Comparing Xiaomi Mi A1 against Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Android One vs MIUI. Time to fight between brothers!

Updated the March article now that Xiaomi Mi A2 is available.

Xiaomi increased their numbers worldwide last year, thanks to a series of launches in the budget segment. The first of this wave of devices was the Xiaomi Mi A1, which is unlike any previously released Xiaomi device. Instead of the standard MIUI, Xiaomi worked with Google to bring the Android One to the device, resulting in a device with a beautiful metallic design combined with pure Android.

The Chinese manufacturer did not disclose MI A1 sales data, so we really do not know how many devices have reached end users. But we believe there is considerablehuge interest in Android One compared to MIUI, at least for a subset of Xiaomi customers.

Mi A1 was one of the best, if not the best budget phone in 2017, thanks to its design, software experience and incredibly fast performance. With Redmi Note 5 Pro as a strong candidate for the best economic phone of 2018, it’s time to see how Mi A1 has been in the last six months and whether it is a worthy challenger of the latest Xiaomi phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs. Mi A1: Specs

Category Redmi Note 5 Pro Mi A1
Operating System MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
Display 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD panel
403ppi pixel density
450nits maximum brightness
5.5-inch 1080p (1920×1080) IPS LCD panel
401ppi pixel density
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Eight Kryo 260 cores up to 1.8GHz
14nm
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz
14nm
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 506
RAM 4GB/6GB 4GB
Storage 64GB/64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
64GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
Rear camera 12MP with 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 lens + 5MP with 1.12um pixel size and f/2.0 lens
PDAF, LED flash
1080p video recording
12MP with f/2.2, 1.25um pixels + 12MP telephoto f/2.6 and 1.1um pixels
Dual-tone flash, PDAF
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Front shooter 20MP with LED Selfie light
1080p video recording
Beautify 4.0
5MP with f/2.0 lens
1080p video recording
Connectivity LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS
USB-C, IR blaster, 3.5mm jack
Networks LTE: 1/3/5/40/41 LTE: 1/3/5/7/8/20/38/40
Battery 4000mAh battery
5V/2A over MicroUSB
3080mAh battery
5V/2A over USB-C
Fingerprint Rear fingerprint sensor Rear fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 158.6 × 75.4 × 8.05mm 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
Weight 181g 165g
Colors Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Red

What do they have in common?

From the outset, Xiaomi’s focus on building quality has enabled it to focus on the budget segment. At a time when the category was filled with plastic phones with low building materials and curvature, Xiaomi introduced all-metal designs with attractive design and exceptional build quality.

The fact is quality dependency has been profitable for the brand and with Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi is introducing even more stringent quality control to minimize hardware defects. Of course, the Redmi Note 5 Pro essentially uses the same design language as the Redmi Note 3 in two years and although the aesthetic begins to look obsolete, it is one of the best phones available in this segment.

Of the two, Xiaomi MI A1 seems more premium, and this is due to the design in the back. Both phones were inspired by the design of the iPhones: Mi A1 has the antenna lines of the iPhone 7 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the same layout as the camera of the iPhone X. But as we see more and more, if it is a popular design , the phone manufacturers will steal the idea.

Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and MiA1 have two rear cameras, but the first has the sensors arranged vertically, while the second has a horizontal configuration. Although both devices have a dual camera, the secondary sensor has several functions in each: Mi A1 has a telephoto lens and the Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with a depth detection module.

Xiaomi is one of the few manufacturers that offers IR Blasters across their range of devices, and both Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A1 have the module at the top of the phone.

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