The Rumor mill has already spun out several leaks and news about a couple of unannounced Xiaomi phones, the latest being the Mi 7 and a foldable phone that just surfaced in a hands-on video, it appears however that the Chinese phone maker has a few other phones in that could become official in the coming months.
Although it been only about 6 months the firm updated its Android One Mi series with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 lite, indications have just emerged that work on a successor to the Mi A2 might already be undergoing test.
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Expected to be dubbed the Xiaomi Mi A3, the guys at XDA developers have found the first evidence that points to its existence. The XDA developers team found the code-name orchid_sprout within the Android Pie-based user interface for the Mi 8 and Mi Mix 3 flagships. And what is the link with the Xiaomi Mi A3? Well, for the uninformed, Xiaomi’s first generation Android One Smartphone – the Mi A1 and the second edition – the Mi A2 and Mi A2 lite had similar codenames – tissot_sprout, jasmine_sprout, and daisy_sprout respectively.
While the firmware doesn’t reveal any major details of the purported Mi A3, it does hint that it will support an NFC chip from NXP, a first for the firm if that pans out. It is too early to predict anything at this point, given that the said device might not arrive until mid-year.