“The next-gen stock-Android smartphone from Xiaomi will reportedly feature a new NFC chip from NXP”
Xiaomi is reportedly working on a new Android One smartphone that’ll likely succeed its current offering, the Mi A2 (review). The handset’s codename has popped up on the latest Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 firmware on both Mi 8 and Mi Mix 3 smartphones. As reported by XDA Developers, the next-gen stock-Android phone from Xiaomi will bear the ‘orchid_sprout’ codename, and it could be launched with the Mi A3 moniker.
The report further added that the suffix ‘_sprout’ in the code-name is used by nearly every Android One device certified by Google. Interestingly, the name has also been associated with Xiaomi’s existing Android One smartphones. The Mi A1, Mi A2, and Mi A2 Lite have a code-name ’tissot_sprout’, ‘jasmine_sprout’, and ‘daisy_sprout’ respectively. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to presume that the ‘orchid_sproud’ is Xiaomi’s upcoming Android One device.
The specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A3 are mostly unknown right now, but the firmware file reveals that it could come with NFC support. The phone is said to employ a new NFC chip from NXP. If that’s the case, it could be the first Mi A smartphone to come with support for NFC. The handset will most likely boot Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be entitled three years of monthly security updates and two years of Android platform updates.
Back in 2017 when Xiaomi launched its first smartphone Mi A1 without the custom MIUI skin, it was a huge success. The Chinese OEM followed it up with the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite in 2018, and it’s now planning to add another to the lineup. The devices give an option to those who are a fan of Xiaomi’s hardware but may not like its software that much.