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The Xiaomi Mi A2 In-Depth Review

The 3X Camera Xiaomi Mi A2 Smartphone In-Depth Review!

A year after Xiaomi released their first Android One smartphone – the Mi A1, they released the Xiaomi Mi A2 together with a lower-end Mi A2 Lite model How does it fare, in light of new rivals like the Realme 2 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018Let’s find out in our Xiaomi Mi A2 in-depth review!

 

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Tech Briefing

The new Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) is an Android One device with a traditional rectangular 18:9 display. Powered by the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, it comes with at least 4 GB of memory but lacks a microSD card slot. Here is an early Xiaomi Mi A2 tech briefing by Allen An.

The lower-end Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, has a wider 19:9 display with a notch, and is powered by the rather dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. It comes with at least 3 GB of memory, and a microSD card slot.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 Colour Options

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) will come in three colours, at least initially – Blue, Black and Gold. Here is a look at all three colours!

Xiaomi Mi A2 Price + Availability

Here is the Xiaomi Mi A2 launch price comparison for a few countries. Please note that the Indian pricing is not yet confirmed, because they have not yet been launched in India.

Model RAM + Storage US Europe China India Malaysia
Mi A2 4 GB + 32 GB $290 €249 Rs 20,000
4 GB + 64 GB $325 €279 RMB 1,599 Rs 22,500 RM 999
6 GB + 128 GB $410 €349 RMB 1,999 Rs 28,100 RM 1,199

Here are some direct purchase links in Malaysia :

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  • Mi A2 (6 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,099
  • Mi A2 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM899

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Unboxing The Xiaomi Mi A2

Let’s unbox the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY), and see what we find inside its white box!

Once you fully unbox the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY), you will find the following items :

  • One Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphone
  • One Xiaomi Mi A2 TPU bumper case
  • One Xiaomi Mi A2 User Guide
  • One 10 watt Xiaomi USB power adaptor
  • One USB Type C charging and data cable
  • One USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

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The Xiaomi Mi A2 Up Close!

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has a 5.99-inch IPS display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and a 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, while the metal body has a matte finish that is resistant to fingerprint smears.

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 – a mid-range SoC with four Qualcomm Kryo 260 Gold high-speed cores running at 2.2 GHz, and four Qualcomm Kryo 260 Silver low-power cores running at 1.8 GHz. It also comes with the fast Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU.

The Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) comes with either 4 GB or 6 GB of memory and 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage. Our review sample is the mid-range model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It has a longish model name of M180402SG.

All that is powered by a 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, in a thin metal chassis that is only 7.3 mm thick, and weighs just 166 grams. We are glad to report that it has the new USB Type C port, and comes with a 10 watt USB charger.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite compared!

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Display5.99-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (403 ppi)
5.84-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Unknown
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512Qualcomm Adreno 506
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal storage
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 lens
- single LED flash
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera
Main Camera : 12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.75 lens
Low-Light Camera : 20 MP IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 lens
- PDAF capability
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.8 lens and PDAF capability
5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11/b/g/n (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
RadioNoNo
GPSWith A-GPS, GLONASS, BeidouWith A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Infra-red EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion4,000 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions75.4 mm wide
158.7 mm tall
7.3 mm thick
71.6 mm wide
149.3 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight166 g178 g
Available ColoursBlack, Gold, Blue, Red, Rose GoldBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Launched in May 2017, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is a powerful mid-range mobile SoC. It combines eight Qualcomm Kryo 260 processor cores, with an Adreno 512 GPU, a Snapdragon X12 modem, a Spectra 160 camera ISP and a Hexagon 680 DSP.

 

There are two processor clusters – a high-performance cluster of four Kryo 260 Gold cores running at 2.2 GHz, and a low-power cluster of four Kryo 260 Silver cores running at 1.84 GHz. The Kryo 260 Gold is a semi-custom version of the Cortex-A73, while the Kryo 260 Silver is a semi-custom version of the Cortex A53.

Performance-wise, the Snapdragon 660 is up to 20% faster in processor performance than the previous year’s Snapdragon 653, and up to 30% faster in graphics performance.

 

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) boasts a very high-resolution front camera, with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 image sensor. Its very bright f/1.75 lens lets you take great selfies even in less-than-ideal conditions. And when it gets very dark, it even has a dedicated LED flash to make sure you can capture a selfie!

At the back, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has a dual camera system. Its main camera has a 12 MP Sony IMX486 PDAF sensor, with a f/1.75 lens. It also has a low-light camera that pairs a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 lens. They are supported by a dual-tone LED flash.

The pairing of a high-resolution 12 MP main camera, with a higher-resolution 20 MP low light camera, is a curious choice. Let’s take a look at this comparison of three figurines in very low-light conditions :

Despite having the same f/1.75 apertures, and smaller pixels, the 20 MP low light camera does indeed have superior low light performance./

Unfortunately, the low-light camera must be activated manually using the Manual option. It doesn’t automatically get selected when you use the other camera options. And there does not seem to be an option to use it to record low-light videos.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) uses the FPC 102x fingerprint sensor located at the back. In our tests, it is very fast and accurate, supporting 360-degree recognition.

Surprisingly, the Mi A2 does not support face recognition login, only Swipe, Pattern, PIN code and password. So the fingerprint sensor is going to be really handy for fast logins.

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No 3.5 mm Audio Port

Although it is physically possible to squeeze in a 3.5 mm audio port into the Mi A2’s thin 7.3 mm chassis, Xiaomi chose to limited the 3.5 mm port.

Instead, they included a USB-C to 3.5 mm audio port adaptor. This allows you to continue plugging in your earphones and hands-free kit. You just cannot use them while charging your Mi A2 at the same time.

 

No MicroSD Card Slot

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby support, with a SIM tray that accepts two nano SIM cards. However, they chose to eliminate the microSD card slot. They did not even make SIM2 a hybrid SIM slot, that could double as a microSD card slot.

That means you must rely solely on the internal flash storage – there is no way to expand storage in the Mi A2. This is something iPhone users will be familiar with, but not Android users.

So unless you don’t intend to take many photos or videos, or install many apps or games, you should opt for the higher storage capacities of 64 GB or 128 GB.

 

Setting Up The Xiaomi Mi A2

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) comes with Android 8.1 Oreo installed. The setup process is pretty easy, as we demonstrate in this video. You can also see how easy it is to train the fingerprint sensor.

 

Available Memory & Storage

Xiaomi offers the Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM. Our review sample came with 4 GB of RAM. MIUI does not allow us to check the amount of free memory, except through the hidden Developer Options.

From what we can see, about half of the memory is used at all times by MIUI and background apps, leaving you about 2 GB of free memory to use. That is good enough for a few memory guzzling apps to use.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has storage options of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. We highly recommend you opt for 64 GB or 128 GB, because it does not come with a microSD card slot, so you can’t add more storage. Our review sample came with 64 GB of storage, of which just over 48 GB is available to use.

This is enough space to store about 12,000 photos, or 5 hours of 1080p videos, or 2.5 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, then you should opt for the 128 GB storage option. Remember – there is no microSD card expansion option.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Camera Performance – Photo Samples

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has a very capable 12 MP main camera, with the new Sony IMX486 PDAF image sensor and a very bright f/1.75 lens.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4000 x 3000 pixels, and a file size of between 4 MB and 7 MB.

Here are six high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The resolution of the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) is really amazing. It managed to capture the intricate details of the broccoli florets, the grape stems, and even the texture of the tiny white pepper seeds. The colours are also very nice – vivid but not excessive to the point they become unrealistic.

The wide f/1.75 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But you have to be more careful in framing the shot, because the subject may end up out-of-focus.

Here are additional Mi A2 photo samples taken by Xiaomi’s Allen An using its 12 MP main camera.

And here are two more Mi A2 photo samples taken using its 20 MP low-light camera with Super Pixel capability.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Camera Performance – Video Samples

We are glad to report that Xiaomi did not cripple the Mi A2’s awesome main camera in any way, allowing it to record up to 4K videos at 30 fps. However, they do not allow you to use the low-light camera in the back to record any video, and they limit the high-resolution 20 MP front camera to recording only 1080p videos.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

Look at the detail captured by the Sony IMX486 sensor in this video. Even at 1080p, it’s amazing how much detail you can see in the video. The camera does not support optical image stabilisation (OIS), but its electronic image stabilisation (EIS) capability works great.

We, however, want to point out some focus and exposure issues which detracts from an excellent camera performance. In addition, Xiaomi went overboard with their noise cancellation – the audio range is unnaturally thin and overly bright.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano Performance (4K)

The resolution is really incredible at 4K, but notice how theXiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) loses its electronic image stabilisation capability. This is a shame, because the Snapdragon 660 should be fast enough to handle electronic image stabilisation…

Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

As this video shows, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has very good electronic image stabilisation, when you are recording 1080p videos. Noise cancellation is very good, although the resulting audio range is too bright and lacks bass.

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

Once you switch to 4K video recording, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) loses its electronic image stabilisation capabilities. The video is noticeably jerkier…

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Xiaomi Mi A2’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Xiaomi Mi A2 Realme 2 Pro Honor Play Samsung Galaxy
A7 2018
Performance Score
(Average)
8233 7842 7361 5379
Web Browsing 8543 7863 7695 5278
Video Editing 6356 6756 5499 4413
Writing 7471 6498 6649 5056
Photo Editing 15999 16030 13326 7427
Data Manipulation 5828 5359 5764 5147
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Despite using the same SoC as the Realme 2 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) is 5% faster in the Work 2.0 benchmark. It is also 12% faster than the flagship-class Kirin 970 used in the Honor Play, and a whopping 53% faster than the Samsung Exynos 7885 used in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Xiaomi Mi A2’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play Xiaomi Mi A2 Realme 2 Pro Samsung
Galaxy
A7 2018
Gaming Score 31622 26731 24812 15354
Graphics 37351 29302 26455 15788
Physics 20576 20452 20383 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 162.9 fps 147.4 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 104.6 fps 94.3 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 64.9 fps 64.7 fps 44.5 fps
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The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) has 8% faster gaming performance than the Realme 2 Pro, despite being powered by the same SoC. This makes it just 15.5% slower than the flagship-class Kirin 970 used in the Honor Play, and 74% faster than the Exynos 7885 used in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Xiaomi Mi A2’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy
A7 2018
Honor Play Realme 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi A2
Battery Life 10 hours 25 mins 9 hours 56 mins 6 hours 58 mins 5 hours 39 mins
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Battery life is a sore point for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It is powerful, but it is a 14 nm chip that guzzles power compared to newer chips built on the 10 nm or 12 nm process technology.

Hence, we are not surprised to see the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) last just over 5.5 hours in our stress test. Let’s remember that it only has a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Realme 2 Pro, which uses the same Snapdragon 660 SoC, comes with a larger 3,500 mAh battery.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 10 watt fast charger. Let’s take a look at how fast it recharges the 3,000 mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) took just under 108.5 minutes (1 hour 48.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. That’s an average performance, considering it’s using a 10 watt charger.

That is a battery life : recharging ratio of 3:1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 20 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just 71 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 37.5 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

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Our Verdict

The Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) continues the Xiaomi DNA of delivering an excellent set of features at a very compelling price point. It combines a powerful Snapdragon 660 platform, with a large Full HD+ display, and three high-resolution cameras. All for less than RM 1,200 / US$ 420.

Their cameras bear special mention, because Xiaomi seemed to pay special attention to them. The main 12 MP camera uses the latest Sony IMX486 PDAF image sensor, while the secondary rear camera and the front camera both use the higher-resolution 20 MP Sony IMX376 image sensor!

Believe it or not, all three cameras are paired with very bright f/1.75 lens. This means they will work very well in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. This puts these cameras on par with those used in many flagship-class smartphones.

And if that’s not enough, the secondary 20 MP rear camera is actually a special low-light camera which actually delivers on its promise of capturing better low-light photos with less noise than is possible with the main 12 MP camera (even though it has larger pixels).

However, we have to wonder if users will really find the low-light camera all that useful. Particularly when it can only be activated in the Manual mode, and cannot be used to record low-light videos. Unless you are into night photography, it is likely that most users will find a telephoto or wide-angle camera far more useful.

We also have to question Xiaomi’s decision to do away with a microSD card slot. Having the option to add a microSD card is more than just saving some money, or the flexibility of adding more storage. It allows users to record their photos and videos directly into a microSD card, preventing them from being lost should they drop the phone into water or physically damage it.

The lack of the 3.5 mm audio port is not really that big a deal, especially when they threw in a free USB-C adaptor. What concerns us most is the relatively small battery. Yes, it allows the Mi A2 to be thinner and lighter, you will have to live with a relatively short battery life.

Still, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (US | UK | MY) offers a great package for its price point. There are very, VERY few smartphones that offer such high performance, with flagship-class front and rear cameras, at such price points.

 

Where To Buy The Xiaomi Mi A2?

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Here are some direct purchase links in Malaysia :

  • Mi A2 (6 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,099
  • Mi A2 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM899

Here are some direct purchase links in the US :

Here are some direct purchase links in the US :

 

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Price, Specifications + Features Revealed!

A year after Xiaomi released their first Android One smartphone – the Mi A1, they are now releasing TWO Android One devices – the Xiaomi Mi A2, and the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. Here are the Mi A2 Lite price comparison, availability and specifications!

 

What’s The Difference?

The two devices run on Android One, but are quite different in many ways.

The Mi A2 has a traditional rectangular 18:9 display, and is powered by the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It comes with at least 4 GB of memory but lacks a microSD card slot. It is thinner and lighter, but only comes with a 3,000 mAh battery.

The Mi A2 Lite, on the other hand, has a wider 19:9 display with a notch, and is powered by the rather dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. It comes with at least 3 GB of memory, and a microSD card slot. It is thicker and slightly heavier, but has a much larger 4,000 mAh battery.

In addition to those display and performance differences, the two devices also differ in their photographic capabilities. The more expensive Mi A2 model comes with dual high-resolution cameras at the back, and a high resolution selfie camera in the front. The more affordable Mi A2 Lite has a 5 MP selfie camera and a dual-lens depth-sensing camera at the back.

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Specifications

Here are the specifications of the two new Xiaomi smartphones compared!

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Display5.99-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (403 ppi)
5.84-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Unknown
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512Qualcomm Adreno 506
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal storage
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 lens
- single LED flash
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera
Main Camera : 12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.75 lens
Low-Light Camera : 20 MP IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 lens
- PDAF capability
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor with f/1.8 lens and PDAF capability
5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens
- Dual-tone LED flash
- 2160p @ 30 fps video
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11/b/g/n (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
RadioNoNo
GPSWith A-GPS, GLONASS, BeidouWith A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Infra-red EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion4,000 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions75.4 mm wide
158.7 mm tall
7.3 mm thick
71.6 mm wide
149.3 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight166 g178 g
Available ColoursBlack, Gold, Blue, Red, Rose GoldBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Price + Availability

Here is the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite price comparison for a few countries. Please note that the Indian pricing is not yet confirmed, because they have not yet been launched in India. In fact, it is said that Xiaomi will bring in the Mi A2 but not the Mi A2 Lite.

Model RAM + Storage US Europe China India Malaysia
Mi A2 Lite 3 GB + 32 GB $210 €179 Rs 14,400 RM 699
4 GB + 64 GB $270 €229 Rs 18,500

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Price, Availability + Specifications

Here are the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price, availability and specifications! Find out why Xiaomi calls it the Camera Beast, and what other killer features this new smartphone offers!

Updated @ 2018-05-28 : Updated the specification comparison against the two ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 models, and shifted the photo samples to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Preview.

Updated @ 2018-05-07 : Added more details, and updated the specifications.

Updated @ 2018-04-26 : Added eight Redmi Note 5 sample photos taken by Allen An!

Originally posted @ 2018-04-25

Don’t forget to check out our Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Preview!

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 : The Camera Beast

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform, which boasts eight Kyro 260 processor cores, and an Adreno 509 GPU. Xiaomi calls it the Camera Beast because of its flagship-level photography capabilities.

Clearer images and faster focusing even in low light

The Redmi Note 5 employs a dual camera setup, for better bokeh effects. The main 12 MP sensor features large 1.4 μm pixels, which can capture more light and deliver better results under low-light conditions. The sensor also supports Dual Pixel technology, delivering very fast autofocus speeds.

The front camera of Redmi Note 5 has a 13 MP sensor, complemented by an LED Selfie light. When Portrait Mode is engaged, both the front and rear cameras can add different Beautify 4.0 effects. Even without a second sensor, Xiaomi claims that the front camera will deliver a great bokeh effect in Portrait Mode, thanks to AI technology that helps to isolate the subject from the background.

Powerful and efficient performance

Redmi Note 5 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 platform based on the 14 nm process. Users will experience faster performance, whether they are editing a large spreadsheet or playing demanding games. Compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 636 has a 40% better performance while maintaining power efficiency.

The Redmi Note 5 is the first device in the Redmi family to use LPDDR4X SDRAM, which is usually only available on flagship smartphones. With up to 4GB of fast RAM, it can run more apps simultaneously and switch between programs even more smoothly.

So much packed in a small form factor

The Redmi Note 5 sports a 5.99 inch FHD+ 18:9 display, a large 4000 mAh battery and support for fast charging. Equipped with the latest MIUI 9 operating system based on Android Oreo, it also supports full screen display gestures, which allows users to completely hide the navigation bar, for a maximized display area.

Don’t forget to check out our Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Preview!

 

Redmi Note 5 vs. ZenFone Max Pro M1

ASUS just revealed two ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) models to directly take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, so here is a table comparing their specifications.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL)Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Display6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
6" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 85% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
5.99" Full HD+ display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 83% NTSC
- 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x Qualcomm Kryo cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPUQualcomm Adreno 509 GPU
Memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4X memory
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (shared with SIM2)
Front Camera8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens and LED softlight flash13 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
Rear CameraDual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.0 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 13 MP image camera with f/2.2 lens
- 5 MP depth camera with f/2.4 lens
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP Samsung sensor with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP Samsung depth sensor with f/2.0 lens
Connectivity4G Version A
- LTE Cat4 DL : 150 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
4G Version B
- LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
- LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps

WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat4 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat12 600 Mbps DL, LTE Cat13 150 Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Dedicated dual SIM tray
Dual SIM, dual standby capability (4G / 4G)
Hybrid SIM tray
Fingerprint SensorRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted, 0.3 Sec UnlockRear-Mounted
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GalileoGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Audio5-magnet speaker5-magnet speaker
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
76 mm wide
159 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
75.4 mm wide
158.6 mm tall
8.05 mm thick
Weight180 g180 g181 g
Available ColoursDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyDeepsea Black, Titanium GreyBlack, Gold, Lake Blue

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Price + Availability

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Here is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price list at launch. There will be two models with different memory and storage capacities :

  • 3GB + 32GB : RM 799 / ~US$ 205
  • 4GB + 64GB : RM 999 / ~US$ 256

Both versions will be available in three colors – Lake Blue, Gold, and Black. A simple and elegant TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Note 5.

You can purchase them from Lazada and 11street, or offline from our Authorised Mi Stores starting 5 May 2018. Here are some offers :

  • Redmi Note 5 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 768
  • Redmi Note 5 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 954

So what do you guys think about the Redmi Note 5 price points?

 

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The Nokia 7 plus Dual-Sight Smartphone Preview

After the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 1 launch, we had some time to try out the Nokia 7 plus – their latest flagship smartphone. Here is our preview of the Nokia 7 plus. Hope you’ll find it useful!

 

The Nokia 7 plus Dual-Sight Smartphone

The Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) is a flagship smartphone with a powerful octa-core processor, enhanced Dual-Sight capability, and a dual-lens camera with ZEISS optics. Selected by Google for their Android One family, the Nokia 7 plus offers a pure, secure and up to date Android experience.

Precision-machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminium coated with a 6-layer ceramic coating, the Nokia 7 plus offers toughness with a more comfortable grip. It also sports an elegant diamond-cut edge, anodised with copper.

The large 6-inch Full HD+ display has a 18:9 aspect ratio which gives you more screen space in the form factor of a traditional 5.5″ device. Your enjoyment is further enhanced by its large 3,800 mAh battery, which Nokia claims will offer up to two days of usage.

True to life imaging

The Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) boasts dual rear cameras with ZEISS optics that consists of a 12 MP wide-angle primary camera, and a secondary 13 MP camera that delivers 2X optical zoom.

For greater creativity, it comes with a Pro Camera mode which lets you take pictures like a pro by giving you quick and easy manual control over advanced camera settings like white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure. You can see the impact of your adjustments in real time before you snap to achieve your perfect photo with just one take and no need for filters.

It has enhanced Dual-Sight capability that harnesses the front and back cameras simultaneously to capture the ultimate #Bothie. When you record videos, its three microphones add immersive 360° Nokia spatial audio to your video recording.

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The Android One Commitment

The Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) is part of the Android One family, offering a pure Android experience with regular security updates. Because it runs on pure Android, there are no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up your battery life or slow it down.

It ships with Android Oreo out of the box, so you’ll be able to enjoy the latest Android features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

 

The Nokia 7 plus Fabrication Process

A notable feature of the Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) is its aluminium unibody chassis. Nokia shared with us samples of the fabrication process, which allowed us to create a video on its fabrication process. Check it out :

Next Page > Nokia 7 plus Specificatations, Price + Availability

 

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Nokia 7 plus Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 7 plus
Display6" IPS display
- Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels)
- 18:9 aspect ratio, 403 ppi pixel density
- 500 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage64 GB flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera16 MP camera with ZEISS lens
Rear CameraMain camera
- 12 MP sensor with 1.4 µm pixels
- f/1.75 ZEISS lens
- dual-tone LED flash

Telephoto lens
- 13 MP sensor with 1.0 µm pixels
- f/2.6 ZEISS lens
Network CapabilityLTE Cat6
- up to 300 Mbps DL
- up to 50 Mbps UL
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Audio : 3.5 mm port
SensorsProximity, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Hall Sensor, Ambient Light, Gyroscope
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-Mounted
AudioSingle speaker with smart amplifier
Nokia spatiala audio capture with 3 microphones
Battery3,800 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports fast charging
Dimensions75.64 mm wide
158.38 mm tall
7.99 mm thick (9.55 with camera bump)
Weight185 g
Available ColoursBlack Copper / White Copper

 

Nokia 7 plus Price + Availability

The Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) is available in the Black/Copper and White/Copper colours beginning 20 April 2018, at a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 435. In the US, it currently retails for $469.

Each purchase of the Nokia 7 plus (Price Check) comes with a gift box that includes a Bluetooth tripod, tempered glass, as well as a fish eye, wide and macro lens. The gift box is worth RM 300 / ~US$ 77 and is available while stocks last.

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