Does Xiaomi Really Want to Sell Its Android One Phones?

Will the Mi A3 ever be as popular as the Redmi Note 7 Pro?

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Does Xiaomi Really Want to Sell Its Android One Phones?

Mi A3 price in India starts at Rs. 12,999

Xiaomi Mi A3 price in India is pretty attractive and on first glance, the phone does appear to be an exciting option in the affordable segment of the smartphone market. When we completed our review we discovered certain things that made us not want to recommend it for everyone. Reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to talk about Xiaomi's Android One efforts and the direction the Android One programme itself is heading in. We begin this episode by talking about Mi A3 price in India and Redmi Note 7 Pro price in India. Then we talk about Mi A3's display, design, performance, battery life, and last but not the least -- cameras. Here we talk about all the good things about the Mi A3 before moving on to the things holding the smartphone back. This is when we wonder whether Xiaomi really wants to sell its Android One smartphones in India. Why is that? Well, you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out.

In the next segment we look at the Android One programme as a whole and wonder whether it has succeeded so far. Here we talk about the companies that are a part of the Android One programme and whether manufacturers have any incentive to be a part of this initiative. Then we look at what people want from their phones and where Android One fits there. Who really is gaining from Android One here and is the Android One experience really the best one for Android users out there? We discuss all of that and much more.

That's all for this week's episode of Orbital, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good cameras
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Smooth performance
  • Bad
  • Low-resolution display
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot
  • Camera is slow to focus at times
  • Aggressive HDR
Display 6.08-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Front Camera 32-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4030mAh
OS Android 9.0
Resolution 720x1560 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Premium design
  • Good cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Smooth performance
  • Bad
  • Heats up quickly
  • Bloatware and ads in MIUI
  • Shared slot for second SIM/ microSD card
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android Pie
Resolution 1080x2340 pixels
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Pranay is in charge of podcasts and videos at Gadgets 360. Over the years, he has written over 500 tutorials on iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac. He has also written in-depth reported features on the intersection of technology and culture, reviewed fitness wearables, been the social media manager, started two podcasts, and produced several tech videos. He loves travelling, particularly to places not frequented by tourists. He keeps running half-marathons across the country and hopes to complete ...More
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