Xiaomi Mi A2 Hints At Eventual Departure of 3.5 MM Jack

Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi Mi A2 (Photo: Xiaomi Blog)

Xiaomi has been notorious for offering high-end phones at a low price, and the new successors to the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a testament to that. There are two models set to be launched this month: the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.

Both have competitive price although there are differences regarding the specs. Folks who are looking for a cheaper device to get are best off with the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, surprising a handset with more significant battery capacity.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite features a 5.84-inch LCD (2280x1080) and relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC complimented by an Adreno 506 GPU. Folks get to chose between a 3 GB or 4 GB RAM variant and also storage options (32 GB or 64 GB). Compared to the Xiaomi Mi A2, it surprising comes with provisions for a microSD card slot for expandable memory and a larger battery at 4,000 mAh. It includes a 12 MP + 5 MP primary camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter.

Worth noting for the lite version is that it still has the 3.5 mm jack, a micro USB and a notched display, ARS Technica reported. People who could care less about these nostalgic features should find the base model (3 GB/ 32 GB ROM) sensible for $209. Customers who opt to get the 4 GB/ 64 GB model will need to shell out an additional $58 to satisfy the $267 price tag.

Moving on to the Xiaomi Mi A2, it gets a bit tricky. This variant comes with a slightly larger screen at 5.99-inches (2160x1080), an expectedly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and Adreno 512 GPU. There is a choice between 4 GB or 6 GB RAM and comes in three storage capacity variants (32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB). The built-in cameras are expectedly better. The primary camera features a 12 MP + 20 MP dual snapper while the front-facing camera is at 20 MP, according to the official Xiaomi blog.

Surprisingly, it comes with a smaller 3,000 mAh battery and does not have provisions for expandable memory. It makes use of USB-C connectivity but does away with the iconic 3.5 mm jacks. Prices for the Xiaomi Mi A2 start at $290 (4 GB RAM/ 32 GB ROM), and that fluctuates depending on the preferred RAM and ROM combo a customer would want.

Seeing how the Xiaomi Mi A2 does not have provisions for memory expansion, it would be advisable to consider variants with more significant storage capacity. The 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM model should be reasonable although power users who need plenty of space may be better off shelling out $325 for the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Both come with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

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