Xiaomi’s new Android One device – the Mi A2 – checks almost all the boxes for an excellent mid-range Android device. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Unlike most other Xiaomi devices, the smartphone runs close to stock Android as it’s part of Google’s Android One initiative and features a respectable 5.99-inch FHD+ LCD display. But as I mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs. 16,999) ticks ‘almost all the boxes’ as it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, missing microSD card slot and relatively small 3,000mAh battery, it doesn’t really inspire confidence among potential buyers.
So, to find out how the device performs compared to other mid-range devices on the market today, we tested the Xiaomi Mi A2 by analyzing every aspect of the device to give you a clearer picture. We’ve already put the Mi A2 through a performance and gaming test, and here we’ll take a closer look at its battery life. So how does the 3,000 mAh battery of the Mi A2 last? Let’s jump right in and find out:
The Xiaomi Mi A2, unlike many other mid-range devices, has a USB Type-C port and therefore includes Quick Charge 4.0 support, however, Xiaomi doesn’t include a Quick Charge 4.0 complaint charging brick in the box. Instead, buyers will receive a standard 5V/2A charger, which cannot charge the device fast enough to be charged with a Quick Charge 4.0 compatible charger.
In our tests, It took 1 hour and 45 minutes for the included 5V/2A charger to charge the device from 8 percent to 100 percent.It took about 40 minutes while charging up to 50 percent. Considering the Mi A2 has a smaller 3,000mAh battery, the numbers aren’t particularly impressive. I would really like Xiaomi to put a Quick Charge 4.0 compatible charger in the box because it would be of great benefit to both the device and the buyers.
Speaking of battery life, the Xiaomi Mi A2 isn’t as impressive as competing mid-range devices with 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh batteries. To give the Mi A2 a fair idea of battery life, we ran the phone through two different usage scenarios, one for normal workload and the other for heavy usage. Here is the performance of Xiaomi Mi A2:
With a normal workload of browsing the web, listening to music, playing a casual game or two, regular WhatsApp messaging and phone calls, the 3,000 mAh battery of the Xiaomi Mi A2 took a full day without any issues. The combination of stock Android and the power-efficient Snapdragon 660 helps the Xiaomi Mi A2 last long enough to drive you home at the end of the day, but compared to other mid-range devices, the Mi A2 isn’t even close to being the best. the best in the field. managed device A little over 2 hours of screen time, which is perfectly acceptable, but once again not the best. Since the device is currently running Android Oreo, we expect a slight increase in screen time when Android Pie launches with better battery saving measures, but we’re certainly not impressed with its performance at the moment.
Under heavy workload, including playing a number of games, running benchmark apps like AnTuTu and Geekbench 4 a few times, and all the other usual functions listed under normal workload, the Mi A2’s 3,000mAh battery was worryingly depleted. i have one approximately 3 hours of screen time while the device is sitting at 15 percent charge. The device took me a little over 11 hours with this kind of workload. Quite similar in performance to Nokia 6.1 Plus, but far behind Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro M1.
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Xiaomi Mi A2 Battery Test: Far Behind the Competition
All in all, the battery life of the Xiaomi Mi A2 is pretty much average. For a device in this price range, the 3,000mAh battery won’t cut it. Compared to Nokia 6.1 Plus, Xiaomi Mi A2 (Rs. 16,999) prices are about the same, but the Nokia’s smaller screen and slightly larger battery help it perform slightly better. But compared to ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2’s smaller battery can’t keep up with the battery life provided by the other two devicesprovides better screen uptime and standby time in all usage scenarios. So, if you are looking for a mid-range device that offers great battery performance, it would be better to go with the Redmi Note 5 Pro or the ZenFone Max Pro M1 instead of the Mi A2.
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