- Analysis by KJ David
Xiaomi Mi A2, which is the global version of the Mi 6X that was first released in China, is an AI- and photography-driven smartphone mirroring a lot of popular phablets. It sports a 6-inch screen with the trendy (as we were looking into its pros and cons) 18:9 aspect ratio , but one that settles for a not-so-impressive 1080p-only FHD+ pixel resolution and a 403ppi pixel density count -- some of its 2018 wide-screen rivals boast 1440p definitions and, consequently, come with richer pixel densities. It does, however, come with the 5th generation of Corning's damage-resistant Gorilla Glass technology , the latest version as of this technical review.
Having said that, being among Xiaomi's first Android-One-integrated smartphones gives it a slight edge versus many of its contemporaries. Android One, by the way, is Google's suite of artificial intelligence perks, such as the Google Lens visual search tool and the Google Assistant mobile companion. Also, Android One smartphones come with native battery-optimization features and are readily-compatible with future Android OS versions -- the Mi A2 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
The Mi A2 hopes to join this Phonerated list of the best smartphones for photography by touting an AI-powered dual-lens rear camera that's made up of a 12-megapixel primary cam and a 20-megapixel secondary cam. Together, the forenamed lenses deliver things like 4K-2160p video-recording and background blurring for portrait shots.
Up front, it boasts a high-resolution 20-megapixel selfie camera that might put it alongside some of the best selfie phones on the market. It is decked out with the AI-powered Beautify 4.0 software and a 4500K soft-toned selfie light that claims to improve the lighting conditions when snapping selfies.
As for its hardware, the Mi A2 is shipped in three variants, the highest-specked of which is one with 6GB's worth of RAM and 128GB of native storage. The two other versions come with 4GB RAMs coupled with 64GB and 32GB of storage correspondingly. Sadly, all variants do not support memory expansion . On the bright side, all three of them have their pros and cons powered by the Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core processor that's accompanied by a dedicated AI engine .
Also part of its specs list are a 3010mAh non-removable battery and dual nano SIM card slots, which top it off as a an Android One smartphone for budding mobile photographers.
** This phone is also known as: Xiaomi Mi 6X (China)
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