Xiaomi Mi A3 Launch and Price Details
Xiaomi has dropped the price for the Mi A3 from Rs. 12,999 to Rs. 11,999 for the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB Storage version. The price drop information was shared by Mr. Manu Kumar Jain (CEO, Xiaomi India).
Update – 21/August/2019 – Xiaomi launched the new Xiaomi Mi A3 on 17th July 2019 in Spain. Now on 21st August, the company has launched it in India.
The Mi A3 will go on sale on Amazon.in and Mi.com on 23rd August 2019 at 12:00 pm.
Notably, Xiaomi has recently launched the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in India on 17th July 2019.
Tweet from Mr. Manu Kumar Jain
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
Price of Mi A3 in India
Going by the Specs, it will fit between the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi K20.
The Mi A3 is launched in 2 storage and ram variants:
- 4 GB RAM and 64 GB (UFS 2.1) Storage – Price Rs. 12,999
- 6 GB RAM and 128 GB (UFS 2.1) Storage – Price Rs. 15,999.
There is an HDFC card offer that gives you Rs. 750 discount and if you opt for an EMI, another Rs. 250 off.
In Europe, the Mi A3 is launched for 249 Euros that translates to Rs. 19,000.
The price in India is aggressive and makes the new Mi A3 value for money.
Xiaomi MiA3 Colors and Variants
The smartphone comes in 3 colors – Black, Blue, and a white variant. The white color variant looks unique and enticing.
Notably, the new Mi A3 has a lot of similarities with the Xiaomi MiCC9e that was recently launched in China.
Design & Display
The Mi A3 comes with a triple rear camera assembly, aligned to the left side with a separate flash module.
At the back, there is Android One branding which distinguishes it from the rest of Xiaomi’s lineup.
The MiA3 has a glass build (protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5) with a gradient finish, unlike the plastic build on the Realme 5 Pro.
The Mi A3 weighs 174 grams and has 8.4 mm thickness.
Unlike the Redmi K20 with the pop-up selfie camera, the Mi A3 comes with a more conventional water-drop notch front camera.
Another, big highlight for the Mi A3 is the presence of AMOLED display with 6.08 Inch Screen size.
The display comes with HD+ (1520*720) pixels resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In comparison to the Mi A1 or the Mi A2 (FHD Panel), the display is a downgrade.
However, it is one of the cheapest phones to come with Super AMOLED display and the display is not so bad.
All of the Xiaomi phones including the Redmi Note 7 (Price Rs. 9,999) comes with an FHD+ panel.
It seems weird but probably Xiaomi has kept the cost low using an HD panel. An FHD+ Super AMOLED panel would have increased the price further.
Performance – SD 665
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is powered by a less known Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 and the Adreno 610 GPU.
Notably, the processor is made from the 11 Nm manufacturing process and has a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz.
The SD 665 is slower when compared to the SD 675 that the company is using in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Also, the SD 665 supports Quick Charge 3.0 instead of the Q.C 4.0 support on the SD 675.
OS and Software
One thing that I don’t really like on the Mi phones is the UI. I still prefer the clean stock Android experience, without Ads and any bloatware.
The best feature of the Mi A-series is the presence of stock Android and future upgrades.
The Mi A3 comes with Android 9.0 Pie software and will also get the Android Q update probably by the end of this year.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was ahead of its time as far as the camera prowess was concerned.
I loved the 12 MP telephoto lens on that phone. Probably, one of the finest phones from the past to have a DSLR like bokeh effect.
Xiaomi is boasting of much better triple rear cameras for the Mi A3.
It comes with the 48 Megapixel Sony IMX 586 Sensor with f/1.8 aperture as a primary lens.
The secondary lens is an 8 MP ultra-wide shooter with f/2.2 aperture. Also, there is a 2MP depth sensor for blemish-free bokeh portraits.
If you are into selfies, you will love the Mi A3 for its 32 Megapixel front camera that offers f/2.0 aperture.
Notably, the front camera on the MI A2 was pure ecstasy, using it with the GCAM made it even better.
You can expect some killer shots from the Mi A3 as well.
Afterall, MI A series is all about the software experience and cameras.
To recall, the battery life really sucked on the Xiaomi Mi A2 (3000 mAH capacity).
After testing the Mi A2 for many days, my conclusion was not to buy it because of two reasons. First, was the pathetic battery life and the second one you will know a little later.
Nevertheless, Xiaomi has learned the lesson and the Mi A3 gets a decent 4030 mAH capacity battery.
On top of good battery capacity, it has support for 18 Watts Fast Charging. Oddly, Xiaomi is shipping it with 10 Watts charger, you will have to buy the fast charger separately.
In-display Fingerprint Scanner
One of the big additions to the Mi A3 is the presence of 7th Gen In-display fingerprint scanner. It is one of the cheapest mobiles to offer the in-display scanner.
RT if you think in-screen fingerprint sensors are now a smartphone must-have!
— Xiaomi #PhotosWithoutLimits (@Xiaomi) July 14, 2019
3.5 MM Headphone Jack
The second biggest flaw for the Xiaomi Mi A2 was the missing 3.5 mm headphone jack.
What was Xiaomi thinking?
However, this time the company has fixed it by adding it back to the Xiaomi Mi A3.
In fact, I really loved the sound quality on the Xiaomi Mi A1.
Other Features and Specs for Xiaomi Mi A3
The phone comes with all the modern features like 4G VOLTE, Dual Sim, IR blaster, Bluetooth 5.0 and even has the USB Type C port.
Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi A3 is not a 5G smartphone and doesn’t come with 5G support.
Pros – MiA3
- Excellent Front and Rear Cameras.
- Android One Experience.
- Great Battery Life.
- In-Display Scanner.
- Glass Build.
- 18 Watts Fast Charger
Cons – MiA3
- No Full HD+ Display.
- No Fast Charger in the Box.
The price for Mi A3 is great, considering Super AMOLED display, Triple Rear cameras, In-display scanner, expensive glass build, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 18 Watts charger.
I know the lack of FHD+ display sucks but still, I will say it is a fantastic deal. Plus, you are getting future software updates faster with Android One.
The many Pros easily outweighs its biggest Con, don’t torture your mind, go for it, if you love the stock Android.
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