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Xiaomi Mi A3: new version of the Android 11 update

Note: It now seems to be one new version of the Android 11 update to give. As the owner of a Mi A3, Maike has downloaded the update and successfully installed it. Apparently there are still minor bugs (which we have not yet been able to detect), but your cell phones are no longer bricked.

Addendum: According to Maike, minor anomalies after the update: WLAN reception actually seems to be worse, the edge of the screen slightly cuts off the image, personally the bubble notifications are not at all pleasing.

The assumptions have been around since the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e were first introduced. On July 17th, the company the Xiaomi Mi A3 for Europe, which is practically the Xiaomi Mi CC9e. Surprisingly, the Android One device only comes on the market with an HD + display, but offers a fingerprint sensor in the display, three cameras and a large battery!

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Technical data of the Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi Mi A3
Display6.088 ″ AMOLED display (1560 x 720p, 19.5: 9 aspect ratio), 282 ppi
processorQualcomm Snapdragon 665 @ 2 GHz
Graphics chipAdreno 610
random access memory4 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory64/128 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera48 MP with ƒ / 1.79 aperture + 8 MP wide angle + 2 MP depth sensor
Front camera32 MP with ƒ / 2.0, AI functions & portrait mode
battery pack4,030 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W
ConnectivityLTE band 1,3,5,7,8, 20 WLAN AC,GPS // BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM
FeaturesFingerprint sensor in the display | USB Type-C | Face unlock
operating systemAndroid 9 Pie
Dimensions / weight153.48 x 71.85 x 8.475 mm / 173.8 g
pricefrom € 249

Xiaomi Mi A3, Mi CC9e or Mi CC9?

To counteract all the confusion, we want to put all devices in the right context. In China, Xiaomi presented the Xiaomi Mi CC9 and the Mi CC9e at the same time, with the Mi CC9e being a smaller and slightly weakened version of the Mi CC9. The Xiaomi Mi CC9e is in Europe under the name Xiaomi Mi A3 has been released, so it is part of the Android program. The Xiaomi Mi CC9 is in Europe asXiaomi Mi 9 Lite came on the market, which we have tested here.

Xiaomi Mi CC9e as Xiaomi Mi A3

In terms of design, there are actually hardly any differences between the Xiaomi Mi A3 and the Xiaomi Mi CC9. The main difference here is the size, given by the 6,088 ″ screen diagonal of the Mi A3. So arise Dimensions of 153.48 x 71.85 x 8.475 mm, making the A3 slightly smaller than that Xiaomi Mi A1. In practice, there is hardly any difference in length, but in width. It's almost as narrow there as that Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and almost as thick.

The rest of the appearance is mainly defined by the waterdrop notch, which sits centrally above the screen. The screen edges are still clearly recognizable here, especially the lower edge 7 mm relatively large out. The corners of the display are rounded as usual and the auricle is also located above the notch. For the notch design, the slightly curved version was chosen, which can be added to the Xiaomi Mi 9 was introduced.

On the back, there are actually no differences to the Xiaomi Mi CC9. The transition from Gorilla Glass 5 on the front is again from an inconspicuous plastic base to the metal housing frame. A very small gap separates the frame from the Gorilla Glass 5 back, so the Mi A3 is also a real glass sandwich. The back is slightly rounded on the sides. The layout is also identical: triple camera in the upper left corner and the Xiaomi logo in the lower left corner. In contrast to the Mi CC9, it also sits in the lower right corner a CE mark and the reference to the Android One program.

There are three color options of the Xiaomi Mi A3: black, blue, white. The latter is actually new to the Xiaomi universe and we like it very much personally. The "Kind of Gray" colorway of our test device is reflected in a very dark gray, which almost goes in a bluish direction.

Processing & handling

Even if you don't equip the Xiaomi Mi A3 with the in-house operating system, you leave no doubt about the strong quality of Xiaomi. After all, this also includes the Top processingwhich has been at the highest level for years, even in the middle and budget class. No gap is too big and no edge is milled uncleanly. The ergonomics result from the 2.5D back and the well balanced weight of 173.8 g. The buttons on the side also offer a good pressure point, even if they are perhaps even slightly too soft for my taste.

A big advantage, however, is the size just mentioned. Even if the difference to the 6.39 ″ display of the Mi CC9 is not that big in practice, I welcome the millimeters that are saved here. You actually notice that in the width, because the Mi A3 is a bit higher. With roughly comparable performance, that's only Xiaomi Mi 9 SE slightly smaller at 147.5 mm.

You get a first impression of the processing and the smartphone through our unboxing, which we posted for you on our YouTube channel.

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Display: is a 720p resolution sufficient?

Seldom has a Xiaomi smartphone received so much bad feedback from our community in advance. Why is that? Xiaomi installed in the Xiaomi Mi A3 6.088 inch AMOLED display panel with a resolution of only 1560 x 720 pixels, so not even a Full HD display at an RRP of € 249. That causes trouble for many Xiaomi fans, after all, there is Redmi Note 7 or Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite for less money and with Full HD + resolution. The resolution is also a downgrade to its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi A2. Can you make up for that with the AMOLED panel and fingerprint sensor in the display, or is a 720p display simply out of date?

Colors, sharpness & brightness

To compare the panel, I refer to the Xiaomi Mi A1 (2017 release) and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (2018 release), the first due to the same OS and the second due to the similar features. The Xiaomi Mi A3 offers significantly stronger colors than the Mi A1 due to the AMOLED panel, the saturation is on a completely different level, which I personally like. You can tell that the panel is a bit warmer in terms of colors. The same applies to the comparison to the Mi 8 Lite, which only offers an average display due to its low price.

Sadly, the panel is the Xiaomi Mi A1 but simply sharper than that of the Mi A3, although it is two years under its belt. The difference between 403 and 282 ppi pixel density is only really noticeable from a viewing distance of a little more than 20 cm, but it is noticeable. Fonts in particular are simply not as crisp on the Mi A3 as one might expect from a Xiaomi smartphone over € 200. With icons in the app drawer or on the start screen, it becomes more difficult to tell a difference.

Also the Comparison in brightness Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Mi A3 cannot win it over. At the maximum setting, the differences between the three models are barely noticeable; at medium brightness, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is overall a bit brighter than the Mi A3 and Mi A1, although the latter clearly loses the test. The display brightness of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is okay, but Xiaomi can actually do that a little better.

Functionality

A big advantage of an AMOLED panel compared to an LC display is, in addition to the stronger colors and the better contrast ratio (here 60000: 1), the possibility of the always-on display. The time and notifications are still displayed on the lock screen, as the panel can illuminate each pixel individually. In which Xiaomi Mi A3 cannot do this despite the AMOLED panel, the pure Android operating system only gives the option of the inactivity display, which also works without AMOLED. This can also be "retrofitted" using a third-party app, but in my experience these work poorly as well.

The AMOLED panel also offers the possibility of Fingerprint sensor in the display. This is also integrated in the Xiaomi Mi A3 and is a unique selling point in this price range. It also works very reliably, even if the finger only hits the sensor at the edge. The speed, on the other hand, is well behind you Xiaomi Mi 9T, but also behind the Xiaomi Mi CC9. The pure Android operating system is partly responsible here, the wake-up animation after detection takes about half of the unlocking process.

Interim conclusion

Since the display is one of the biggest points of criticism, there is a brief interim conclusion at this point. For the price, the display of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is unfortunately not up-to-date, especially as it is even a downgrade to the two-year-old Xiaomi Mi A1. In a direct comparison to the other two mobile phones, strengths are revealed in the color profile and functionality, but the sharpness simply lags behind. Even if you have to criticize Xiaomi for this step, an average user would not even notice it, the display is still okay overall.

New processor - same performance

Like the Xiaomi Mi CC9e, the Xiaomi Mi A3 also relies on the Snapdragon 665 processor, unfortunately a very small increase compared to that Xiaomi Mi A2 with Snapdragon 660 processor. In addition, there is 4/64 GB memory or optionally 4/128 GB memory. The LPDDR4X main memory is the current industry standard, the UFS 2.1 mass storage device can be expanded by up to 256 GB using a microSD card. The eight Kryo 260 cores of the CPU and the 11 nm manufacturing technology promise contemporary performance and good battery life.

In the speed test, the Xiaomi Mi A3 has to compete against the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite with the Snapdragon 660 processor (same CPU as in the Redmi Note 7). The Xiaomi Mi A3 can win this comparison, here the new CPU wins by a narrow margin. Almost all apps open slightly faster, multitasking even works much better, especially if you clear the cache. Gambling is also possible, but we recommend the medium graphics settings for PUBG; there are slight stutters in between on the high presets. The Mi A3 also gets relatively warm.

However, what you notice in practice cannot be seen in the benchmark results. Except for the PCMark benchmark, they are worse than the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite or Redmi Note 7. You shouldn't give too much to such benchmarks, but that could be an indication that the MIUI operating system performs better the hardware is coordinated and you do not tease all of the performance out of the CPU with the pure Android of the Mi A3.

Finally with a large battery

The biggest criticism of the predecessor was the short battery life. You contribute to that a 4,030 mAh battery opposite. It can be charged with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 via USB Type-C, but only a 10W charger is included in the scope of delivery. This is probably the biggest change to the Mi A2, which came on the market with a 3,010 mAh battery. An entire charging process with the supplied charger takes almost exactly two hours and 10 minutes, and the Mi A3 only reaches 50% in one hour.

The runtime, on the other hand, is significantly better. Even if you can get along longer with MIUI, the energy-efficient CPU and the large battery ensure a runtime of almost two days. The drain is relatively low, the battery only drains relatively quickly when playing PUBG. Unfortunately, we could not run the battery benchmark despite several attempts. An update will follow here if it finally works.

Triple camera with 48 megapixel sensor

Like so many smartphones at the moment, Xiaomi also processes a 48 megapixel camera in the Mi A3. The sensor is a Sony sensor with an aperture of ƒ / 1.79, probably the Sony IMX586, which is also used in the Xiaomi Mi 9 stuck .. Since it is a Triple camera there is also a wide-angle camera with 8 MP resolution and a 2 MP sensor for more depth information.

The fact that you have the same sensor as a Xiaomi Mi 9 does not mean that the photos are equally good, but they are in the Overall price range is still good. I like the color profile a lot, the results of the main camera are comparable to those of the Xiaomi Mi CC9. The sharpness is right, the resolution is high enough that you can also zoom in from time to time. The autofocus also fits and works reliably Release speed is, however, underground for this hardware equipment. If you have to photograph our cute office dog, he has to listen to "sit", unfortunately that doesn't work well when moving.

The ultra-wide-angle mode is based on the 8 megapixel sensor that is also found in the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE. Accordingly, I only like the wide-angle shots moderately. The effect is of course there, but the sharpness is far from on the same level as the main camera. With such a viewing angle, a good focus is of course more difficult, but the sensor does not cope well with poor lighting conditions either. On the other hand, it's cool that you can also use the ultra-wide-angle mode film can, if you want to.

The third sensor for the depth information is only used for portrait shots that are really impressive. I like this here Edge detection is extremely good again, this increase is already in the test for us Xiaomi Mi CC9 noticed. The bokeh also looks much more natural than, for example, in the competition from Honor and Huawei. However, the pure Android only allows the "hardness" of the bokeh effect before the photo, while MIUI can change that afterwards - bearable, but a shame.

Front camera: new selfie standard?

On the front, the Mi A3 also works with one 32 megapixel front camera with ƒ / 2.0 aperture. Overall, I like the self-portraits a lot, even if I personally find the shooting angle a bit too big. This makes the head seem a bit small, but that's a matter of taste. The colors, on the other hand, are very saturated, the sharpness is on point and the autofocus works reliably. But the always preset beauty filter is quite annoying, Xiaomi should finally improve this. It seems to be popular in China, but not in Europe.