Design of Xiaomi Mi A3
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has a glass sandwich design, recall that the Mi A2 was launched with a metal-clad one. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used on the front, back and camera module of the phone, which will help protect the device from scratches to some extent during day to day use. The selfie camera has got a place in the dewdrop notch in the front panel of the phone.
The Mi A3 has thin bezels on the sides, but the borders at the top and bottom of the phone are slightly thicker. The chrome finish has also been used with the plastic frame in Xiaomi Mi A3. We have more than white color variant for review. Apart from this, Not Just Blue and Kind of Gray color variants of Mi A3 have also been launched.
It seems that the name of the color variant of Mi A3 is inspired by Google’s Pixel phone. At the top of the phone, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, secondary microphone and IR emitter that can be used to control IR based appliances. There are two grilles at the bottom of the Mi A3, 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 buttons are easily accessible by the hand. Hybrid dual-SIM tray is given on the left side of the phone. There are three rear cameras with single-LED flash in the back of the phone. Like the Mi A2, the Mi A3 will not get a fingerprint sensor on the back panel 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 under Rs 15,000, which is why handset makers are launching smartphones with the best hardware in the market. in this price segment Redmi Note 7 Pro ,review) And Vivo Z1 Pro ,review) phones 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. The same 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 variant of Mi A3 for review. Xiaomi says that the Mi A3 has UFS 2.1 storage. One thing that was surprising is that the company has used HD + display in Mi A3. While both the Mi A1 and Mi A2 handsets were launched with Full HD + panel.
The Mi A3 has been launched with an AMOLED panel in comparison to the old model that had an LCD panel. We couldn’t find any way to adjust the color output of the screen, we found that it boosts too much. Although the panel has adequate brightness, but at times it can be difficult to read on the display in the light of day outside.
A 4,030 mAh battery has been given to bring life to the Mi A3, remember that the 3,000 mAh battery works in the Mi A2. The phone supports 18W fast charging, but Xiaomi has provided only a 10W charger in the retail box. The Mi A3 comes with support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G VoLTE and four satellite navigation systems.
Since the Mi A3 is part of the Android One program, it runs stock Android instead of MIUI. There is no bloatware pre-installed, which means no spammy notifications. There is a Mi Community app along with some Google apps. There’s no app to use the IR emitter, so you’ll have to download your own.
The facility of Digital Wellbeing feature will also be available in Mi A3. The 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
We did not notice that the phone slowed down while using the Mi A3. The Snapdragon 665 processor given in the phone runs apps without any problem. We have 6 GB RAM variant of Mi A3 for review, so we were able to multitasking smoothly without cleaning apps in the background. The in-display fingerprint sensor is placed slightly lower in the display. However, it is not inconvenient and is not slow in unlocking the smartphone either.
PUBG Mobile was set to the low quality preset by default, with the graphics smooth and the frame rate set to medium. We set the graphics quality to Balanced and we found that the Mi A3 was able to play the game without any issues. After playing the game for 30 minutes, we noticed that the smartphone got slightly warm 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 Mi A3 lasted 16 hours and 21 minutes. With our regular usage, in which we ran all benchmarks, took photos and videos and used an active WhatsApp account. On a single charge, the phone lasted for about a day and a half.
The 10-watt charger that comes with the retail box can charge the Mi A3 to 27 percent in 30 minutes and up to 54 percent in an hour. If you want to charge the battery faster then you can buy an 18W 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, a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 primary sensor and an 8-megapixel secondary camera with a wide-angle lens. A depth sensor of 2 megapixels is also given.
Sony IMX586 sensor is given in premium phones like OnePlus 7 and Redmi K20 Pro. For selfies and video calling, the Mi A3 sports a 32-megapixel front camera. The camera software of the Mi A3 is no different from the Redmi smartphone running MIUI. The phone’s camera app has multiple shooting modes including Portrait, Night, Panorama and Pro.
There are separate buttons for HDR, AI, Flash and Filter. Apart from this, there is a 48-megapixel mode with the help of which you can take photos at full resolution, but the regular photo mode offers 12-megapixel pixel-binding shots for better clarity. The details were captured well in the pictures taken in daylight. The phone locks focus quickly and sets exposure accurately.
Objects and text at a distance are easily recognizable. However, the Mi A3 doesn’t handle HDR very well. With the help of the wide-angle sensor, you can capture wide frames but there will be a lack of detail.
Taking macro shots with the Mi A3 was not easy, as it focuses on slow motion. It maintains a good distance between the subject and the background and the details are also captured well. Portrait mode lets you adjust the background blur before taking a shot. The edge detection of the phone was good in this mode and colors were also captured correctly.
The Mi A3 gives good shots in low light. It locks the focus fast but is a bit slow in capturing the picture. Detail was captured well in shots taken in low-light and noise is also under control. Switching to Night Mode on the Mi A3 captured brighter and better-detailed photos.
Detail was captured well in the selfie taken outdoors. The app has a Beautify mode which can be enabled before taking a shot. Edge detection was good during selfie portraits, and you also get the option to set the level of blur. Detail was captured well in the selfie taken in low light.
The primary camera is capable of recording video in 4K and the selfie camera at 1080 resolution. Video stabilization is provided while shooting at 1080 resolution from the primary rear camera. Shimmer effect is visible in low light. For the information of you people, let us tell you that stabilization will not be available while shooting at 4K or using the selfie camera.
Xiaomi has given the option to increase the 3.5mm headphone jack and storage in the Mi A3 but has made the screen resolution HD +. At this price point, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 is a capable processor and it performs well. The Mi A3 has a big battery which provides good battery life. The camera performance of the phone 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, because with the same chipset in the market. realme 5 Available at Rs 9,999. If you value performance more than photo quality, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro ,review) is equipped with Snapdragon 675 chipset.
The high-end variant of the Mi A3 priced at Rs 15,999 isn’t very attractive, as Rs 16,999 Realme 5 Pro 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants are available. Xiaomi Mi A3 can be special for those who want stock Android experience, software updates and good camera performance.