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Xiaomi Mi A3 selling at Rs 11,999 after fresh price drop: 5 reasons why it is worth it, 3 why it is not

The Mi A3 recently received another price cut from Xiaomi and is currently the only Android One device Xiaomi sells. But is it worth buying at this price?

twitter-logo Amritanshu Mukherjee   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 27, 2020  | 14:21 IST
Xiaomi Mi A3

Highlights

  • Xiaomi recently dropped the Mi A3's price by Rs 1,000, starting at Rs 11,999.
  • The Mi A3 is the only Xiaomi phone that comes with a stock Android interface.
  • The Mi A3 is set to get an Android 10 update in mid-February.

The rebirth of Android One phones can be highly attributed to Xiaomi's Mi A series of phones and the current iteration, which is the Mi A3, is the best one the series has ever seen. Launched last year, the Mi A3 is one of the most affordable Android One phones in India and with the recent price drop, it becomes an even better deal than ever. Xiaomi dropped the price across all its variants by Rs 1,000, thereby bringing the starting price of the Mi A3 to as low as Rs 11,999.

At this price, the Mi A3 is among the most affordable phones you can buy in the market today. You get the best of Google's stock Android experience as well as Xiaomi's appreciated build quality. The base variant of the Mi A3 can be had with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas you will have to spend Rs 14,999 for the one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Unlike its predecessors, the Mi A3 sits alone in its price range, not competing with any other Redmi branded phone.

Does that make it the best phone you can buy for less than Rs 13,000? Or are there better alternatives available in the market? Read on to find out.

5 reasons why the Mi A3 is a great buy at Rs 11,999

-In 2020, there are only a handful of Android One phones on sale and the Mi A3 is the one offering a very compelling specifications list. The A3 comes with a Snapdragon 665 chipset that's good enough for most tasks and even casual gaming.

-Xiaomi focuses highly on camera performance and the Mi A3 is another proof of that. You get a highly capable 48-megapixel main camera assisted by an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera at the back. For selfies, it relies on a 32-megapixel camera at the front. These cameras perform impressively for a phone of its class.

-The Mi A3 comes with an AMOLED display - a feature that not many phones in its class offer. It even gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is not seen in a phone at this price point. Hence, geeks will love the Mi A3 for these trendy features.

-Xiaomi uses a 4030mAh battery in the Mi A3 and that combined with a 720p AMOLED display as well as a power-efficient chip delivers good battery life. It also supports 18W fast charging via USB-C.

-Lastly, the Mi A3 looks and feels like a phone from several categories above. It uses Gorilla Glass 5 panels for both front and back, and comes in stunning gradient colour schemes. The phone is also quite compact with its 6-inch display and that makes it easy to use on a daily basis.

3 reasons why you shouldn't buy the Mi A3

-The AMOLED display sounds great on the Mi A3 but it is only a 720p resolution panel. Hence, if you pixel-peep a lot, you won't find this display sharp enough. A Full HD+ display is a standard affair these days on most budget phones.

-Stock Android is clean and bloat-free but Xiaomi's iteration on the Mi A3 is often bug-ridden. Xiaomi also promised faster Android 10 update but so far, the phone is still stuck on Android 9 Pie. Nokia and Motorola have already delivered Android 10 updates to their Android One devices at this price.

-Lastly, the Mi A3 isn't good value at Rs 11,999. Xiaomi's own Redmi Note 8 at Rs 9,999 offers a bigger 1080p display and a more versatile quad-camera setup. The Mi A3 is half-baked in comparison. Even the older Redmi Note 7 Pro at Rs 9,999 is a much better deal for performance enthusiasts.

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