Back in 2014 Google launched the Android One programme as a way to build cheap, low-end Android phones for emerging markets.
Nowadays that mantle has been taken over by Android Go – a new version of the operating system optimised for lower-performance hardware.
Android One is now ‘pure Android’ with minimal bloatware, and timely security updates. Earlier this week, Chinese smartphone behemoth Xiaomi announced two new smartphones – the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite – both of which run the essential version of Android.
The more expensive but still budget Mi A2 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, ane either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, or 6GB of RAM with 128GB of space. A 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual-camera system on the rear is paired with a 20-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The 6-inch display boasts a “FHD+” (2160×1080) resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. A 3,000mAh battery and a USB Type-C-connection will keep the device juiced up.
The cheapest configuration of the device will cost roughly $290 in Spain, while the top-tier model, with 6GB of RAM, will cost a shade over $400.
Meanwhile, the Mi A2 Lite (starting at $179) is the cheaper of the two new releases. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of space. The display is a 5.84-inch FHD+ affair and packs a 4000mAh battery.