Xiaomi’s midrange A series has been updated with the launch of Mi A3 today. The smartphone was launched in Spain yesterday and will be made available in Europe by 24 July. Being a midrange device, the smartphone will be a tough competitor to beat in the sub-$300 price range. While spec list looks decent, we do have some concerns.
As you already know, the Mi A3 is a third-gen smartphone from Xiaomi A series. One of the things that sets the A series apart from other Xiaomi devices are that these do not have the MIUI skin over stock Android which is pretty much inspired by iOS. Instead, the A series from Xiaomi come under Google’s “Android One” program and thus have stock Android skin. It also means that these smartphones are entitled to get all the Android updates before any other smartphone device for two years. These smartphones have a wider distribution usually unlike other Xiaomi devices. So you can pick them on Amazon, even if you are not in Europe.
Featuring a tiny teardrop at the front, the Mi A3 sports a rounded corner 6.1-inch, 1560×720 OLED display (282ppi) with medium-sized bottom bezel. The panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The back of the smartphone features a triple camera setup. There’s an in-display optical fingerprint sensor on the front panel.
The new Xiaomi Mi A3 is launched in three colors including Kind of Gray, Not just Blue, and More than White. The company claimed that a “nano-level holographic pattern” rests on the blue and white models.
Under the hood, Mi A3 is power-driven by the new Snapdragon 665 SoC that was released in April this year. This SoC features eight Kyro 260 cores from Qualcomm that are based on the design of Cortex-A73. The chipset clocks at 2GHz and is based on 11nm technology. There’s an Adreno 610 GPU holding the smartphone graphics. The smartphone is out with just one RAM option of 4GB coupled with two storage options including 64GB and 128GB.
Coming to the camera department, the rear side houses a triple camera setup including a 48MP primary setup, an 8MP ultra wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front of the device houses 32MP selfie shooter.
What made us happy is the return of 3.5mm audio jack which was removed from A2 after being featured on A1. After a lot of customer backlash, Xiaomi has again introduced the headphone jack in Mi A3.
What bothers us is the display resolution. At this price point, we expect Xiaomi to deliver a 1080p display which unfortunately is missing from A3 after being there in the A1 and A2. Yeah, we know that A1, A2 had LCDs while this one has an OLED but that’s not worth the argument.
The smartphone will be available in Spain for now but will be shipped all over Europe eventually. With a 4030mAh battery, it is a decent buy at €249 (~$280) for 64GB variant and €279 (~$313) for 128GB version.