Does Xiaomi Mi A2 Have Moisture Protection
Author: Alla Khrebtan
Camera test, features of MIUI and AndroidOne
At the presentation of Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, company representatives often compared new models with the Samsung Galaxy S8. Because I am an active user of Galaxy S9, this comparison suits me, and it will periodically pop up in this review.
Not final. We can say that Xiaomi released a kind of raw product. A similar trend with games: first release, and then within six months to fix patches flaws. Here you have smartphones, they will be able to do so much, almost like flagships, only many times cheaper. Just wait for the firmware. We did not wait and here are the conclusions.
Xiaomi released the same in appearance smartphones: Mi 6X and Mi A2. Their main difference is the MIUI and AndroidOne operating systems. Perhaps the Chinese are thus probing the soil, checking what their users are more inclined to: Android or MIUI. Depending on sales, they will remain in any one system, and most likely for Europe they will do only on android. And also Mi A2 has a better portrait mode in the camera.
Mi A2 Lite outwardly did a little different. They left the audio jack and compensated for the lack of USB Type C and a high-pixel front camera with a 4000 mAh battery, which the other two models cannot boast of. Therefore, each future owner of Xiaomi will prioritize: a camera or a powerful battery, MIUI or AndroidOne, an audio connector or a Type C connector are important, reconciling with Bluetooth 4.2 or 5.0 is an urgent need.
Photos at the presentation looked amazing. What happened in ordinary user hands? Click on the pictures, study the originals.
We gave the cameras the same challenge as Xiaomi representatives. backlight in the sun. And at the same time we checked whether the camera can neatly cut more than one participant in the picture.
Blur in portraits always looks more advantageous than ordinary photographs. Although the blurring in Xiaomi is mixed, the overall look of the photo is good. Only white overexposure is on the faces, to a lesser extent. Mi 6X, Samsung. is absent. Artificial Intelligence in Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite can not always correctly cut the necessary elements in difficult lighting conditions and conditions, but in general it copes with its task.
What Xiaomi does poorly is twilight.
I liked the Night Portraits more.
Front camera with additional artificial lighting.
The main camera without additional lighting.
Selfie in the daylight. The sun behind.
Mi A2 has shown itself best. The camera is really good, even during night shooting, but not as good as my imagination imagined after the presentation. There are noises during night and twilight photography, there are overexposures in the sun, but in a small format, on a small screen this is almost not visible.
The aperture of the Galaxy S9. f / 1.7, for Mi A2. f / 1.75 in the main and f / 2.2 in the front camera. Xiaomi claim that they were able to increase photosensitivity due to an increase in the pixel value from 1 to 2 microns. The Mi A2 camera is really better than the Galaxy S9 in portrait modes, but the S9. There is no dual camera, but it costs 3 times more expensive.
Mi 6x and Mi A2 look outwardly identical: almost frameless, without buttons, a fingerprint scanner on the back surface, thin, pleasant to the touch. The side buttons, USB Type C port, external speakers and infrared are equally located. The camera sticks out the same way.
At first glance, the Mi A2 Lite also looks just a little smaller, a bit thicker and with a microUSB connector. But there are many more differences.
Due to the thickness, the camera protrudes less in Mi A2 Lite. Due to the strips above and below, it does not look monolithic, like the two older versions. The infrared port is located on the other hand, and there is also a 3.5 mm audio jack located on top and which is missing from the Mi A2 and Mi 6X. The audio output is compensated by an adapter.
The photo below shows the complete set of three smartphones.
Everyone has good brightness, viewing angles and screen resolution. Mi A2 Lite stood out in bangs. A photo taken not in direct sunlight, but on the street in sunny weather and at an angle.
There are LED indicators, but the Mi A2 Lite has it at the bottom.
Another distinguishing feature of the Mi A2 Lite is the card slot, which is designed for 2 SIM cards, a slot for a memory card. Mi 6x and Mi A2 do not have a slot for a memory card, only for 2 Sim cards.
The button layout for me as a Samsung user is unusual: the volume key and the power button are on the same side, it seems to be sharpened more under the left-hander. If you hold Xiaomi in your left hand, it’s easy to move the index finger on the volume, and with the middle finger press the power button, and in order to take a screenshot it is convenient to hold down the volume key and the power button with two fingers. When there is only a thumb for this, it is not so convenient.
MIUI VS AndroidOne
Xiaomi will most likely make changes with new versions of the firmware, or maybe a lot will remain as it is at the beginning of August. Android or not Android? That’s the question. Why is there such an emphasis on it? It should make Xiaomi work more stable. Mi 6x has Android with MIUI shell. Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. AndroidOne Mi 6X met me by turning off completely after several shots, while it had more than 50% charge. After a few welcome outages, additional glitches or problems with it did not arise.
Before, I have never had to deal with Xiaomi, in particular with MIUI. The first thing that caught my eye. there is no separation on the desktop and the place where all applications and folders are thrown off. All ever installed applications are distributed between desktops. This is inconvenient, as you lay out everything you need on the desktop, and drop the rest of the trash into the “closet”. At MIUI, everything turns out in plain sight. The maximum can be organized into folders. In AndroidOne, everything is standard like on androids.
The second thing that caught my eye was the sound mode. In Samsung, everything is simple: I lowered the curtain, pressed one button and chose the mode “Sound”, “Vibration”, “Without sound” (i.e., without sound and without vibration). I use all three depending on the situation during the day.
There are two modes in MIUI. “Sound” and “Without sound”. Vibration is customizable. If you turn it on, the phone vibrates no matter the mode “Sound” or “Without sound”.
In AndroidOne, there is no sound mode in the curtain. Instead, he offers us to turn on the Do Not Disturb mode and configure: do not disturb the next hour, do not disturb on weekends or in the evenings.
These are interesting options, but more often than not, I am not opposed to being bothered, but opposed to my calls and messages disturbing other people. I will give examples. At work, I set the mode “Without sound” one button, and vibro does not bother my colleagues. Food in public transport and the phone in my pocket, set the mode “Vibro without sound”to feel, but not disturb others. I walk down the street, but the phone is hidden in a bag or in a backpack, turn on “Sound”because I can’t feel the vibro.
I focus on such trifles, because it is they that create the convenience of using one or another mobile device. For AndroidOne there are additional sliders with which you can adjust the ringer volume, but in my reality, it would just be inconvenient to constantly switch.
We pass to other features. In MIUI, it is possible to create a second workspace and clone applications, mainly messengers, in this way you can separate the workspace from the personal one. But the first space always remains the main one, you can put an unlock on it with a fingerprint, the second only with a password. If the smartphone is rebooted, it will automatically exit to the first space, and not to the one you were in before the reboot. Similar features are in Samsung.
AndroidOne has an option to password protect individual applications, but I have not found options for creating additional workspaces or cloning the application.
Interestingly, the Google Assistant did not want to be installed on any of the monitored models, and the answer was the same for everyone. soon Google Assistant will help you. How soon is unknown.
At the time of the review, MIUI Global 9.5 and Android 8.1 were available. I note that I now have Android 8.0 on Samsung, on the old Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. MIUI Global 9.6 and Android 7.0, and we have a Russian Google assistant worked. Most likely it will be available with a new firmware.
Add more about the screenshot. In Mui, you can take a screenshot with a gesture by simultaneously dragging 3 fingers down the screen. This does not work in AndroidOne, maybe it has a different gesture for this, but it didn’t open for me. Mui also has a separate button for a screenshot on the top menu bar, while AndroidOne doesn’t.
In terms of speed, three smartphones have no special differences. I did not have to wait long for something to load, nothing hung. There were some problems at the very beginning with the Mi 6X, but they quickly resolved themselves without my intervention.
Any Xiaomi lives longer than my Samsung. At the presentation of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung announced that the battery will last a whole day. For Xiaomi, the whole day is the norm. And if it is not very actively used, then two. It is clear that the processor matters, and the more powerful it is, the more energy it consumes, but you want more.
What can our three offer? Mi 6X and Mi A2 withstood active evening and day photography with the brightest screen possible, about 10% remained in a day. Mi A2 Lite with the same load in a day left another 50% of the charge.
Rubric “Rock. Not Rock. ” Xiaomi is not intended to listen to rock. Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” sounds pretty good.
No wireless charging, no rock sound, no NFC, no face recognition, no dust and moisture protection. Mi A2 Lite does not have Bluetooth 5.0, instead 4.2. Mi 6X and Mi A2 have 5.0.