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Motorola One vs Xiaomi Mi A2: How two Android One smartphones compete each other?

12 September 2018 6

Back at the IFA 2018, the Lenovo owned Motorola wraps off the cover from two Android One smartphone including Motorola One and Motorola One Power. With the new Moto One lineup, the company marks their entry of smartphones with a notch. The Motorola One is quite special mid-rangers due to a number of reasons. Apart from having a notch design, it looks pretty much same as the Apple iPhone X not only from the front side but also from the rear.

Being an Android One smartphone it certainly emerges as an option for buyers looking for a mid-range smartphone with Android One experience. Xiaomi recently announced the second gen of Mi A lineup Android One smartphone in a dedicated event. Undoubtedly the Mi A1 was amongst the best selling Android One smartphones last year. That's why hopes are quite high as far as Mi A2 is a concern.

Today we will put both the Motorola One and Xiaomi A2 in a head-to-head comparison to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two Android One smartphones and also which smartphone is better in what aspects. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help you better decide which Android One smartphone is capable to be your next daily driver. Let's start with the design.

72.2 x 149.9 x 7.9 mm
5.9 inches - 1520x720 px
75.4 x 158.7 x 7.3 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Motorola indeed stepped up their design game with the Motorola One. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. Although the glass rear brings a premium feel to the device but still despite having glass rear it doesn't feel as premium as the top of the line flagships. On first look, the Motorola One doesn't look much different from the iPhone X.

After a long delay, Motorola finally adopted the notch design. Motorola brought a wider notch when most of the OEMs are focusing on reducing it. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras placed vertically on the top left corner exactly similar to the iPhone X. The device has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side which isn't available on the Apple's 10th-anniversary smartphone. The circular fingerprint scanner is embedded in Motorola's M logo. The edges are gently curved that's why it fits easily in the palm. Due to glass rear, it attracts fingerprints easily.

The volume and power buttons are on the right edge whereas the SIM card slot is on the left side. It has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge whereas USB-C port for connectivity on the bottom edge.

Unlike most of the latest smartphones, the Mi A2 doesn't have a notch design instead the Xiaomi kept the complete bezels for the Mi A2. The bezels are trimmed enough to fit in a 2:1 display. On the front, you will get a fairly large display. The Mi A2 dimensions are 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and weigh 168g.

Well, it seems like Xiaomi isn't inspired with the glass and metal sandwich design that's why Mi A2 comes with unibody metal design. It is more sturdy and attracts fewer fingerprints than the Motorola One.

The Mi A2 volume and power buttons are on the right edge and the SIM slot is on the left side. The USB-C port for connectivity is on the bottom side, however, it lacks the headphone jack. On the rear side, the dual cameras are placed vertically on the top left corner and the circular fingerprint scanner is in the center below the sensors. In terms of looks, the Motorola One looks more attractive whereas the Xiaomi A2 is more rugged.


As far as display is a concern, the Motorola One is featuring a 5.9-inches display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Due to the higher screen to body ratio, you will get a large area to play games and watch videos. However, the larger display might be a problem for users with small hands. The IPS LCD display screen resolution is 720 x 1520 pixels.

So if you are looking for a crispy display you may disappoint with the pixels density of 285 pixels-per-inch. In daily routine, you may find it a colorful display but the results are not great while watching videos or playing HIFI games. On the other hand, the Mi A2 features a 5.99-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Its an IPS LCD display with 2:1 aspect ratio and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch.


Being the mid-rangers both the devices are packed with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series chipset. The Motorola One is powered up by the Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM. The Adreno 506 is on board as GPU. The device built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD.

On the other hand, the Mi A2 is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset. The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 32GB/64GB. The top of the line model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It also supports memory expansion via MicroSD card.

In terms of sheer performance, the Mi A2 has an upper hand due to the better chipset and also it is available in 6GB RAM configuration. Both the devices are capable to be your next daily driver, however, if you required more grunt the Mi A2 is a better choice.

Specs Motorola One Xiaomi Mi A2
Display 5.9-inches 5.99-inches
Screen resolution 720 x 1520 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 660
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32,64GB, 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 13MP+2MP 12MP+20MP
Front camera 8MP 20MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 3,000mAh 3,080mAh

As OS both are devices are pre-installed with stock Android Oreo 8.1. Being an Android One smartphones both will receive the latest stock updates from Google for at least next couple of years. The overall UI experience is the same on both the devices. If you are a stock Android OS fan, you can choose any of these devices. Both the devices will eventually receive the Android Pie, however, Motorola claims the Motorola One will be amongst the first to receive Android Pie.


Like most of the latest smartphones both have dual cameras on the rear side. The primary rear sensor is 13MP whereas the secondary 2MP module is depth sensing sensor. Thanks to dual sensors, the device brings support for Bokeh mode and also have Selective focus feature. Although the Motorola One is running on the stock OS the company brought special features with the custom camera app.

One of the new features is dubbed as Spot Color which allows the user to keep a specific color in the shot by blurring the background in white and black. This shot produces some amazing shots in stable light conditions, however, the results are not pretty great in low-light scenarios.

If you like GIFs, you can utilize the new Cinemagraphs feature. It allows the users to convert a specific part of your captured video into GIF. However, this feature also requires stable lightening conditions. Up front, the selfie camera is the 8MP sensor. It also features portrait mode but it utilizes imaging processing to blur the background instead of the secondary sensor.

Xiaomi claims one of the key selling aspects of Mi A2 is cameras. The Mi A2 comes with a primary IMX386 12MP sensor with f/1.75 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is an IMX376 20MP module with f/1.75 aperture. The best thing is Xiaomi Mi A2 dual cameras not only perform great in stable conditions but also results are great in low-light scenarios thanks to large apertures.

Both the sensors are AI tuned, Xiaomi utilizes machine learning algorithms to boost the camera experience. The selfie snapper is a 20MP sensor.


The Motorola One lights are kept on by a 3,000mAh battery cell whereas the Mi A2 has slightly larger 3,080mAh battery cell. Both have enough juice under the hood to keep running one day on a single charge. Both have USB-C port for charging. Motorola One comes with Turbo Power feature which brings juice for six hours usage in just six months whereas the Mi A2 has Quick charge 3.0 tech for fast charging.


The Motorola One is undoubtedly one of the best mid-range options in the market considering it is bringing a number of features to stand out amongst the competition. The Motorola One is attractive not only because of design but also because of the impressive specs sheet.

The Mi A2 is featuring a solid metal unibody design, it takes lead over the Motorola One in the display, hardware and camera section. Last but not the least availability and pricing will play a vital role here. The Motorola One will be initially available in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific this month. At the moment only the European variant 299 Euros price tag is unveiled.

The Mi A2 base variant with 32GB storage costs 249 Euros which makes it a better option than the Motorola One in this price tag. The standard model with 64GB storage costs 279 Euros and the top of the line model with 128GB storage costs 349 Euros.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Motorola One vs Xiaomi Mi A2 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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If you compare the specs sheet above, you can immediately make out that the Xiaomi Mi A2 is more flexible in terms of specs and features than the Motorola One.


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