Design and construction quality

Later, the Xiaomi A2 adopted the A1 Mi line, without special distortion function, except for the dual camera, now vertical (not a little prominent). Smartphone appearance is beautiful and elegant, metal shell, feel full. In the upper and lower profiles, there are discrete bands for the antenna. It is a strong sense of solidity.

Dimensions 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm to 168 g portability well, also due to the meandering shape, the curve everywhere. However, due to the processing of the metal, there is a certain smoothness. In front of the notification light monochrome.
Behind the fingerprint reader, good positioning, and always accurate response. There are no associated gestures, as opposed to Mi A1, where the notification curtains are lowered, just as Xiaomi’s facial recognition does not exist. Digging between menus allows you to activate the default Android, but it is negligible in terms of accuracy and security.

From a constructive point of view, we found the real difference in the front. In fact, here is a large display 5.99-inch full HD (2160 x 1080 pixels) with a density of 403 PPI. This is due to the use of Gorilla Glass 2.5 protective glass with a shape factor of 18:9 and a 5D curvature.

So no more of capacitive keys to replace the most comfortable keys on the display. I would have liked to hide them to make more use of the diagonal, but for now, Google doesn’t seem to allow it. The software is a night mode, as well as environmental display, activated upon receipt of the notification signal.
The panel is of type IPS, the average reproductive quality within this price range. All colors are displayed and suitably having a certain amount of active, with good lamination, providing a wide viewing angle. Good maximum brightness, even if it does not reach the recording level, and the automatic sensor is reactive, but tends to be a bit ‘down’.

 

Performance

One of the biggest upgrades to the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the hardware configuration. Powerful inner strength snapdragon 660 Qualcomm, not the latest generation of solutions, but more efficient. It is a 14 nm chip, Kryo 260 eight-core CPU up to 2.2 GHz, and both sides are GB 4 RAM LPDDR4X-1866 dual channel e GB 32 XMMUM non-expandable eMMC memory (approximately 5.1 GB available).


As part of the program, all of these have been supported by the best software for Android. This lightweight software in combination with the above-mentioned SoC, meaning that these days I did not have a problem using the slowdowns. This is also because the memory is almost completely saturated in a few days because there is very little GB available and lacks scalability.

Also synchronization gambling performance just right little Mimi A2, so I can play high-definition details such as PUBG on constant 30 fps. However, even with reduced detail, it is not possible to reach 60 fps. The temperature is well managed and there is not much warming. But the strange thing is that the CPU stress test shows a strong thermal throttling, as shown in the screenshot below.

Software

As expected, the Android One program provides firmware based on Android 8.1 Oreo and June security patches. Unlike MIUI, the functionality here has been reduced to bones, except for a few applications, such as the Mi Drop and Mi communities (which can be uninstalled anyway). We hope that, with Mi A1 different from 18 months to ensure that updates are managed in some way less trouble.

Personally, it’s not my choice to leave a deep impression, although I know people who like stock Android, compared to some proprietary interface, rich and heavy. Although I am not a fan of MIUI, I believe that the Xiaomi interface has reached maturity, and between power consumption and consumption, it can satisfy the audience. Therefore, considering that MIUI Global has everything European users need for Google support and services.

Photo/video quality

The advantage of Xiaomi A2 is undoubtedly the quality of photography, which is considered in the enthusiasm rather than the enthusiasm. In fact, here we found a dual camera “AI” 12 + 20 megapixels using the Sony IMX486 + IMX376 sensor, both with an opening f /1.75. I put the quotation marks in quotation marks because at the moment of the function related to artificial intelligence, I did not: I want to update later.

The software is Xiaomi’s software, and the shooting options are standard. Google implemented by representatives of the cloud unlimited Google Photos photos taken by Google camera and associated image recognition.

And A1 Mi different, here we do not have a telephoto lens but is responsible for obtaining details of an auxiliary sensor in mode portrait. I must say, don’t be the top of the range, the lens of the bokeh effect makes me convinced. There are many stains in the trim, but almost in the most difficult cases.
When it comes to more traditional lenses, smartphones are one of the best in their class. While these photos are limited to 12 Mpx, but the picture is full of details and, due to the ISP Spectra 160 Qualcomm has a certain credibility color wealth. To make up for some of the phenomena overexposed, you can select automatic HDR, which intervened at the right time, with sober but effective results.

In night mode, the auxiliary uses the defined technique ” Pixel Partition 1 in 4 ” combined with 2.0μm pixels, you can shoot better images at night. When there is little light, the software automatically intervenes to turn on the sensor. It can also be activated manually using manual mode (actually). Although the image can be seen in a certain degree of noise, the phone can take pictures even in low light conditions can also be accessed over (apparently from a social point of view). In some cases, I was also surprised to return to good shots in extreme cases.
There is a Sony IMX376 front again megapixels 20, and always use the 2.0μm pixel binning, but open f /2.2. Also, in this case, the results are absolutely suitable for social use. Because mode portraits even in low-light situations, the subject is also very good. And the model does not lack Auto HDR to make up a strong contrast of light, as well as a physical LED flash encourage nighttime shooting.
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The video can be recorded in 4K e Full HD with a frame rate of an FPS 30 (no 60 fps). Decent Stable EIS It works only in FHD, with good editing at the video level but at the audio level. In fact, suppressing too much noise can “kill” background noise and emphasize your own voice.
Connectivity and audio quality
Since this is an “international” smartphone, the Xiaomi A2 offers dual nano SIM standby support and supports 20 bands. Therefore, there is no type of coverage problem, and even in other difficult areas, other Huawei smartphones can do better. As for the connection speed, they are discrete but not particularly high, even lower than the Wi-Fi ac dual band. All set Bluetooth 5.0, and an infrared sensor control device. However, absent NFC support and FM radio.
Does not enter too bad mini-jack, replaced USB Type-C package and respective adapters, they return output and the volume is not large in the medium. In terms of software, we found a classic equalizer made by Xiaomi. The situation is different mono speaker low sound pressure is very important, especially when the reception notification.

 

Autonomy

I must say that this is the most amazing aspect of me. This is because there is a battery 3010 mAh inside. The amount on paper is not exciting, but in practice, this number is accompanying me in a satisfactory way. In these days of vacation, I mainly use it, so it is almost entirely under the 4G network.

In other words, Xiaomi A2 always brings me about 4 hours of activity display at night. This is done through the Chrome browser with a lot of web browsing, all kinds of social, 3 mail push, a little ‘video streaming, and short game sessions. The results are good but average, especially if we consider other millet equipment.
Even if the phone supports 3.0 fast charging, the included charger can only come from 5V 2A. This results in a full charge from 0% to 100% now 1 and 45 minutes.
Conclusion and price


In order to determine this small Mimi A2 is wrong because we are dealing with a balance of smartphones and aims to present a more general goal. It is a perfect architectural product with a large display, very good performance and the best photo department in its price range.
However, at the same time, it is undeniable that there are some hardware and software limitations which can not be considered. Choosing the basic variant of 32 GB instead of microSD is an out-of-date option, especially considering that these numbers of competitors offer scalable 64 GB of memory. Then there is no mini jack, this factor I personally still have not digested. There are shortcomings in the software, as shown in the corresponding chapters, but it is a compromise that some users can accept.