The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has unveiled its latest Android One smartphone. The Mi A3 has faster hardware, a considerably larger battery and better cameras than its predecessor. Read all about the new phone here.
Xiaomi Mi A3
Xiaomi has introduced its new budget phone, the Mi A3, a successor to the popular Mi A2. Unlike many other devices, the Mi A3 does not run on MIUI, but the smartphone is part of the Android One program. That means that the Mi A3 runs on stock Android and gets updates quickly. The software is like that on Pixel devices, although Xiaomi itself is responsible for the rollout of updates. The phone runs out of the box on Android 9.0 (Pie) and later this year an update to Android 10 (Q) must follow.
Mi A3 Display
When we look at the screen, we notice that Xiaomi chose a larger one, namely a 6.088-inch panel, and the company also made the switch from LCD to AMOLED. The Mi A3 has a panel with a waterdrop notch, but clear edges are still visible. On the other hand, the new screen also has a lower HD + resolution compared to the Full HD of the Mi A1and Mi A2. The Chinese giant can unpack with a fingerprint scanner in the screen, which is a remarkable feature for a phone of this price range.
Performance And Cameras
The phone comes with a new brand new mid-range chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 665 that is more power-efficient thanks to the 11-nanometer manufacturing process. It is yet to be seen how much improvement does it bring in performance compared to Snapdragon 660. The smartphone again receives 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD. Sadly there is no NFC on board.
In terms of cameras, we expect the greatest progress, because the Mi A3 gets the excellent Sony IMX586 main camera that is used in the Mi 9 flagship of Xiaomi, among others. We also learn that this time the device gets an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP depth camera that lets you take photos with blur in the background. For all those selfie kings and queens, there is a 32MP selfie camera on the front housed inside the teardrop notch.
Large Battery Means Long Endurance
Looks like longer battery life was the focus of Xiaomi as is a huge improvement in the battery department. The rather small device is equipped with a large 4030 mAh battery that is a significant improvement compared to the Mi A2, which has a 3000 mAh battery. Thanks to the AMOLED display we might be able to get even better results in terms of battery.
The device will receive a 10-watt charger in the box but also supports a separately available 18-watt fast charger. It is also important to report that the 3.5 mm audio connection has been retained and that the phone with Android Pie will be launched with Android One instead of the MIUI 10 software shell.
Price & Availability
The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be available for approximately $260 in gray, white and blue colors. There will also be a model with 128 GB of internal memory on the market. This will cost $290.