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Xiaomi Mi A3 First Impressions: A Needed Upgrade?

Amongst all the budget smartphones in India, we know for a fact that Xiaomi offers pretty good ones, and we wait each time the Chinese company launches new smartphones.

Adding a new member to its Android One smartphone series, Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi A3 in India, which is the successor to the Mi A2 and tries to offer better specs and features. I got to spend some time with the Mi A3 and here are my first impressions for the same:

Xiaomi Mi A3 First Impressions

Xiaomi Mi A3 USPs

The Xiaomi Mi A3 has three major highlights: the first is the upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE processor, the camera department, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Design

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is a visible upgrade to the Mi A2 as the former skips the old design ethos seen in the Mi A1 and A2 and adopts something refreshing.


Mi A3 first impressions

With a curved design, the smartphone is pretty lightweight and fits perfectly in the hands. As for the aesthetics, the Mi A3 has a triple-camera setup at the back with an LED flash on the extreme left corner. While the Xiaomi branding is present at the bottom left part, the Android One branding is placed at the bottom right.

Coming to the front, the smartphone has a water-drop notched display, which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.


xiaomi android one a3

While the left side houses a dedicated SIM tray, the right side has the volume buttons and the power on/off button. The top part has a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom part has a speaker grille and USB Type-C port.

Xiaomi Mi A3 left me awestruck with its design as the device has the right amount of weight and good looks to it. Hence, it scores amazingly in this section.

Cameras

Another upgrade is the Mi A3’s camera department, which has seen significant changes as compared to the Mi A2. The Mi A3 comes with three cameras at the back (48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP depth camera) and a 32MP front camera.

There’s support for AI-based camera features and even 4K video recordings, which can also be found in the Mi A2.


Mi A3 first impressions 3

While I couldn’t use the Mi A3’s cameras fully due to a shortage of time, the cameras appear decent enough for the price range the smartphone falls in. However, over-processed images persist, and I am not sure if I can like them.

I have to use the device thoroughly to find out for myself how it performs in the camera. So stay tuned to this space.

Display

The Mi A3 features a 6.08-inch Super AMOLED HD+ display with an aspect ratio rated at 19:5:9. The screen has a water-drop notch, which the company calls dot drop display.


Mi A3 first impressions 4

While the Mi A3’s display size is relatively larger than the Mi A2 and comes with reduced bezels, it still has an HD+ resolution which is less than the Mi A2’s Full HD+ resolution.

Other than that, the viewing angles were decent, and the app icons appeared fine on display.

Tech Specs of Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi Mi A3 Spec Sheet

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi A3
Display6.8-inch
ResolutionHD+ Super AMOLED
Battery4,030mAh
RAM4GB/6GB
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie Android One
Storage64GB/128GB
Rear Camera48MP, 8MP, 2MP
Front Camera32MP
ProcessorSnapdragon 665 AIE
Phone FeaturesIn-display fingerprint sensor
Starting Price (Current)Rs 12,999

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi A3, which is a budget smartphone (price starts from Rs 12,999) is another Xiaomi budget baby that comes with attractive features at an attractive price. Although the Mi A3 has some share of misses making us think about whether or not the device is even needed, I have to spend more time with it to come up with an answer. So, keep visiting Fossbytes as a Xiaomi Mi A3 review will be up soon.

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