Xiaomi Mi A3 with Android One: the Mi CC9e for Europe for $238.63

The assumptions have existed since the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e were first introduced. On 17 July, the company unveiled the Xiaomi Mi A3 for Europe, which is virtually the Xiaomi Mi CC9e. But the Android One device surprisingly only comes on the market with an HD+ display, but offers a fingerprint sensor in the display, three cameras and a large battery!

Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One

Technical data of the Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi Mi A3
Display 6,088″ AMOLED Display (1560 x 720p, 19,5:9 aspect ratio), 282 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 @ 2 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 610
Memory 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 64/128 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 48 MP with ƒ/1.79 aperture + 8 MP wide-angle + 2 MP depth sensor
Front Camera 32 MP with ƒ/2.0, AI Functions & Portrait Mode
Battery 4.030 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8, 20 WLAN AC, GPS//BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM
Features Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C | Face Unlock
Operating system Android 9 Pie
Dimensions / Weight 153,48 x 71,85 x 8,475 mm / 173,8 g

Xiaomi Mi CC9e as Xiaomi Mi A3

Already in the first week of June it had become known that a smartphone with the model number M1906F9SH had been tested by the American FCC. The Mi CC9e’s number is M1906F9SC, identical except for the last digit. An indication that the new phone might be based on the Mi CC9e. So it is also clear that the Mi A3 gets a 6.088 inch AMOLED display, which works with a resolution of 1560 x 720 p. The Mi CC9e has a 6.088 inch AMOLED display. The resolution, however, is a downgrade to its predecessor, which is equipped with a Full HD display.

Xiaomi Mi A3

But the fingerprint sensor sits in the display and offers an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 due to the waterdrop notch at the upper edge of the screen. The fact that you choose an AMOLED panel here is definitely a pro-argument in the price class, but we still have to clarify in the test whether an HD+ resolution 2019 is actually still sufficient. There are three color variants of the Xiaomi Mi A3: black, blue, white. The latter is actually new in the Xiaomi universe and we personally like it very much.

Finally with large battery

Like so many smartphones at present, Xiaomi also processes a 48 megapixel camera in the Mi A3. The sensor is a Sony sensor with an aperture of ƒ/1.79. Since it is a triple camera, there is also a wide-angle camera with 8 MP resolution and a 2 MP sensor for more depth information. On the front side the Mi A3 also works with a 32 Megapixel front camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture. In fact, panorama selffies are also possible here, as we already know from the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Camera
The name fits: 3 cameras for the Mi A3.

Like the Xiaomi Mi CC9e, the Xiaomi Mi A3 also uses the Snapdragon 665 processor, which is unfortunately a very small increase compared to the Xiaomi Mi A2 with Snapdragon 660 processor. In addition there is 4/64 GB memory or optionally also 4/128 GB memory. The LPDDR4X main memory is the current industry standard, the UFS 2.1 mass memory is expandable by up to 256 GB via microSD card.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Battery

The biggest criticism of the predecessor was the short battery life. This is countered with a 4.030 mAh battery. It can be charged with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 via USB type C, but only a 10W charger is included. This is probably the biggest change to the Mi A2, which came on the market with a 3.010 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Specs

Xiaomi Mi A3 as part of Android One

Also the Mi A1 and the Mi A2 were each based on different Xiaomi devices. The biggest difference was the operating system, because since the MI A1 we find Android One on the devices of the series. An exception at Xiaomi, who otherwise use their own version of the operating system called MIUI.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One
You can tell On the Mi A3 is no MIUI, but a clean Android operating system.

The Android One program is in principle simply Stock Android, thus a pure Android operating system from Google. The advantage lies also in the fact that these mobile phones are always supplied very fast with new updates, which come directly from Google. You are on the safe side. Nokia, for example, is fully committed to this program, it is very similar to the Google Pixel devices. From Xiaomi itself probably only apps like MiCloud will be pre-installed.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Camera Teaser

There is also a 3.5 mm jack input, but unfortunately no NFC. It’s a pity that Xiaomi doesn’t offer contactless payment, only the Xiaomi Mi CC9 or Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and Mi 9T in this price range get this.

Evaluation

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is especially interesting for all those who prefer Stock Android and don’t have much left for MIUI. We like the actual hardware like the CPU, the triple camera and the big battery. There are also cool features like the fingerprint sensor in the display and the jack input. We can only criticize the HD+ display in advance, a 720p resolution is actually not acceptable for the price. Here one probably thought that one would get away with it like Apple with the iPhone XR.

We are also a bit surprised that the Mi CC9 wasn’t used as a template for the Mi A3. Obviously, there is no lite version of the Mi A3, maybe the better CPU and the Full HD+ display speak for a pro version of the Xiaomi Mi A3.

Are you also curious about the new Android One smartphone from Xiaomi? Or is the HD+ display a dealbreaker for you?

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My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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