Mi A3 was launched in India on Wednesday as Xiaomi's latest entrant in the budget segment. The smartphone, which carries Google's Android One branding, is the successor to the Mi A2 that was launched last year. At the price it has been launched at, the Mi A3 actually competes with Xiaomi's own offering, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, but it has some crucial differences. Highlights of the Mi A3 include its glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and back, and the back panel particularly sports a nano-level holographic pattern that can attract users at first glance. Being an Android One phone, the Xiaomi Mi A3 runs stock Android and is likely to be amongst the first smartphones to receive the next Android iteration. The key highlights of the also Mi A3 make it a comparable option against the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which is one of the hot-selling smartphones in the country and another budget option by Xiaomi.
The Mi A3 price in India is set at Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option is priced at Rs. 15,999. The Mi A3 (Review) comes in three different colour options, namely "Not Just Blue", "More Than White", and "Kind of Grey". Moreover, it will go on sale through Amazon.in, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores from 12pm (noon) IST on Friday, August 23.
In contrast, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched in India back in late February with a price of Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, whereas its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option carries a price tag of Rs. 16,999. The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which was launched at Rs. 15,999, also recently received a price cut and is currently available at Rs. 14,999. The phone comes in Neptune Blue, Space Black, Nebula Red, and Moonlight (Astro) White colour options and is available for purchase through Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.
The Mi A3 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both have dual-SIM (Nano) support and run Android 9 Pie. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has MIUI 10 on top of Android, while the Mi A3 comes with the pure Android experience that's available on various other Android One smartphones and Google's Pixel devices.
In terms of display, the Mi A3 houses a 6.08-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) Super AMOLED display that has a waterdrop-style notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) LCD panel. The phone also has a waterdrop-style notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio that both make it similar to the Mi A3.
Under the hood, the Mi A3 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with Adreno 610 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, however, has the Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with Adreno 612 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.
For photos and videos, the Mi A3 flaunts a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 118-degree wide-angle f/1.79 lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor for depth sensing. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other front, has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor.
The Mi A3 also has a 32-megapixel selfie camera that is equipped with an f/2.0 lens. In contrast, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
Xiaomi has provided the Mi A3 in 64GB and 128GB storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Redmi Note 7 Pro also has identical onboard storage versions along with the same microSD card support (up to 256GB).
Similarly, the Mi A3 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both have identical connectivity options that include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Sensors on the Mi A3 include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared (IR) magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. These are in line with what you'll get on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. However, on the contrary front, the Mi A3 has an in-display fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Mi A3 packs a 4,030mAh battery that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology and traditional 18W fast charging. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, includes a 4,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0 technology. Both phones come bundled with a 10W charger.
On the dimensions front, the Mi A3 measures 153.48x71.85x8.5mm, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro measures 159.21x75.21x8.1mm. Furthermore, the Mi A3 weighs 173.8 grams, whereas the Redmi Note 7 Pro is weight at 186 grams.
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|Model||Mi A3||Redmi Note 7 Pro|
|Release date||17th July 2019||February 2019|
|Dimensions (mm)||153.48 x 71.85 x 8.50||159.21 x 75.21 x 8.10|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4030||4000|
|Fast charging||Quick Charge 3.0||Quick Charge 4+|
|Colours||Not Just Blue, More Than White, Kind of Gray||Classic Space Black, Nebula Red, Neptune Blue|
|Launched in India||-||Yes|
|Screen size (inches)||6.08||6.30|
|Resolution||720x1560 pixels||1080x2340 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||-||409|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core||2GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256||-|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel||48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 5-megapixel|
|Front camera||32-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.6-micron)||13-megapixel|
|Operating system||Android 9.0||Android Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||-||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|