Xiaomi Mi A3 officially presented: what is its drawback

The Chinese company has announced the long-awaited Xiaomi Mi A3. This is another successful smartphone from a Chinese who

will become one of the most popular models for the coming year. For the same price, the manufacturer offers customers an even better processor and more memory.

Overview and specifications

The new model is no different in price from its originalpredecessor, but now has an improved Snapdragon 665 processor from Qualcomm. Let us remind you that the first generation had a Snapdragon 625 chip, the second had a Snapdragon 660. In addition, users now have 4 GB of RAM and twice as much memory at their disposal. 64GB, but if that's not enough, a more expensive 128GB version will also be available. In addition, after numerous user complaints last year, Xiaomi finally restored the microSD memory card slot.

Xiaomi Mi A3, as you would expect from anyanother smartphone on Android One, comes with a standard Android 9 Pie right out of the box, but the phone should get a quick update to Android Q, perhaps before the end of the year. Other features include a 4030 mAh battery, support for 4G LTE networks, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for 18-watt fast charging. The popular 3.5mm headphone jack also comes back on the Mi A3.

Xiaomi has also done seriousimprovements in the camera and in the design of the device. The design as a whole is reminiscent of the style of the last year. The main camera has a vertical orientation. However, now instead of an aluminum panel there is a glass back. Plus, there is now no fingerprint scanner on the back panel, its alternative is now under the display.

The main camera has a resolution of 48 megapixels.Using software, the Mi A3 combines four pixels into one and ultimately produces enhanced 12-megapixel photos. Paired with an 8 MP  118º ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2 MP depth sensor for enhanced bokeh shooting. In terms of selfie camera capabilities, Xiaomi has equipped the phone with a new 32-megapixel front camera that sits inside the waterdrop notch of the new 6.1-inch display.

Here it is necessary to mention an important drawback.Even though the company has put a lot of effort into reducing the overall bezel size and using a Super AMOLED display as an alternative to LCD, the manufacturer had to reduce the resolution of the display. The Xiaomi Mi A3  has a 720 x 1560 pixel resolution screen which, coupled with the underlying PenTile technology, may not offer the best viewing experience and could be seen as a downgrade from the 1080p LCD display found on last year's Mi A2.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is already available for previeworder in select countries, availability will be expanded at a later date. The smartphone retails for €249 ($279), while the 128GB version can be purchased for €279 ($312). The new product is unlikely to appear in the USA.

Despite rumors of Mi A3 Pro and Mi A3 Lite, Xiaomi has not announced them. It is unclear whether the company plans to release these devices later, but at the moment there is no mention of their existence.