Claiming to be the company’s most affordable phone for 2022, Xiaomi recently announced the arrival of the new Redmi A1 in Malaysia. Despite its status as an entry-level device, the new phone has been equipped with a substantially sized 6.52-inch HD+ display.
Powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor, the variant currently available in Malaysia comes equipped with 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Users can expand the phone’s memory through its memory expansion feature (aka virtual RAM) with up to 2GB of additional memory from its internal storage.
Speaking of storage, the phone has also been equipped with 32GB eMMC-based internal storage. If users need more space, they can always expand it as the Redmi A1 supports microSD with capacity up to 1 TB.
For photography, the phone relies on a rather modest 8MP f/2.0 primary camera on the back, accompanied by an auxiliary QVGA camera that provides portrait assistance. When it comes to selfies, the Redmi A1 uses its 5MP f/2.2 front camera which is housed in the phone’s dew-shaped notch.
One of the main highlights of the phone is its massive 5000mAh battery which seems capable of delivering up to 22 hours of video playback, 30 hours of calls, 161 hours of music or a standby time of 746 hours. The phone has 10W fast charging capability, although it has been fitted with a micro USB port, which is an odd inclusion for a 2022 model.
The Redmi A1 comes with a 3.5mm audio jack which is always appreciated by some users. Given its 2GB of RAM, it didn’t surprise us that the phone came preinstalled with Android 12GB Edition instead of the full-fledged Android counterpart.
In terms of price, the new phone is now available across Malaysia, including Xiaomi’s own Shopee and Lazada stores for RM359. Completed with leather-like textures on the back, consumers can choose to have the Redmi A1 in three color options including Light Blue, Light Green and Black.