Xiaomi Mi A3 launches for £225 – Android One version of Mi CC9e with a low-resolution 720p screen

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Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi A3 mid-ranger with availability starting in Spain for 249 Euros.

Following the usual trend from Xiaomi and this is a rebranded version of the Mi CC9e but swaps out the Android-based MIUI 10 OS with Android One.

The Mi A3 comes with a modest 6.01-inch display that has a low by modern standard resolution 720 x 1560 pixels of with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 665 processor, and a large 4030mAh battery.

Apart from the low-resolution screen this also lacks NFC which for me is quite important on a phone for Google Pay.

The triple cameras remain the same as the Mi CC9e which includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, you have a 32MP selfie sensor. 

The phone will be available in just 4GB RAM variant with two storage options: 64GB and 128GB and will go on sale on July 24. The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at 249 euros while the 4GB + 128GB variant will retail for 279 euros.

There will be three colours for the Mi A3 in Spain: Black, Blue, and Pure White. 

Overall this is a very strange release for Xiaomi, who normally offer a superb specification for the money. This phone has a great camera spec but it seriously let down by that display.

 Xiaomi Mi A3Xiaomi Mi A2
Announced2019, July2018, July
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, JulyAvailable. Released 2018, July
Dimensions153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm (6.04 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm (6.25 x 2.97 x 0.29 in)
Weight173.8 g (6.14 oz)166 g (5.86 oz)
BuildBack glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frameFront glass, aluminum body
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsLTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.01 inches, 88.7 cm2 (~80.3% screen-to-body ratio)5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~77.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~286 ppi density)1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); Android OneAndroid 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
ChipsetQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 512
Card slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot)No
Internal64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Rear Camera48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25µm
8 MP, (ultrawide), f/2.2, 1.12µm20 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.8", 1.0µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panoramaDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps[email protected], [email protected] (gyro-EIS), [email protected]
Front Camera32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm20 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8", 1.0µm
FeaturesHDRLED flash, Auto-HDR
Video[email protected][email protected]
3.5mm jackYesNo
Active noise cancellation with dedicated micActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, LE
Infrared portYesYes
RadioFM radioNo
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4030 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3)Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3)
Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4) - India only
ColorsKind of Gray, Not just Blue, More than WhiteBlack, Gold, Blue, Red, Rose Gold
SAR0.96 W/kg (head)     0.64 W/kg (body)    
Price 250 EURAbout 190 EUR