The Mi A3 from Xiaomi has a few tricks up its sleeve to help it impress in this increasingly crowded market, including some of the most advanced cameras we’ve seen on an Android One phone. Performance is also capable for daily use, and the design is much more appealing than you should expect at this price.
The design and display
The design gap between flagship, mid-range and low-end devices is no longer as wide as it was a few years ago. Now even the cheapest devices are embracing the trends of the moment and show off elegant and ergonomic designs. Obviously there are compromises in the materials, certifications, the quality of the finish and features offered, but the Xiaomi Mi A3 also immediately makes a good impression.
With its body of 153.48 x 71.85 x 8.47 mm weighing 173.8 grams it can be considered a compact smartphone. The curves in the corners and in the body make it ergonomic, it is easy to handle with one hand and the slightly protruding photo compartment does not disturb when the smartphone is placed on a table.
Two physical keys on the right, an infrared port and headphone jack return along the top edge. There is a slot for two SIMs or a SIM and microSD comb on the left, a mono speaker and a USB-C port along the bottom.
The most questionable point of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is the 6.08-inch screen that offers a resolution in HD+ of 720 x 1560 pixels resulting in a density of 283 ppi. The HD+ resolution weighs heavily when you look at other mid-range competitors that go further and when you see individual pixels. The Chinese brand integrates an AMOLED panel (with PenTile matrix) that offers excellent contrasts and a good representation of colors even if sometimes they are a bit saturated. It is not always easily readable under direct sunlight either. The maximum brightness is not bad but the minimum should be lower.
The screen of the Mi A3 hides the integrated fingerprint reader which, during my test, had several problems in the recognition of the recording of my fingerprint. I found it more convenient to use the 2D face recognition, available through the front camera housed in the notch, or even a PIN. The Mi A3 offers an Ambient Display function that wakes up the screen when you receive new notifications and does and it even still has a notification LED.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 offers fantastic battery life. This Android One smartphone is packed with a massive 4030mAh battery and comes with 18W fast charging support. However, users will need to buy the 18W charger separately. In the box, the Mi A3 comes bundled with a regular 10W charger. For me, on a single charge, the Mi A3 lasts more than a day.
Storage and Processor
The Xiaomi Mi A3 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor (4 Cortex A73 cores at 2.0GHz and 4 Cortex A53 cores at 1.8GHz) supported by Adreno 610 GPU, 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB UFS 2.
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.
Good value for money
Clean user interface
No IP rating
Fingerprint sensor can be temperamental
Overall, if you consider the design, the Stock Android experience and therefore the lack of bloatware, the excellent battery life offered, the overall performance and quality of camera shots, the Mi A3 is a good device, and considering that you can find it for about $200 at Banggood. I can only recommend it.