Pre-orders can be placed online via the Mi Official Store at Lazada Malaysia, starting 12AM.
Additionally, you can walk to the Mi Premium Reseller store at Queensbay Mall Penang, Mobile To Go at SS2, Petaling Jaya, or at all DirectD outlets.
What’s the price you may ask? At its India launch, the Mi A1 sells for INR14,999 which roughly converts to MYR998. Under the psychological MYR1,000 mark would have been great. Unfortunately, you’ll have to settle for MYR1,099, the “leaked” official price.
Still, it’s a bargain considering the specs and overall package. Plus, it’s a unique Mi product, and the first and only one thus far that runs pure stock Android.
As a refresher, the Mi A1 features an all-metal design, available in Black and Gold options.
It’s really a Redmi Note 4 under the hood, although on the outside, it’s got the Mi 5X’s good looks.
The Mi A1 rocks a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and is serviced by the powerful mid-range Snapdragon 625 SoC. It gets 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, with the option to expand further via microSD.
Surprising at this price point, it also gets a dual-camera setup that’s also borrowed from the Mi 5X. The 12MP dual-camera setup consists of a telephoto and wide-angel lens.
The dual-SIM device packs a 3,080mAh battery that charges up via USB Type-C and also it features high-quality audio.
It runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box. And no MIUI, just in case you’re asking. Because it’s stock, there’s no bloatware, and it’ll be one of the first to be pushed Android Oreo when it’s available later this year.
Well, this is certainly one for the Android purists. I applaud Xiaomi for releasing a stock Android phone, and I hope it’s not the last. At MYR1,099, it’s a compelling buy and I have a feeling this will do very well in the Malaysian market.
What do you think?