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Xiaomi Mi A3 is now on sale in Spain

The Xiaomi Mi A3 really does look like this. (Source: Gizbot)
The Xiaomi Mi A3 really does look like this. (Source: Gizbot)
Xiaomi has finally confirmed the Mi A3's specs in the course of this new Android One device's launch. As this event took place in Spain, this is also the first market in which it is being sold at present. The phone starts at €250 (about US$281).

The Xiaomi Mi A3 has been launched today (July 17, 2019). It appears that only some of the leaks concerning this new Android One phone were correct: it is heavily based on the Mi CC9e, a heretofore Chinese-market exclusive with the Snapdragon 665 SoC.

Many fans of the Mi A series may be slightly disappointed with this unveiling: like the Mi CC9e, the Mi A3 has a mere HD+ display, whereas its predecessor had a full-HD resolution. The new screen is AMOLED rather than LCD, but this difference may still come across as a downgrade to some. In addition, the Mi A3 seems to be restricted to 4GB in RAM, with either 64GB or 128GB of fixed storage, even though the A2 and the CC9e have 6GB variants.

On the other hand, the Mi A3 does have the headphone jack the A2 lacked. The new phone also improves on its second generation with a 32MP selfie camera, triple cameras and a 4030mAh battery. The A3 even shares its template's colorways, although they now have different, almost Pixel-like names (Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey and More Than White) that are good fits for the pleasing 3D effects baked into their glass rear panels. Furthermore, the buyer can also reasonably expect an improved schedule of software support compared to many competing phones in its tier.

Therefore, whether this package is worth the €250 (US$281) its 64GB storage variant starts at (or €20 ($22.45) more for a 128GB model) will be a matter for the individual consumer.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07-17 (Update: 2019-07-17)