Xiaomi Mi A3 Review – The Best Android One Smartphone in India?
Smart phones in the sub 20000 rupees segment at its time. But it had a few major shortcomings, notably it was missing on the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the storage wasn’t expandable. Now the me III has a both of them, but has Xiaomi skimp out on anything else. Well, we input the me III to the test to find out now before we go ahead with the full review of the me a3 be sure to subscribe to the gadget, 360 YouTube channel and click on the mail icon, something you’re the first to know when we Have a new video, the Xiaomi me III has a glass sandwich design compared to the metal. Clad me a 2. There is Corning Gorilla, Glass, 5 at the front and back as well as on the camera module. The screen has a dewdrop notch at the top which houses to the selfie camera. The me III has thin bezels on the sides with the ones at the top, and the bottom are comparatively ethical. The me III is in display. Fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly lower when compared to some of the other smartphones. However, it is convenient to use and unlocks the phone quickly. Xiaomi has opted for a plastic frame on the me a3, which was finished in chrome on are more than white unit at the top. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack secondary microphone and an IR emitter which can be used to control IR based appliances.
Surprisingly, there is no app to use the IR emitter width, so you will have to download one yourself. The me III has a USB type c port at the bottom. With two grills, though only the one on the right is a loudspeaker. Xiaomi has positioned the power and volume buttons on the right side, and these are easy to reach. The dual hybrid SIM tray is on the left side of the device. The Xiaomi a3 is powered by the Snapdragon 665 SOC, which we’ve also just seen in the recently launched real me 5. There are two variants of the me III, with 4gb of RAM and 64gb of storage and the one we’ve reviewed with 63 of RAM and 128 GB of storage, Xiaomi touts ufs 2.1 storage for the me III. One thing that came as no surprise to us was the HD plus panel on the me III. It was surprising because its predecessor, the me a 1 and the me a 2 both had full HD plus panels. Yes, the me if Li uses a 6.0 8x AMOLED panel, but you can see pixelation while reading text on the device, because its density is less than 300 pixels per inch. We did not find any way to adjust the screen. Color output, which we found to be boosted too much for our liking. The panel has adequate brightness and as legible out those, but at times it wasn’t easy to view it under direct sunlight.
Since the me a3 is a part of the Android one program, it runs stock Android instead of new UI. There is no bloatware pre installed, which means no spammy notifications. The device will receive major Android OS updates for two years and security updates for three years, while using the me III, we did not face any lag or start off and the Snapdragon 665 in the phone could run apps without any issues. Since we had the 6 GB RAM variant of the me a3, we could multitask easily without having to kill apps. In the background we played pubsey mobile and found that it defaulted to the low quality preset with a graphic set to smooth and framerate set to medium. We won the graphic quality up to balance and we a three could still play the game without any stutter or lag after playing the game for 30 minutes. We notice that the phone was slightly warm to the touch and had registered a 10 battery drop. The Xiaomi me a three packs in a four thousand thirty milliamp hour battery and it delivers good pasture life compared to the me a two. You have HD video loop test. The me if he went on for 16 hours and 21 minutes with our regular usage, which consisted of running all benchmarks, taking photos and videos and using an active whatsapp account. Each full charge lasted us about a day and a half. The supplied 10 watt charger managed to take the me 83 to 27 in 30 minutes and to 54.
In an hour, this phone supports 18 watt fast charging. The faster charger is sold separately. Xiaomi has gone with a triple camera, set up on the me III. There’S, a forty eight megapixel Sony. I am x58 six sensor for the primary camera. An 8 megapixel wide angle sensor with a 118 degree field of view, and the third one is a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The Sony I am x58 sensor is also found on premium smartphones, like the 1 7 and the red Nikkei 20 Pro there is a 48 megapixel mode that lets you take shots at the sensors full resolution, but the regular photo mode returns. 12 megapixel pixel bent photos for better clarity. Photos taken in daylight had good details. The phone managed to lock focus quickly and set the exposure right objects at a distance were recognizable and text was also legible. However, the me III does not do HDR very well lifting blacks a bit too aggressively. This throws the contrast of the photos off causing them to look artificial. The wide angle sensor helps capture wider frames, but you also lose out on detail when compared to shots taken with the primary sensor, taking macro shots on the me III, wasn’t easy, as it was a little slow to focus. Occasionally, we also had to move back in order to help the phone focus better and the me a3 does manage that. It takes four very good shots. It managed good separation between the subject and the background and reproduce details.
Well, the portrait mode lets you adjust the level of background flow before you take a shot. The phone managed good edge detection and accurate colors in this mode in low light, the me a3 delivers good shots. As long as you are patient, it locks focus quickly, but is still slow to capture the image. It looks slightly longer to take a shot than we anticipated, sometimes resulting in motion blur. We had to stay perfectly still for a while, after hitting the shutter button to ensure that the image washout low light shots had good detail and noise was under control. Switching to me, a three to night mode resulted in brighter images with better details. Selfies taken outdoors had good detail in the subjects Walker exposed for selfie, portraits the phone, managed hood edge detection and did give us the option to set the level of blow in low light. We had to keep the phone’s steady longer than we usually do to ensure a sharp shot. Selfies taken in low light, had good detail and were well exposed. Media recording tops out at 4k for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shoot. Oh, there is video stabilization when shooting at 1080p, with a primary rear camera and the output was well stabilized in low light. A shimmer effect was visible and there is no stabilization when shooting at 4k or using the selfie camera two steps forward. One step back is the best way to describe Xiaomi strategy with me III.
The company did bring back the 3.5 mm headphone jack and expandable storage, but dropped the screen resolution down to HD, plus the new qualcomm snapdragon 616. I is a capable processor and delivers good performance for the price. The me a3 also benefits from a bigger battery and is capable of lasting longer than its predecessor on a single charge. Camera performance is quite strong for a phone at this price level, helping it stand out at its starting price of 12 thousand 999 rupees. The me III does not offer the same kind of value for money as some of the other smartphones. The real me 5, with the same processor, starts at 9999 rupees and if you value performance over camera quality, then shawm use own redmi. Note 7 pro has a more powerful qualcomm snapdragon 600 v SOC and is within reach at 13 thousand 999 rupees. The me III will then only appeal to people who really value the stock Android experience and want good camera performance without breaking the bank, and for that particular segment. The me III is currently the best that is in the market. So that was our review of the Xiaomi me III.