Xiaomi Mi A3 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

This Mi A3 unboxing confirms key specs of the upcoming Android One phone
Xiaomi has confirmed it will announce the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite on 17 July. Running Android One rather than MIUI, here's what we know about the new Xiaomi phones.

We love MIUI, but this custom Android interface that is preinstalled on Xiaomi phones can be offputting for users in the UK and Europe who are either not familiar with it or prefer a less-bloated vanilla implementation of Android, and who want access to all their favourite Google apps and services out of the box.

Xiaomi has previously addressed this issue with last summer's release of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, budget- and mid-range phones running Android One. Tomorrow it will announce their successors, the company has confirmed.

Xiaomi is holding a press event in Madrid on Wednesday 17 July, and some of our Spanish colleagues will be at the event ready to bring you all the latest news.

We've already seen some leaked renders of the new generation (below), and it's thought that the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will be closely aligned to the already announced Xiaomi Mi CC9 and CC9e.
What's New In Mi A3?
The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are similar in name and operating system only, since they actually look quite different to one another. The cheaper Mi A2 Lite has a chunky screen notch, for example, while the mid-range Mi A2 is now looking decidedly old given Xiaomi's decision to keep all the sensors and so forth above the 18:9 screen. Both phones have metal rears - the Lite with the addition of plastic end caps - and only the cheaper model has a headphone jack.

With Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite we will see Xiaomi move away from this design, implementing the new full-screen Dot Drop display that we've seen with more recent Xiaomi phones, as well as a holographic - or at least glass - rear panel.

A leaked photo showing a Mi A3 unboxing confirms the Mi A3's inclusion of a Snapdragon 665 processor, 48Mp triple-lens AI camera, 32Mp selfie camera, 4,030mAh battery, in-display fingerprint sensor and 6.08in Dot Drop screen.

These are identical specs to the recently announced Mi CC9e, so as with the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, which were Android One versions of the Mi 6X and Redmi 6 Pro, it sounds as though Xiaomi is following a similar logic with these new models.

One caveat with the Mi CC9e is that it has an HD+ resolution, which is actually a step down on the Full-HD+ Mi A2. With Xiaomi specifying 720x1520 pixels here, it's possible that this will in fact be the Mi A3 Lite rather than Mi A3.

How Much Will Mi A3 cost?
Typically speaking Xiaomi keeps its phone pricing relatively constant, so we'd expect a Mi A3 to launch at the same price as Mi A2.

The Mi A2 debuted at €279/£259 and €349/£319 for the 64- and 128GB models, while Mi A2 Lite is priced at €179/£179 for 3GB/32GB and €229/£199 for 4GB/64GB.

What Is Android One?
Android One was first introduced in 2014, intended to be of interest primarily to first-time users of Android or those running budget devices. But its stripped-back pure Android experience quickly turned the heads of even flagship users, who also wanted to enjoy the operating system as it was intended.

In essence Android One is the closest you'll get to standard Android, with none of the bells and whistles often preinstalled by phone manufacturers and mobile network operators. This means there is zero bloatware, no third-party app launchers, and no fancy themes, keyboards or other customisations. It is a clean slate on to which you can install only the stuff you want.

Moreover, since Android One offers such a pure experience, security patches and new features are able to be rolled out almost immediately. Android One devices are always first on the list for new operating system updates, too.

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