Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: the Xiaomi’s 2nd generation Android One smartphones

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Product nameXiaomi Mi A2 4G Phablet – Global VersionXiaomi Mi A2 Lite 4G Phablet – Global Version
Display5.99 inch, 2160×1080 403 PPI (FHD+), 1500:1 contrast ratio5.84 inch 1080×2280 432 PPI FHD+, 1500:1 contrast ratio
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE, Octa-Core, 2.2GHz, Flagship-level Processor with AI EngineQualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-Core, up to 2.0 GHz
CameraFront camera: 20.0MP; Back cameras: 20.0MP + 12.0MP Front camera: 5.0MP; Back cameras: 12.0MP + 5.0MP 
Battery2910mAh(min)/ 3010mAh(typ)3900mAh(min)/ 4000mAh(typ) 
Memory32GB ROM + 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM / 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM32GB ROM + 3GB RAM / 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM
External memoryNot supportedSupports – up to 256GB
SIM card slotDual Nano SIM cardDual Nano SIM card + expandable microSD 


Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: main differences in display, processor and storage

In terms of design, one of the differences between the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite is obvious at first glance: the Mi A2 Lite has a notch and the Mi A2 does not. As we delve deeper into this, we learn that the Mi A2 has a 5.99 inch IPS LCD screen with 18: 9 resolution and 2160×1080 resolution, while the Mi A2 Lite comes with a 5.84 inch screen with a resolution of 2220×1080.

The Mi A2 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 Octa Core processor (with four Kryo 260 2 GHz cores and four Kryo 260 1.8 GHz cores). Mi A2 Lite sports the Snapdragon 625 with eight A53 cores that accelerate up to 2.0GHz. For games and media, there is the Adreno 512 in the Mi A2 against the Adreno 506 in the Mi A2 Lite.

Another thing worth noting is the headset. Although there is a strong tendency to wipe out the 3.5mm output between the latest generation phones, the trend seems to be recovering also among low-cost smartphones. Thus, the Mi A2 does not have a headset – instead you get the multi-use USB-C port and Bluetooth connectivity. On the other hand, the Mi A2 Lite kept the headset.

Both phones offer some options when it comes to RAM and storage. You can get the Mi A2 from 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM and 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Mi A2 Lite is available with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM in combination with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage.

Below more details of each device.

Xiaomi Mi A2: strong performance at a reasonable cost

As we mentioned above, the Mi A2 comes with a very good screen: you have a 5.99-inch FHD + screen with an 18: 9 ratio. A nice touch to the design is the 2.5D curved glass, which creates a nice soft frame which is easy to handle with one hand.

The processor is the reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 – easily comparable to the latest flagship in terms of energy efficiency and speed.

There is the 3010mAh battery under the hood. You get Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and a USB-C port for fast and efficient communication with other devices. The camera game isn’t bad either: the Mi A2 comes with a primary IMX of 12MP, coupled to a 20MP module with large 2.0um pixels. You also get the selfie 20MP shooter and the famous AI Portrait Mode from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: the Mi A1 with a new design

The Mi A2 Lite shares a number of features with its predecessor, the Mi A1. That is, you get the same Snapdragon 625 processor, offering a good balance of performance and energy efficiency. As with the Mi A1, the Mi A2 Lite acquires the Adreno 506 GPU, the version with 4GB of RAM, 12MP back camera and a 5MP front camera.

And there are some significant differences. First, there is a major upgrade in phone design: the front camera has been moved to a notch at the top, which allowed it to expand the screen to 5.8 inches (compared to 5.5 inches in the Mi A1). The larger screen comes with a number of obvious benefits (a better media experience, more immersive games, easier navigation, etc.) and gives the phone a more modern overall look.

The two devices have another difference that we do not quite understand. The Mi A1 came with the USB-C port while the Mi A2 returned to the micro USB – an intriguing choice, but does not take much of the experience.

What are the benefits of Android One?

Android One is a version of Android that is specifically designed to deliver great performance on budget-conscious smartphones. How is it different?

First of all, it’s a basic version of Android – so you do not have a plethora of unnecessary features to handle, which in turn makes your smartphone faster and energy-efficient, even with the limited resources on board. Second, since there is no third-party customization, you’ll enjoy the kind of Android experience that was developed for you by Google, with no changes from other companies. Lastly, since you get your software directly from Google, you can also expect updates in a timely manner, without the inconvenience of delays often faced by inferior devices running on Android.

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: the verdict

The Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite are very decent following for the bestseller Mi A1. With new design and performance specifications, both phones offer interesting features for a budget that Android should be. The price does not disappoint, as you can see on this OFFER PAGE of Xiaomi Mi A2, and this OFFER PAGE of Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.



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