This July, Xiaomi released a successor for its pretty popular Mi A1. Called simply the Mi A2, it’s a rebranded Xiaomi Mi X6 running Android One, and it has a pretty attractive price point, too. It’s a go-to phone for those in need of a more than decent performance at the right price – it’s by no means an entry-level phone but you won’t cost you an arm and leg either. And this makes Xiaomi a brand that’s not only enjoying an increasing popularity among buyers but one that offers accessible performance for everyone. At the same time, Apple appears to be shifting toward a more premium market. And, after releasing a smartwatch with an EKG sensor and reportedly working on a smart jacket for the visually impaired, some say it is also shifting toward becoming a health-tech company. While we don’t like to compare apples and oranges, we’d like to take a look at whether the huge difference in price between the Mi A2 and Apple’s iPhone XR (the cheapest in its iPhone X line) is justified.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC with four cores running at 2.2GHz and four others running at 1.8GHz. It has variants with 4 and 6 GB of RAM and 32, 64, and 128GB of internal storage, respectively. It doesn’t have a card slot – then again, neither does its Apple-made counterpart, and it doesn’t even seem that important in the age of mobile broadband and cheap cloud storage.
The iPhone XR comes equipped with Apple’s A12 Bionic SoC with six processor cores, and a quad-core Apple GPU. It has 3GB of RAM and options for 64/128/256GB of internal storage. It has a 12MP main camera, a 7MP selfie camera, and also no card slot for expanded internal storage. At the time of this article, the iPhone XR has not been released yet, so there is no way to compare the performance of the two.
The two handsets have IPS LCD screens of a similar size – the iPhone, obviously, comes with a notch – with Xiaomi’s handset having a slightly higher-resolution screen with a higher pixel density (403 ppi as opposed to around 326 ppi on the iPhone XR).
The feature sets of both phones – actually, those of most smartphones today – are similar. Neither of the two phones comes with a headphone jack, but Xiaomi’s handset comes with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter in the box. Apple’s phone, in turn, has stereo speakers. Xiaomi’s handset doesn’t have NFC but it comes with a feature that should be on many more phones – an infrared port, making it capable of being used as a remote control. The Mi A2 has a fingerprint reader on its rear, while Apple’s handset has Face ID but no fingerprint reader at all. The two handsets have similar battery capacities, and similar color ranges.
The cheapest variant of the Xiaomi Mi A2 (32GB internal storage, 4GB of RAM) will set you back between $250 and $300, depending on where you look. The cheapest variant of the iPhone XR (with 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM) will cost you at least $749.
Is this difference justified? Is the iPhone XR more than twice as good as the Xiaomi Mi A2? Share your opinion in a comment below.