Xiaomi Mi A3: More Than Meets The Eye
Xiaomi is not like the average smartphone makers. Its models are halfway between the high-tech, innovative, and forward-looking models of Samsung or Huawei and the affordable handsets of Tecno and iTel. While it does have some no-compromise models – like the Redmi K20 Pro, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, with 6GB RAM and high-performance triple camera setup – it’s much better known for its handsets that are the perfect combination of hardware power and a good price. Today, let’s take a look at one of the best examples of this duality: the Mi A3 phablet, the handset Xiaomi launched without too much fanfare this summer.
The Mi A3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC (Dual-core 2 GHz + Hexa-core 1.8 GHz CPU) combined with an Adreno 610 GPU and 4GB of RAM, perfect for everything between running high-profile games like PUBG and Call of Duty and checking out the odds at Betway Ghana. It is available in two variants – one with 64GB and one with 128GB internal storage, both of them supporting expansion through a microSD card of up to 256GB. It is powered by a 4030mAh Li-Polymer battery, good for up to 3 days of normal usage (and around a day or two of more intense use) that charges fast at 18W.
The phone has goodies like an active FM radio module and an infrared port.
The screen is one of the weaker points of this smartphone model: it’s a Super AMOLED screen with a 1560×720 pixel resolution (pixel density of 286 ppi) that’s a bit low for a 2019 smartphone. It is covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, ensuring superior scratch protection. Under its screen, it has a fingerprint reader, too.
The Mi A3’s camera seems like a collection of compromises at first but it’s a surprisingly great combination of lenses and LEDs. Its main component is a 48MP Sony sensor with support for “pixel binning” that combines the data from four pixels into one, helped by an ultra-wide 8MP camera and a 2MP camera specifically designed for bokeh. The camera is capable of recording 4K video at 30FPS and Full HD at up to 120FPS. The selfie camera on the A3 is itself great, with a 32MP sensor, and HDR recording capabilities.
Like all other entries in the Mi A series, the Mi A3 also comes with Android One, Google’s stock Android experience without Miui, without bloatware, and without any third-party services and apps. The advantage of this choice for an OS is that the security updates come very fast and directly from Google.
The Mi A3 is comparable to more expensive models like Samsung’s A50 and beats Huawei’s P30 Lite and Motorola’s One Vision. Its screen may seem a bit too low-quality for 2019 but it pays off when it comes to the phone’s battery life. The phone looks great, feels great, and has a great price, too – Jumia sells the 64GB model at GHS 1102.