Xiaomi is reportedly working with Google on a new Android One smartphone. The report is coming from an Indonesian outlet Krispitech and is based on a listing on POSTEL (Indonesia’s equivalent to US’ FCC and China’s TENAA). It further mentions that the smartphone is likely to be called Xiaomi A1 and is expected to be based on the recently launched Mi 5X.
Google’s Android One project was aimed at emerging markets like India and includes smartphones with entry-level specifications but with stock Android experience and assurance of timely software updates. In the past, it partnered with brands like Micromax, Spice, and Lava but failed to get the response from users which was expected at the time of project’s launch. But all this might change if it is indeed partnering with Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has a good reputation in the Indian smartphone market, especially in the entry-level and mid-range price segments. It has launched a bunch of smartphones including the most recent Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 which have sold in millions since their launch. The major point of attraction for Xiaomi phones among users because of the better specs at an affordable price without any compromise of aspects like build quality and battery life.
If Xiaomi is able to offer all those signature offerings with Android One with the topping of stock Android and promise of regular updates, it will surely be an attractive option for users. And as Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone is reported to be based on the Mi 5X, the addition of the dual rear cameras will be another lucrative option for buyers to consider the phone considering that phones under Android One project are usually affordable.
The report does not mention exactly when Google and Xiaomi plan to launch the phone but we will be keeping you updated. It is worth mentioning whenever it arrives, it should also become available in the Indian market.