Mi A2 Pros and Cons : Is Mi A2 better than Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Mi A1’s successor Mi A2 is here. Mi A1 with excellent camera and stock camera was one successful Android One device from Xiaomi. Now that its 2018, Mi A2 was one of the most awaited smartphone. Mi A2 is basically Mi 6x which was earlier launched in China. Only difference between the Mi 6x and the Mi A2 is the User Interface. While Mi 6x comes with Xiaomi’s own MIUI, Mi A2 shows up with Stock Android. Not just stock android, but Mi A2 comes under the Android One program which means the security updates and Android upgrades are expected to arrive faster and for longer.

Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro being the most recommended smartphone in the ₹15000 price segment, Mi A2 at ₹X is a tough competition to Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Now that Mi A2 has arrived, the question arises whether the Mi A2 is worth or not. Here are the Pros and Cons of Xiaomi Mi A2 which will help you decide whether to buy or not.

Mi A2 Pros and Cons : Is Mi A2 better than Redmi Note 5 Pro?


Pros of Mi A2 :

  • Processor : Snapdragon 660

    Mi A2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is more like an overclocked version of Snapdragon 636. Yet, the Snapdragon 660 is a bit more powerful than Snapdragon 636 which means better gaming and multitasking experience.

  • Camera

    Mi A1 camera output was one of the best in the segment and the same continues with Mi A2. Mi A2 with upgraded 12+20MP at the rear and 20MP for selfies surely provides the best result one can expect from a mid-ranger. If you loves taking pictures than you will love this phone for its camera output. The camera output from the Mi A2 isn’t as good as the flagships but its the closest although being priced under ₹20000.

  • Stock Android Experience

    No other custom UI can match the simplicity of Stock Android. Lesser bloatwares/third party apps is one of the reason people love Stock Android. However it is a personal preference, while some love Stock Android, some other prefer custom UI.

  • Android One Device

    Devices coming under the Android One program are expected to get monthly security patches on time and faster Android Upgrades. It is also heard that Android One devices get the latest Android upgrade upto 2 years. Hence Mi A2 which is currently running on 8.1 Oreo will be getting the Android P and Q.

  • Price

    Mi A2 is priced at Rs.X which can be lowest compared to other phones having the Snapdragon 660 processor. Brilliant cameras, USB Type-C, and Quick Charge support also make the phone worth the price.

  • USB Type-C

    USB Type-C are replacing Micro USB at a rapid rate. USB Type-C can transfer files at faster rates, support much higher power delivery. USB Type-C are also believed to be more durable than the Micro USB.

  • Quick Charge Support

    Fast charging is one of most expected feature expected on a smartphone priced above Rs. 15000. Even though Xiaomi has not a bundled a Quick Charge compatible adapter with Mi A2, it does support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. With QC 3.0 compatible adapter, Mi A2 can take around 1½ hour to charge from 0-100%, however it can take around 30 minutes to charge 50%.

Cons of Mi A2 :

  • No Headphone Jack

    Lack of headphone jack is a big con to many of the people out there. Even a dongle has been provided, its pretty tough job to carry that dongle with the phone. It can be lost too because of its tiny size.

  • 3000mAh battery

    Again a major con of Mi A2 especially if you play heavy games like PUBG. Snapdragon 660 with 3000mAh battery can give you at maximum 5hr Stand-On-Time if you play heavy games. No reason yet Xiaomi did not increase the battery life when compared to Mi A1. Make a note of this con before buying the Mi A2.

  • No SD card support

    SD cart support is what many of you want especially if you are buying the base 64gb variant. With time the storage fills up and you will have have to move/delete your files to free up the storage since there is no external SD card support.

Sachin Naik
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