Mister Mobility pitches two budget Android One phones against one another. Which of these vanilla Android smartphones is the one that deserves your hard earned money – Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite or Infinix Note 5?
In recent times, I have been interested in spending time with an Android One smartphone. For a while, Infinix’s Note 5 was the only one on my radar, as it is readily available in the market. But another smartphone is in the picture now – Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite – sold on Jumia Nigeria by Xiaomi. So, I have two budget Android One phones to scrutinise.
What is Android One all about? It is Google’s initiative to make high quality smartphones accesible to as many people as possible. The real sweet spot, however, is that Android One phones run stock Android OS – just like Google’s own Pixel smartphones. So, they also get timely software updates because the manufactuers have little to no customisations to make to the operating system.
The implication is that though these two budget Android One phones are made by Xiaomi and Infinix, their custom Android skins, MIUI and XUI respectively, are completely absent. These are not your regular Xiaomi and Infinix smartphones.
Assuming that like me, you are interested in getting your hands on an Android One phone, the comparison that follows should interest you.
The two budget Android One phones in consideration are from two well known manufacturers, Xiaomi and Infinix Mobile.
Battle of the budget Android One phones
The Mi A2 Lite has both 3 GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB variants, costing about N55,000 and 64,000 repsectively.
The 3GB/32 GB version of Infinix Note 5 costs about N58,000. This comparison will be based on the 3GB/32GB variants of both budget Android One phones, as those are the versions more readily available in the market.
Display and size: With a 5.84″ display, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is the handier of the two devices, but while it is the smaller, it is thicker than the 6″ Infinix Note 5.
Processor: The Xiaomi has a Sanpdragon 625 processor, while the Infinix has a Helio P23 unit. Both CPUs are octa-core and clocked at 2.0 GHz.
RAM and storage: We already agreed to stick to the 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage version of both phones.
Cameras: Things get more interesting here between the two budget Android One phones. While Infinix Note 5 has a 12 megapicxel camera, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has a dual camera comprising 12 megapixel and 5 megapixel lenses. The Mi A2 Lite clearly has an edge here.
The script gets flipped with the front facing cameras: Infinix has a 16 megapixel selfie camera with LED flash, while Xiaomi has a 5 megapixel selfie camera and no LED flash.
Battery: Here, the Infinix Note 5 has a significant egde. Its 4500 mAh battery is much beefier than the Xiaomi’s 4000 mAh battery and will have an impact on battery life. Both of them have 10W fast charging, thankfully to speed up battery charging. It would have been nice to see one with at least 15W rating. Oh, well.
4G LTE: They both have 4G LTE support, though the Xiaomi has more LTE bands covered than the Infinix. Sadly, neither of them supports Glo 4G.
The rest of the features are pretty much even across both phones. They both have dual-SIM slot, dedicated microSD card slot, fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.2, and USB 2.0.
Price: The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is slightly more affordable than the Infinix Note 5. The former costs N55,000 and the latter N58,000, a difference of N3,000.
It is a tough one here, as the lack of support for Glo 4G is a big dealbreaker for me. If one of them had that, I’d pick that one. But as it is, mbanu. Neither is for me.
So, which would be your choice between these two budget Android One phones? What would be the feature that tips the scale for you? Or are you like me and going to walk away? Why?
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.