Xiaomi Mi A1: stock Android on a Xiaomi

I never thought I’d hear the day that Xiaomi made way to create a stock Android experience and offered an Android One no less.

For those that don’t know Android One was a project by Google to be able to provide the coveted Vanilla Android experience initially to third-world countries that couldn’t afford the previously Nexus line now Pixel series of Google-made flagship phones.

We first saw this attempt in the Philippines with a close partnership with Cherry and MyPhone. It’s unfortunate that the whole project was plagued by uninspiring design, barely there specifications, and hardly anything noteworthy apart from it providing the well-received stock Android experience.

The same projects popped-up from everywhere else that could make a partnership with Google but Android One failed to make any ground apart from its avid fans on a tight budget.

Imagine our surprise when Xiaomi announced to be carrying the Android One title with one if its phones and it’s looking like a seller.

Where to begin? The all metal design with flush antenna lines at the top and bottom. The dual camera setup (which requires Xiaomi’s proprietary camera app since stock Android has yet to support dual cameras) comes complete with a telephoto and a wide-angle lens. The 5.5-inch FullHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The decent performing Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage complete with the unlimited high-quality cloud storage through Google Photos. The generous 3,080 mAh battery to last the whole day

All of which comes at an estimated Php 13,000 price tag (before taxes) complete with timely, earlier-than-others software updates direct from Google if that matters for you. Local availability have yet to be determined by Xiaomi if and when they decide to bring it here.