Apart from some Europen countries, Xiaomi’s Android One handset, the Mi A3, has been announced in Malaysia. Now it’s turn for India to get the new mid-range Mi A2 successor. The launch date is tipped to be August 23, according to an exclusive report by Smartprix. The publication says that their source is very reliable. Now we already know the entire spec-sheet of the latest Android One handset and the fact that it is a rebranded version of the Mi CC9e in China.
What’s more interesting is the reaction of the Indian populace which has grown accustomed to massive upgrades in the mid-range segment with each progressing year. There’s a lot of debate on Indian social media about how the Mi A3 stacks up against its predecessor and that it’s not such a high value-for-money proposition anymore. The talk isn’t without reason though as the Snapdragon 665 SoC is although an upgrade over the Snapdragon 660 of the Mi A2, it is at best a minor one. And knowing the young Indian smartphone buyer, the CPU is of utmost importance to many. The other big gripe is the HD+ resolution which is actually a downgrade from last year’s Full-HD.
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On the bright side, the Mi A3 has a massive upgrade in the camera department over its predecessor and it also now has the flashy look and feel of a premium device. Also, you now get the headphone jack which wasn’t there earlier. The handset is expected to be priced close to the global model which is €250. This converts to Rs 20,000, however, we could see a lower price tag in India.