The Xiaomi Mi A3 has already made its debut in the Indian smartphone market and will go on sale exclusively at Amazon India, Mi Home, and mi.com on August 23. At the launch event, held on Wednesday, Raghu Reddy, Head of Categories and Online Sales at Xiaomi India, announced that the Xiaomi Mi A3 will be one of the first devices to get an Android Q update, the upcoming latest version of the Android mobile operating system.
"With the Android Q on Mi A3, users can save time and streamline their day with new functionalities such as suggested actions in notifications and gestural navigations," Reddy said.
Earlier this month, Google rolled out the sixth and final beta version of Android Q, however, it's still unclear when exactly the next iteration of the Android OS will be rolled out for consumer use. The final rollout may take a few days or even weeks, let's take a look at the features that will bring some significant changes to the Android platform.
Top Features of the Android Q
Android Q introduces a number of new features and capabilities. One of the amazing features of the Android Q is the introduction of gesture-based navigation. With this gesture model for phone navigation, users can perform tasks involving Home and Back more quickly than they did with the traditional navigation buttons.
Another most-pleasing feature is the 'Dark theme' that applies to both the Android system UI and apps. The dark mode will significantly reduce power usage and the device will be easy to operate in a low-light environment. Starting with Android Q, developers will be able to quickly implement the Dark theme, via the Force Dark feature, without explicitly setting a DayNight theme, thus cutting down the time needed on its implementation.
Another interesting feature is the Focus Mode, once you turn it on, you will no longer receive notifications from the distracting apps or the apps that are not important to you. You can use the Quick Setting tile to turn the Focus Mode on or off.
To provide a more immersive, seamless and edge-to-edge experience, Android Q also adds more support for foldable devices and different folding patterns. Moving onto the next feature, Android Q will be introducing the smart replies or actions feature that will generate automatic suggestions for all app notifications that include messages.
On the privacy front, Android Q will grant more control to users over an app's access to location information on the device. It provides a new user option to allow access to the device location only while using the app in the foreground. Other privacy features include restrictions on:
- accessing camera and connectivity information
- access to device hardware identifiers such as IMEI, serial number, MAC, and similar data.
- access to files in shared external storage
Xiaomi Mi A3
Coming back to the Xiaomi Mi A3, it is a decently-priced smartphone with smart AI camera and long-lasting battery and is available in three color options: Kind of Gray, Not just Blue and More than White. It sports a 6.08-inch (15.46cm) HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels) resolution AMOLED Dot Drop display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a waterdrop-style notch.
The Mi A3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE coupled with Adreno 610 GPU, giving a superior gaming and browsing experience and 11nm technology to save power for uninterrupted work and play. The phone runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) and is a part of Google's Android One program.
The Mi A3 is equipped with an in-built 4,030 mAh high-capacity battery, which also supports 18W fast charging and Quick Charge 3.0 Technology. The phone is available in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage option at INR 12,999 and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage at INR 15,999.