Xiaomi Mi A3 unveiled with three cameras, under display fingerprint scanner and a 720p AMOLED screen

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Xiaomi Mi A3 is now official. The device, unlike we expected, was unveiled in Spain sans the low-end Xiaomi Mi A3 Lite, but it’s still too early to rule out the latter. Considering how well the Mi A1 and Mi A2 were received, there’s no doubt the company has high hopes for the Mi A3.

Here is a summary of the major Xiaomi Mi A3 specs:

  • 6.088-inch AMOLED HD+ (720×1520) display screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
  • Tri-lens 48MP + 8MP + 2MP main camera
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 4030mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie (Android One)

Similar to its predecessors, the major selling point of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is Android One software. But to spice things up in a market segment (Android One) that is growing so fast, the Mi A3 offers a triple-lens camera highlighted by a 48MP lens, a 6-inch AMOLED display screen with a waterdrop notch and a fingerprint scanner hidden under, and a huge 4030mAh battery, up from 3010mAh in the Mi A2. What’s even better is that the 3.5mm audio jack and expandable storage are back after missing out on the Mi A2.

While an AMOLED panel is definitely a welcome move from Xiaomi, it’s a shame that the Mi A3 has a lower 720p resolution. Not even the Mi A2 Lite or even the oldest in the series, the Mi A1, has this kind of screen resolution. But then again, not so many people will notice the difference with their naked eyes, something that Xiaomi is banking on.

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Xiaomi has included a 118-degree ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor to support the 48MP main camera while the front gets a 32MP unit for selfies. As expected, tons of AI tricks are in there to improve photography while processing will be handled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, a product of Samsung’s 11nm process.

Besides the front, the glass-made back panel of the Xiaomi Mi A3 also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against cracks and scratches. To ensure the significantly improved battery doesn’t take ages to fill up, the device supports 18W fast charging tech via a USB-C port.

When it arrives these sides, although we don’t know when for now, the Mi A3 will be dressed in More than White, Kind of Grey, and Not just Blue color options. In Europe, the 4/64GB model is going for €249 while the high-end 4/128GB variant can be had for €279. This time around, there’s no 32GB storage option.

We don’t have Kenyan pricing, but we can draw comparisons from last year’s Mi A2 pricing. In Europe, the base model of the Mi A2 started at €249 and arrived here priced at Kshs 24,000. Given that Europe is sticking with the same price tag, it’s possible the Mi A3 will carry the same price tag as the Mi A2 when it arrived in Kenya a year ago – Kshs 24,000. The high-end model shouldn’t go past the Kshs 30,000 mark.

Details of local pricing and availability should be available soon.

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