There are people who, with good judgment, do not buy every new mobile that goes on the market year after year but it is convenient to wait a reasonable time and launch a new model of two or 3 generations later. If in your day you bought the Xiaomi Mi A1 and you have completely ignored the Xiaomi Mi A2, surely you are considering buying the Xiaomi Mi A3 .
In this comparison of the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Xiaomi Mi A3 we will review in what they look like and in what they differ the two smartphones of the manufacturer’s Android One family. And is that two years apart give a lot, as already seen in the lines and shapes of both phones.
Design and screen
In 2 years things have changed a lot in the field of mobile devices. Nowadays, the frameless design prevails with a small notch as we see in the Xiaomi Mi A3 that favors a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio, compared to the classic 16: 9 screen of the Xiaomi Mi A1 . In the case of the 2017 phone we talk about a 5.5-inch screen that offers a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels with density 403 dots per inch.
Interestingly, despite enjoying a larger size (6.1 inches), the Xiaomi Mi A3 has an HD + resolution of 1560 x 720 px. This generates a density of 282 dpi and is one of the most criticized points of the mobile, but in its favor it must be said that it is still an AMOLED panel, and not an IPS like that of the mobile with which we compare it.
Other keys to the design of the Xiaomi Mi A3 are the location of the fingerprint reader on the same screen, as well as the incorporation of a triple lens at the rear. For its part, the previous smartphone is left with a fingerprint reader on the rear profile as well as a camera with two sensors.
Processor and memory
Perhaps the aspect where both phones are more even, because they offer a similar configuration of RAM and storage , as well as processors of similar performance (saving distances).
- Xiaomi Mi A3 : Qualcomm is responsible for ensuring the power of the device with a Snapdragon 665 processor, an Octa-Core, capable of reaching 2 GHz speed that is complemented with an Adreno 610 GPU, as well as 4 GB of RAM + 64 or 128 GB of storage with possibility of expansion with 256 GB MicroSD.
Xiaomi Mi A1 : The processor of the phone is also signed by Qualcomm, only that it is an earlier generation. It is a Snapdragon 625 CPU, also operating with 8 cores at 2.0 GHz and with a GOU Adreno 506. It is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of storage with possibility of expansion with 128 GB MicroSD.
Differences between cameras
The Xiaomi Mi A3 mounts a triple camera starring a 48 MP main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture and a secondary 8 MP sensor that allows you to collect wider scenes thanks to its wide angle with f / 2.2. The set is completed with a focus aid sensor of 2 MP 7 aperture f / 2.4. In front we have a 32 megapixel selfie camera and f / 2.0 aperture that hides in a water drop shaped notch.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was one of the first smartphones to mount a dual camera configuration below 250 euros. This time we are facing a double 12 MP sensor , the first with f / 2.2 aperture with a focal length equivalent to 26 millimeters and, the second, with f / 2.6 and 50 mm focal length that offers a 2X optical zoom. Its front camera is 5 May with f / 2.2 aperture.
At the video level, both models are capable of recording clips at 1080p and at a speed of 30 fps with both the front camera and the front camera.
Which one has a better battery?
Do you remember when we talked about the controversial screen of the Xiaomi Mi A3 ? The reduction of its resolution and the fact of mounting an AMOLED technology is due to the fact that the main virtue of the mobile is the battery life, thus solving one of the main criticisms expressed on the Mi A2. In this case, the Chinese brand assembles a 4,030 mAh capacity battery that features 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology. This makes it possible to fully charge the phone in 2 hours and results in an autonomy close to 48 hours under normal use.
In the case of the Xiaomi Mi A1, more restrained performance. Its cell is up to 1000 mAh lower, since it has a maximum capacity of 3,080 mAh. The loading speed is not, by any means, the same.
Gold point where the Xiaomi Mi A3 wins by KO The Xiaomi Mi A1 went on sale with Android 7 Nougat and has already received its two system updates promised by the Android One program so you should already have the update to Android 9 Pie installed in the mobile.
In the case of the most recent of the two phones, it was put up for sale directly with Android 8 Oreo but it already has its current update on foot. But its main asset is that the same month that the brand has promised the arrival of Android 10, with its new gestures, permission procedures and dark mode.
In this comparison between mobiles we propose whether it is worth changing one for the other, not buying one or the other, since the Mi A1 has been discontinued for quite some time.
But if you have convinced yourself that you are finally going to buy the Xiaomi Mi A3 , you are in luck because it is a phone that has fallen in price very quickly since its launch months ago. Instead of buying it for 249 euros, its official price, right now you can find it in stores like Amazon at around 160-170 euros .
Change or not?
Better battery, better camera, a more current design and the promise of Android 10 on the horizon should be enough reasons to change phones, although today there are other more attractive options in the brand catalog such as the new Redmi Note 8 . However, if you want to work with Android One , it is the best smartphone of the Chinese brand that you will find, despite its controversial screen resolution.
Here we leave you a table with all the complete specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A3 versus those of the Xiaomi Mi A1 so you can compare them face to face.
|–||Xiaomi Mi A3||Xiaomi Mi A1|
|screen||6.1 ″ AMOLED HD + 1560 x 720 px / 19.5: 9 / Corning Gorilla Glas 5||5.5 inches FullHD / LTPS + OGS|
|Size and weight||153.58 x 71.85 x 8.45 mm / 173.8 grams||155.4 mm x 75.8 mm x 7.3 mm / 165 grams|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 at 2 GHz with Adreno 610 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 at 2.0 GHz|
|Storage||64/128 GB||64GB + SDXC (SD 3.0) (128GB)|
|Camera||– Triple 48 MP rear with f / 1.79 + 8 MP with f / 2.2 + 2 MP with f / 2.4 and LED Flash + PDAF + IA
– 32 MP front with f / 2.0
|– Dual 12 Mpx + 12 Mpx / Aperture f / 2.2 and LED flash
– 5 Mpx front with f / 2.0 aperture
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS A-GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, USB Type C, Fingerprint reader on screen||4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C + 3.5mm headphone jack|
|YOU||Android 9 Pie with the Android One layer||Android 9 Pie with the Android One layer|
|Battery||4,030 mAh with 18W fast charge||3,080 mAh|
|Price||From 170 euros|