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Xiaomi discontinues Mi A1, spurs rumour about Mi A2 launch

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Update: The Mi A1 hasn't been discontinued despite being out-of-stock on Flipkart and Mi.com. Xiaomi has clarified (opens in new tab) this is only temporary and the smartphone will be back (opens in new tab) on sale soon. 

The Mi A1 (opens in new tab) being discontinued (opens in new tab) is going to be disappointing news for the fans (opens in new tab) of Xiaomi’s Stock Android (opens in new tab) phone. The smartphone is no longer available on the official Xiaomi website or on Flipkart, the company’s official selling partner. 

Xiaomi even rolled out (opens in new tab) an Oreo (opens in new tab) update for the smartphone earlier this year. And, when users were asked (opens in new tab) if they prefer MIUI 9 (opens in new tab) or Android One (opens in new tab), more than half declared themselves in favor of the latter. 

This a first for Xiaomi (opens in new tab). No other device from the company has been discontinued within a span of seven months. This development has also spurred rumors of the Mi A2 being launched at the event on April 25. 

Keeping in line with the Mi A1, its successor is also expected to be a part of the Android One program and run on Android Oreo 8.1.

So far this year, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro (opens in new tab), Redmi Note 5 (opens in new tab) and Redmi 5 (opens in new tab) into the Indian market. Manu Kumar Jain has previously stated (opens in new tab) that the company is looking to expand its portfolio in India by launching at least six new smartphones this year and other devices from its non-smartphone depository. 

Prabhjote Gill is the Senior Journalist at Business Insider India. She covering everything space, tech and defence at Business Insider India. She is also in-charge of allocating stories to junior writers.