The Mi A1 was a success for Xiaomi, so much so that over night they’ve announced two more handsets running Android One, with the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are running ‘Pure Android’ according to Xiaomi at their launch event, which offers the bonus of fast updates which will keep the phones secure and versatile with both platform and security updates guaranteed for two years. Both handsets will launch with Android 8.1, but will see the Android P update coming later this year, as well as Android Q when it’s released based on their platform update promise.

The handsets are similar in design – though the Mi A2 Lite includes a notch in the display, 3.5mm headphone jack, Infrared port and a microSD card slot, but it also has a microUSB port for charging as opposed to the USB-C port on the Mi A2. There’s also a difference in key specs including the processor, available RAM/Storage options and of course the camera and battery size. The comparison below should let you see the details easily

 Xiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Release date
Screen size5.99-inch5.84-inch
Screen technology
Resolution2,160 x 1,0802,280 x 1,080
Rear camera12MP + 20MP
  • 12MP
  • 5MP
Front camera20MP5MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 660Snapdragon 625
Core config
  • 4GB+32GB
  • 4GB+64GB
  • 6GB+64GB
  • 3GB+32GB
  • 4GB+32GB
  • 4GB+64GB
MicroSDNoYes, up to 256GB
Battery3,010 mAh4,000 mAh
Battery removable
Headphone PortYes
Headphone LocationTop
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 8.1Android 8.1
Vendor skinAndroid OneAndroid One
  • Gold
  • Lake Blue
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Lake Blue
  • Black

Xiaomi Mi A2:

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite:

The handsets are launching this month in 40 markets, though from what we can find Australia is not included in those markets. That’s never stopped us from getting our hands on them though with online Chinese e-commerce sites taking up the slack in that respect. In terms of pricing Xiaomi has only announced European pricing :
Mi A2

  • 4GB/32GB – €249
  • 4GB/64GB – €279
  • 6GB/128GB – €349

Mi A2 Lite

  • 3GB/32GB – €179
  • 4GB/64GB – €229

Source: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.
Via: Xiaomi Mi A2.
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    Tango India Mike

    Does anyone know if these have NFC? The original Mi A1 didn’t.


    The Mi A2 does have NFC. The Mi A2 Lite does not.

    Greg Eden

    The A2 Lite is also available from Gearbest but does not appear to support B28.

    Greg Eden

    The International version A2 6GB/128GB is $472.59 from Gearbest and it covers Australian frequency bands including B28 and B40.

    Oliver Ward

    Xiaomi devices almost never cover B28, i wouldn’t trust Gearbest’s listing. Especially when Xiaomi’s own website show it as being absent.

    Greg Eden

    Unfortunately it does look like B28 is a fantasy.


    I checked GearBest website and there doesn’t appear to be a B28 frequency. Also they have a 4GB/32GB version of this phone for AU $361!!