The Xiaomi Mi A3 is not a secret any longer, as folks over at Soya Cincau managed to get their hands on the retail model of the device. We know exactly what to expect in terms of both design and specifications now, while software was not a secret to begin with as this is an Android One smartphone.
Before we start, it is worth saying that this phone will become official later today. Having said that, this phone is based on the Xiaomi CC9e which was announced in China not long ago, as it looks exactly like the Xiaomi CC9e.
As you can see, the Xiaomi Mi A3 features a dewdrop notch at the top of the display, and a "chin" at the bottom. Corners of its display are rounded, while all the physical buttons can be found on the right.
This smartphone features three vertically-aligned cameras on the back, and those three cameras are placed in the top-left corner of the phone's back side. An LED flash sits right below those three sensors, and you will notice that a fingerprint scanner is not located on the back of this phone. There's a good reason for that, as the fingerprint scanner sits below this phone's display.
In terms of specs, well, there are several surprises here, the first one lies in the processor department. The Xiaomi Mi A3 is fueled by the Snapdragon 665 64-bit octa-core processor, and not the Snapdragon 730 that many people expected Xiaomi to utilize.
The device does have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it features a 6.088-inch HD+ display, which is also surprising, as pretty much everyone expected the phone to include a fullHD+ panel.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while you can expand that storage using a microSD card. The phone supports two SIM card slots, and we're looking at a hybrid setup here, which means that you can use the second SIM card slot in order to expand this phone's storage.
48, 8, and 2-megapixel cameras sit on the back of this phone. The 8-megapixel sensor is an ultra-wide one, while the 2-megapixel one is a depth sensor. A 32-megapixel unit is included on the front side of this smartphone, while Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on the phone, and considering this is an Android One devices, we're looking at stock Android.
A 4,030mAh battery is also a part of the package, and it supports 18W fast charging. The phone will not ship with an 18W charger in the box, though, unfortunately, the source says that a 10W charger is included instead, so you'll have to buy an 18W one separately.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is expected to cost somewhere between $200-$250, depending on the region. Based on specs, we'd say that this is the "Lite" version of the Mi A3, but the source claims that it's the regular one. It's hard not to be disappointed due to the SoC used in this phone, and only HD+ display, but there you have it, at least the phone will be extremely affordable.