Xiaomi Mi A2 Unboxing & Hands On Review


So it was really on the fence as to
whether it will pick up one of these this of is Xiaomi’s Mi A2 and
it’s exactly the same hardware as the me 6x that I reviewed so I’m not going to
be in this video covering the hardware in detail unlike I do with that video
please refer to that video if you want more in-depth information and detail
about the actual hard way because I’m not gonna be like those our 1 plus 6 and
iPhone guys that when there’s a new color they review the whole phone all
over again 10 15 minute video just for a new color as if anything house changes
and it’s the same case here so nothing else has changed they didn’t decide to
change their mind Xiaomi and go oh hang on let’s give them me a to a micro
SD card slot and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack now they didn’t do that
so the specs you’re probably familiar with them if you see my 6 X video
snapdragon 660 which is a mid-range chipset and it does perform really quite
well am i testing it’s a good chipset I do like it we’ve got to the dual cameras
on the rear so one is 12 megapixels the other is 20 now that 20 megapixel camera
does do some pixel binning with the low-light photos and it’s a basically
they can auto detect system that halves it up so when it detects the camera both
of the cameras on the rare that it’s low-light scenario then it will switch
to that 20 megapixel sensor selfie camera the front is also 20 megapixel so
let’s check out here the me a 2 with Android one so I have here the global
version it is factory sealed I got this one from Gear Vita which is a new
Chinese retailer that I am testing out and they shipped this one here with the
HL so that’s why I got it quite quick it’s actually being sold locally and
will be out on I think it’s the 6 things this month here in Spain you can pick it
up and also in India it’s gonna be out on the 16th my version is the 4
gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabyte ROM so remember to choose wisely depending on
what kind of use you have of your phone because if you’re someone that has a
huge music collection remember no expandable storage on this
so we have right here at the top I know from experience from the 6x that this is
a case that it will come with and there’s a user guide the adapter for
type C 2 3 five millimeter headphone jack and then
the some trade tool so it will take two nano Sims and the TPU case they give you
right here which is one of those of transparent style gray ones and it does
do the job and it’s good to see that a lot of manufacturers are now putting
cases in the box with these phones that are very easy to scratch and damage so
that we have the phone right there of course type seek cover and then our
charger now this of course is an EU charger because I have the global
version and it is the European version now the maximum output of this is 5
volts 2 amps so it’s not actually using Qualcomm quick charge 3 but in my
experience with the 6x it will fully charge the phone in just over two hours
so it’s still very very quick now the phone in he has a 3000mAh battery which is rather small they should have gone with
4000 mAh one if you ask me but it is light only 168 grams so the A2 is a thin mobile
phone you can see right here at 7.5 millimeters but it has this hideous
massive camera bump that sticks out an extra couple of millimeters bringing the
thickness up if you measure it with that to 9 millimeters next to the redmi note
5 it’s very noticeable the difference there with those cameras how much it
actually sticks out on the 6x now with the redmi note 5 we’ve got at the top
here plastic but got antenna lines on this one and the unibody build is of a
much higher standard much better quality metal buttons on the right-hand side
that do not rail and and they have a good feel to them the front camera with
an F 2.0 aperture 20 megapixels this one here does actually take your selfie
shots with the blurred background so the bokeh effect portrait mode if you will
and it does a pretty good job of stitching that up and there is also a
selfie flash which is located just here then down the bottom you can just make
out the antenna lines here a little bit more prominent on the other colors but
what the black you don’t see it as much we’ve got to what looks like two
loudspeakers but in fact just one so the loudspeaker microphone and then of
course the type C port and the only physical difference from this to the 66
I reviewed from looking on the outside is this right here it’s gonna
they Android one on the back so in hand the phone feels good it’s a five point
nine nine inch screen that they do have on this which of course is 18 by 9 or 2
by 1 aspect ratio so this cover on the front that’s just of course for transit
so this green star not going to get damaged or anything like that so you
just have to pull this off and I may as well show you what it looks like in the
case because I know a lot of people don’t actually do this so you get a bit
of a lip around here so it is going to cover the screen so if you put it
facedown the screen then should not get scratched and you’ll see that it is also
covering up that camera so that’s also giving that some added protection there
all and of course the case fits perfectly it’s coming from the
manufacturer you’ve got the cutouts there for all the
ports and everything and it’s not bad for a freebie or should I say an
included case oh and that that user guide if you’re a wondering yes it’s all
in English even that’s a Chinese phone at the top you’ll find a secondary
microphone and yes there is an IR transmitter so at least they did keep
one thing so powering it up now for the first time of course we get the Android
one boot screen haptic feedback of course there is a haptic motor in there
and we just have to go through our standard setup so the screen is full HD
plus of course because it’s like a 1080p screen but just stretched out a little
bit taller here so this is just like a stock Android setup because that’s
exactly what it is running stock Android like those other budget phones that I
sometimes review but I’ll skip this part here and we’ll go straight into the rom
and so here we go the UI stock Android completely stocks so this is the show me
mobile to get for people that could never stand me why you didn’t like it
and ultimate I never liked me UI in the beginning and I’ve learned to like it
I’ve gotten used to and I like some of the features and extras it does have a
course that you’re gonna be missing now with this so we’ll have a look at the
stock apps we have installed so Google of course of Kramden quite a few things
there Xiaomi has two apps so we’ve got me stormy community and really that is
about it now they could have probably lighten this up a little but really this
is not bad at all now what I thought would be interesting
a little bit different was to take a look more at the differences between
stock Android and say anyway on this same exact screen here
now you notice straight away that the calibration of these two panels is very
different so out of the box I’m gonna have to go with Google with Android
stock Android the way they’ve calibrated the screen here seems a lot better to me
because this is the default on standard and then under standard the screen looks
a little bit more correct but out of the box
I think it’s on automatic contrast and it always tends to have a blue tint to
it hopefully you can see that coming through
but one thing you are missing that I do particularly like here is of course
you’ve got this customization here you can tweak the colors to your own
preference with stock Android you’re missing out on that and you’re not going
to get that unfortunately this is just one of those things you need to bear in
mind between the two of operating systems having the stock and in a
different custom skin on there with me or I now the speed of them and have to
comment that so far and it seems a little bit faster on stock Android I’d
say just some of the animations going through things now I’m not gonna
actually do one of those speed test things because I just find them really
irritating to be honest those kind of videos I know I’ve done them in the past
but we notice too with the cameras they are almost the same exact application so
when I launch them here and you see actually look at me who I came up faster
they are very similar because they obviously had to go with this because
that’s the camera software they’re tweaking the optimization that show me
have done but when you have a look at the settings menu this is where you
notice some differences so under settings here just to show you this that
we’ve got stock camera setup with the ceiling so stock Android settings and
then it’s still the me UI of course that you’d expect so you’ve got the same
options more or less but there’s a couple of things that are missing like
the scan the QR codes doesn’t seem to be on there if you needed that of course
there’s apps on AB store you can use for those you’re not missing out on anything
there but even the pocket mode things like that
you’ve got the watermark of course if you want to put that on there that’s
something that shown me is quite fond of because these cameras they are quite
good cameras really for this type of phone so that is why they do that there
so a lot of those options there they’re exactly the same now in terms of the
video this is one I’m interested in I’m going to have to test this out so if I
move over now into the video mode and just go through this now on to the
options you see we’re going to get the same here so image stabilization video
quality 4k Ultra HD of course image stabilization enabled it’s enabled here
as well and this is the same exact thing no actually it’s not on this model the
4k that’s because it’s just not enabled on the readme five plus if I was looking
at the 6s X sorry we would have then of course 4k of course the obvious the
difference is here with the toggles at the top your notifications and things
are gonna look a lot different different there so show me has crammed in more
toggles so you can get to them a lot quicker there and control the auto
brightness there from the screen there with just the setting and you can see
here of course that yeah you have to fit them in we have to swipe to the side
there and instead of differences like this that are really just very minor of
course now one thing it is missing from the move to stock Android is that we
don’t have the full screen just your mode so somehow they couldn’t implement
that or they didn’t want to which is the shame so we’re always going to have to
use the navigation keys which is perfectly fine that’s what every other
phone normally has anyway but I’m so used to gestures it would be nice to
actually see that there so what we do have just under the normal gestures as
your typical one here so double tapping the power button will launch the camera
and that’s the only one we’ve got so there are some good news and bad news
for Netflix lovers out there so yes it’s on the Play Store yes you can install it
but it’s only in standard definition no HD and that is because shell me is still
only supporting Widevine level three so what does this jargon mean well if this
was level one that would mean Netflix in HD Full HD but there is a welcome
changed here that I did half expect and then as we’ve got full proper treble
support so this is great if you wanted to later on flash your arm over then you
should be able to do this unless of course the bootloader is locked well it
will be locked and you’ll have to apply to unlock it with show me which is
normally the case but they’re really tightening down and changing on that so
that may possibly change in the future now me remote is on there which is good
of course that allows us to take a bunch of that ions
transmitter that I showed you at the beginning of the video and why not let’s
take a peek at the screen in closer detail so the gamma is pretty much
spot-on 2.0 it should be around 2.2 but hey it’s not too far off so it’s not bad
and this of course is just a phone with an IPS panel and the viewing angles well
you can see them here it does shift out and darken a little bit at the sight as
you’d expect it’s an IPS panel there’s no screen protector on this it does not
come with one pre-applied which a lot of the Chinese tech does and
some real-world photos so the screen does look really quite good there’s no
complaints from me whatsoever with this panel I think if I was being really
really fast he may be too sad don’t particularly like the rounded corners
that much but apart from that this is a really it’s a fantastic screen for the
price of this phone and to to school here so 130,000 this is not bad at all
for a snapdragon 660 and this is quite a bit faster than the old model so the a1
has the snapdragon 6 to 5 and they get to approximately 80 to 75 maybe a little
bit higher thousands and points so this is about fifty to forty thousand higher
and you do notice this leap in performance it’s quite a bump up and the
cameras of course was Wow are a lot better on this particular model internal
storage speeds MMC 5.1 spec very good here so sequential read of 276 writes
almost 200 and good random reads and writes this is not going to be
bottlenecking there’s mobile at all so I went out for a little walk on the street
and had a look at the GPS and it’s working perfectly fine just like the 6x
so it’s between 3 to 4 meters the accuracy and 4G speeds good results here
so 30 megabits per second download 18 upload no problems with the signal
strength the range as well and all that with wireless is also perfectly fine
exactly the same here as expected same hardware as the 6x so around 250
megabits per second is the maximum you’re gonna get on wireless AC is 5 G
band so we just got the one nailed speaker as I pointed out at the start of
the video which is just on the bottom there no secondary loudspeaker
the front-facing one the likes you get on other mobile phones like my me max to
the me max three but the loudspeaker does sound good I’ll give your sample of
it now so I bout to head out now take some
photos some video as well now open camera with 4k electronic image
stabilization is working because it does have you can see right here legacy at
least it’s something it’s not full support but legacy our camera API to
support so I’m not showing you a bunch of fingerprints and smudges on the rear
no but that’s just what happens what hoodoo wanted to show you is the
fingerprint read on the back okay just to mention it that it works flawlessly
super quick to unlock exactly like all the other Xiaomi phones since the redmi
note 3 was it i think that i started to really improve the fingerprint readers
and no problems it’s so fast and works every single time but we don’t have any
face unlocking for some reason with this model you get it on the 6x
but maybe Google just didn’t want them to have it because it’s not so secure so
this is a sample from the front-facing camera get 1080p max
exactly like the 6x the quality is decent it’s good for the price
no complaints the audio as well seems to be perfectly fine so let’s take a look
now at the rear cameras so this is 4k with this stock app even though I do
have the image stabilization enabled it doesn’t seem to really do anything or
work at all so it’s a little shaky the footage but it is sharp the quality is
good it’s just that stability but luckily there is a solution to this and
just like there meet 6x and that is to use open camera so you can see straight
away the massive difference open camera makes with electronic image
stabilization the current bitrate is 16 megabits per second if you hold it with
two hands really still it looks like it is almost on a tripod or you’re using
some sort of gimbal and just panning around here and I will walk down these
steps just to show you that this stabilization is very very good and it’s
almost like the Google pixel you see how steady that is and how smooth so front-facing camera in low-light you
can see there’s lots of grain and not a very good image notice is to be expected
very difficult conditions I will turn on that front LED flash as well now you see
that’s marginally better but now my face is kind of orange like an orange
now sample of low-light video and you can see the focus does start to actually
hunt so it’s pulsing it out the whole time there’s one problem that it does
have here there’s quite a lot of grain and overall the image actually looks a
lot brighter than what it actually really is so there we go guys the me a2 is both
two steps forward one step back because compared to the me a 1 we’ve lost a few
features here we’ll lost a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and the
microSD card which is a real shame and I also feel that Xiaomi could have made it
about a millimeter thicker and they could have added a four thousand
milliamp hour battery would have been a little bit better just like the Ruby
note 5 now apart from that if you don’t like me UI then this is clearly the
phone to go for but not only that it has fantastic cameras for the price and
category of this phone so it’s selling for around two hundred and twenty nine
us at the moment at the time of this video and normally that limits you to
those mediatek phones out there and it’s not a wonderful process and normally
they have really bad cameras on them so you’re getting something just so much
better if you’re someone that does not like these custom Chinese launches
you’re worried about Chinese firmwares you want the latest updates that come
through this is meant to get Android P Android 9 as soon as it comes out its
supposed to be one of the first devices according to Google at the press
conference I was at so we’ll see what happens there so it’s going to get the
updates quick and overall the performance is really good now I haven’t
shown you any gaming so check out my me 6x for that and also check out my
comparisons for the camera so you want to compare the ribbing Note 5 to this
basically this exact same camera then check out my also comparison of that
straight up here and please do check my full review of the me 6x and that covers
a lot more detail but overall if you want stock Android you want basically a
Google pixel on a budget this is the phone to go for thank you so much for
watching and I do hope to see you back in the channel bye for now

Danny Hutson

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