Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has experienced a meteoric rise after it launched its first smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 3 in the Indian market back in 2014. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, while the price of 6GB RAM variant has not been disclosed. The smartphone will be up for pre-orders on Amazon and Mi Store starting 12 noon, today, 9th August 2018. Let's see how the smartphone compares against competition in terms of specification. Under the hood is the 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform featuring Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 512 GPU.
Xiaomi announced the Mi 8 on the same day the MIUI 10 was introduced, but the phone arrives with MIUI 9.5 in the box, based on Android Oreo 8.0. It also has a 3D face scanning face ID feature (with infrared emitters, similar to the iPhone X) and VOOC fast charge support. They are aided by phase-detection autofocus, and a dual-tone dual-LED flash. There is a 20MP front camera with AI-powered Beautify 4.0, HDR, and Portrait Mode.
Despite running stock Android, Xiaomi has bundled conveniences like Mi Drop, File Manager, and a dedicated feedback button on the Mi A2. The motorized camera module hides a 16MP + 20MP dual rear camera and a 25MP front camera.
Connectivity and other conveniences on the phone include dual-SIM functionality, 3,010mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C support. Internationally, Mi A2 was launched in three colours - gold, blue and black and hopefully Xiaomi will be launching the same colors in India as well.
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