Xiaomi Mi A3 press renders emerge alongside detailed spec sheet

Xiaomi Mi A3 press renders emerge alongside detailed spec sheet
The world’s best selling Android One series is about to enter its third generation and, ahead of the official announcement, press renders of the standard Xiaomi Mi A3 have appeared online alongside a pretty detailed spec sheet.

Redesigned front and an extra camera on the rear

Representing a pretty big design upgrade for the lineup, Xiaomi’s new phone ditches the 6-inch, 18:9 display used on last year’s Mi A2 in favor of a notched panel of the same size. No big resolution upgrades are planned – Xiaomi is reportedly settling for a Full-HD+ resolution of 2240 x 1080p – but the display is apparently an AMOLED panel now rather than LCD.

The notch Xiaomi has chosen for its next mid-ranger resembles the waterdrop implementation it previously used on the flagship Mi 9. It’s noticeably smaller than the notch used on the budget Mi A2 Lite last year but still large enough to house one front-facing camera which, per the accompanying spec sheet, will offer a 32-megapixel resolution.

Just like the Mi A2 series, the next-gen Mi A3 looks set to feature a vertical camera module on the back. This time around, though, it’ll add a third camera in place of the LED flash and place the latter directly below the setup. The main sensor should be a 48-megapixel shooter while the second and third cameras will offer 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel resolutions respectively. Unfortunately, the functionality of these other cameras hasn’t yet been revealed.

On some final notes about the back of the phone, Xiaomi appears to have replaced the aluminum construction used in previous years with a premium glass build. The company’s ‘Mi’ branding has also been replaced with its own name and the whole logo moved to the bottom corner and positioned vertically. Similarly, the Android One logo now sits on the opposite and also sits vertically.

Lastly, as you may have noticed from the leaked press renders, the Xiaomi Mi A3 doesn’t include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. That’s because a new optical in-display fingerprint sensor has replaced it.

Xiaomi Mi A3 specs and release date

Accompanying the rather major external upgrades are also some pretty decent improvements to the internals. Specifically, the Xiaomi Mi A3 is said to be replacing the Snapdragon 660 used inside last year’s model with the more powerful Snapdragon 665 which was announced this past April. The chip should be paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable internal storage.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will ship with stock Android 9 Pie straight out of the box as part of the Android One program but should receive an update to Android 10 Q before the end of this year. On a separate note, the smartphone is said to include a 4,000mAh battery, fast charge support via the USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Xiaomi has already begun teasing the Mi A3 on social media and says the new smartphone is 'coming soon. The device should be available to purchase by the beginning of August at the latest in most European markets and will be sold in black, blue, and white. Rumor has it the smartphone will be accompanied by a slightly more powerful sibling powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 and potentially marketed as the Mi A3 Pro. Separate reports, however, suggest the latter isn't happening and Xiaomi is instead working on a cheaper version dubbed the Mi A3 Lite. But because so very little is known at the moment, the company's true plans remain largely a mystery.

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Mi A3
  • Display 6.1" 720 x 1560 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4030 mAh



1. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Im using mia2 and planning to upgrade to mia3 when comes out but im hoping for SD700 series soc not SD665. But overall, the camera improves a lot but im not into photography/camera.

2. Omega unregistered

I don't think the camera has big improvements because the cameras on MiA2 already pretty good, with manual setting you can get amazing result even in low light. For me the bigger battery is the most significant improment.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Overall MiA3 will still be a good improvement over MiA2 - Headphone Jack, much better cameras and triple cam setup, 4000 mAh battery, much better looks and build with glass, AMOLED screen, in display fingerprint scanner and SD665 is also good improvement with much more efficiency, newer gpu and better ai performance. Maybe Xiaomi will bring a Pro version with SD730 but there is no guarantee.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Mi a & Mi a2 had different designs that made them not look like any other phone but now they all look the same!

6. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Virtually only difference of Mi A1 from iPhone Plus was FPS location. One generation later they put iPhone X like camera module on the back of a iPhone Plus like metal body, and LG G8 like 18:9 display with smaller bezels. Probably this one will be fine too, but instead to based on CC9, if they build their new Android One phone over Redmi K20 it would be awesome. Price gap between CC9 and K20 is only 15USD in China, but the latter is much more desirable device. K20 has a 2 generation newer chipset, notchless display and 2x telephoto cam besides main and ultrawide ones. With a trio of smartphones consisted of Mi A3 Pro (K20 Pro), Mi A3 (K20) and Mi A3 Lite (a watered down version of K20) they could storm the market. What they brought with CC9 is almost meaningless with the cost of maintaining, designing and producing whole another line of smartphones.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The CC9e has HD screen and 665 cpu. CC9 has Full HD and 710 cpu. MiA3 is said to be android one version of 9e.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

This has a Full-HD+ display rather than HD+. The Mi A3 is more like a mix of the CC9 and CC9e

8. JackWolfe

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

So this is a MI CC9 with a worse processor and Android one basically.

9. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

They can't serve ads on Android One and monetize their users. So Android One devices from Xiaomi usually have a little bit corners cut here and there.

11. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Where do you get this idea? Mi A1 and A2 was exactly same as Chinese models which was shipping with MIUI. This one most probably be exactly same as CC9.

14. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

This one isn't exactly same as CC9. Xiaomi devices with Android One have always been costlier and inferior to other Redmi devices in same price range because Xiaomi serves ads on Redmi series which they can't on Android One. And btw, they have kept Mi series too out of ads. Only Redmi series gets ads

15. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This is just a rumor, not real deal. Also considering track record of the previous gens it's most likely inaccurate. Not to mention other rumors indicates A3 will be the same as CC9. As I said earlier Mi A1 and A2 both was exactly same as Chinese models. This is not an opinion, it's a fact. Let's remember what you said: "They can't serve ads on Android One and monetize their users. So Android One devices from Xiaomi usually have a little bit corners cut here and there." They didn't cut even a single corner when they have released Mi 5x as Mi A1 under Android One flag, just like Mi 6x and Mi A2 pair. Moreover, if they don't show ads anymore on the Mi line as you said, how the hell CC9 will be different from the A3 in that context. You were clearly said that they have to cut some corners from A3 since it was shipping without this feature.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice, cannot wait for this and the Poco F2!

12. Vogue1985 unregistered

for a second or two I thought i was looking at another version of the soon to be Note 10

13. Vogue1985 unregistered

Very nice specs I'll admit, bet they are going to price it to sell well

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