The stock Android-running Xiaomi Mi A3 is official, but itís not what we were hoping for Ė itís based on the Mi CC9e with no upgrades.
Wait till you hear the price Ė it starts at Ä250. The Snapdragon 665 chipset that powers this phone is not a huge upgrade over the S660 in last yearís model. Thatís for 64GB storage, you can double it to 128GB for Ä30 more. At least thereís a microSD slot so you can add more storage later.
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 (thereís no OIS). Next up is the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera (118į) and, finally, the 2MP depth sensor.
The rear camera can record 2160p video at 30fps or 1080p at up to 120fps. Then thereís the selfie camera inside the notch, which has a 32MP (it shoots 1080p/30 video).
Another upgrade over last yearís model is the battery Ė 4,030mAh, up from 3,000mAh. Charging speeds up to 18W are supported (same as last year), but you'll have to provide your own charger as there's only a 10W power brick in the box.
There's more good news - the 3.5mm headphone jack is back. Also, the fingerprint reader has been relocated under the display, following current trends.
Xiaomi is launching the Mi A3 in three colors: Blue, White and Gray. This phone will be available in Spain first - you can pre-order it now, units will ship on July 24. The rest of the world will be getting it shortly.
If thereís a Mi A3 Pro based on the higher-end Mi CC9 out there, we havenít heard a peep about it yet.
Well, I'm just voicing my opinion. What's wrong with that? Besides, 1080p and NFC are my minimum requirement specs, for my future phone. Xiaomi has failed to deliver those features I mentioned above for so long, at least for the Indonesia market, and...