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Xiaomi's Mi A2 shows that cheap doesn't mean ugly

Its smooth metal back and huge screen bely the affordable price tag of this phone.

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Andrew Hoyle
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The Xiaomi Mi A2 has an attractive design, decent specs and a low price. The downside? It's not coming to the UK, the US or Spain.

Those of us in those countries will have to look elsewhere, which is a shame as this 250 Euro phone is pretty solid on paper.

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The 6-inch screen has a 2,160x1,080-pixel resolution which is nice and sharp.

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A dual camera setup is on the back. It takes decent daylight shots and can do portraits with attractive out of focus backgrounds.

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It runs Android 8.1 Oreo with an update to Android P coming later this year.

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The camera unit is somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone X's.

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It charges with USB-C and supports Qualcomm's fast charging.

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The metal back feels great and I like the soft gold colour.

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The interface is stock Android so there's no nasty bloatware to slow things down. 

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The 20-megapixel front-facing camera will appeal to the selfie lovers among you.

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There's no waterproofing on this phone so keep it away from water. 

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It has a 4,000mAh battery

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