Google’s Android One program hasn’t exactly set the world aflame, it’s still plugging along. A new spark to fan the Android One flame so to speak could be a new Xiaomi branded device.
The rumour stems from an article from krispitech, an Indonesian website who is saying that Xiaomi is indeed working with Google on a new Android One phone, based on the Xiaomi Mi 5X handset. The Mi 5X will come with a 5.5″ FullHD display, Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The Android One version of the phone will also carry dual-cameras as described in this screenshot:
A collaboration between Xiaomi, who has previously released the quite well accepted Android TV running Mi Box set top unit last year, and Google would be very well accepted with Xiaomi hardware generally though to be great, while their Miui OS isn’t to everyone’s taste. Perhaps the Mi Box was simply a test run ahead of an expanded partnership.
Neither Xiaomi or Android One branded handsets are available freely in Australia, but there’s certainly suppliers who will bring them in. I’ve previously used the Micromax Canvas A1 Android One handset which was quite good, and I’d be all over a Xiaomi Android One handset.