Xiaomi’s Mi A series of smartphones has been quite famous among tech enthusiasts, if not consumers because they bring the best of both impressive Xiaomi hardware and clean Android software. The Mi A1 (Review) was a surprise to all of us, and the Mi A2 (Review) went one step ahead with its impressive cameras. Now, it appears that the Chinese smartphone giant is prepping for the launch of the successor of the Mi A2. The Mi A3 will be launched globally on July 25.
Promotional images of the Mi A3 have been leaked ahead of the launch, and it looks like the phone will be a hybrid variant of the Xiaomi CC9 and the Xiaomi CC9e. If you don’t know already, the CC9 and the CC9e are a part of Xiaomi’s new CC smartphone series that was recently launched in China and is made for the youth who value looks.
Xiaomi Mi A3: Specifications & Design
Prominent German consumer technology publication WinFuture.de has published a bunch of images of the Xiaomi Mi A3, and it looks like the phone will be a sizeable upgrade from the Mi A2. Apart from Xiaomi CC9’s flashy looks, the Mi A3 draws a lot of inspiration from the CC9 and the CC9e’s internal hardware. The phone will run a clean version of Android 9.0 Pie operating system in the form of Android One. The Mi A3 will be available in three colors: Black, Blue, and White. However, final names of these colors could be different.
The Mi A3 brings a 6.0-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution (2240×1080 pixels, 409ppi), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a dot notch. At the front, the upcoming smartphone will have a 32MP selfie camera. At the rear, the Mi A3 will have a triple-camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor (with PDAF and F1.79 aperture), an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second.
Internal hardware includes the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, which is built using an 11nm FinFET process and has four Kryo 260 Gold CPU cores clocked at 2.0GHz, four Kryo Silver CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and Adreno 610 GPU. There’s 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Evidently, the phone will have a hybrid dual-SIM card slot which can either accommodate two nano SIM cards or a nano-SIM card and a microSD card slot.
Connectivity options of the Mi A3 will include GPS, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5, NFC, IR port, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone will reportedly be powered by a 4000mAh battery and it could be rapidly charged through 18W Quick Charge 4 chargers. The phone will also feature an under-display optical fingerprint reader.
Could Mi A3 Be A Better Buy Than The Redmi Note 7 Pro?
If the Mi A3 ends up in the Indian market, it will compete with the company’s own Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), which has been a hit in the country. While the Mi A3 brings an AMOLED screen, a clean version of Android, triple-camera setup on the rear, and a 32MP selfie camera, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a faster processor and a conventional fingerprint reader. If someone wants a stylish phone with better cameras and a better screen, the Mi A3 will be a better choice, but if someone values processing power more than anything else, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be a better choice. Both phones have a similar battery, connectivity, and fast charging. So, it will be a tough choice for consumers in the end.
What do you think? Would you pick the Mi A3 over the Redmi Note 7 Pro if you’re in the market for a mid-range Android smartphone? Let us know in the comments section below.