Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, by Xiaomi

- Analysis by KJ David

As expected out of a Lite edition, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (Its China equivalent is called the Redmi 6 Pro) suffers form a couple more cons than its Mi A2 base model, particularly in terms of its photography specs. For one, despite still coming with a dual rear camera setup that strikes the same vein as those of some of the best photography-first smartphones of its time, the Mi A2 Lite's 12-megapixel standard-photography cam is now accompanied by a 5-megapixel-only subsidy cam -- the original Mi A2 combines its 12-megapixel main cam with a whopping 20-megapixel sidekick.

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In the same manner, this Lite edition downgrades its mother model's premium-tier (around the time of this Phonerated review) 20-megapixel selfie cam to a measly 5-megapixel one . Fortunately, some of the Mi A2's imaging pros and cons, which are headlined by an AI-powered portrait mode and the Beautify 4.0 suite , remain intact.

A couple of other differences between the Mi A2 Lite and the plain Mi A2 is that this Lite variant expands the original model's already-wide 18:9 aspect ratio to 19:9 , reminding us of some full-fledged upmarket phablets. Its 5.84-inch display still opts for an FHD+ (2280 x 1080) definition, though, instead of shooting for a 1440p quality. Adding to the Lite's pros is its robust 4000mAh battery promising a 19.5-hour talk time (1170 minutes), which may not threaten those of the best big-battery phones that much, but nonetheless outstrips the Mi A2's 3010mAh-only cell by a huge margin.

Although settling for only a 64GB maximum internal memory translates to a slight con for this Lite edition, knowing that the original model's highest-specked variant comes with 128GB of native storage, the fact that it slaps on a microSD card slot for up to 256GB of top-up storage seems to make that drawback a tad forgivable. Additionally, while its 2GHz eight-core Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB RAM are obvious downgrades over the Mi A2's 2.2GHz octa-core chip and 6GB RAM accordingly, they still manage to hover somewhere between the mid- and high-end Android categories as of the Lite's 2018 market entry.

Speaking of Android categories, the Mi A2 Lite is one of Xiaomi's earliest global models to be Android-One-certified , meaning that it comes preloaded with Google-branded AI technologies like Google Assistant and Google Lens. That, combined with the rest of its pros and cons, make the Mi A2 Lite a viable choice for large-screen smartphone seekers who value phone stamina over fancy cameras.

** This phone is also known as: Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (China)

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