Today we will review the Xiaomi mi a3 smartphone and the reason I’ve  been following this series of smartphone is because in my opinion for the budget part of the smartphone marketplace Xiaomi guys gave you a pixel like experience. It’s not about like the craziest spec list but instead it’s about what’s on the other side which is Android one. The Android one program which is giving you a pixel like OS experience completely clean!

Xiaomi Mi A3 Specifications

Launch DateAugust 23, 2019 (Official)
BrandXiaomi
ModelMi A3
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UIAndroid One
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint SensorYes
Quick ChargingYes

Design

Height153.4 mm Compare Size
Width71.85 mm
Thickness8.4 mm
Weight173.8 grams
ColoursMore than White, Not just Blue, Kind of Grey
WaterproofYes Splash proof

Display

Screen Size6.08 inches (15.44 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1560 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Bezel-less displayYes with waterdrop notch
Pixel Density283 ppi
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v5
Touch ScreenYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)82.15 %

Performance

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 665
ProcessorOcta core (2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 610
RAM4 GB

Storage

Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable MemoryYes Up to 256 GB
USB OTG SupportYes

Camera

Main Camera
Resolution48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP Triple Primary Cameras
SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor
AutofocusYes Phase Detection autofocus
Physical ApertureF1.79
FlashYes LED Flash
Image Resolution8000 x 6000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera Features2 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording3840×2160 @ 30 fps, 1920×1080 @ 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution32 MP Front Camera
Physical ApertureF2.0
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1920×1080 @ 30 fps, 1280×720 @ 30 fps

Battery

Capacity4030 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable  No
Quick ChargingYes Fast, v3.0

Network & Connectivity

SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEYes
SIM 1
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 800(band 20)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
SIM 2
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 800(band 20)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
SAR ValueHead: 0.527 W/kg, Body: 0.722 W/kg
Wi-FiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
BluetoothYes v5.0
GPSYes with A-GPS, Glonass
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-CYes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)

Multimedia

LoudspeakerYes
Audio Jack3.5 mm

Special Features

Fingerprint SensorYes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn-screen
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

I have in front of me here a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series so 665 up to two gigahertz CPU device. Over 4 000 milliamp  built batter  with 18 watt fast charging over USB type-c!

The device is slightly bigger than 6 inch and has  AMOLED display that’s kind of a wild animal led display.

Retail price is around 240 usd for  stock Android! And this is Wow!

This device camera also interesting it looks like it’s got an IR blaster 48 megapixel ultra wide triple lens camera 32 megapixel selfie camera the fingerprint scanner you’re looking around and wondering it’s an in display style.

Now Android one is not officially the same software as the pixel you may not see updates exactly as fast but  historically you’ve seen updates to this OS faster than the skin stuff from the manufacturers. Which needs to be patched in that displays.

The first thing that you look at this is maximum brightness as I mentioned it’s AMOLED.

It’s so easy for me to reach across the entire device. Xiaomi mi A3 has really nice and solid glass Gorilla Glass.

Because it is running Android one all of your Google apps are pre-installed by default. If I try to get rid of them I can uninstall it.

I feel more comfortable recommending a lot of people ask me you’re always talking about budget phones which one do you actually recommend it’s kind of hard particularly for people around here coming from iPhones coming from Samsung they have a vision of what a smartphone should be and looks like and you don’t want to recommend something that might throw them off too much this I feel like you could put in a pocket feel very comfy pretty much straight away it really does feel like a true pixel alternative granted not as fast you know the whole thing but it does feel like a valid budget pixel alternative available for around two hundred forty bucks.