifications:  5.99-inches display with full HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, 4GB RAM+64GB storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The battery is 3010 mAh with QuickCharge 4.0 support in India. Mi A2 will come with a 12MP+20MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera as well. The phone has no microSD card or headphone jack. Mi A2 has a type-C USB port for charging, though it has USB 2.0 speeds. This is a dual-SIM phone. 

15:30 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 expected price in India

Mi A2 could have a starting price of Rs 17,999, according to some leaks and rumours. Mi A2 is expected to continue with the under Rs 20,000 price tag, though there's a chance Xiaomi will price it slightly higher than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is the most expensive smartphone in the market from the company in 2018. Keep in mind the Mi Mix 2, which is a flagship phone was launched last year. 

15:23 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 launch in India

Xiaomi's Mi A2 livestream starts at 4 pm IST. Xiaomi has an event page live on its India website as well. Keep in mind that today only the Mi A2 is expected to launch. The Mi A2 Lite with the notched display is not expected to make an appearance. 

Read more: Xiaomi Mi A2 first impressions: The key features that stand out

Mi A2 could be priced at under Rs 20,000 in India. The global price for this variant is Euros 279, which is around 22,000 on conversion.

Mi A2  has a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixel resolution) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The front panel has Corning Gorilla Glass 5.  The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC. It has vertically stacked dual-rear cameras. The camera lens comprises of a 12MP Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture and 1.25-micron pixels, and a 20MP Sony IMX376 secondary sensor with f/1.75 aperture. Up front, it gets a 20MP selfie camera that comes with AI portrait mode.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi A2 launched in India: Price, sale date, etc.

Mi A2 packs a 3,010mAh battery and will support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0 in India. Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available in three colour options- Black, Gold and Blue. There is no microSD slot or headphone jack.