Xiaomi Redmi A1 to launch in Europe for a €99 starting price
Earlier this month, Xiaomi presented the Redmi A1, an unusual device in its portfolio. Neither a return to the Mi A series nor a true Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi A1 runs stock Android 12 instead of MIUI. Initially presented in India for INR 6,499 (~US$81) but with an INR 8,999 (~US$113) retail price. According to Roland Quandt and WinFuture, Xiaomi plans to release the Redmi A1 in Europe too.
Purportedly, the device has already gone on sale in France, although we cannot find any evidence of this currently. For example, Xiaomi has not listed the Redmi A1 on its French website, nor have major retailers. Quandt adds that the smartphone should soon be available in Hungary and Slovakia. Supposedly, the smartphone will be available in the Eurozone for €99, effectively making the Redmi A1 cheaper in Europe than in India.
For reference, the Redmi A1 only comes with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. Additionally, the device has a 6.52-inch display with a 720p resolution, 400 nits of peak brightness, a 60 Hz refresh rate and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Moreover, the 192 g handset relies on the MediaTek Helio A22, which powers a 5 MP front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing sensor. It remains to be seen whether the Redmi A1 will receive any major software updates, but the inclusion of Android 12 is good to see for a budget handset.