Mi A3 Impressions – Is It A Serious Budget Contender?

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Let’s the be honest here. There wasn’t much hype surrounding the Mi A3’s launch here in India. For starters, the extremely overcrowded budget space and cannibalisation by Xiaomi’s own offerings are one of the main reasons. Moreover last year’s lacklustre offering in the form of the A2 really killed the excitement surrounding this Android One series. But let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Today, we’ll try to analyse whether the Mi A3 makes sense in the Indian market.

The Mi A3 launched with the Snapdragon 665, which offers a slight improvement in terms of power consumption thanks to the smaller 11nm architecture. Performance wise you aren’t going to notice a very significant difference. However, considering that the GPU on board will be supporting a screen of smaller resolution than the Redmi Note 7, we can expect a significant boost in graphics performance considering the work load will be considerably lesser.

That brings us to the next major constituent of the Mi A3, the AMOLED display. Sure, the inclusion of AMOLED displays at this price point (13,000 INR) is quite a huge deal. Yet, this doesn’t sport a full-HD panel unlike its competitors which is a quite a glaring error on Xiaomi’s part. As long as the display doesn’t seem too pixelated under direct scrutiny this shouldn’t be a major turn-off for buyers.

The cameras on the A3 seem to be pretty exciting however. With the inclusion of a wide-angle sensor in addition to the primary 48 MP IMX 586 sensor the triple camera setup seems to be pretty exciting on paper. Wait till our review of for a full fledged analysis of the A3’s camera performance.

Let’s address the elephant in the room now, shall we? The Android One stock experience that this phone offers will eventually make or break this product. It’s truly the defining the feature for the A series that consumers thronged for with the first iteration. If Xiaomi manages to help push out regular patches and speedy updates like prior A series phones, Xiaomi just might have a winner on their hands considering the phone is priced to compete quite nicely in the budget segment (12,999 for the base variant). Stay tuned for more coverage, right here on Techquila!

Siddharth Balajee
A doctor in the making who's an avid tech enthusiast. If this isn't a paradox I don't know what is.

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