Xiaomi Mi A1 Review

21 October 2017, 15:10:10

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review
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Design, build and controls

Xiaomi Mi A1 features an all-metal body with discreet antenna design. The colour of the bands matches very well the colour of the back plate and their curve follows the curve of the upper frame, so they are difficult to notice. The body is also treated to an oleophobic coating so no fingerprints remain on the backplate. The body has rounded corners and a fine matte finish, only the front frame edges have a thin glossy chamfer. The frame tightly encompasses the plastic casing of the display, which blends with the 2.5D curved edges of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. The model is available in an all-black, gold with a white front, and rose with a white front. We are reviewing a rose unit. Xiaomi Mi A1 is 75.8 mm wide, which is below average among smartphones with 5.5-inch displays and 3000 mAh batteries. Its height of 155.4 mm is, however, within the top range of devices with screens and batteries of the corresponding size-classes. At the same time, this is one of the thinnest smartphones in this category measuring only 7.3 mm in depth. The Mi A1 feels very light, despite being made of metal. It weighs 168 grammes, which is above average for models with 5.5-inch displays and 3000 mAh batteries. The device has a classic appearance and is very comfortable to hold with one hand. On the front, above the display, you will see the LED notification light, proximity/light sensor, front-facing camera, and earpiece. The display has very thin bezels (if you think black borders) and a thick rim - the frame around it. Below the display, there's a capacitive navigation bar with backlit buttons. The Menu one is on the left and the Back button is to the right of the Home one. There are no options for customization. The hybrid, dual-SIM tray is positioned on the left-hand side frame, while the right-hand one houses a volume and a power button. On the back of the device, below the upper antenna band, in the top left corner, you will see the dual-tone LED flash (warm light above the cold one) and the dual camera module to its right. The camera module has a metal rim and protrudes a bit from the surface of the device. Further down, centrally along the vertical, a circular fingerprint sensor is placed. Above the lower antenna band, the MI and Android One logos are imprinted along with the CE data and origin information. The top frame packs an infrared blaster and a microphone hole. The bottom frame houses a 3.5 mm jack, microphone hole, USB Type-C 2.0 port and a single, bottom-firing speaker to its right.

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