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review with features, price and specifications

26 mayo, 2021

The Xiaomi Mi A1 was one of the most popular mid-range phones of 2017 and much of 2018. The combination of Xiaomi’s excellent value for money with the purity of Android One came together and this year they repeated the formula with a Xiaomi Mi A2 that raises the bar in features and, inevitably, in price.

To continue offering an affordable option, Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 with a more modest version that they christened Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which is the protagonist of this analysis. The Mi A2 Lite is presented as a version with more modest features and an even more competitive price. Will it be up to the task of maintaining the title of king of the mid-range?

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, video review

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, technical specifications

XIAOMI MI A2 LITE

DESIGN

Aluminum chassis
Notch screen
Rear fingerprint reader
149.3 x 71.7 x 8.5 mm
178 g

SCREEN

5.84 inch IPS
19: 9 FullHD + 2,280 x 1,080, 431 dpi

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2 GHz
GPU Adreno 506

RAM

4GB * Available with 3GB

MEMORY

64 GB + MicroSD 256 GB
* Available with 32GB

SOFTWARE

Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One

REAR CAMERA

12 + 5 MP, f / 2.2, PDAF, portrait mode, auto HDR, LED flash, FullHD video

FRONTAL CAMERA

5 MP, f / 2.2, beauty mode, portrait mode

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, minijack, MicroUSB

DRUMS

4,000 mAh

PRICE

229 euros

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Design: longer and with ‘notch’

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

The mobile landscape is constantly changing and since the Xiaomi Mi A1 arrived, 18: 9 screens have been implemented as the new format. In consecuense, the design of this Mi A2 Lite becomes narrower and elongated, an advantage when it comes to holding it with one hand since the handling is much more comfortable.

The Mi A2 Lite maintains the design line of the first model: rounded corners and edges, rear made of aluminum (although it has two plastic pieces at the top and bottom for the antenna) and a fingerprint reader located in the upper central part. As for the camera, it is still double and is located in an oval tablet, but this time it has been placed in the upper left corner in a vertical and not horizontal position.

Speaking of the camera, that of the Mi A2 Lite does not stand out excessively, but it is enough so that the mobile is not perfectly supported when placed on the table. If we click on the opposite corner, dance a little. It is not at all exaggerated but it is there. I ended up using the silicone sleeve that came in the box for this reason, but also because aluminum is a bit slippery with that smooth finish and thus improves grip while avoiding possible scratches.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

If we turn around the frame that surrounds the terminal, on the right we have the volume and power buttons, the only physical keys on the device. Below is the charging port with the speaker (there is only one, the other grille is aesthetic). The SIM / MicroSD tray is on the left and at the top is the minijack connector because yes, Unlike the Mi A2, its little brother does keep the headphone port.

Like it or not, the notch enhances the ‘all screen’ effect, but the chin completely loads it.

If we go to the front, the element that takes all the prominence is the notch, that kind of eyebrow or peninsula that is inserted into the screen and where the headset and the front camera are located. But what squeaks is that that wide bottom frame has been maintained. Like it or not, the notch enhances the ‘all screen’ effect, but the chin completely loads it. Let’s see how it looks compared to other mobiles of similar size in terms of dimensions, weight and use of the front:

XIAOMI MI A2 LITE

XIAOMI MI A2

MOTO G6 PLUS

HUAWEI P SMART +

SAMSUNG GALAXY A6 +

LG Q7

SCREEN

5.84 inches with 19: 9 FullHD + notch

5.99 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

5.9 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

5.9 inches with 19.5: 9 notch FullHD +

5.9 inch 18.5: 9 FullHD +

5.5 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

FRONT PERCENTAGE

79.5%

77.4%

74.4%

82.2%

75.3%

77.3%

DIMENSIONS

149.3 x 71.7 x 8.5 mm

158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm

160 x 75.5 x 8 mm

157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm

160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm

143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm

WEIGHT

178 g

168 g

167 g

169 g

186 g

145 g

DRUMS

4,000 mAh

3,010 mAh

3,200 mAh

3,340 mAh

3,500 mAh

3,000 mAh

When faced with other current models, we see that despite having such a wide lower frame, the Mi A2 Lite is quite good in terms of body / screen ratio with 79.5%. It is one of the heaviest, but it has an excuse since it is also the one with the most battery. In this sense, compaction work is pretty good.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite will not win any design contest, but it complies in terms of finishes and ergonomics.

Summing up the design section, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite does not dazzle especially in terms of originality –that notch is totally unnecessary and there are no elements that make it stand out– but it complies with a note in terms of finishes, ergonomics and weight / size balance. In short, although it will not win any design contest, it transmits solidity and quality as well as being very comfortable to handle.

Display: good sharpness and fair brightness

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite mounts a 5.84-inch LCD screen in 19: 9 format and with FullHD + resolution. With this configuration we obtain a density of 431 dots per inch, which is not bad at all and ensures a level of sharpness more than acceptable.

In the color section, the screen complies. The tones are faithful and realistic, although it is true that when compared with other panels has a slightly cold tone, especially in whites. If we go to Settings we do not find any option to calibrate the tones so it is not possible to correct it, although it is not exaggerated.

In general, the screen is up to the expectations of a terminal of its level; good visual experience, without bragging but without any notable deficiencies.

It also complies in terms of vision from the angles, tactile response and brightness, although here it approves by the hair. The brightness level is sufficient in most situations, but more than once I have had to stop and shade with my hand if the sunlight was very intense. Regarding the automatic brightness, correct although somewhat slow.

Performance: the immortal Snapdragon 625

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

That the Snapdragon 625 is one of the processors that has given the best results in the mid-range is a fact, as it is also a fact that it is a chip that is already two years old and that Xiaomi has implemented it in countless smartphones (eight if they do not fail me the bills). Does that mean that the performance is bad? Not at all but It wouldn’t hurt to bet on newer chips. The disadvantages of carrying the last name Lite …

That the Snapdragon 625 is one of the processors that has given the best results in the mid-range is a fact, as well as that it was launched two years ago and that Xiaomi has implemented it in countless smartphones.

But let’s go to what matters, the user experience. The Snapdragon 625 is aging very well and it still works smoothly in the usual day-to-day settings. I have rarely encountered lag or unexpected crashes beyond some bloody app (ahem, Instagram).

What happens to the Snapdragon 625 to make it such a popular and accepted processor?

However, it is not gold everything that shines. The Snapdragon 625 is a mid-range chip and if we add to that that it already has an age, as soon as we tighten the nuts a little, it is a little short of power. With 4 GB of RAM it handles well in multitasking, it is the heavy apps that cost you the most, especially the games. Let’s see how it looks compared to other terminals with similar processors.

XIAOMI MI A2 LITE

XIAOMI MI A2

NOKIA 6.1

NUBIA Z11 MINI S

SAMSUNG GALAXY A6 +

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 450

RAM

4GB

4GB

3 GB

4GB

3 GB

ANTUTU

78,316

127,610

87,557

62,653

69,498

GEEKBENCH 4 (SINGLE / MULTI)

864 / 4,304

1,626 / 4,286

833 / 4,142

832 / 4,010

754 / 3,838

Regarding the performance of the fingerprint reader, no complaints. Responds very fast and is very accurate recognizing the fingerprint, the only downside is that it is almost at the same level as the case and, if we do not use the protective case, it is sometimes difficult to locate it and it is easy to put the wrong finger. There are also no problems in the connectivity section, the GPS positions us well and the compass is oriented without problems. Of course, there is no NFC so if you want to use it for payments this option is not possible.

Autonomy: the peace of mind of a large battery, but with MicroUSB

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

The battery is one of the main strengths of the Mi A2 Lite, even compared to its older brother, the Mi A2, and that is that those 4,000 mAh translate into fewer visits to the plug but, above all, in peace of mind. Even in periods of intensive use, the usual thing is that we do not have to resort to the charger in a day and a half. With a more moderate use I have managed to stretch the load for two full days, which is said soon.

If we look at the battery usage numbers, as I was saying, a charge usually lasts around a day and a half. In screen time they are 6:30 hours of active use, and according to the meter of use that remaining 10% could have been stretched up to four more hours. I doubt that it would have been that long with normal use, but in standby it hardly consumes anything.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite autonomy

There is a downside and it is not the duration, but the loading process. When we connect the original charger, the message ‘Fast charging’ appears, but the truth is that it has little speed. In 30 minutes we achieve a 26% charge, less than 1% per minute, in an hour it reaches 51% and to reach the maximum charge you have to wait around 2:20 hours. It is not an excessive time considering that the battery has 4,000 mAh capacity, but it can certainly be improved, especially in the first half of the process. If you are in a hurry and want to put a ‘kick’ of charge before leaving, it would be better to take an external battery.

With 4,000 mAh, autonomy is one of the highlights of the Mi A2 Lite, a pity that Xiaomi has not implemented fast charging or USB-C.

Here we also have to blame the MicroUSB and incidentally give Xiaomi a slap on the wrist. The Xiaomi Mi A1 already had USB-C and the Mi A2 Lite shares many features with it like the veteran Snapdragon 625, but integrating the MicroUSB is a step backwards.

Software: Android One warranty

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite software

Membership in the Android One program was one of the reasons for the success of the first model and, as expected, its successors continue on the same path. The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite comes to us with Android 8.1 Oreo without customization. Well almost.

The evolution of Android One: from developing countries to the marriage of convenience with Xiaomi