Back in 2017, Xiaomi joined the Android One program by launching the Mi A1 smartphone. In July 2018, the company also launched the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Android One smartphones. The Mi A2 Lite was launched as Redmi 6 Pro running on MIUI in India. While the company sells smartphones with great hardware for a reasonable price, it injects ads all over the UI via MIUI. Though a few ads were also spotted on Xiaomi’s Android One devices, the stock UI restricts most of them.
Now, the latest report suggests the company is already working on the successors to Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite smartphones. New Xiaomi devices are spotted with code names pyxis, bamboo_sprout, and cosmos_sprout. While the bamboo_sprout and cosmos_sprout are the Android One devices, the pyxis could be any of the new Android One devices running on MIUI. The company might launch these new Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite smartphones in the coming months.
We also got to know a couple of features about these new Android One smartphones. Firstly, both the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will be coming with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Going by the pricing of Mi A2 Lite, the upcoming Mi A3 Lite could be the most affordable smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Recently, the company launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro as the most affordable smartphone to feature a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor.
The Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will also sport 32MP selfie cameras on the front. As seen on the Vivo V15 Pro, the Mi A3 smartphones will also use 4-in-1 pixel binning to capture selfies in 32MP resolution. Under the hood, the devices will come powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. Last year’s Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are powered by Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 625 chipsets respectively. The devices should be running on the latest Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!