Xiaomi Mi A1, the very first Android One smartphone by the Chinese firm, has received a permanent price drop of Rs. 1,000 in India and is now available at a price tag of Rs. 13,999. The smartphone was launched in the country back in September at a price of Rs. 14,999. The announcement about the price cut was created by Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain on Sunday via his Twitter account. “Good news Mi Fans: announcing a permanent price fall of Rs. [sic]” Jain tweeted.

The new Xiaomi Mi A1 price is applicable on purchases via Mi.com and Flipkart. In the time of filing this story, Flipkart has recorded that the Mi A1 in Black and Gold color alternatives, while its Rose Gold colour variant isn’t offered. The smartphone is presently not available on mi.com.

The price fall makes the competition tougher for versions such as Moto G5S Plus, Nokia 6, and the most recently launched Honor 7X that all sit against Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone.

Customers purchasing the Xiaomi Mi A1 through Flipkart can avail another five percent reduction using Axis Bank Buzz credit card. The internet marketplace is additionally offering no-cost EMI choice to purchase the smartphone with monthly setup as Rs. 1,556. Additionally, there’s buyback guarantee at Rs. 99 to provide customers a guaranteed significance on exchanging the smartphone for a new purchase on Flipkart in a subsequent date.

The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) at a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. There’s a dual camera set up with two 12-megapixel image detectors – you in 1.25-micron pixel size and with a wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture lens and the other one in 1-micron pixel size and having an f/2.6 aperture telephoto lens. The camera setup provides 2x optical zoom along with features like a Portrait Mode. Also, a 5-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front using a real-time beautification mode.

Xiaomi has supplied stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat on the Mi A1, along with the smartphone recently received an update with the November security patch. The company is also looking for beta testers to pilot Android 8.0 Oreo on the smartphone.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 has 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack. Besides, it packs a 3080mAh battery and has sound enhancements such as a 10V smart power amplifier, DHS Audio Calibration Algorithm, and support for high impedance headphones.

Before this month, Flipkart hosted its Big Shopping Days sale below which the Xiaomi Mi A1 was available at Rs. 12,999. The e-commerce website was even offering an extra discount of Rs. 1,600 on buying the smartphone with an SBI credit card.

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