Xiaomi Mi A3: The First Android One with Triple Camera


The Xiaomi Mi A3 is now official. Both the Mi A1 and the Mi A2 were bestsellers, now it’s time to see if the new generation of Xiaomi’s Android One mobile gets it. We are facing a smartphone with an AMOLED screen and ‘notch’ in the shape of a drop of water, a triple camera and a Snapdragon 665 processor . A model that also grows considerably in battery compared to the previous generation and bets this time for a glass back, more in line with what we have seen lately in the rest of Xiaomi phones.

These are the characteristics of the Xiaomi Mi A3, the new mid-range mobile that will seek to gain a foothold in this segment based on its design, good battery, triple camera and the always aggressive price established by the Chinese manufacturer.

Technical sheet of the Xiaomi Mi A3

19.5: 9, 1560 x 720 px 
Crystal 2.5D, Gorilla Glass 5
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 665
STORAGE64/128 GB UFS 2.1 
MicroSD up to 256GB
DRUMS4,030 mAh 
18W Fast Charge
REAR CAMERA48 MP f / 1.79 
Wide Angle 8 MP 
Depth 2 MP
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT153.58 x 71.85 x 8.45 mm 
173.8 g 
SOFTWAREAndroid One (9.0 Pie)
OTHERSBT 5.0, WiFi ac, integrated fingerprint reader

6.1 “OLED screen and HD + resolution

The new Xiaomi Mi A3 introduces an AMOLED panel with a size of 6.088 inches and a 19.5: 9 format, due to the presence of the small top notch in the shape of a drop of water. Unlike previous years, where we bet on FullHD + resolution, this year we have a panel with HD + resolution of 1,560 x 720 pixels and a maximum of 530 nits , like the one of the Xiaomi Mi CC9e , the Chinese model on which it is based.

Xiaomi protects the new mobile with Gorilla Glass 5 glass and opts for a glass rear available in shades ranging from dark gray to blue, each with its corresponding reflections to give a more striking appearance. Regarding the fingerprint reader, we will have it integrated under the screen . And for water protection, despite not having advanced certification, we do have P2i splash resistance.

Colorful Xiaomi Mi A3

A processor similar to last year and a clear improvement in battery

Inside the Xiaomi Mi A3 we find the Snapdragon 665 processor . This is a renewal of the Snapdragon 660 that we found last year in the Mi A2 . An eight-core chipset Kryo 260 at 2GHz and manufactured in 11 nanometers. Adreno 610 GPU arrives next to him.

Accompanying we have a version with 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM . At the numerical level it does not represent a great advance with respect to what we had, although having an HD + panel should contribute to a very good performance.

For storage, Xiaomi chooses to offer a base version of 64GB and a more advanced version with 128GB. But it is in the battery where we have the real jump since we went from 3.010 mAh to 4.030 mAh, with fast charge of 18W . This causes the concept of the terminal to change radically . It is no longer a thin and ultra fast mobile, now we have a more complete and round terminal, also thicker and perhaps without incorporating more expensive components such as those offered by Xiaomi with the Mi 9T.

Triple camera up to 48 megapixels

This year we have seen numerous phones with triple cameras, but the Xiaomi Mi A3 is the first to also have Android One. Xiaomi offers a 48-megapixel main sensor and an aperture lens f / 1.79 . It is a sensor that we have seen in other mobile phones such as Redmi Note 7 and is based on the Pixel Binning technique to combine 4 pixels in one and achieve 12 megapixel photos, but with a greater amount of light.

Accompanying we have an 8 megapixel sensor with an aperture lens f / 2.2 for the realization of images in wide angle . Finally, the third sensor is 2 megapixels for the depth and realization of the bokeh mode .

The front camera of the Mi A3 is 32 megapixels, with an aperture lens f / 2.0 and the possibility of portrait mode using artificial intelligence.

Android One as a differential element

What differentiates the Xiaomi Mi A3 from the rest of Xiaomi’s mobile phones is its bet on Android One. Here we do not have MIUI 10, but a pure Android version with all the updated Google programs.

Android 9.0 Pie is the version we found and is expected to be one of the first models to update to Android Q as soon as it arrives, in the autumn. In addition, participating in this program ensures that updates will be received for two years and up to three in the case of security.

Also unlike what happened in the model of last year , yes we have 3.5mm jack for audio . We do not have that with NFC connectivity, an addition that users have been requesting for this range for years. USB Type C, Bluetooth 5.0 and support for aptX HD are other additions that could not be missing, in addition to the microSD card up to 256GB.

Availability and price of the Mi A3

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is available in “blue”, “gray” and “pure white” colors . The new mobile of the Chinese manufacturer comes to our country from July 24 in the official store of the brand and the usual distributors.

The 4GB and 64GB version of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is priced at 249 euros (Approximately 280 dollars). For its part, the version with 4GB and 128GB can be purchased at a price of 279 euros (Approximately 315 dollars) .

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