The Android 10 update on the Xiaomi Mi A3 was delayed which disappointed a lot of users. When the update did rollout, it had to be pulled immediately since it featured bugs that affected the performance of the smartphone.
It was halted after users complained about issues they started facing post the software update. Users reported the in-display fingerprint scanner not working as expected, font size issues and bugs among others.
Now, it looks like Xiaomi once again began rolling out a new software update for the Mi A3, and put the brakes on it soon after.
But it looks like Xiaomi has paused the rollout again because of an unknown issue. This new update that was rolled out briefly to the Xiaomi Mi A3 users was 1.3 GB in size and brought Android 10 to the device along with dark mode, gesture navigation, and privacy controls.
Mi_a3 update @Xiaomi @manukumarjain @XiaomiIndia
Today in my phone Mi A3 Android 10 update was available. I was download the update but it can’t installed. I repeated but the result was same. After some time it shows no update available. What is this happening pic.twitter.com/tvramAvSJu
— Dev_D’cruz (@Devyada71882854) March 19, 2020
For users who had already updated to the previous buggy software, Xiaomi had rolled out a 30MB software update patch that was expected to take care of the bugs.
These new updates also brought the latest March security patch for the device. Xiaomi has apparently paused the rollout for the second time infuriating Mi A3 users who took to Twitter to complain about it.
Some users have also posted their chat with Mi Support where the support team has confirmed that the update was halted. We’ve reached out to Xiaomi for clarity on the rollout and update status.
#mia3 #android10 update rolled back for second time..!! Highly unprofessional stand. What else we can expect from people/company like @XiaomiIndia @manukumarjain hats off to negligence and fake promises..!! pic.twitter.com/ytNuaH3fo0
— Sameer Chavhan (@sameer_chavhan) March 18, 2020
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is a part of Google’s Android One program which makes it eligible to get fast and guaranteed software and security updates. However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Mi A3.
The software update was delayed earlier and when it did roll out, it had its fair share of bugs. The second rollout was paused again for reasons unknown at the moment. Maybe third time’s the charm for the Xiaomi MI A3.
Xiaomi Mi A3 design:
The Xiaomi Mi A3 features a glass sandwich design, a change compared to the metal-clad Mi A2. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back, and also as on the camera module, which should help the device resist scratches from day-to-day usage to some extent. The screen contains a dewdrop notch at the top which houses the selfie camera. The Mi A3 has thin bezels on the edges, but those at the top and also the bottom is relatively thicker.
For Mi A3 Xiaomi has opted for a plastic frame which was finished in chrome on our more than White unit. The Mi A3 is available various colors Of Grey and Not Just Blue, so color names do seem inspired by Google’s choices for its Pixel phone lineup. At the front top, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, secondary microphone, and an IR emitter which might be used to control IR-based appliances.
The Mi A3 contains a USB Type-C port at the bottom with two grilles, 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 use. The device has a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the left side.
Xiaomi offers a triple camera setup at the back end, with a single-LED flash. The Mi A3 doesn’t have a Mi A2-like rear-mounted fingerprint scanner since it sports an in-display one instead.
Xiaomi Mi A3 specifications and software:
The competition around the sub Rs.15,000 segment keeps getting fiercer, so manufacturers are shipping smartphones with the most effective possible hardware. We have used phones such as the Redmi Note 7 Pro₹ 11,999 (Review) and also the Vivo Z1 Pro₹ 13,899 (Review) around this segment, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 and Snapdragon 712 SoCs respectively.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, which we’ve also just seen that recently launched Realme 5₹ 9,599 (Review). This processor is a successor to the Snapdragon 660, which was powering the Mi A2.
It is designed by an 11nm fabrication process and has four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2GHz with another four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. There are two variants of the Mi A3, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and also the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We had a higher-end one for this review. Xiaomi uses UFS 2.1 storage for the Mi A3.
Xiaomi Mi A3 performance and battery life:
While using the Mi A3, we failed to face any lags or stuttering, so Snapdragon 665 SoC on this phone could run apps without any issues. We had the 6GB RAM variant of the Mi A3 best review and so we could multitask easily without having to kill apps running in the background.
Apps loaded with no fuss too. The in-display fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly lower on the Mi A3 compared to a number of the other smartphones with similar technology. However, it isn’t|it’s not”> it is not inconvenient and is not slow to unlock the smartphone.
We ran our usual set of benchmarks to sought out where the Mi A3 fits compared to the various recently launched smartphones at a similar price index. In AnTuTu, it managed to attain 141,132 points, and Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests gave us 1,504 and 5,386 points respectively.
It managed 51fps and 13fps in GFXBench T-Rex and CarChase respectively. The Mi A3 packs have 4,030mAh battery which is greater than the 3,000mAh unit in the Mi A2. The phone supports 18Watts fast charging, but Xiaomi only ships a 10W charger in the box.
The Mi A3 also supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G VoLTE, and has 4 satellite navigation systems. The Xiaomi Mi A3 has good battery life compared to the Mi A2. In our HD video loop test, the Mi A3 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 a couple of days and a half. The supplied 10W charger managed to charge the Mi A3 to 27 percent in half-hour, and to 54 percent in an hour.
We strongly recommend that you have to invest in an 18W fast charger if you want to speed this up.
Xiaomi Mi A3 cameras:
The Xiaomi Mi A2 offered good cameras for the value, and naturally, people expect the Mi A3 to fill its shoes. Xiaomi has gone with a triple camera setup on the Mi A3. It has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor for the primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera with a wide-angle lens with a 118-degree field-of-view. The third one a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Sony IMX586 sensor is found in premium phones i.e the OnePlus 7 (Review) and Redmi K20 Pro₹ 24,949 (Review). For selfies, the Mi A3 contains a 32-megapixel front shooter.
The camera software on the Mi A3 isn’t different from what we have seen on Redmi smartphones which run MIUI. The Mi A3’s camera app has multiple shooting modes including Portrait, Night, Panorama, and Pro, apart from the standard photo and video modes. It also has a quick switch from HDR, AI, the flash, and filters. there is a 48-megapixel model that enables you to take photos at the sensor’s full resolution, but the regular photo mode returns 12-megapixel pixel-binned shots for better clarity.