Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Mi A3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Buy Now Buy Buy
Excellence Score
36.7
33.5
Value for Money Score
82.4
85.2
Price ₹ 12,609 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10Android One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.01 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1560 pixels (~ 286 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1.6um Pixel Size; 6p lens; F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; PDAF, 8MP: Ultra wide-angle camera; 118° Field-of-View; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI Portrait mode, Steady Handheld Night Photography, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@240fps/120fps, EIS 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 6P Lens; PDAF; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 32MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 173 gm 188 gm
Width 71.9 mm 75.3 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4030 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 (Upto 18W) Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium build & gorgeous design: Dual Gorilla Glass 5 build, with an attractive, striking gradient design
  • Modern front panel, with a small notch
  • Compact form-factor - fairly easy to use one-handed
  • Decent, reasonably accurate under-display fingerprint scanner (it's not the fastest though)
  • Large, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a simple/stock Android experience, along with a promise of minimum 2 years of Android updates
  • With the powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core, you get smooth dependable performance all-round - it's great for gaming too
  • Very good triple camera setup on the rear (48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth)
  • Images turn out with high level of detail and true-to-life colors - the contrast is also excellent, while the dynamic range is notably wide
  • 8MP images with the ultrawide-angle camera are decent too - its per-pixel quality is much lower than the main camera, but the colors are still nice, and noise is minimal
  • Portrait mode works well - shots are detailed, with excellent subject separation and convincing faux blur
  • Night mode works decently well too
  • Excellent selfies too, from the 32MP selfie camera - there is enough detail, the colors are nice, and the images are sharp enough
  • Good video recording performance too - both 4K and 1080p videos are sharp and detailed, contrast is excellent, color rendition is quite nice and true to life, and the dynamic range is decent - at 1080p 30fps, there is also EIS, which works well
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is easily one of the better camera phones in this price bracket, going head-to-head with excellent camera phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Very good speaker - loud, with fairly rich and deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a large 4030mAH battery - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) support, with up to 18W charger
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is an all-round good Android One phone, that does well on most counts, and additionally packs a stock Android experience (plus promised updates) - for a lot of users, who value a stock Android experience, and whose main consumption on the phone is images & video, it will be a good bet
  • Attractive, well-built, modern looking design, similar to the Redmi 8/8A, especially from the front (thought it's not quite as slick as the Redmi Note 8 Pro)
  • Good looking mirrored gradient finish at the back
  • Decent ergonomics - reaching all corners with one thumb isn't too difficult
  • Fingerprint and face recognition are both quick
  • Good Full-HD+ 6.3 inches screen - it's crisp and bright
  • MIUI is one of the more refined, smooth, and feature-rich custom Android UIs around
  • Good, solid performance powered by the Snapdragon 665 - day-to-day use and gameplay are both smooth
  • Very good overall camera performance, for the price bracket (easily one of the best at this price)
  • The rear setup includes a quad-camera setup (very similar to the Realme 5) - a 48-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary 48-megapixel camera on the Redmi Note 8 gives crisp, bright shots with very good detail - especially, close ups came out looking great
  • Portrait mode is very good, as well
  • Decent 13MP selfie camera, especially during daylight
  • Xiaomi has done a good job with the single speaker - voices in audio/music came out crisp and distinct
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support (and an 18W charger is included) - the phones goes from zero to 37 percent in half an hour, and 81 percent in one hour
  • The Redmi Note 8 is another good budget choice from Xiaomi - you get enough power for everyday tasks, a strong battery, and a crisp screen - the cameras are also good in favourable conditions - the overall package is excellent value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The 720p resolution is on the low side though for a PenTile AMOLED display of that size, and this is the only weak-ish point of the Mi A3 - the screen is not the most ideally suited for long reading or browsing
  • The phones ships with a lower 10W charger though, that gives still decent, but not the quickest charging speeds - it recharges from 0 to 28% in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 150 mins
  • But if you tend to do a lot of long reading on your phone, then you might want to consider higher resolution phones in this price bracket (and there are many good ones out there)
  • The chin is on the thick side, and includes the Redmi brand logo
  • Significant camera bump
  • Like all glossy backs, it would be a challenge to keep this finish free of smudges and fingerprints (thankfully there is a cover that's included in the box)
  • The volume buttons are a bit high, and not super easy to reach
  • It continues to pack a lot of preloaded bloatware though, and spammy notifications and ads (which can be disabled, but it's not the simplest process)
  • Gaming performance is not as good as 2 key competitors however - the Realme 5 and Vivo U10 (that pack the same processor), due to the higher resolution display, which puts more strain on the GPU
  • The wide-angle and macro cameras, while giving you some interesting framing options, are average in quality
  • Low light performance is average, as expected
Expert Reviews
  1. Gets many things right ...but the 720p screen makes the Mi A3 more of a niche device as it is best suited for gaming and videos instead of browsing and reading
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Two steps forward, one step back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good Android One phone...but the display is a compromise
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers a lot of bang for the buck, but competition in this price segment is fierce to say the least....this one is for the purists
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good value smartphone...a safe bet for people looking for a cheap and cheerful smartphone that comes with all the right features, and none of the hassle
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good choice for an affordable phone
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth buying if you want a stock Android phone in this price bracket...but there are compromises too
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 720p display really complicates what is otherwise a very agreeable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. An otherwise solid phone with one major drawback - a 720p display
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers great value...a rival to the Google Pixel 3A in photography and performance, but at a significantly lower price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very good device for Android One fans..but if you do not value stock Android, then consider alternatives
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy the Mi A3 if you want an all-rounder of an Android One smartphone that is priced just right
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 8 is still an easy phone to recommend, but it is no longer the only great option in the hot budget mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Redmi Note 8 offers impressive and unmatched value for money for a phone under 10k
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is a triumphant entry-level smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  9. Under Rs 10,000, this is the phone to buy
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
User Reviews
  1. Flipkart4.3 621+ reviews »
  2. Amazon4.0 16,292+ reviews »
  1. Flipkart4.3 4+ reviews »
  2. Amazon4.5 827+ reviews »
Official Website Official Website » Official Website »
Unofficial specs? N/A N/A
Compare: Full 2
  • Compare: Full 2
  • Individual Review 2
Compare: Full

Redmi Note 8 vs Xiaomi Mi A3 Comparison- Which is better...

Techniqued

Top Pick

Compare: Full

Redmi Note 8 vs Xiaomi Mi A3 - Should you want for the N...

Gizmo Times

Top Pick

Individual Review

Full review: Xiaomi's Mi A3 is confusing as hell...

Android Authority

Top Pick

Individual Review

Redmi Note 8 Unboxing & Overview Ideal Phone for Rs 10K ...

Geekyranjit

Top Pick

Full Review

Full review: Xiaomi's Mi A3 is confusing as hell

Android Authority

Full Review

Redmi Note 8 Unboxing & Overview Ideal Phone for Rs 10K ...

Geekyranjit

Did you find phonecurry useful in your phone search? Drop us a testimonial, or Tell us how we can improve