Sunday, January 23, 2022

Xiaomi Mi A3 Official with OLED display, under-display Fingerprint

It is now more than obvious Xiaomi wants to be the world’s number one maker, and seller of smartphones. Their constant announcements, updates, and overall push in launching, and refreshing devices is crazy. The best thing is it is impossible to pick a single Xiaomi device and criticize it for poor design choices, poor spec-list, or bad pricing. All their phones are well-spec’d and well priced.

For years now, they have had a line of pure Android devices. The Mi A1 was crazy good, the Mi A2 plus Mi A2 Lite had their fair share of glory, and now the Mi A3 is here with even better offerings.

First: an OLED display. Yes resolution is 720p max, but it is OLED. And that’s okay. Because the OLED display brings something from High End devices: an under-display fingerprint scanner. I hope the scanner is fast enough to justify Xiaomi’s decision to ditch the capacitive scanners. If not, it will be a big fail.

Second: The cameras. A triple lens setup consisting of a 48MP main lens, 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Plus a 32MP selfie camera.

Third: The price! The phone starts €250 for 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. This year, the storage is expandable. Plus there is the Snapdragon 665 powering everything.

Hopefully, the Mi A3 cameras perform quite good. Because as far as I can tell, I would pick this deal over even Google’s Pixel 3A deal. It’s actually funny because Xiaomi decided to be a little cheeky this year with the colours of the new Mi A3. LOL, there’s Kind of Gray, Not just Blue, and More than White colours. This funny naming scheme is something we first saw with Google Pixel phones.

What are your thoughts on the new Mi A3?

Xiaomi Mi A3 Full Specifications and Price in Kenya

TypeSuper AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protected
Size6.01 inches, 88.7 cm2 (~80.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~286 ppi density)
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); Android One
ChipsetQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
Internal 64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
ExternalmicroSD, up to 256GB (SIM 2 Slot)
Front32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, (ultrawide), f/2.2, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Size and techNon-removable Li-Po 4030 mAh battery
Fast charging 18W
OthersFingerprint sensor under-display, USB type-C
ColoursKind of Gray, Not just Blue, More than White
PriceExpected KES. 25,000


  1. Not really an upgrade, weak Chipset, worse display smaller overall screen. This would be an upgrade to the mi A2 lite, not the A2

  2. I think the display is a downgrade from the Mi A 2. I also expected an upgrade of the snapdragon to probably 710. The only reason that will make me buy the Mi A 3 is the return of the earphone slot

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