Xiaomi may soon launch its next Android One smartphone in India. The company could launch the Mi A3 in the first half of 2019 and it will be the successor to last year’s Mi A2 Android One phone.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Latest News, Leaks
Update July 15, 2019: Xiaomi Spain has now announced that the Mi A3 will be launched there at an event on July 17. Earlier, Xiaomi Poland revealed the launch date as July 25 which now seems the local launch and Mi A3 will be launched globally in Spain on July 17.
Nuestros Mi Fans lo tienen claro, la serie Mi A reúne todo lo necesario: sistema Android, y todas las ventajas de ser un dispositivo Xiaomi.
— Xiaomi España (@XiaomiEspana) July 15, 2019
Update July 14, 2019: The hands-on images and a retail box of the Mi A3 was leaked by GSMArena. The box suggests that the Mi A3 will come in three colors – blue, white, and black.
The leaked images also confirm some of the rumored specs of the Mi A3 including triple rear cameras with a 48-megapixel sensor, AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 665 SoC and a 4,030mAh battery.
Update July 13, 2019: Xiaomi has posted a new teaser on Mi community that reveals the Mi A3 launch date. It says that the Mi A3 will be introduced on July 25 at an event in Warsaw, Poland.
Update- July 13, 2019: A huge leak about Mi A3 comes from popular tipster Roland Quandt today. His renders suggest that Xiaomi’s next Android One phone will look like the Mi CC9 that was launched in China earlier this month.
Xiaomi Mi A3 official pics w/o watermark. Enjoy. PS: I am not 100% on the specs as my info is contradicting in some ways. SD665 but 1080p is not a CC9 and not a CC9e either, so please take this wiht a grain of salt. Pics are official though. More: https://t.co/6uWOokV3Lb pic.twitter.com/BSqqAQW9z4
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 12, 2019
Update- July 13, 2019: Xiaomi has also started teasing the launch of new Android One phone in the Mi ‘A’ series. The company has now officially confirmed that it will soon unveil the Mi A3 and also hints that it will also be a camera centric phone.
— Xiaomi #PhotosWithoutLimits (@Xiaomi) July 13, 2019
Update- July 12, 2019: Xiaomi’s Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has confirmed the launch of the Mi A3 Android One phone. He asks fans on Twitter what feature they are looking forward to the most in the next generation of the Mi A series.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) July 12, 2019
Update- July 11, 2019: The Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite are reportedly to come with upgraded chipsets compared to the Mi CC9 series. As per tipster Ishan Agarwal, the Mi A3 is expected to get the SD 730 compared to the S710 in the CC9. While the Mi A3 Lite may get the SD 675 unlike the SD 665 on the CC9e.
Mi A3 Series with Android One will soon launch globally. AFAIK, there are two Mi A3 models with codenames: bamboo_sprout and cosmos_sprout. One will have SD675 while the other will have SD730. Probably Mi A3 Lite and Mi A3 but I don't know for sure. https://t.co/G0d7ajCBni
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) July 11, 2019
Update- July 6, 2019: The launch of Mi A3 series gets confirmed by the certification at FCC and Singapore’s IMDA. The leaked screenshot reveals a new Xiaomi phone with Android One, triple rear cameras and without a fingerprint sensor on the back.
All of this hints that Mi A3 will actually be the rebranded Mi CC9. Moreover, the codename of this device also matches with the Mi CC9.
Update- July 2, 2019: Xiaomi finally launched their latest Mi CC9 series in China today. The Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e come with AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras with a 48MP sensor, and a premium design will 3D glass back.
Update- July 1, 2019: Xiaomi has announced its new ‘CC’ series in China and the first phones in the series CC9 and CC9e are to debut on July 2. Now, a tipster has leaked that the Mi CC9 phone may be launched as Mi A3 globally and in India as well.
As per the leak, the Mi A3 will reportedly have the same design as well as same specs as Mi CC9. So, we expect it to sport a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and an on-screen fingerprint sensor.
— Sudhanshu Ambhore (@Sudhanshu1414) June 27, 2019
The Mi A3 is expected to sport a triple rear camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. It will come with mid-level hardware including a Snapdragon 730 chipset with up to 8GB RAM, and a 4,0000mAh battery. The leak also suggests that the Mi CC9e would be the Mi A3 Lite.
Update: April 29, 2019- Xiaomi’s Global Vice President and India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain has revealed through a tweet that a new Xiaomi phone is coming with a Snapdragon processor that is probably Snapdragon 730.
Any guesses? 😎 pic.twitter.com/TnrnTOr4PI
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) April 26, 2019
To recall, Qualcomm announced three new Snapdragon processors- Snapdragon 665, Snapdragon 730, and Snapdragon 730G earlier this month. So, we expect that Xiaomi’s new phone which is most probably Mi A3 will come with the Snapdragon 730 chipset.
Mi A3 Specifications, Features
However, this year Xiaomi launched the Mi CC9 and it will become the Mi A3. Based on that, let’s check out the expected specs, features, and price of Mi A3 in India.
Mi A3 Build Quality and Display
As far as build quality is concerned, the Mi A3 could offer a 3D gradient glass back finish with multi-color LED light similar to the Mi CC9. The device may be 8.67mm thick and it may weigh 179g.
Xiaomi offered an AMOLED display on the Mi CC9. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. So, the Mi A3 may also sport a same 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio i.e. a dot notch display. It could also have Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Mi A3 Processor
For the chipset, Xiaomi is rumored to use the Snapdragon 730 chipset for Mi A3, unlike the Snapdragon 710 in CC9. The SD 730 is a new chipset from Qualcomm which is based on the 8nm process. Xioami has already offered the same in Redmi K20. The Mi A3 is expected to get an SD 675.
Mi A3 Cameras
Cameras are always an important area for Xiaomi’s A series. Since the Mi CC9 series gets a triple camera system so we expect the same for the Mi A3. The Mi A3 could come with the same 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor just like the CC9. There could be an 8MP 118° ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor.
There is a 32MP selfie camera on CC9, so Xiaomi could also use a 32MP selfie on the Mi A3 as well.
Mi A3 Battery and Other Features
The Mi A3 is expected to pack a 4,030 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging. It could also come with an 18W fast charger in the box.
Since it would a part of the Android One program so it would run stock Android 9 Pie and later will be upgradable to Android Q as well. For connectivity, it would come with a USB Type C port and other usual options.
Mi A3 India Launch Date, Price, Availability
If we talk about the launch timeline, since they are currently busy with Redmi K20 series in India, they might push the launch of Mi A3 for one month at least. So, Xiaomi will probably launch the Mi A3 in India around mid-August.
Coming to the pricing, the Mi CC9 price starts at 1799 yuan (Rs. 18,000 roughly) for the 6GB/64GB version. So the Mi A3 could also carry a starting price tag of Rs 17,999 in India. If Xiaomi also launches the Mi A3 Lite, it should come at around Rs 13,000.
The Mi A3 is expected to available for purchase in India from last week of August 2019.