In 2018, Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 budget smartphone. It was not a bad device, but a number of obvious shortcomings, among which were the use of a low-resolution screen and a lackluster design, greatly reduced its consumer capabilities. Not so long ago, this manufacturer introduced a new model, which we will discuss in detail in this review.
Characteristics and appearance
The updated smartphone Xiaomi Mi A3 received a 6.088 inch HD + AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1560 ? 720 and an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. The pixel density of the display is 286ppi, and Gorilla Glass 5 is installed to protect it.
The basis of the hardware stuffing of the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, the Adreno 610 chip is responsible for the improved graphics. It also has 4 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of internal memory. A 4030 mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging functionality is responsible for autonomy. The gadget is equipped with a USB-C port, 3.5mm connectors, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC. The operating system and software are Android One, Android 9 Pie.
The photo and video capabilities of the smartphone are represented by a triple unit of the main camera, where the main sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels. The other two got 8MP and 2MP, they do the work of a wide-angle lens and a depth sensor.
The selfie camera has a 32MP lens.
The device is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which is located in the display. Mi A3 has the following geometric parameters: 153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm, weight - 173.8 grams.
Users note that the gadget looks more expensive than it actually is. This is partly facilitated by the developers' use of good finishing materials. Its panels are made of glass and the frame is made of metal. On the right side of the case there is a power button and a volume rocker. On the left is a dual SIM / MicroSD card tray.
The product is sold in three color cases: black; blue and white.
Display and cameras
Since the screen quality in the previous model did not satisfy the needs of users, the company decided to use an AMOLED panel in the new device. The result is improved image clarity, contrast and saturation.
It should be noted that when reading information on the display, at first the data may seem a little out of focus. Over time, addiction sets in. It is especially pleasant to watch videos on the screen of this smartphone.
The fingerprint scanner does not work in the best way in Mi A3. It is not only slow but also imprecise. It is often easier to use the introduction of the PIN code to access the device.
The capabilities of the photo and video unit of this device are impressive. Especially when you consider its cost. In all pictures taken in good lighting conditions, the colors appear as if emphasized, saturated.
When shooting at night, things don't look so rosy. There is a constant fight against noise and processing of exposure data. There are problems with sharpness and detail. These parameters deteriorate markedly.
You can resort to using the night mode. The range becomes more detailed, but this leads to an unnatural increase in contrast. However, overall, the shots are better than the competition.
Movies are shot at 30 frames per second. She's not impressive either. Shots come out unstable during movement, exposure changes quickly when changing environments. Shooting in 4K allows you to get good videos.
Software & Performance
The Mi A3 uses Google Android One as software. It features faster updates and longer support. That said, a number of custom applications and additional features are missing here.
An additional platform based on Android One is Android 9 Pie. This may indicate that in the near future it is possible to update this software version to Android Q. Then it will be possible to speak about the high software durability of the smartphone.
Interestingly, the gadget's processor is based on seven cores, the maximum clock frequency of which is 2.0 GHz. This is enough for the device to carry out most everyday tasks. This provides average performance.
The capabilities of the available hardware are enough only to support games that do not have high demands on the resources of the device. When you try to start, for example, Fortnite, nothing comes out, and after a while information appears about the impossibility of processing data by the GPU.
Sound and autonomy
Xiaomi Mi A3 has good sound. This applies to both the speaker itself and the capabilities that are provided when connecting headphones. The sound is clear and loud, without distortion.
The battery capacity of 4030 mAh is enough for active use of the gadget throughout the day. At the same time, there are practically no restrictions on the operating mode: you can watch the video; communicate on social networks and make calls. With an 18 W charger, the product charges quickly, it takes less than one hour.
Summing up, we can say that a smartphone is worth its money and is ahead of the competition in most indicators.
The Topic of Article: Review of the updated and profitable smartphone Xiaomi Mi A3.