Xiaomi this week announced the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Android One phones in Spain. The Mi A2 is the direct successor to last year’s Mi A1, while the Mi A2 Lite is a cheaper model that offers a notched display. Xiaomi has confirmed already that India will only get to see the Mi A2 as of now and plans to launch it in the country on August 8. The Mi A2 has been among the most anticipated Xiaomi phones this year since it is the only series in the company’s portfolio that offers stock Android software.When the Mi A2 hits the Indian market in August, the Nokia 7 Plus will finally see a stiff competition. The Nokia 7 Plus has so far been a lone wolf in the sub Rs-30,000 segment and has largely been unchallenged. The reason the Mi A2 will pose a threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is because both the devices offer some similar features with the biggest highlight being that they both are Android One devices.Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus designThe Xiaomi Mi A2 has a new look as compared to the Mi A1. The Mi A2 looks like a 2018 phone thanks to a tall 18:9 display with slimmer bezels, dual rear camera, USB Type-C port and no headphone jack. The last part may disappoint some people who still believe the headphone jack should be part of a phone. The Mi A2 has all the design elements (minus the notch) to make it look premium in a mid-range segment.advertisementThe Mi A2 comes with a metal unibody design and a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density. The device measures 7.3mm in thickness and the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The Mi A2 is offered in three colours – gold, blue and black.The Nokia 7 Plus also brings a highly premium design for a mid-range phone. Not only is the phone machined out of a single block of Series 6000 aluminium, the back also gets a six-layer ceramic coating that makes it feel smooth to hold and hides the antenna lines as well. The Nokia 7 Plus is a fantastically solid phone that is built to survive rough use. The main appeal, however, is its dual-tone design that involves copper-coloured accents all around the frame, rear camera and fingerprint sensor. As far as the display is concerned, the Nokia 7 Plus bears a similar 6-inch full HD+ IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio like the Mi A2. The device comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on top and is thicker than the Mi A2 at 7.9mm. As far as the display and design goes, both the phones will offer a premium experience with immersive 18:9 display and an attractive build quality.Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus specsLet’s get the similarities out of the way first. Both the Mi A2 and the Nokia 7 Plus are powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. Notably, the Nokia 7 Plus was the first device to bring that chipset to India. This is a pretty impressive processor in the mid-range segment which allowed the Nokia 7 Plus to perform exceptionally well, something that has been highlighted in our review as well.The other big similarity is that both the phone run stock Android Oreo out of the box and are part of the Android One program. This means both the Mi A2 and the Nokia 7 Plus offer not only a clean Android software, but are guaranteed to receive monthly Android security updates and Android P and Q in the future.The biggest difference between the two devices is with regards to the camera. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics. The camera system includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.75 lens and Dual Pixel autofocus, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. On the front, the device sports a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. While the Nokia 7 Plus offers good cameras for its price, the optics aren’t really the device’s strong suit. The Mi A2, on the other hand, touts impressive 20MP cameras on the back and front. The dual camera system on the back comes with one 12-megapixel sensor and another 20-megapixel sensor, both of which have an f/1.75 aperture. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash. The cameras are heavily backed by AI and machine learning to offer good portrait shots.The other difference is with regards to battery. The Mi A2 offers a 4,000mAh battery while the Nokia 7 Plus houses a slightly smaller 3800mAh battery capacity. The difference is pretty marginal and we’re unlikely to see any drastic difference as the Nokia 7 Plus offers a pretty stellar battery life thanks to an energy efficient chip and some neat optimisations. The Mi A2 is likely to deliver a similar if not slightly better battery life.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus price in IndiaThe Nokia 7 Plus is priced at Rs 25,999 and is offered in a single 4GB + 64GB configuration. We will know the official India price of the Mi A2 on August 8, but its pricing outside suggests the phone may be priced starting at around Rs 20,000. The Mi A2 has been priced at 249 Euros (roughly Rs 20,071) for the base version with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage going up to 349 Euros (roughly Rs 28,131) for the top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.But it will be the middle 4GB + 64GB version, which is priced at 279 Euros (roughly Rs 22,489), that will be the closest competitor to the Nokia 7 Plus.