Xiaomi Linked To Android One Smartphone Rumours
Xiaomi considers itself to an Internet business rather than a device manufacturer. It has released a number of devices based around its MIUI custom skin but I have heard rumours that they are working on a near-stock device, the Xiaomi A1. This is interesting for a few reasons. One is that Xiaomi’s reputation for delivering software updates is patchy to say the least, and this could be associated with the company having to reskin Android first, but probably because they are too busy working on their next device. Second, perhaps more importantly, the Xiaomi A1 is rumored to be an Android One smartphone.
Android One devices were first introduced over three years ago at the same time Google showcased the original three Android Wear smartwatches (including this one). Android One devices can be considered to be close to a Google Nexus or Google Pixel device in that the software comes direct from Google rather than the manufacturer, but were designed for the emerging smartphone markets. Google explained that Android One devices would help the next billion Android customers use a device and they are inexpensive devices with low-end hardware and a stock user interface. The first generation devices were based around an entry level MediaTek chipset with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. Second generation devices have been more powerful but unfortunately, Android One hasn’t been the sales success Google had hoped. One of the reasons for this is that manufacturers such as Xiaomi are able to compete with Android One devices on price whilst offering better box specifications; Xiaomi’s success means it has 200 million customers, and it is able to sell devices at a tiny margin because it generates money from its internet businesses.
If the rumoured Xiaomi A1 really is an Android One device, Xiaomi may well it at a higher margin so as to generate revenue from the device. If this happens, it will be interesting to see how much the handset will cost and how popular a choice it becomes.
Oh. I almost forgot: the Xiaomi A1 is rumoured to use the same hardware as the Xiaomi Mi 5X. This is a typical mid-range device. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, the same as in the BlackBerry KEYone, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. There’s a 1080p resolution 5.5-inch display, a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C and a 3,080 mAh battery. In other words, the rumoured Xiaomi handset has no compromise compared with many other mid-range devices.
SOURCE [Android Authority]