• Monday, September 09, 2019

Xiaomi Mi A3 unveiled – not what we hoped for

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is official and, frankly, it’s a little disappointing – it’s based on the Mi CC9e with no upgrades. It has a 6.1” OLED screen with 720 x 1,560px resolution, which is a downgrade from the 1080p screens of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

Even worse is that it costs 250€. The phone comes with Snapdragon 665 chipset that is barely an upgrade over the SD660 in last year’s model. That’s for 64GB storage, which you can double to 128GB for 30€ more. There’s a microSD slot that you can use to add more storage later.

The one major upgrade on the Xiaomi Mi A3 over the last year’s version is the camera. It comes with a 48MP main sensor on the back with a bright f/1.78 aperture (there’s no OIS). There is also an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera (118°) and, finally, the 2MP depth sensor.

The rear camera can capture 2160p videos at 30fps or 1080p at up to 120fps. Inside the notch on the front, there is a selfie camera, which comes with the resolution of 32MP (it shoots 1080p/30 video).

Another upgrade over last year’s model is the battery – 4,030 mAh, up from 3,000 mAh. The phone supports 18W fast charging (same as last year), but you’ll have to provide your own charger as only a 10W charger comes inside the box.

There’s more news – the 3.5mm port is back. Also, the fingerprint reader has been relocated under the display, following current trends.

The Mi A3 will come in three colors: Blue, White and Gray. This phone will be available in Spain first – you can pre-order it now, and it will ship on July 24. The rest of the world will be getting it shortly.