Xiaomi Redmi A1 vs Mi A1

Here we compared two smartphones: the 6.52-inch Xiaomi Redmi A1 (with MediaTek Helio A22) that was released on September 6, 2022, against the Xiaomi Mi A1, which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and came out 61 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Xiaomi Redmi A1
  • Comes with 1920 mAh larger battery capacity: 5000 vs 3080 mAh
  • Has a 1.02 inches larger screen size
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Thinner bezels – 10.38% more screen real estate
  • The phone is 5-years and 1-month newer
  • More recent OS version: Android 12 versus 9
  • More energy-efficient CPU – MediaTek Helio A22
Reasons to consider the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • 49% higher pixel density (401 vs 269 PPI)
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • Modern USB Type-C port
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi 5 wireless networks
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 27% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (115K versus 90K)
  • Has 2x more RAM: 4GB versus 2GB
  • Ability to record video in 4K resolution
  • Slow-motion recording at 120FPS

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
54
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
19
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
52
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
45
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
64
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation
43

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
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Display

Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Size 6.52 inches 5.5 inches
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9 16:9
PPI 269 ppi 401 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 400 nits 450 nits
HDR support No No
Screen protection Tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen-to-body ratio 81.4% 71.02%
Display tests
RGB color space - 98%
PWM - Not detected
Response time - 40.2 ms
Contrast - 1359:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
n/a
478 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3]

Design and build

Height 164.9 mm (6.49 inches) 155.4 mm (6.12 inches)
Width 76.8 mm (3.02 inches) 75.8 mm (2.98 inches)
Thickness 9.1 mm (0.36 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 192 gramm (6.77 oz) 165 gramm (5.82 oz)
Waterproof No No
Rear material Plastic Metal
Frame material Plastic Metal
Colors Black, Blue, Green Black, Gold, Red, Pink
Fingerprint scanner No Yes, rear
Screen-to-body ratio
Redmi A1 +15%
81.4%
71.02%

Performance

Tests of Xiaomi Redmi A1 and Xiaomi Mi A1 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset MediaTek Helio A22 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Max. clock 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
CPU cores 4 (4) 8 (8)
Architecture - 4 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A53 - 8 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A53
Lithography process 12 nanometers 14 nanometers
Graphics PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 506
GPU clock 660 MHz 650 MHz
FLOPS ~42.8 GFLOPS ~124 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 2 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory clock - 933 MHz
Channels - 1
Storage
Storage size 32 GB 32, 64 GB
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1
Memory card MicroSD MicroSD
Memory card max. size - Up to 128 GB

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
163
n/a
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
556
n/a
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
90891
Mi A1 +27%
115484
CPU 23597 41253
GPU 10013 12372
Memory 27554 30571
UX 28963 30687
Total score 90891 115484
3DMark Wild Life Performance
n/a
170
PCMark 3.0 score - 5464
Sources: 3DMark [3]

Software

Operating system Android 12 Android 7.1.2 (Can be upgraded to Android 9.0)
ROM MIUI 12 Android One
OS size - 12 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 5000 mAh 3080 mAh
Charge power 10 W 10 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging No No
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging No No
Full charging time 2:43 hr 2:00 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing - 09:01 hr
Watching video - 08:48 hr
Gaming - 04:42 hr
Standby - 70 hr
General battery life
n/a
22:56 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 8 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 3264 x 2448 4000 x 3000
Zoom Digital Optical, 2x
Flash Dual LED Dual LED
Stabilization Digital Digital
8K video recording No No
4K video recording No Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 30FPS
Slow motion No 120 FPS (720p)
Lenses 2 (8 MP + 0.3 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 8 MP
- Aperture: f/2.0
- Phase autofocus
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.25 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.9", OmniVision OV12A10
- Phase autofocus
Telephoto lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.6
- Focal length: 50 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.4", Omnivision OV13380
Depth lens - 0.3 MP
-
Camera features - - Bokeh mode
Selfie camera
Megapixels 5 megapixels 5 megapixels
Image resolution 2592 x 1944 2592 x 1944
Aperture f/2.2 f/2
Focal length - 35.96 mm
Pixel size 1.12 microns -
Sensor type - ISOCELL CMOS
Sensor size - 1/5"
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 a/b/g/n) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5 4.2
Bluetooth features LE HID, A2DP
USB type Micro USB USB Type-C
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- USB-Host mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC* No No
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No Yes
LTE Cat* 4 6
5G support No -

Sound

Speakers Mono Mono
Headphone audio jack Yes Yes
FM radio - No
Dolby Atmos No No
Speakers test
Max. loudness
n/a
86.2 dB

Other

Category Budget Mid-range
Announced September 2022 September 2017
Release date September 2022 September 2017
SAR (head) - 1.75 W/kg
SAR (body) - 0.76 W/kg
Sensors - Accelerometer - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Xiaomi Redmi A1 is definitely a better buy.

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