Managing director of Xiaomi India, Manu Kumar Jain, has announced it through a tweet that Xiaomi will be launching an Android One smartphone in India with 48MP camera on 21st August at 12 noon. In the tweet, the 48MP camera text is accompanied by three camera smileys, indicating that the smartphone Manu is talking about will have a triple-camera setup. Although Manu hasn’t revealed the name of the device, we all know it is going to be the Mi A3; it is the only Android One device in the brand’s portfolio that Xiaomi hasn’t launched in India yet.
4⃣8⃣ MP??? ➕#AndroidOne = ❓❓❓
Crack this simple equation and tell me in comments. We are launching #48MPAndroidOne on 21st August at 12 noon.
— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 13, 2019
The Mi A3 has already made its debut, and the device is currently on sale in a few countries. Let us check out what the Mi A3 has to offer, and what would it cost in India.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Specifications
While the Mi A1 and the Mi A2 have IPS LCD panels, the Mi A3 comes with a Super AMOLED display. The display size has also been bumped to 6.01-inches, compared to the 5.99-inch screen in the Mi A2. What is disappointing, however, is that the display has HD+ resolution, instead of Full HD+ that on the Mi A1, as well as, the Mi A2. Therefore, the content on display might not look sharp enough. There is no doubt that the Super AMOLED display will offer better color reproduction and improved visibility under sunlight, but the lower resolution will definitely impact the viewing experience. The display comes protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Mi A3 also has much-improved camera hardware compared to its predecessor. The device features three rear cameras. First is the 48MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. Second is an 8MP ultrawide unit. Whereas, the third camera is a 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera setup can record 4K videos as well. The front-facing camera is equally impressive; it is a 32MP unit that made its debut with the Redmi Y3.
When it comes to performance, the Mi A3 is packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. This chipset is slightly powerful than the Snapdragon 660 that is in the Mi A2. And this processor runs the Android One version of the Android 9 Pie operating system; it has a stock UI and no bloatware. In markets where the Mi A3 is on sale, the device is being offered in two memory configurations – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. Powering the smartphone is a 4030mAh battery – that’s 1000mAh more than what the Mi A2 offered, and it should keep most India consumers happy.
Connectivity-wise, you get dual-SIM with dual-VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, and USB Type-C port. And by the way, the device also features a 3.5mm audio jack, which its predecessor missed lacked. Other features of the smartphone include an under-display fingerprint scanner, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel, and splash-resistant coating.
How Much Would the Mi A3 Cost?
In the European countries, the Mi A3 starts at EUR 249, which converts to around INR 19,000. Well, I am sure that the Mi A3 won’t launch in India at that price, because if it does, no one will buy it; there are better phones at INR 19,000 compared to the Mi A3. In my opinion, Xiaomi would price the Mi A3 at a starting price of INR 13,999.