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The Xiaomi Mi A3 is coming, according to Android Pie

In the Android Pie code there are references to the Xiaomi Mi A3. A successor to the popular Xiaomi Mi A2 with Android One is therefore almost certain. The Mi A3 will also be equipped with NFC, unique in the Mi A series.

Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi is one of the best examples that you can get a lot of phone for little money. The Xiaomi Mi A1 was the first device from this Chinese manufacturer with Android One that was (somewhat) available in the Benelux. Android One means that the Android version used is almost nothing different from how Google has made Android. This allows version upgrades to be rolled out faster. In addition, monthly security updates for two years are part of Android One.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 built on this success with even better hardware, such as a better camera and faster chipset, and all for a price of 249 euros. Meanwhile, the price of this device has already dropped to around 200 euros if you look closely. In fact, via Mobiel.nl the device is now only available for 166 euros. The update to Android Pie has already been rolled out, although this did not always go smoothly.

Enough about the previous devices: there is already a successor around the corner in the form of the Xiaomi Mi A3. In code from Android Pie running on the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Mi Mix 3, a codename called ‘orchid_sprout’ has been found. That does not seem so much at first glance, but the Mi A1 (Lite) and Mi A2 were called tissot_sprout, jasmine_sprout and daisy_sprout internally.

Now this information does not say much about the Mi A3 itself. However, a hint has been found that indicates the presence of NFC. This will be the first time in the Mi A series, as this was still missing at the Mi A1 and Mi A2. In the review of the Xiaomi Mi A2 we even mentioned the lack of this sensor as a disadvantage. With NFC you can namely pay more and more banks with your phone wirelessly. I have been using this myself for more than 3 years now and would not want to be without it anymore.

It is also too early to make more predictions about the Mi A3: the Xiaomi Mi A2 was announced last year on 24 July. Xiaomi has a slightly shorter cycle than a year, since the Mi A1 was shown to the world at the beginning of September. An announcement about April / May is obvious.


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Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.

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