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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000 (2019)

Xiaomi Mi A3

The latest iteration in Xiaomi’s Android One series of smartphones is here, and it’s one that has undoubtedly split opinions everywhere, including in the SoyaCincau office. The first thing that everyone, of course, points out is the HD+ display—basically, a 720p display.

This is arguably significant, as it marks not only a lower resolution screen than competitor devices, but an actual downgrade from its predecessor, the Mi A2. In fact, even the first Mi A1 came with a Full HD display, so it’s a little hard to understand the thinking behind this particular move.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that Xiaomi has only included in-display fingerprint scanners on AMOLED displays so far, but decided to keep costs low by using a 720p display instead of a Full HD one.

But putting that aside, the Mi A3 is actually still a decent enough phone, depending on the what you’re keen on in a smartphone. Of course, you’re treated to a stock Android experience, which may or may not be your thing. Personally, I’m a big fan. This is, after all, one of the few devices that you can get vanilla Android on besides the more expensive (and locally unavailable) Pixel series.

The HD+ display isn’t all that bad, actually. It’s a 6.088″ AMOLED screen, while you’re getting Qualcomm’s recently-launched Snapdragon 665 processor. A combination of 4GB and 64GB of memory and storage isn’t anything to shout about, but its triple-camera setup is decent enough by today’s standards—a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide-angle shooter and 2MP camera for depth effects.

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In keeping with expectations, the Mi A3 has a 4,030mAh battery, which is a 34% increase over the Mi A2. Thankfully, the device supports 18W fast-charging, although the bundled power brick that we received with the device is a 10W standard charger instead.

Good news for traditionalists (if there were ever such a thing for smartphones), the Mi A3 will indeed come with an headphone jack. At the time of writing, the Mi A3 isn’t yet officially available in Malaysia, although its release date here will be the 31st of July 2019.

A great phone for stock Android enthusiasts, although I must say that I fall within the camp of those that think the 720p display is a deal-breaker. But if you aren’t too bothered about display resolution per se, it’s still a great Android One device with a solid camera setup, a large battery, and of course, a headphone jack.

Xiaomi Mi A3—4GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM899

Xiaomi Mi A3—4GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM999

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Xiaomi retailers