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Xiaomi Mi A3 review

Xiaomi Mi A3 review


 The Mi A series has always played in the budget segment, but this year, the design is leaps ahead of the predecessor with a premium Gorilla Glass 5 sandwich build that is very comfortable to hold. Add the fact that the display size is rather small and we get a rare compact powerhouse. 

The back panel looks very classy, especially on the white variant which shimmers in shades of blue. More than White, indeed. The Not just Blue variant has these crazy lines on the back that dance with the light and change at each angle. 

It’s been a while since I last held a compact phone that felt so reassuring to wield, in the same ranks as the Samsung Galaxy S10e. A big step up from previous devices in this lineage.


The Mi A3 has a 6.08-inch Super AMOLED display with a dot notch up top. It’s a beautiful panel that boasts of bright, vibrant colors that are a pretty extraordinary feat in this price segment. This also enables the device to opt for an in-display fingerprint scanner.

One of the most common questions we got was around the inclusion of an HD+ (720 x 1560) display. Honestly, the pixelation wasn’t all that evident while using the phone at a regular distance from the face, and the otherwise high quality of the panel does help overlook that.


As with most smartphones in this segment, the Mi A3 is powered by a Snapdragon 600 series chipset, the Snapdragon 665 to be more specific that was announced just three months ago. This is an octa-core chipset fabricated at 11nm and is a little more powerful than the SD660.

That is paired with the Adreno 610 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM which combined with stock Android are sure to provide a consistent and fluid experience. The Snapdragon 665 is a fairly capable processor that should be more than adequate for most basic tasks and even gaming.

Of course, the main talking point about the Xiaomi Mi A3 is the software package. As a part of Google’s Android One program, the Mi A3 runs a clean build of Android and is first in line for future version updates. Currently, it is on Android 9 Pie and will soon be updated to Android 10. 


 Photography has always been a strength of the Mi A series, and with the A3, Xiaomi is bringing much-needed upgrades to the camera package. We get a triple camera setup on the rear with a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera uses a 32MP sensor.

The images were pretty vivid and had ample dynamic range. The color profiles were very similar between the primary and the ultrawide cameras which is not a very common element. And just the fact that the phone is so ergonomic, it helps with holding it steady and use single-handedly.


The Mi A3 has a 4,030mAh battery in a frame this tiny. Factor in the lower resolution display, Super AMOLED construction and an efficient processor in combination with stock Android, the Mi A3 is sure to last a day of long use. The included charger can output at 10W over USB Type-C, but also supports up to 18W fast charging. 


Xiaomi Mi A3 4G Smartphone 4GB RAM 128GB ROM Global Version



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