After the ravishing success of the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, and Mi A1, Xiaomi today launched another new handset in India under a new series: Redmi Y. The first handset under this series is the Redmi Y1 which is essentially a rebrand of the Redmi Note 5A Prime that launched in China in September.
Xiaomi and Google surprised everyone last month by unveiling the Mi A1, a mid-range Android One handset with a dual-camera setup at the rear. Being an Android One handset, the Mi A1 runs on an almost stock build of Android 7.1 Nougat with a promise of speedy Android updates from Google and Xiaomi.
The latest data from research firm Canalys shows that the Indian smartphone market has overtaken U.S. to become the world’s second largest smartphone market in the world after China. Smartphone shipments in the country grew by 23 percent in Q3, 2017 for a total of over 40 million units.
The Mi A1 might be advertised as an Android One handset but deep down, it is still a Xiaomi handset. After all the device is essentially a rebranded version of the Mi 5X running a stock build of Android Nougat. This means that just like every other Xiaomi device, the Mi A1 also comes with a useful IR blaster.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is more of a Google phone than a Xiaomi device due to its Android One handset which means it runs on a near-stock build of Android Nougat. This means that all the extra features that one is generally accustomed to in a Xiaomi device are missing from the Mi A1. This includes the ability to lock apps using the fingerprint scanner.
Thanks to the excellent budget smartphones it has been launching consistently in India, Xiaomi has been dominating the smartphone market in the country. This is despite the marketing blitz from the likes of Oppo and Vivo who have plastered their ads in almost every nook and cranny of the country.
After launching a bunch of Redmi devices over the last one year in India and meeting ravishing success with them, Xiaomi is making a comeback in the upper mid-range premium smartphone market in the country with the release of the Mi Mix 2. The Mix 2 is the costliest handset to date from Xiaomi to be released in India.
Less than a month after releasing the Mi Mix 2 in China, Xiaomi today launched its bezel-less wonder in India — the second largest market for the company. While the original Mix with its bezel-less design was more of a concept phone, the Mix 2 is meant for the general consumers with a much better build quality and feature set.
Xiaomi recently launched the Mi Band HRX edition in India to capitalise on the festive season in the country. As the name indicates, the company has joined hands with Indian Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan to launch its latest wearable. If you are wondering what makes the Mi Band HRX edition different from the regular Mi Band 2 sold by Xiaomi in India, read this post.
Xiaomi’s first Android One handset, the Mi A1, went on sale in India today. The announcement of the handset took many by surprise since Xiaomi has always promoted its own MIUI skin. Even if you remove the Android One aspect, there is no denying the fact that the Mi A1 is an impressive device.