We’ve reached the end of an exciting week of tech news, with Xiaomi launching the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite at its ‘global launch’ in Madrid, Spain possibly the biggest highlight. The brand new Xiaomi Mi A2 is the successor to the Mi A1 that was launched at a global launch event in New Delhi, India last year. The Mi A1 was Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone – certified by Google to provide an optimised stock Android experience, as well as timely software and security updates – and was essentially a rebranded Mi 5X smartphone for global markets.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is likewise based on the Mi 6X smartphone that Xiaomi launched in China earlier this year, and is thus a successor in almost every regard. The Mi A2 Lite however appears to be a completely new model – it hasn’t been launched in China under a different name. The Mi A2 is set to launch in India on August 8, and ahead of that date, we’ve also learnt some interesting things about the India launch. Also, the Mi A2 Lite will not be making its way to the country.
As for price of the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, there are three RAM/ storage variants of the Mi A2 that were launched – 4GB/ 32GB (EUR 249 or roughly Rs. 20,100), 4GB/ 64GB (EUR 279 or roughly Rs. 22,500), and 6GB/ 128GB (EUR 349 or roughly Rs. 28,100). No India pricing details have yet been revealed, however, Gadgets 360 has learnt that the 4GB/ 32GB variant will not be making its way to the country, though India will get another colour variant – Rose Gold – over and above the Black, Blue, and Gold that were launched in Europe. The India variant will also support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 standard, unlike the EU variant with Quick Charge 3.0. The smartphone has already gone on sale in France, and will go on sale in Spain on August 10. The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand, is available in two variants – 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage at EUR 179 (roughly Rs. 14,400) and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage at EUR 229 (roughly Rs. 18,400).
As for specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 features Android 8.1 Oreo; a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display; an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC; a dual rear camera setup – a 12-megapixel primary Sony IMX486 sensor with a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IMX376 sensor; a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 front camera sensor with a selfie-light module; the standard connectivity options including 4G VoLTE and a USB Type-C port, apart from a 3010mAh battery. On the other hand, the dual-SIM (Nano) Mi A2 Lite features Android 8.1 Oreo, a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC; a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor (1.25-micron pixels) with a 5-megapixel secondary camera; a 5-megapixel front camera sensor, and a 4000mAh battery.
In other news, Huawei also launched three phones in the Indian market this past week – the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i, as well as the Honor 9N (Review). Other highlights these of the seven days included Reliance Industries announcing Jio earnings for the quarter just past, Twitter reporting a fall in its user growth, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeing $15 billion (roughly Rs. 1,03,055 crores) knocked off his net worth, India ordering a probe into the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and WhatsApp being confirmed to be awaiting a government nod for its payments feature rollout. This last is of special interest as a government panel on Friday posted a draft Personal Data Protection Bill that amongst other things dictates critical user data must be stored within the country. Of course, we also had our fair share of telecom news, with several new packs being announced.
Huawei launched three smartphones in India this week, as we mentioned – the Nova 3 and Nova 3i, as well as the Honor 9N. The Chinese company launched the Honor 9N in India on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi. The smartphone is a rebranded version of the Honor 9i (2018) that was launched in China last month, and features the exact same specifications. The company has brought three RAM/ inbuilt storage variants of the smartphone to India – the 3GB/ 32GB model is priced at Rs. 11,999, the 4GB/ 64GB model is priced at 13,999, while the 4GB/ 128GB model is priced at Rs. 17,999. All three will be available to buy via Flipkart from July 31, as well as the HiHonorStore.
The Honor 9N features EMUI 8.0 based Android 8.0 Oreo; a 5.84-inch (1080×2280 pixels) full-HD+ display; a Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC; a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor; a 16-megapixel front camera; 4G VoLTE and other connectivity options; a fingerprint sensor on the back panel; Face Unlock, and it is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
Now, let’s get to the new Nova 3 Series smartphones. Launched in China earlier this month, the two smartphones were launched in India on Thursday, and are exclusive to Amazon India. Both smartphones feature nearly identical designs and specifications, though the Nova 3i is the more basic variant. The Nova 3’s 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant has been launched in India, priced at Rs. 34,999, and it will go on sale from August 23. The Nova 3i’s 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 20,990, and it will go on sale from August 7. Pre-orders for both smartphones are now open, and launch offers have also been detailed by the company. Both smartphones run Huawei’s own EMUI 8.2 custom Android ROM, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and their primary highlight is the presence of four cameras, with dual camera setups on the front and back. They have both Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor on board. The Nova 3 and Nova 3i both come with 128GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
The Huawei Nova 3 sports a 6.3-inch (1080×2340 pixels) full HD+ displays with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio; Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC; a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel secondary sensor; a dual front camera setup with a 24-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 3750mAh battery. The Nova 3i has the same display size and resolution, is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, and sports a slightly different dual rear camera setup – featuring a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has the same camera setup as the Nova 3. It runs on a 3340mAh battery.