Xiaomi Mi A1 Malaysia

UPDATED: SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,200 (2nd half, 2018)

What a year it has been so far since the last time we published our best smartphones under RM1,200 (2018 edition). We changed governments in a historic election nobody saw coming, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is now zero-rated and, of course, a whole bunch of brand new affordable smartphones launched.

We thought about a simple update to our original guide, but because so much has changed, we figured it would be a disservice for you to just add the couple of new phones to the end of that one. Instead, we decided that it would be better if we gave the whole guide a proper face-lift, featuring the new updated GST-less budget smartphones, several brand new handsets and a revised Editor’s Choice section.

Here’s our ultimate budget smartphone guide Part 2.

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Xiaomi rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo for Mi A1

Just in the nick of time, Xiaomi has started rolling out the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update to all Mi A1 users worldwide. The Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One device that offers a stock Android experience and faster software updates.

During the launch, Google promises that the Mi A1 will be upgraded to Android Oreo before the end of the year and it will be among the first phones to get Android P.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Malaysian pricing revealed

Who would have thought, among all the brand new Android smartphones that have been revealed recently, the one to garner probably the most hype is a cheap little mid-range entry from Xiaomi. It’s called the Mi A1 and there are a lot of reasons why this phone is THE phone for Android purists to look out for.

It represents a relaunch of the Android One program and it means putting clean, buttery stock Android — designed to run on crap hardware — in phones that don’t suck at prices people like you and I can actually afford.

It’s exciting but with phones at this price point, it’s all about that RRP so it’s natural that the one question on everyone’s mind is: How much? Well, while the Malaysian launch is literally just around the corner, it appears Lazada has jumped the gun a little and revealed the official pricing for this handset.

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Mi A1: Xiaomi’s affordable Pixel alternative for the masses

Xiaomi Mi A1 Malaysia hands on

When it comes to smartphones, many would consider a Xiaomi for its great hardware at an affordable price. Their Redmi Note 4 is still undoubtedly the best value for money smartphone you can buy for less than RM1,000.

However, there are purists that are not fond of Xiaomi’s MIUI custom Android interface and they would prefer a device that comes with a stock Android experience. If you’re one of them, the latest Xiaomi Mi A1 is just the phone for you. This is their first smartphone powered by Android One.

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Mi A1: The Xiaomi smartphone you’ve always wanted

UPDATE: Malaysian availability revealed. It’s available for pre-order on 16 September.

Xiaomi launched a brand new “flagship” smartphone in India today and it’s called the Xiaomi Mi A1. You might be looking at this phone, thinking, isn’t this just a Mi 5X? Well, while you might be right based on the smartphone’s hardware, it’s a whole nother story when it comes to the device’s software.

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