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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Test - Notch Smartphone with Android One

by 3th of June 2019
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is the less powerful and more compact smartphone of this year's Xiaomi "Android One" series. On the hardware side, identical to the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, the smartphone offers extended mobile support and Stock Android instead of MIUI. In the test lasting several weeks, I took a closer look at the Mi A2 Lite.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU: Adreno 506
RAM: 3GB / 4GB (LPDDR3)
Internal memory: 32GB / 64GB (eMMC5.1)
Memory extension: Yes

Display
Display Type: IPS
Display diagonal: 5.84 inches
Display resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers

cameras
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel Sony IMX486 + 5 Megapixel Samsung S5K5E8
Front camera: 5 Megapixel OmniVision OV5675

Network
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM

Mobile
* GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
*WCDMA:B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
*LTE FDD:B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
* LTE TDD: B38 / B40

wireless
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n
Bluetooth: 4.2
GPS: Yes

sensors
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* IR transmitter

Accumulator
Battery: 4.000 mAh

other
Connection: MicroUSB
Operating system: Android 8.1
Size: 149.33 71.68 x x 8.75 mm
Weight: 178g

Foreword: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

At the end of July, Xiaomi introduced two Android One smartphones. The Mi A2 Lite is intended for sale outside of China, but is based on the Chinese Redmi 6 Pro. Instead of Xiaomi's MIUI user interface, users receive an unchanged one Stock Android with 2 year warranty, At the same time, the smartphone offers extended mobile support, including the local LTE bands 3, 7, 8 and 20.

Design, workmanship and delivery

The smartphone is with Dimensions of 149.33 x 71.68 x 8.75 mm kept relatively compact. All the more remarkable is that Weight, that with 178 g beats to book. Striking for the appearance of the device is the 5.84 inch large display with Notch. In the price range around 140 € it is the cheapest Xiaomi handheld so far with this design feature.

Here you can buy the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.

The smartphone is set up as follows:

The front is largely occupied by the 5.84 Zoll Display. Noticeable are the slightly wide-rimmed edges of the display, which are visible to the left and right with 3 mm each and visible towards the lower edge of the case with approx. 1 cm. The Notch In turn, it is pleasantly narrow and includes a small receiver, a proximity sensor and the front camera in the center.

Surprising is the position of the Notification LED, This has placed Xiaomi left below the display. Unfortunately again, no RGB LED was used, but a conventional white-lit LED.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite front with display

The housing frame is made of plastic. This is slightly wider than the front and back and surrounds the smartphone palpable. In addition to the typical control buttons, the frame includes an 3.5 mm headphone input and an infrared transmitter on the top. The SIM slot is on the right hand side and can be used with 2 Nano-SIM cards AND a MicroSD memory card be equipped. There are altogether 2 microphones. One is located next to the IR transmitter, another inside the frame bottom, next to the micro USB socket. Also next to the USB socket is the classic classic mono speaker.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite back with camera

The Case back consists of a central metal plate and top and bottom mounted antenna caps (plastic) together. To the case frame, the back is slightly rounded. Features of the back are the vertical main camera and a fingerprint scanner.

The quality of workmanship is not to complain about. Despite the plastic, the Mi A2 Lite feels valent. Due to its slim case shape and high weight, the smartphone fits neatly in your hand. The side buttons are easy to reach, provide a good pressure point and sit firmly in the housing.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite included

The What's in the box includes in addition to the smartphone, a charger with EU plug (5V 2A), a micro-USB cable, a flexible protective cover, a SIM needle and a user manual. The handheld is available in the colors blue, black and gold.

Display

Although the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite moves in a low price segment, it has built an excellent display. Features of the IPS displays are a 5.84 inch screen diagonal and a crisp 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution (432 DPI), The aspect ratio is 19: 9.

display measurement

Measured with the colorimeter, the panel comes to a maximum Luminance of 465 cd / m², The distributed over the panel Brightness deviation is below 25 cd / m² and is not visible. The measured Black Level is 0.48 cd / m², from which a rather average Contrast ratio of 1: 1088 results. The Delta E deviation from the sRGB color space is on average 4.4 and maximum 7.6. The shades of gray are slightly turquoise.

Display in everyday life

In everyday life, the display looks good. Farben are shown particularly powerful without appearing unnatural. The Viewing angles is good. Especially flat viewing angles only lead to a slight decrease in brightness. Color changes do not occur. The high display brightness of the IPS panel enables a Readability even in direct lightespecially in sunshine.

Display settings and functions

Extensive customization options for presentation do not exist. The brightness is manual or in the form of a adaptive brightness mode customizable. There is an additional display functions night modewhich filters the blue portion of the display manually or on schedule.

Touchscreen

The touchscreen works without problems. It will be maximum 10 simultaneous inputs recognized. The recognition accuracy is high and takes place without delay. A coating of the cured display glass provides for improved lubricity.

Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Installed is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625who already in last year's Xiaomi Mi A1 Use found. The already released 2016 system-on-chip is made up of a CPU with 8 processor cores (8x Cortex-A53 - 2 GHz clock rate), as well as one Adreno GPU 506 zusammen.

The storage facilities amounts to one depending on the model 3GB or 4GB LPDDR3 memory and one 32GB or 64GB eMMC 5.1 data store, A memory expansion by MicroSD memory card is possible.

Benchmark

With 78.307 points in the AnTuTu benchmark the system-on-chip places itself in the lower middle class. The 3DMark measurement results, which mainly refer to the graphics performance of the SoC, provide the same picture. The data store reaches memory speeds about 281 MB / s reading and 212 MB / s when writing, The RAM reaches a speed of about 5019 MB / s.

Performance in everyday life

Although the Xiaomi Mi A2 is not one of the fastest mid-range smartphones due to the aging Snapdragon 625, the smartphone offers one pleasant everyday performance, The Android 8.1 user interface harmonizes with the SoC and allows for fluid operation. Animations are shown in a fluid way, without stuttering trailing effect. Apps start fast and multitasking is not a problem to some degree. Overall, Xiaomi presents a very well-optimized overall system.

Gaming

To test the gaming performance, the currently announced PUBG Mobile serve. At high graphics settings, the game is quite playable. Single image breaks are not excluded, but are a rarity. If you want to play the game smoothly, you should choose middle graphics settings. After a 30-minute gaming session was the hottest place measured temperature at just 40 ° C. Performance dips due to thermal throttling do not occur. Also in the stress test the performance remains constant without dips.

User Interface

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite comes with Stock Android 8.1 delivered. The identical Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is again based on Xiaomi's user interface "MIUI", which will soon be updated to Android 10 Pie with MIUI 9.

Nonetheless, users of the Mi A2 Lite, which is among the few Google certified "Android One" Devices counts, one 2 year warranty on system updates and 3 year warranty on security patches, With an update to Android 9 is therefore also to be expected. The Stock Android user interface is coming without annoying bloatware out. Only a few Xiaomi apps, such as the camera app, Mi-Drop or the Mi remote are preinstalled as third-party apps. All other apps are from Google. If you do not want to, you can conveniently uninstall the apps via the App Manager.

Reason for criticism provides the Onscreen operation, As in the previously published test of the Xiaomi Mi A2 criticized, the orientation of the on-screen buttons is not arbitrary. The disadvantage here is that the arrangement is reversed in contrast to most Android smartphones. Unfortunately, there is also no full-screen modethat completely fades out the buttons and scales the image accordingly.

Except for the (subjective) criticism is the User interface very clearly structured, The system is not artificially inflated. On many functions and settings, as you may know of MIUI, but you have to do without. Unexpected system crashes did not occur during the test phase. Friends of the Video-on-Demand (eg Netflix) usually have to settle for SD. DRM, such as Wiedevine, is supported only on insufficient security level (Widevine L3).

camera

The back is the dual main cameraconsisting of one 12 megapixel Sony IMX486 main sensor with f / 2.2 aperture, as well as one 5 Megapixel Samsung S5K5E8 Secondary Sensor, The main camera is supported by a Single-LED flash, The front side front camera forms one 5 Megapixel OmniVision OV5675 Image Sensor with f / 2.0 Aperture.

Practical test of the main camera

Photo mode

The recording quality of the dual main camera can convince overall and corresponds to the price range of the device. Under good lighting conditions takes the Mi A2 Lite colorful and detailed shots on. The sharpness distribution is even if the sharpness is lost a bit too far away. Of the dynamic Range is expected to be limited, so that in high-contrast scenes can lead to color distortions. With increasing poorer lighting conditions shots become blurred, colors fade and details are lost. Image graining is suppressed on the software side at the expense of image details.

All full-resolution test shots can be found under this one article

Zoom

The smartphone offers one 8 digital zoom, An optical zoom, as he still at Xiaomi Mi A1 did not exist. A loss of detail already occurs from an 2 zoom and intensifies up to a (freehand) unusable 8 zoom.

HDR

Auto HDR mode is a matter of luck. Often the mode is not active at all, despite the contrasting scene. Sometimes it becomes active, but provides barely visible differences to SDR recording. Partially, however, is that HDR then jumps in when it is not needed. The result is completely unrealistic pictures.

Bokeh

The bokeh mode works reliably considering the price range. people are extracted mostly cleanly. Complicated objects However, they are extracted less cleanly so that errors in the blurring effect can occur here.

video mode

Videos captures the pre-installed Mi A2 Lite camera app with maximum 1080p resolution at 30 images-per-second. If you want to record in 4K, you should install an alternative camera app (eg Open Camera). The Video recording quality disappointed with the Xiaomi camera app. Recordings are detailed and mostly blurred. On automatic focusing did not work in the test, so had to be focused manually. Shots can electronically stabilized (EIS) become. Although these are stabilized by the EIS, they nevertheless show a pulsating re-drawing effect.

The video recording quality is significantly better with the Open Camera App. In addition to the advantage of 4K recording resolution, the autofocus works well and video recordings are much sharper and more detailed! The recording quality is clear and understandable despite the 96 kbps bitrate.

Practical test of the front camera

The Recording quality of the front camera can only be seen in optimal light conditions. Already minor impairments of the illumination let colors visibly fade, details are lost and a picture noise becomes noticeable.

The Software-side bokeh effect is well implemented, if this works well only in really good lighting conditions. A palette Beauty filters is on board and nicely artificial selfies on. Videos Records the front camera with maximum 1080p resolution at 30 images-per-second.

connectivity

Telephony

The SIM slot of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite can accommodate two Nano SIM cards and one additional MicroSD memory card. The following mobile radio frequencies are supported.

  • GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
  • WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
  • LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20
  • LTE TDD: B38 / B40

In the Germany occurring LTE bands 3, 7, 8 and 20 available. However, the smartphone is not designed for worldwide mobile phone use. The voice quality the smartphone is clear and understandable in both directions. Receiving problems did not occur in the test. Volta is present and can be entered by typing * # * # * # * # 86583 be activated within the telephony app. VoWiFi or WiFi Calling is not supported.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The smartphone supports Dual-band WiFi with the protocols 802.11 a / b / g / n. Fast dual AC WiFi is not available. In WLAN, the smartphone is signal strong. The data throughput is average. The same applies to the Bluetooth 4.2 Reception and transmission power.

GPS sensors

The smartphone picks up on position determination GPS, GLONASS and Beidou back. Galileo is left out. Outdoors, a GPS fix will be found within seconds. The accuracy of the positioning is between 3 and 4 meters, on average 17 connected satellites. Inside the building it is also possible to build a GPS fix. The reception strength, however, is much lower. Navigate poses no problem for the smartphone. In both rural and urban areas, tracking accuracy remains constant. On Compass to determine the direction is available.

The others sensory equipment includes a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, an acceleration sensor, a gyroscope, and an infrared transmitter. With the Infrared transmitter and the already pre-installed Mi remote control app can control various TV and household appliances directly via the smartphone.

Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner on the back has a high recognition rate on. To criticize is the sluggish unlock time, The identical Redmi 6 Pro with MIUI unlocks the smartphone much faster!

Audio

Installed is a Mono speakerthat reaches a high volume without scratching. As so often, the small speaker lacks depth, so the sound is more linear-flat. Friends of 3.5 mm jack come at their expense. This is available and provides a sound without interference.

Accumulator

The battery of the Mi A2 Lite comes on one Capacity of 4000 mAh, Some phone calls, 30-minute navigation, WhatsApp and a little web surfing brought the battery to its knees after 2 1 / 2 days. Benchmark measurements showed a screen-on-time of almost 11 hours on medium screen brightness.

A complete one charging takes good 160 Minutes to complete. A quick charge function is unfortunately not supported.

Price Comparison

You want to know where to buy the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite? In our price comparison we list the current offers of the most popular shops. All prices are checked and updated several times a day. Should a shop appear several times, it concerns the different warehouses of the dealer.

Price history

Current prices

GearVita
10-30 working days
95,11€
Banggood
10-30 working days
118,17€
Amazon
1-5 working days
146,50€
Buy geekbuying
10-30 working days
188,95€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
209,46€

Price too high? Use our price alarm clock!

Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 11:01

Price history

Current prices

GearVita
10-30 working days
95,11€
Banggood
10-30 working days
127,26€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
135,48€
Amazon
1-5 working days
165,90€
Buy geekbuying
1-5 working days
225,84€

Price too high? Use our price alarm clock!

Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 11:01

Final Words

rating
Positive

Compact design
Good workmanship
Display with good color rendering and brightness
Good everyday performance
Stock Android 8.1 with update guarantee
Image recording quality of the main camera under good lighting conditions
Dual SIM + memory expansion
Good cellular reception and good voice quality
Strong signal WiFi and Bluetooth
Precise GPS module
Long-lasting battery

Negative

MicroUSB instead of USB-C
Cameras in low light conditions
Camera app in need of improvement (video)
Unlock time of the fingerprint scanner
No quick charge function

First impression
8.5
8.7
application
9.0
9.0
Design
8.0
9.0
Display
8.5
9.0
Performance
7.5
8.5
User Interface
8.5
8.5
camera
7.0
8.0
Fingerprint scanner
7.0
9.3
connectivity
8.5
8.5
GPS & sensors
8.0
8.5
Audio
7.5
8.0
Accumulator
8.0
8.5
Summary

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is proving to be a great value for a reasonably priced midrange smartphone. The particularly bright and high-resolution IPS display and the long-lasting battery life were pleasantly surprised. The everyday performance is straightforward, even if an older system-on-chip is installed.

The dual main camera delivers useful shots in good lighting conditions. However, the recording quality is noticeably reduced in low light conditions. In terms of connectivity, there is little reason to criticize. The smartphone is extremely strong in mobile communications, WLAN and Bluetooth. An advantage is the dual SIM slot, which allows memory expansion without abandoning the dual-SIM function.

For almost 140 € has the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite a lot to offer and is a real insider tip in its price range. Thanks to Android One, there is even an update promise on future system updates and security patches.

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Silvia Metschek
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Silvia Metschek

Hello, I've been looking for a small smartphone for a while, because the new ones are just too big for me. From the dimensions I would like this here. This also sounds good with Google's Android, but I still could not figure out what the benefits are except this update guarantee. Do I not synonymous with other manufacturers?

lesterpg
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lesterpg

No unnecessary bloatware caught in the worst case every update is the most crucial advantage.
I have the 4 / 64er version and I'm excited, awesome P / L