Redmi A1 with this MediaTek processor is reportedly in the works

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Redmi A1 was launched in India in September 2022, a month before the Redmi A1+ debuted in the country. The devices were quite similar and have similar specs. Aiming to deliver the barebones Android smartphone experience, they are powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and run Android 12 (Go Edition) out of the box. A report claimed that the Redmi A1 could get an upgrade sooner than expected after a new handset was spotted on a certification website.

According to a Xiaomiui report, a new budget Redmi device has surfaced on the US FCC certification website. The new Redmi handset has the model number 23026RN54G and the certificate clearly states that the change between the new model and the older one (220733SL) is the platform, which moved from a MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761) to a MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765X) . This indicates that the Redmi A1 may soon receive an update with a more powerful MediaTek Helio P35 processor.

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The report also states that this upcoming device is codenamed “water” and will run Android 13 out-of-the-box, citing data from the FCC. It also hints that the device will run Android 13 (Go Edition) which is already ready for the upcoming device as MIUI V14.0.1.0.TGOMIXM.

The development of the Android 13 software for the device also suggests that the smartphone could be announced soon. It is unclear whether this upcoming Redmi device (which is expected to debut as an upgraded version of the Redmi A1) will have the same cosmetic design as the previous model.

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The Xiaomi Redmi A1 was launched in India last September and is sold in a single 2GB RAM and 32GB storage option, priced at Rs. 6,499. A month later, the debut of the Redmi A1+ followed.

Apart from the base variant (priced at Rs. 6,999), the Redmi A1+ was offered in a 3GB RAM option that was priced at Rs. 7,999. Both devices were launched almost a month apart and offered the same core hardware with a MediaTek Helio A22 processor, dual rear cameras and a selfie camera in a notch in the screen. The Redmi A1+ offered a polycarbonate back panel with a leather texture.

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