Xiaomi Mi A3 unveiled with 720p+ OLED screen, S665 chipset, €250 price tag

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is official and it’s not what we were hoping for – it’s based on the Mi CC9e with no upgrades. This means that it has a 6.1” OLED screen with 720 x 1,560px resolution, quite a downgrade from the 1080p screens of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

Wait till you hear the price – it starts at €250. The Snapdragon 665 chipset that powers this phone is not a huge upgrade over the S660 in last year’s model. That’s for 64GB storage, you can double it to 128GB for €30 more. At least there’s a microSD slot so you can add more storage later.

48 + 8 + 2MP camera In-display fingerprint reader Snapdragon 665 4,030mAh battery
48 + 8 + 2MP camera • In-display fingerprint reader • Snapdragon 665 • 4,030mAh battery

The one major upgrade on the Xiaomi Mi A3 is the camera. It features a 48MP main shooter on the back with a reasonably bright f/1.78 aperture (there’s no OIS). Next up is the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera (118°) and, finally, the 2MP depth sensor.

The rear camera can record 2160p video at 30fps or 1080p at up to 120fps. Then there’s the selfie camera inside the notch, which has a 32MP (it shoots 1080p/30 video).

Another upgrade over last year’s model is the battery – 4,030mAh, up from 3,000mAh. Charging speed is a zippy 18W (same as last year).

Also, the fingerprint reader has been relocated under the display, following current trends.

Xiaomi Mi A3 in Blue Xiaomi Mi A3 in White Xiaomi Mi A3 in Gray
Xiaomi Mi A3 in Blue, White and Gray

Xiaomi is launching the Mi A3 in three colors: Blue, White and Gray. This phone will be available in Spain first with the rest of the world getting it shortly.

If there’s a Mi A3 Pro based on the higher-end Mi CC9 out there, we haven’t heard a peep about it yet.

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