Xiaomi unveils Mi A1 smartphone with Google
New handset touted as a fresh take on Google’s Android One programme
Mobile handset maket Xiaomi has launched Mi A1 in collaboration with Google, the first mobile device to run on the evolved Android One programme.
According to Xiaomi, Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi's commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced from AED860, Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.
Wang Xiang, senior vice president, Xiaomi said: "Mi A1 is a strategic device in our global expansion, marking a milestone on our quest to bring innovation to everyone. From the beginning Xiaomi has been all about choice, and we are delighted to offer users a new way to experience the power of Xiaomi."
Wang said that this is a logical extension of Xiaomi's long and fruitful partnership with Google. "Google has been a great partner, and given our strong collaboration, we thought their idea to launch a Xiaomi smartphone on Android One would be a great opportunity to give our users a different user experience. I'm truly excited about what this partnership will bring to our users across the world," he said.
Jamie Rosenberg, Google's vice president of Business and Operations, Android and Google Play, said that by taking this next step with Android One, the company is excited to be working with partners around the world to bring high quality Android device experiences to more consumers. "Mi A1 marries excellence in device design with a simple and pure Android experience, the best of Google built in, and a commitment to future software and security updates. We're thrilled to welcome Xiaomi and the Mi A1 to the Android One family," he said.