The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi Mi A3 may be working on a new Android One device, which should appear later this year. The specifications of the smartphone are still unknown, although a feature that was missing on the Mi A1 and Mi A2 (Lite) seems to be present this year.
Xiaomi Mi A3 discovered code name
A user on the XDA Developers forum has discovered the name ‘ orchid_sprout ‘ in the code of Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 firmware. Striking is that the word ‘sprout’ also appeared in the codename of the previous Android One device.
XDA knew on the basis of code names also early on the existence of the Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi A2and Mi A2 Lite, which makes it plausible that this is a new Android One device. The name ‘Xiaomi Mi A3’ is not confirmed, although it is obvious that the phone will be called.
XDA Developers also expects that the new Android One phone from Xiaomi supports NFC. With the Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 this feature is missing, so it is not possible to pay with the devices mobile by keeping them for a payment terminal. Xiaomi probably left the NFC chip on the previous Android One phone to push the price.
Xiaomi Mi A3
Most likely it will take a while before we hear more about the Mi A3. The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite were presented last year in July, and possibly Xiaomi again chooses for disclosure in that month. The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite were released with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and have already been updated to Android 9.0 (Pie). The Android One smartphones from Xiaomi run on stock Android and get three months of monthly security patches and two years of larger Android updates.