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Xiaomi Redmi A3 smartphone review – Lots of upgrades on the budget phone

Frugal evolution. If you're looking for an inexpensive phone above all else, then the Xiaomi Redmi A3 may be worth a look: The manufacturer only demands US$130 for it, but you still get WiFi 5 and a PWM-free display. However, our test also revealed some weaknesses that you should know about before purchasing it ...
Xiaomi Redmi A3 (Redmi A Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G36 8 x 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
3 GB 
Display
6.71 inch 20.6:9, 1650 x 720 pixel 268 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 45 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: accelerometer, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.4, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 168.3 x 76.3 ( = 0.33 x 6.63 x 3 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, contrast-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.918W/​kg Head, 0.986W/​kg Body, UKW radio, fanless
Weight
193 g ( = 6.81 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
120 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
64 %v8 (new)
06/2024
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320
193 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.71"1650x720
73.8 %v7 (old)
07/2023
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320
192 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720
77.7 %v7 (old)
04/2024
Motorola Moto G04
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
179 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720
70.2 %v7 (old)
02/2023
Blackview A52
SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322
183.6 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Please note: We have updated our rating system and the results of version 8 are not comparable with the results of version 7.

Case and connectivity – Totally new look

The Xiaomi Redmi A3 is the successor to the Redmi A2, which we tested in mid-2023. Back then, we criticized its sluggish Wi-Fi connection and micro-USB port, and we can already say that Xiaomi has at least improved on these two points in its successor model.

But let's start with the case: there is certainly no risk of confusing the Redmi A3 with its predecessor—Xiaomi has completely redesigned the smartphone. The phone is also significantly longer and slightly wider, but less tall. As a result, the Redmi A3 offers a larger screen area, while its weight remains almost unchanged. However, there are still wide bezels around the screen, but this is acceptable within this price range.

The back has been redesigned to feature a large circular camera module, resulting in a much more sophisticated look compared to its playful predecessor. Its color selection, consisting of dark green, black or medium blue, is also more mature. The shiny case is quite susceptible to collecting fingerprint marks. Xiaomi's Redmi A3 can be twisted  slightly at the sides, and applying medium pressure onto its display already results in the screen's liquid crystal becoming visible. The phone's build is flawless.

Officially, Xiaomi's asking price for the smartphone with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is US$130, and you'll have to spend about US$150 for the larger storage configuration with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. This makes the phone more expensive than its predecessor, however, you can already find it online for slightly less.

One big advantage the Redmi A3 has over its predecessor is its USB-C port which makes the phone much more compatible when it comes to chargers and cables. The modern budget phone from Xiaomi doesn't support NFC.

It continues to feature a dedicated microSD card slot, so you can insert a memory card alongside two SIM cards. During our tests using the Angelbird V60 as a reference microSD card, the card reader proved to be speedy for its price class, but at no point was it able to make use of the fast microSD card's full potential.

Size comparison

168.3 mm / 6.63 in 76.3 mm / 3 in 8.3 mm / 0.3268 in 193 g0.4255 lbs164.9 mm / 6.49 in 76.8 mm / 3.02 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 192 g0.4233 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 in 62 mm / 2.44 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 183.6 g0.4048 lbs163.5 mm / 6.44 in 74.5 mm / 2.93 in 8 mm / 0.315 in 179 g0.3946 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.7 - 77, n=88, last 2 years)
28.5 MB/s +11%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
  (Angelbird V60)
25.6 MB/s
Motorola Moto G04
 
23.5 MB/s -8%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s -23%
Blackview A52
  (Angelbird V60)
12.6 MB/s -51%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Xiaomi Redmi A3 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (23.9-42.5)
Xiaomi Redmi A2 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø27.5 (13.3-44)
Motorola Moto G04 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.4 (28.4-44.1)
Blackview A52 GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø26.5 (15.3-44.4)
Xiaomi Redmi A3 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.7 (37.7-79.2)
Xiaomi Redmi A2 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.7 (17.6-75.8)
Motorola Moto G04 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø70.9 (24.5-83)
Blackview A52 GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.6 (56.5-83.5)

Communication, software and operation – Finally 90 Hz and a fingerprint sensor

The phone has received one further upgrade regarding WLAN: It finally has a module which supports full WiFi 5 speeds, and the Xiaomi Redmi A3 is able to make use of these relatively well—this is what our test with the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 reference router revealed. It is now capable of speeds around 300 MBit/s, plus, its fluctuations aren't as big. This means you can also make use of faster internet collections quite well.

The Redmi A3 is a 4G phone that only supports the most necessary frequencies. This means you can travel through Central Europe and still use the phone to connect to the web—during trips further afield, its range of supported frequencies may no longer be sufficient. 

Xiaomi has given the affordable Redmi A3 Android 14 as a software base, and it hasn't made too many changes to it. The latest security patches are from March 2024, so they could do with receiving an update. Still, the manufacturer has promised two major Android updates and three years of security patches, which isn't always a given on such an inexpensive smartphone. It also secured the phone plus points in our sustainability rating. 

The Xiaomi Redmi A3 benefits from a 90-Hz screen, resulting in a generally smoother-looking system. Even so, you will have to tolerate the odd stutter or dropped frame on this affordable phone.

Its fingerprint sensor, which is integrated into the standby button, is also new. After saving prints, it unlocks the phone after a short pause and is very reliable. You can also unlock the device via 2D facial recognition using the front-facing camera.

Networking
Xiaomi Redmi A3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
344 (min: 271) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
290 (min: 249) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
802.11a/b/g/n
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
51 (min: 43) MBit/s ∼15%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
53.8 (min: 49) MBit/s ∼19%
Motorola Moto G04
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
49.8 (min: 18) MBit/s ∼14%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
52 (min: 23) MBit/s ∼18%
Blackview A52
802.11 b/g/n
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
40.5 (min: 35) MBit/s ∼12%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
34.8 (min: 27) MBit/s ∼12%
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Xiaomi Redmi A3; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø290 (249-313)
Xiaomi Redmi A3; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø344 (271-372)

Cameras – Fine for snapshots

Photo using front-facing camera
Photo using front-facing camera

Not much has changed about its cameras: Xiaomi has installed the same sensors as are inside the Redmi A2. This means it only has an 8-megapixel camera on the back which is supported by a depth sensor for portrait shots. 

The main camera mastered the HDR photo well, which consists of a plant with a light background and little light shining onto the subject itself. Both planes were exposed well, however, you can already notice some missing detail on the petals. In the photo of our surroundings, many individual details got lost in the lighter areas of the picture and in general, it lacks sharpness. Even so, it's fine just as a snapshot.

You can just about make out subjects in candlelight, but photos are quite blurry. When we lit up the test chart at only 1 lux inside our photography studio, the phone's camera no longer delivered any usable pictures. In full studio lighting, on the other hand, photos looked relatively sharp—only the red background resulted in the text looking a little blurry.   

Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1080p and 30fps; they look quite blurry overall and the autofocus is slow.

The 5-megapixel front-facing camera takes decent photos at first glance, but they lose a lot of detail as soon as you enlarge them.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera plantMain camera surroundingsMain camera low light
ColorChecker
13.7 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
21.5 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
7 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi A3: 8.92 ∆E min: 2.52 - max: 21.48 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
94.3 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Redmi A3: 47.22 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 94.33 ∆E

Display – Unusual aspect ratio

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The display has a different aspect ratio compared to the predecessor model: The Redmi A3's screen is now longer and similarly wide, resulting in a new aspect ratio closer to 21:9. This is unusual, but it allows for quite a slim design.

With an expanded 720p resolution, the phone is as expected for the class but its brightness of less than 400 cd/m² leaves more to be desired. During the summer, this could be an issue when using the phone outside. Furthermore, the Redmi A3 doesn't have a true brightness sensor—instead, ambient light is measured via a virtual sensor that uses the front-facing camera. This isn't as accurate, which we also noticed during the test: Every now and then, the screen didn't react correctly to very bright or dark surroundings.

Apart from this, the screen makes do without PWM and suffers from a considerable blue cast; almost all colors and especially yellows are depicted quite inaccurately.

352
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
360
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
372
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 378 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 358.9 cd/m² Minimum: 3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 368 cd/m²
Contrast: 1314:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.76 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
95.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.277
Xiaomi Redmi A3
IPS, 1650x720, 6.7"
Xiaomi Redmi A2
IPS, 1600x720, 6.5"
Motorola Moto G04
IPS, 1612x720, 6.6"
Blackview A52
IPS, 1600x720, 6.5"
Response Times
20%
-1%
5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
54.3 ?(29, 25.3)
36.8 ?(20.1, 16.7)
32%
47.8 ?(24.8, 23)
12%
45.2 ?(23, 22.2)
17%
Response Time Black / White *
25.2 ?(10.8, 14.4)
23.2 ?(12, 11.2)
8%
28.5 ?(13.7, 14.8)
-13%
27 ?(14.4, 12.6)
-7%
PWM Frequency
Screen
4%
3%
-15%
Brightness middle
368
391
6%
414
13%
432
17%
Brightness
359
379
6%
396
10%
400
11%
Brightness Distribution
92
94
2%
91
-1%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.28
0.3
-7%
0.34
-21%
0.26
7%
Contrast
1314
1303
-1%
1218
-7%
1662
26%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.76
3.31
12%
3.26
13%
6.97
-85%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.19
7.67
-7%
6.74
6%
10.36
-44%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.5
3.6
20%
3.9
13%
6.7
-49%
Gamma
2.277 97%
2.307 95%
2.075 106%
2.618 84%
CCT
7305 89%
7427 88%
6914 94%
7976 81%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
12% / 7%
1% / 3%
-5% / -11%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.8 ms rise
↘ 14.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
54.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29 ms rise
↘ 25.3 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17490 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life – Little power

GFXBench stress test
GFXBench stress test

The MediaTek Helio G36 is by no means a powerhouse and even for such a cheap phone, it delivers little power. This means you'll already be faced with stutters when navigating the device's menus and demanding applications quickly bring the smartphone to its limits. For example, streaming in Full HD is an issue: when streaming without copy protection, its performance is often not sufficient for smooth streaming in Full HD—for example on YouTube. In addition, the smartphone is not Widevine L1-certified, meaning that HD streams cannot even be selected on many major platforms. 

Its low RAM of 3 GB is also a bit of a problem, resulting in complex apps not even launching. The slow virtual memory within the data storage doesn't help either. The phone's speed is sufficient for simple tasks such as writing WhatsApp messages or surfing the web. Its mass storage is also quite slow, so you will have to allow for some delays during copying processes.

We measured a maximum temperature of 39.5 °C on the case after prolonged load, which is not an issue and there is still some buffer for warmer environments. Unfortunately, the 3DMark stress tests don't run on the phone, so we used the older GFXBench T-Rex stress test instead. We noted hardly any fluctuations and after 30 runs, the device's performance was similar to that at the beginning.

The same as on the Redmi A2, the A3's speaker is located on the top edge. This is unusual, but not necessarily a bad idea. Its sound, on the other hand, isn't the best, as it is very treble-heavy—resulting in music not being terribly fun to listen to. It's better to connect headphones or speakers via its 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth. This sounds much better, and the most important codecs are available for wireless transmission, even LDAC and aptX HD for Hi-Res audio.

It can take up to three hours to charge the phone completely and you can do so at a maximum of 10 watts. A charger is not included, but the smartphone works well with most readily available models. Its battery still has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and lasts about as long as its predecessor—we measured 15:02 hours during the Wi-Fi test. The Xiaomi Redmi A3 therefore also offers good runtimes compared to similarly priced phones. 

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=195, last 2 years)
939 Points +514%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
310 Points +103%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
153 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (139 - 153, n=2)
146 Points -5%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
139 Points -9%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
126 Points -18%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=195, last 2 years)
3122 Points +468%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1246 Points +127%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
550 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (512 - 550, n=2)
531 Points -3%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
512 Points -7%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
473 Points -14%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=194, last 2 years)
12167 Points +164%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
8303 Points +80%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4761 Points +3%
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (4609 - 4761, n=2)
4685 Points +2%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4609 Points
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=167, last 2 years)
7188 Points +1315%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
985 Points +94%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
508 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  ()
508 Points 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=166, last 2 years)
10408 Points +2198%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
834 Points +84%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
453 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  ()
453 Points 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=166, last 2 years)
4412 Points +403%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2697 Points +208%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
877 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  ()
877 Points 0%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=207, last 2 years)
45.9 fps +496%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
10 fps +30%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
7.8 fps +1%
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (7.7 - 7.8, n=2)
7.75 fps +1%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.7 fps
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
6.2 fps -19%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=207, last 2 years)
68.9 fps +1502%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.5 fps +28%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.3 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (4.2 - 4.3, n=2)
4.25 fps -1%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps -2%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
3.4 fps -21%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=207, last 2 years)
34.2 fps +613%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6.5 fps +35%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5 fps +4%
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (4.8 - 5, n=2)
4.9 fps +2%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.8 fps
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
3.8 fps -21%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=207, last 2 years)
27.7 fps +1747%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps +33%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.5 fps 0%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.5 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (1.5 - 1.5, n=2)
1.5 fps 0%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
1.2 fps -20%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=205, last 2 years)
13.1 fps +1915%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
0.85 fps +31%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
0.65 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  ()
0.65 fps 0%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
0.51 fps -22%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (0 - 89112, n=205, last 2 years)
34153 Points +677%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5207 Points +18%
Average Mediatek Helio G36
  (4398 - 5207, n=2)
4803 Points +9%
Blackview A52
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
4690 Points +7%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4398 Points
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2228 Points -49%
Xiaomi Redmi A3Xiaomi Redmi A2Motorola Moto G04Blackview A52Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-5%
266%
-17%
5%
575%
Sequential Read 256KB
270.1
268.9
0%
978.7
262%
226.4
-16%
Sequential Write 256KB
118.2
116.1
-2%
389.3
229%
119.4
1%
176.2 ?(40 - 274, n=203)
49%
Random Read 4KB
65.5
53.6
-18%
184.1
181%
40.5
-38%
Random Write 4KB
41
40.5
-1%
201.2
391%
35
-15%

Temperature

Max. Load
 39.5 °C
103 F
32.4 °C
90 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
 38.4 °C
101 F
34.4 °C
94 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
32.3 °C
90 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
31.8 °C
89 F
34.5 °C
94 F
38.8 °C
102 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.2 °C
94 F
38.1 °C
101 F
31.4 °C
89 F
34.1 °C
93 F
37 °C
99 F
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


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Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.744.52533.2343129.328.34032.331.55040.736.76332.632.88019.717.410016.915.912515.515.216013.319.92009.625.625011.834.23159.241.24008.749.35001156.663013.26080013.762.4100014.868.4125013.768.3160010.669.3200010.967.7250012.365.5315013.761.6400013.660500013.966630014.470.2800015.670.21000015.962.9125001669.71600016.761.4SPL25.878.8N0.740.9median 13.7median 61.6Delta2.113.739.246.134.438.630.833.533.433.23433.329.826.128.921.819.218.921.320.518.220.613.822.5142813.334.81146.310.958.210.36415.869.916.172.117.369.611.463.611.259.111.564.81266.912.970.513.576.614.171.31565.615.860.116.561.317.351.426.181.60.746.4median 14median 61.32.514.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi A3Blackview A52
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi A3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 36.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Blackview A52 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 37.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Runtimes

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=209, last 2 years)
934 min +4%
Motorola Moto G04
5000 mAh
907 min +1%
Xiaomi Redmi A3
5000 mAh
902 min
Xiaomi Redmi A2
5000 mAh
894 min -1%
Blackview A52
5180 mAh
726 min -20%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 02min

Pros

+ extremely inexpensive
+ fast WLAN for the price class
+ attractive case
+ 90-Hz display without PWM
+ close to stock Android 14
+ 3 years of promised updates
+ reliable fingerprint sensor
+ decent battery life

Cons

- slow charging
- case not the most stable
- sluggish SoC
- no NFC
- camera produces blurry photos at times
- not much RAM (depending on the model)

Verdict – The Xiaomi Redmi A3 with lots of improvements

Xiaomi Redmi A3 review. Test device provided by:
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Xiaomi has really made an effort to offer the best possible phone to people who only have a small budget when it comes to its Redmi A3: Its new design looks more sophisticated, there is a USB-C port (although the EU regulations have probably been a help here), much faster Wi-Fi, a 90 Hz screen, a fingerprint sensor and relatively unchanged Android 14 software with a three-year update guarantee.

This means that a lot has improved compared to its predecessor, and some of our points of criticism have been addressed. However, it must also be noted that the phone is still very slow, even for its price range. Its cameras will only really excite a small number of buyers and although Xiaomi has upgraded its memory, 3 GB of RAM is still very little for the entry-level version of this phone.

Its screen could also do with being brighter—especially on sunny days—and its lack of NFC limits its use to some extent.

Special features such as a three-year update promise and fast Wi-Fi make the Redmi A3 an interesting choice among budget smartphones. However, the sluggish SoC slows the phone down.

If you find yourself torn between the Redmi A2 and the Redmi A3, then we would definitely recommend going for the more modern Redmi A3. An alternative with better performance could be the Motorola Moto G04 which additionally runs a lot smoother.

Price and availability

The cheapest price you can get the new Xiaomi Redmi A3 for is currently $98.99 via Amazon.

Note: We have recently updated our rating system and the results of version 8 are not comparable with the results of version 7. More information is available here .

Xiaomi Redmi A3 - 07/02/2024 v8 (new)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
71%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
34 / 69 → 49%
Weight
89%
Battery
90%
Display
77%
Games Performance
2 / 55 → 3%
Application Performance
25 / 85 → 30%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
57 / 90 → 63%
Camera
37%
Average
51%
64%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
CO2 Emissions
No Data
Materials
0%
Packaging
75%
Power Use
50%
Repairability
5%
Software Updates
45%
Total Sustainability Score: 29.2%

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Xiaomi Redmi A3 smartphone review – Lots of upgrades on the budget phone
Florian Schmitt, 2024-06-21 (Update: 2024-06-26)