The Xiaomi Mi A3 is now official. The phone has been announced during a press conference in Spain, following a rather detailed leak that appeared before the event itself, thanks to which we knew exactly what to expect.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is the company's newest Android One handset, and surprisingly enough, the company announced only one variant of the device. In other words, we will not see a "Lite" and regular models this time around, as was the case with the Xiaomi Mi A2 series.
This phone actually seems to be a combination between a Lite and a regular model, as it is lacking some features that people would expect out of the Mi A2's successor. For example, the Xiaomi Mi A2 featured a fullHD+ display, while Xiaomi opted to include only an HD+ panel (as on the Mi A2 Lite) on the Mi A3, which is quite disappointing.
That's not all, though, as the processor inside of this phone is also not what we'd expect out of the Mi A3. The Xiaomi Mi A3 was rumored to sport the Snapdragon 730 for quite some time, and Xiaomi opted to include the Snapdragon 665 here. Truth be said the Snapdragon 665 is a solid chip, but it's not the best mid-ranger Qualcomm has to offer.
On top of everything, the phone does not offer an NFC chip, which means you will not be able to use it for payments which require that chip. It seems like a lot of complaints about this phone, right? Well, other than that, it's more than a solid offering at its price point, as it's extremely cheap. Xiaomi obviously had to cut some corners in order to get it to this price, though it's quite interesting the company opted to release only one model, and not the regular and "Lite" units.
In terms of the design, the phone is made out of metal and glass, while it includes three vertically-aligned cameras on the back. An LED flash is included right below those cameras, and a fingerprint scanner can be found under the phone's display, it is not placed on the back.
A dewdrop display notch is also included here, while this phone does have a "chin" below the display. All the physical keys can be found on the right-hand side of the device, while a 3.5mm headphone jack is included in the package, it's placed at the top of the phone.
The phone features a 6.088-inch HD+ (1520 x 720) OLED display, while it also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of storage, which you can expand using a microSD card (instead of a second SIM card slot). Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on the device, and this is a stock version of Android, as this device is a part of Google's Android One project.
A 4,030mAh battery is included here, and the phone supports 18W charging, but interestingly enough, an 18W charger is not included in the box. You're getting a 10W charger here, and you'll need to purchase an 18W separately if you want to take advantage of such charging speeds. Wireless charging is not a part of the package, by the way.
48, 8, and 2-megapixel cameras are placed on the back of this phone. A 48-megapixel camera is the phone's main sensor, a wide-angle one, while an 8-megapixel unit is an ultrawide camera. A 2-megapixel camera on the back is used for depth perception. A 32-megapixel camera sits on the phone's front side, and it's also worth noting that this phone does support two SIM card slots (hybrid setup) and 4G LTE connectivity.
A starting price tag for the device is €249 in Spain, while we still do not know the price tag for the 128GB storage option. Needless to say, this makes the phone a really compelling option if you're on a tight budget.