Xiaomi Mi A3 design
Xiaomi Mi A3 features a glass sandwich design, recalling that the Mi A2 was launched with a metal-clad. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the front, back and camera modules of the phone, which will help protect the device from scratch to some extent during day to day use. In the front panel of the phone, the selfie camera has got a place in Dewdrop Notch.
The edges of the Mi A3 have thin bezels, but the border is slightly thicker at the top and bottom of the phone. Xiaomi Mi A3 also uses a chrome finish with a plastic frame. We have more than white color variants for review. Apart from this, not just blue and kind of gray color variants of Me A3 have also been introduced.
It seems that the color variants of the Mi A3 are inspired by Google’s Pixel phones. The upper part of the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, secondary microphone and IR emitter which can be used to control IR based appliances. The bottom of the Mi A3 has two grills, but the grille on the right has a loudspeaker, as well as a USB Type-C port.
Xiaomi has given the power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone, the button reaches the hand easily. There is a hybrid dual-sim tray on the left side of the phone. The rear of the phone has three rear cameras with single-LED flash. Like Mi A2, the Mi A3 will not have a fingerprint sensor on the back panel of the phone as the Mi A3 is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Xiaomi Mi A3 specification and software
Competition is increasing in the price segment of less than Rs 15,000, which is why handset manufacturer companies are venturing into the smartphone market with the best hardware. In this price segment, phones like Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) and Vivo Z1 Pro (Review) are already available in the market which are equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 and Snapdragon 712 processors respectively.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor has been given in Xiaomi Mi A3. This chipset has also been used in the recently launched Realme 5 (review). This processor is an upgrade of Snapdragon 660, this processor was used in Mi A2. Two variants of Mi A3 have been launched, one with 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and the other with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
We have 6 GB RAM variants of Mi A3 for review. Xiaomi says that the Me A3 has UFS 2.1 storage. One thing that was surprising was that the company used HD + display in Mi A3. While both the Mi A1 and Mi A2 handsets were launched with full HD + panels.
The older model had an LCD panel, compared to them, the Mi A3 has been launched with AMOLED panel. We could not find a way to adjust the color output of the screen, we found that it boosts more. The panel has sufficient brightness, but sometimes it can be difficult to read on the display in daylight.
A battery of 4,030 mAh has been provided to bring life to the Mi A3, remember that a 3,000 mAh battery works in the Mi A2. The phone supports 18 W fast charging, but Xiaomi has only given a 10 W charger in the retail box. The Mi A3 comes with Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G VoLTE and four satellite navigation system support.
Since Mi A3 is part of the Android One program, it runs on stock Android instead of MIUI. There is no bloatware pre-installed, meaning no spammy notifications will be found. There is a Mi Community app with some Google apps. There is no app to use IR Emitter, so you have to download it yourself.
The Mi A3 will also feature the Digital Wellbeing feature. Mi A3 is guaranteed to receive major Android OS updates for two years and security updates for three years.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Performance and Battery Life
While using the Mi A3, we did not find that the phone slowed down. The Snapdragon 665 processor in the phone runs apps without any problems. , We have a 6 GB RAM variant of Mi A3 for review, so we were able to easily multitasking apps in the background without a clean. The in-display fingerprint sensor is placed slightly downstream of the display. However, it is not inconvenient and also not slow to unlock the smartphone.
PUBG Mobile by default was set to low quality preset, graphics to smooth and frame rate to medium. We set the graphics quality to Balanced and we found that Me A3 was able to run the game without any problems. After playing the game for 30 minutes, we noticed that the smartphone had become slightly warmer and also consumed 10 percent battery.
The Mi A3 offers good battery life as compared to the Mi A2. In our HD Video Loop Test, the Me3 gave up to 16 hours and 21 minutes. With our regular usage, in which we ran all the benchmarks, took photos and videos and used an active WhatsApp account. Once charged, the phone lasted for about one and a half days.
The 10 watt charger that comes with the retail box charges the Mi A3 by 27 percent in 30 minutes and 54 percent in an hour. If you want to charge the battery quickly, you can buy an 18 watt charger.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Camera
Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched with good cameras and naturally people are expecting the same from Mi A3. The Mi A3 has three rear cameras, it has a 48 megapixel Sony IMX 586 primary sensor and an 8 megapixel secondary camera with wide-angle lens. A 2-megapixel depth sensor is also provided.
Sony IMX 586 sensor is given in premium phones like OnePlus 7 and Redmi K20 Pro. For selfie and video calling, the Mi A3 has a 32-megapixel front camera. The camera software of Mi A3 is no different from the Redmi smartphone running on MIUI. The phone camera app has several shooting modes including Portrait, Night, Panaroma and Pro.
It has separate buttons for HDR, AI, Flash and filters. Apart from this, there is a 48 megapixel mode that allows you to take photos at full resolution, but the regular photo mode offers 12 megapixel pixel-binning shots for better clarity. The daylight photographs captured the details well. The phone quickly locks focus and sets the exposure correctly.
Objects and text at a distance are easily identifiable. However, the Me A3 does not handle HDR very well. With the help of wide-angle sensor, you can capture wide frames but there will be a lack of detail.
It was not easy to take a macro shot from the Me A3, as it has a slow focus. It maintains a good distance between the subject and the background and the details are also captured well. Portrait mode allows you to adjust background blur before taking a shot. In this mode the edge detection of the phone was good and colors were also captured correctly.
Me A3 gives good shots in low light. The focus locks fast but is a bit slow to capture the picture. Details were captured well in low-light shots and noise is also under control. Switching to night mode in Me A3 captured photos with brighter and better details.
The detail was captured in a selfie taken outdoors. The app has a beauty mode that can be enabled before taking a shot. The edge detection was good during the selfie portrait, along with the option to set the level of blur. The detail was captured in a selfie taken in low light.
The primary camera is capable of recording video at 4K and selfie camera at 1080 resolution. The primary rear camera provides video stabilization during shooting at 1080 resolution. Shimmer effect is seen in low light. For the information of people, let us know that while shooting at 4K or using a selfie camera, stabilization will not be available.
Xiaomi gave the 3.5mm headphone jack and an option to increase the storage in the Mi A3 but the screen resolution has been changed to HD +. At this price, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 is a capable processor and performs well. The Me A3 has a large battery that provides good battery life. The phone’s camera performance is also very strong in this price range.
Buying the Mi A3 variant with an initial price of Rs 12,999 may not prove to be a profitable deal, as Realme 5 is available in the market with this chipset, which is priced at Rs 9,999. If you value performance more than photo quality, then Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) is equipped with Snapdragon 675 chipset.
The high-end variant of the Mi A3 at Rs 15,999 is not very attractive, as Realme 5 Pro’s 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants are available for Rs 16,999. Xiaomi Mi A3 can be special for those who want stock Android experience, software updates and good camera performance.