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Redmi A1 +: a déjá vu in Xiaomi’s economic range to which they add a fingerprint reader

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Very recently we knew of the arrival in Spain of the Redmi A1, the first Xiaomi mobile without MIUI since goodbye to Android One and with the Xiaomi Mi A3 of 2019 as the last reference. These days we know a slightly improved version with the Redmi A1+.

And what does that ‘plus’ mean? Well when we say that the improvement is slight, it means that it is slight. Basically it is an identical mobile in specifications, at least on paper, and to which the Chinese company has added a fingerprint reader that we do not find in the standard version.

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Xiaomi Redmi A1+ technical sheet

Xiaomi Redmi A1+

Dimensions and weight

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164.9 x 76.75 x 9.09mm
192 grams


6.52-inch LCD
HD+ resolution of 1,600 x 720p
20:9 aspect ratio
60Hz refresh rate
120 Hz touch sampling rate

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Mediatek Helio A22
CPU up to 2.0GHz




Up to 1TB with microSD card

Front camera

5 MP and f/2.2

rear cameras

Main 8 Mpx and f / 2.0
2 Mpx depth sensor


10W charging


Android 12Go


2.4GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio


Fingerprint reader on the back
Faux leather finish


86.10 euros to change

But the hat is new!

Overview Redmi A1 Plus

Leaving references to The Simpsons aside, especially if you don’t know the features of the standard Redmi A1, to tell you that this ‘plus’ version also incorporates a design in which the synthetic leather stands out on its back, available in both black and green and blue. To this are added some flat edges and a front where, although with bulging bezels, the screen is the protagonist.

6.52-inch IPS panel is what we find in that front. It has HD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The 120 Hz it has, but for the touch sampling rate. We cannot forget that we are talking about an entry-level mobile, leaving technological advances in this section reserved for the medium and high range.

The only novelty of this version can be seen with the naked eye. And it is that incorporates a fingerprint sensor on the back that will serve as a biometric sensor of the device for unlocking or saving passwords. The Redmi A1 does not have this sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi A1 Plus

We also see a modest Mediatek processor, the Helium A22. A chip presented in 2018 and that has a 4-core CPU and a maximum frequency of 2 GHz. To this is added a 2GB RAM of the LPDDR4X type and a 32GB internal storagewhich is expandable to 512 GB via microSD card.

With a 5,000 mAh battery capacity, this Redmi A1 + indicates that there will be no autonomy problems in a day of intensive use. However, when you have to go through the plug, you will have to resort to a Micro USB cable, whose “fast” charge is limited to just 10 W.

As far as cameras are concerned, we also find something to be expected in this type of range. 5 megapixel selfie camera and in the back a 8 megapixel main sensor which is accompanied by 2 megapixel depth sensor. No more no less.

Lastly, it stands out that it has a almost pure version of Android 12. It is Android 12 Go, a light version of Google’s operating system and that in this device replaces MIUI and without incorporating bloatware, beyond a specific app from the manufacturer such as the camera or the phone app.

Versions and prices of the Xiaomi Redmi A1+

Redmi A1 Plus Versions

Although this terminal is already reflected on Xiaomi’s global website, the truth is that so far it has only been released in Kenya. We will have to wait to confirm its possible arrival in other countries such as Spain. At the moment, and to get an idea, this is what we have:

  • Xiaomi Redmi A1+ 3/32GB: 86.10 euros to change (10,345 shillings)

More information | Global Xiaomi

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