The Xiaomi Mi A3 is official: Android One, 48MP camera, better processor

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is official: Android One, 48MP camera, better processor
The Xiaomi Mi A1 and Mi A2 lineups combined have outsold every other Android One series on the planet. Today, aiming to prolong this success for another year, the Chinese brand has introduced the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi A3 which costs €249 ($279) in Europe.

Better processor and more storage for the same price


For the same price as Xiaomi’s previous model, buyers now gain access to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665. The performance increase won’t be as noticeable as the jump from the first-gen device (Snapdragon 625) to the second-gen offering (Snapdragon 660), but the upgrade is still more than welcomed. Accompanying it is 4GB of RAM and double the storage – 64GB – but if that's not enough a pricier version with 128GB of storage will be available too. Additionally, following user complaints last year, Xiaomi has reinstated the microSD card slot.

The Xiaomi Mi A3, as you’d expect from any other Android One smartphone, ship with stock Android 9 Pie straight out of the box but should receive a speedy update to Android Q, perhaps before the end of the year. Other features include a 4,030mAh battery, support for 4G LTE networks, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for 18W fast charging. The popular 3.5mm headphone jack is also making a comeback on the Mi A3.

Upgraded cameras but a potentially worse display


Although the Mi A3’s internal upgrades are pretty decent, Xiaomi itself is focusing heavily on the improvements that have been made both in the camera and design departments. The phone builds upon the look introduced last year by retaining the vertical camera setup. This time around, though, it adds an extra sensor into the mix and replaces the aluminum rear panel with a glass alternative. Also, as you may have noticed, there’s no fingerprint scanner on the back. That’s because it’s been replaced with an in-screen alternative.

Regarding actual specifications, the primary rear camera offers a 48-megapixel resolution. However, with the help of software, the Mi A3 combines four pixels into one and ultimately produces enhanced 12-megapixel shots. Paired with this is a new 8-megapixel snapper that features a 118º super-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for improved bokeh shots. Regarding the selfie department, Xiaomi has fitted the phone with a new 32-megapixel camera that sits inside the new 6.1-inch display’s notch. Speaking of which, it’s worth pointing out that the company has, unfortunately, introduced one rather disappointing change.

Although it has made a conscious effort to reduce the overall size of bezels and switch out the LCD panel for a Super AMOLED alternative, Xiaomi has chosen to reduce the resolution of the display. Specifically, the Mi A3 features a 720p panel which, combined with the underlying PenTile matrix technology, may not produce the best viewing experience and could be considered a downgrade over the 1080p LCD featured on last year’s Mi A2.

Xiaomi Mi A3 price, release date, and availability


The Xiaomi Mi A3 is available to pre-order starting today in Spain where it’ll be released next Wednesday, July 24. The smartphone retails at €249 ($279), although the 128GB version can be purchased for €279 ($312), and will be sold in Kind of Gray, Not just Blue, and More than White. Presumably, the Mi A3’s availability will soon be expanded to include the rest of Europe and certain parts of Asia. Like the previous-generation models, however, an official launch in the US seems extremely likely.

Despite rumors of a Mi A3 Pro and Mi A3 Lite, Xiaomi hasn’t announced either. It’s unclear if the company has plans to release these devices at a later date, but for now, it hasn’t spoken of their existence.

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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

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14 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 776; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Update Xiaomi Mi A3 display down in the spec sheet " 6.1" 1080 x 2240 pixels".

2. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

720 lol. At over 6 inches. Nah fam. I'm accustomed to QHD and beside a One plus 6 I can tell the resolution difference. 1080p minimum for me.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If you already "accustomed to QHD" and got an OP6, there's no reason for you to even consider this $280 smartphone.. Btw, I'm still not convinced they'll use 720p panel.. I mean, they use FHD screen for $120 Mi A2 lite and Mi Play, why would they use 720p screen for $280 phone?

3. yalokiy

Posts: 961; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Pentile HD screen is a disappointment. I can see individual pixels on my op6, got spoiled by s8 before it.

4. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Another letdown this year... i was very excited for this release but 720p no NFC and a 600 series processor? Not worth it... lets see if they release a mi a3 pro or something

14. Omega

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 04, 2019

Lets see if you can find another Android One devices with similar price and specs

5. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

With nfc , sd675 and full HD display it would be perfect

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1380; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

For the money you're better off buying the Note 7 Pro. This seems like a terrible idea. I'm counting on a Pro model coming in a month or so with better screen and SD675.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The only problem with the Note 7 Pro is you can hardly get it outside of a few markets. Even importers seem to ignore the Note 7 Pro.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1380; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's for sale in Europe, Asia, South America and I can get it in the USA by next week with a few clicks. It's not hard to come by at all.

12. Omega

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 04, 2019

But the Note 7 Pro is not Android One device, i always prefer MIUI over stock Android because it has more usefull features but there are some people who don't like MIUI and also Android One devices has the edge when it come to OS & Security updates.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh finally it's been made official! I don't mind a 720p display, the battery life will be crazy. I'm already using a 720p display on my Redmi 7, just concerned about the max brightness here. I feel like this will drop in price relatively soon, people thought the Mi A3 would be the K20 with Android One but what they've announced here sits far below it. Maybe that's the Pro variant, that is if it ever comes out. A little disappointing but in a few months when it's sitting at the 200 price point, it will be a hard phone to beat. For now I'll probably wait it out and see what the Poco F2 will bring to the table. So far the Mi 9T is probably Xiaomis best value for money phone right now.

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 573; Member since: May 02, 2016

Legit

13. iampun33t

Posts: 135; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Does anyone know, where can I get that wallpaper?

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