Xiaomi has been hinting at a new smartphone launch for Indian fans for some time now. The phone maker is at it again with a new teaser poster over on its Mi Community forum page. The teaser image shows a single, dual and triple camera diagrams, suggesting the arrival of a new smartphone that could possess up to a triple rear camera setup. Of course, the most obvious offerings Xiaomi could be hinting at is the elusive Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite. These two phones have been spotted quite a few times over the past few months, and their launch is about due.
At about the same time this teaser went live, Xiaomi India head and VP Manu Jain sent out a rather interesting tweet. Jain, along with Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, apparently met up with the CEO of Flipkart. In the tweet, he gives out a cryptic statement saying, “Some amazing announcements coming your way! Stay tuned,” further cementing the notion that a smartphone launch in India is imminent.
Reports of a global version of the Mi 9 SE have also been coming in, and there are some who suspect the phone being hinted at is this one rather than the Mi A3.
Met @Flipkart CEO Kalyan along with @leijun.#Flipkart has been an amazing partner of @XiaomiIndia since 2014. Our India launch was on Flipkart & it crashed during our 1st sale!? Our partnership is a bombshell ?
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) May 8, 2019
Mi A3, Mi A3 Lite: Everything We Know So Far
In a tweet last month, Jain announced that an upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi would feature a Snapdragon 7xx-series chipset. This was confirmed recently when XDA-Developers reported that Xiaomi smartphones codenamed Bamboo Sprout and Cosmos Sprout will indeed run on Snapdragon 7xx series CPUs. As such, it is assumed that the upcoming Mi A3 will get a Snapdragon 730, while the Mi A3 Lite could run on either a Snapdragon 712 or Snapdragon 710.
As for the triple camera at the back, it is possible the Mi A3 will be the one with this setup, while the Mi A3 Lite will just feature dual rear cameras. Rumors claim the Mi A3 will offer a 48Mp primary rear camera paired with a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and an 8MP telephoto lens. The batter on this phone should measure around the 4000mAh mark. What we can say for certain is that the phone will be part of the Android One family and will offer a stock Android experience with faster updates and security patches.