Xiaomi Mi A3 test: a high-performance, enduring smartphone … but a bad screen?

by Kelvin
Presse-citron

Available for a few weeks in stores, the new Xiaomi Mi A3 is available from 249.90 euros. A price that would hint at yet another entry-level smartphone, but with an AMOLED screen, a triple photo sensor, a 32-megapixel front camera, a 4030 mAh battery, Android One and a fingerprint sensor under the screen, Xiaomi’s smartphone clearly has something to arouse curiosity. Our test!

Design, screen, performance

Aesthetically, no big surprise with this umpteenth Xiaomi smartphone, and a Mi A3 which adopts a now very classic look, here with the presence of a small notch at the top of the screen, and a fingerprint sensor located under the same 6 ″ screen. There is also a USB Type-C port, as well as a 3.5 mm jack port, on the top, but no trace of any NFC chip.

In hand, the smartphone is very nice, as long as you are a minimum accustomed to this kind of XXL template, with the added bonus of a rather neat general finish.

  

However, once the smartphone is turned on, the alert eye will quickly notice a screen that lacks clarity (1560 x 720 pixels “”). On the colorimetric side, despite the “” side, the observation is there too, the other concern being the fact that Android One prevents any form of (re) configuration …

Admittedly, we can welcome the fact of offering an OLED screen on a smartphone at this price, but in view of the general quality, we would have very much preferred a properly calibrated Full HD IPS panel… Too bad.

Xiaomi Mi A3

At the bottom of the screen, there is a fingerprint sensor integrated directly under the screen. The whole thing is set up in just a few seconds, and the result is quite positive. Admittedly, we do not have a new champion here in terms of responsiveness, but the set works really well (which is more for a smartphone at 250 €), and brings a real plus in terms of comfort of use (compared to a sensor located on the back for example), in addition to allowing a display ratio of 80%.

Xiaomi Mi A3

On a daily basis, the Xiaomi Mi A3 is a very good traveling companion, which offers performance, after all, very correct, unless of course you want to launch the most demanding applications. No heating either, nor even any technical problem such as freeze or other bug to report.

With a Snapdragon 665 coupled to 4 GB of RAM, the smartphone does not suffer from any notable defect, in the context of “normal” use (telephone, SMS, email, web, Facebook, Twitter…). Those looking for a higher level of performance, from the same manufacturer, can turn to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 photo / video side

Regarding the photo section, this Xiaomi Mi A3 is equipped with a triple sensor system, including a 48-megapixel Sony main module, seconded by an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, to which is added a 2 megapixel depth of field.

Xiaomi Mi A3

A configuration that can capture shots up to 6000 x 8000 pixels, but which also offers a lot of options in terms of video, including the precious 4K sensor, however limited to 30 fps. For its part, the Full HD sensor can be configured in 60 and 30 fps. Slow Motion is also there, with the choice of 720p at a maximum rate of 240 fps, or 1080p at 120 fps.

In the field, like most smartphones Similar, the Xiaomi Mi A3 offers a rather correct rendering when the light conditions are optimal. Configured by default in 12 megapixels, with “”, we can also take pictures in 48 megapixels if desired.

To the eye, the difference is not frankly obvious … and the rendering is even sometimes a little less clear in 48 megapixels. In low light conditions, no miracle, the whole oscillates between the medium and the mediocre.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 also allows you to enjoy a wide-angle mode, convenient for “” in one click. Again, the effect is interesting, and quite practical at times, but you should not expect something extraordinary on the rendered side. On the video side, despite the presence of a 4K / 30 fps mode, we will favor (as often elsewhere) the Full HD / 60 fps mode, more stable, smoother and cleaner.

“Record” autonomy

In terms of autonomy, in addition to a 4030 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Mi A3 can also count on its Android One configuration (without overlay therefore) to offer endurance worthy of the name. Still in the context of so-called “normal” use, the smartphone easily takes two full days, or even three days for those less addicted to their mobile.

An excellent score therefore, which places the Xiaomi Mi A3 in the high medium at this level. On the recharging side, it takes just under two hours to replenish your energy with the supplied block.

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My opinion on the Xiaomi Mi A3

A bit like there is no good or bad situation, there is no good or bad surprise with this new Xiaomi Mi A3, which offers very correct performance, a neat look and very good autonomy . The photo section is indented, as often on this type of smartphones, like the AMOLED panel, which clearly lacks definition and precision. Special mention, however, to Android One, which is still just as appreciable, as well as to the fingerprint sensor under the screen, which is very effective, if not very responsive.

In short, to consider therefore, for those looking for a “small” smartphone enduring and easy to use, but there is still better in the segment (and sometimes even for less), the fault mainly to a really weak screen.

Xiaomi Mi A3

€ 249

Value for money

7.5 / 10

WE love

  • Getting started, finishing
  • Autonomy and performance
  • Android One, for pure sensations
  • Fingerprint sensor under the slab

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