Xiaomi’s Mi 6x which is also known as Mi A2 in it’s Android One avatar has been a huge success, and the device is selling very well, this re-branded version offers the bone stock Android experience similar to what’s found in Google Pixel devices. This year with the launch of the Mi A2 we also the Mi A2 lite getting announced with it, which is a more budget-friendly offering from Xiaomi and Google. And with that said the successor of the Mi A2 which will be the Mi 7X, and for the Android one, it will be known as the Mi A3 and when the device comes out next year in 2019, will have a lot of design options to follow which will be further trending next year.
14 January 2019: Recently a render leaked online claimed that the upcoming Mi A3 would feature a punch hole display similar to the recently launched Honor View 20. However, the image is 200% fake so the claims but there is a possibility of newly launched Snapdragon 675 CPU as the Redmi Note 7 Pro features the Snapdragon 660 SOC.
5 January 2019: According to XDA, Xiaomi has already started working on the Mi A3 Android One smartphone. You can read more about the leaked code on the linked article.
Update: According to the latest reports, Xiaomi Mi A3 may feature the Snapdragon 670 SOC instead of the expected newly launched Snapdragon 675 SOC. It is also reported that the upcoming smartphone may also get an 8GB Ram model with the same storage capacity as the 6GB Ram model. The upcoming RealMe 3 or Realme 3 Pro smartphone is also expected to come with the same SOC.
Design: Bezel-less at the top?
So, speaking about the design aspects of the Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One smartphone, a rectangular notch, a water-drop notch or the newly arrived island camera placement could be seen, which will eliminate the top bezel of the device. However, do not expect the bottom bezel to go away anytime soon, as that will be an expensive process.
Apart from that, on the rear, it will again be a metal design with the usual dual camera setup, but this time the placement could be in the center rather than on the left side as seen in most Mi and Redmi phones this year. The fingerprint reader could this be found under the display as with each year the in-display/under the displayed fingerprint scanning technology is improving rapidly and the response times are now far better then what we have seen in the first generation devices.
In the Specs department, the Xiaomi Mi A3 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 based on the Kryo 350 cores or the newly launched Snapdragon 675 which is much more powerful and is based on the Kryo 460 cores and handling the graphics for PUBG and Fortnite is the Adreno 612 GPU. It also sports an X12 LTE modem with peak download speeds up to 600mbps, so it’s quite fast but not 5G ready, which isn’t the primary target audience or market of this device anyway.
The biggest drawback of the Xiaomi Mi A2 was its battery and according to the rumors this time Xiaomi will fix the issue and will provide 3300 mAh battery inside the Mi A3 along with the 18W Quick Charging capabilities.
Coming towards the memory department the base variant of the Mi A3 will have 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage while the top of the line model will sport at least 6GB RAM if not 8GB with 128GB internal storage. You will also get sd-card slot support up to 256GB. But we can’t say the same about the 3.5mm headphone jack which is a dying breed. An sd-card is always better than a 3.5mm jack but to each their own.
|Display||6.2"-inch IPS LCD Display|
|Display Properties||1080+ 19.7:9 Display 1080x2246 pixels|
|Display Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|RAM||4GB/6GB/8GB 1866MHz LPDDR4x|
|Storage||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1|
|SD card slot||Yes (up to 256 GB)|
|Features||AI-camera and software, Stock Android, 2 years of Free Android Updates|
|Connectivity||4G+, Dual VoLTE, 3G GSM, 2G GSM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS+GLONASS|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF|
12 MP, f/2.4, 56mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom
3 Lens: N/A
|Secondary Camera||20 MP, f/2.0|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAh|
|Charging Time||0-100% in 1 hour 40 mins, 0-70% in 1 Hour Quick Charge 4.0+|
|Battery Life||1 Day (Mixed Usage)|
|Screen-on Time||5-6 Hours (Mixed Usage)|
|Colors||Super Black and Peral White|
|Price||15000 INR 4-64GB|
17000 INR 6-128GB
|Availability||Online on Flipkart/Amazon Índia|
Xiaomi Mi A3 Camera
The camera on the Mi A3 will again be class leading with two sensors (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9″, 1.4µm 20 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm) one will be a telephoto while the other is expected to be a Wide-angle or a conventional RGB sensor. But due to the rising trend of the triple camera sensors, the Mi A3 might come up as the first Android One device to come with a tri-camera setup, with three lenses for dedicated sensors such as :
A Telephoto Zoom lens
A Wide-angle lens
and a Bayer sensor(Black and White)
While on the front, Dual Front selfie snappers will be in the cards, along with an LED flash, but if this happens, a regular rectangular notch will be there rather than a water drop notch. So, that’s one thing to keep in mind, if the leaks say a single front camera, its a water drop notch if more than two then a rectangular notch.
Software and Android Updates
The Mi A3’s standard non-Android One Mi 7X model will run on MIUI 10 update, but Android one variant will have the Android Pie 9.0 with two years of major Android Updates. Other software features will be related to Artificial intelligence, which will automate some of your daily chores and will also know apps that you open after a using a specific app and will monitor your behaviors and patterns and extract the most optimal solution for better user experience.
Mi A3’s Camera software will also come packed with new tricks such as an improved bokeh mode, which will simulate difference bokeh styles such as the regular one does the circular shapes, the new software is expected to show pentagon, squares and so on.
Mi A3 Release date
The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be first launched as the Mi 7x in the Chinese market, and after a month or a couple of weeks, the device will witness a global release by the mid of Q3 2019. So, along with the similar lines of Mi A2, it’s upcoming successor will be released. However, some rumors are indicating that the Xiaomi MI A3 will release after Pocophone Poco F2 launch.
Mi A3 Price
Such devices follow similar pricing schemes seen with its predecessors, and with minor improvements, the price might see a 2% hike but not more than that. So, the Xiaomi Mi A3 could be priced at $255 to $270 for the top model and at this price you’re getting a lot of hardware, and thus genuinely touching the value for money mark, with 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, decent camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or further and the most importantly 2 years of Android Updates at a faster pace if you want faster updates delivered to your phone and for a more extended period than you should look forward to the Xiaomi Mi A3.
Even if you’re an existing Mi A2 users, the Mi A3 will bring a lot of new things to the table at a similar price, offering double the value with new modern features, better camera and an update to system software.
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