Poco X3

Xiaomi Poco X3: True Midrange Champion?

The Poco X3 has a lot to offer compared to its pricing. Xiaomi is using phones like Redmi and rebranding them as Poco phone and they all share the same experience, nothing special.

The latest Poco X3 seems like a different phone and it, not like the rebranded phones. This device has a metal chassis with a reflective chrome finish which is quite relatable to the plastic phones. The Poco X3 is IP53 splash-proof.

The back of this phone is made out of plastic which gives you a basic idea of how Xiaomi managed to keep the price down.

Poco X3 Specifications.

  • Display – 6.67 inches IPS LCD HDR10 with 120Hz refresh rate 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • OS – Android 10, MIUI 12
  • Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • Memory – 64GB 6GB RAM | 128GB 6GB RAM UFS 2.1
  • Main Camera – 64 MP, f/1.9, (wide) PDAF | 13 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide) | 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) | 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Selfie Camera – 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
  • Battery – 5160 mAh, Fast charging 33W | 100% in 68 min
  • Color – Cobalt Blue, Shadow Gray.

On the right side of the device, you see a sim tray with a gasket for some water resistance and you can use double sim or single sim with a Micro-SD card. Up top, there is an IR blaster and a notification light inside the speaker grill. On the other side, there is a volume rocker and fingerprint scanner which works fast. On the bottom of the phone, there is a headphone jack, Type C port which is USB 2.0 and it is slow.

  • The Display is a 120Hz LCD panel and not OLED. The frame rate mechanism is a bit weird on this phone and it works pretty fine while scrolling through apps and when not it goes to let’s say 1Hz. When you scroll through apps again it takes a few seconds to initiate the 120Hz refresh rate.
  • The frame rate fluctuation helps to preserve the battery life if the device but such problems make you feel the stutter and we believe this can be fixed with the software updates.

This phone comes with amazing battery life and it comes with 5160mAh and with the help of frame rate underclocking the battery life gets some boost.

The Poco X3 comes with a 33W charger and gets it 100% withing 68 minutes with the help of a fast charge. There is no software to adjust the charging speed on this phone and that can affect the battery in the long run.

The Snapdragon 732G works fine but it is not something that you can compare with Oneplus Nord. The Oneplus Nord has Snapdragon 765G and it is faster than the 732G.

The Snapdragon 732G performs better with your day to day activity but it takes little time to load apps and games. Gaming wise the device works very well by providing optimum performance.

The camera system has a weird shape to it and has a big bump. The image quality is ok, relatable to the pricing of this device.

The ultrawide shots require better lighting conditions for better images, image stabilization works very well during shooting a video. The camera struggles while low light videos but if you use the G-cam on this phone it works very well.

  • This device is running MI UI 12 and it is cleaner compared to the previous iterations. The only thing that could bother you is the ads and it is so much annoying. You cannot remove the preinstalled apps which is the real pain.
  • The ads pop up during app installation and there is no way to get rid of it and we hate it.

To keep the price down the OEM’s are using such tricks but there should some way to implement ads. The MI UI is now a much cleaner and faster operating system and with the needed software updates this device will work even faster.

The Poco X3 has managed to grab so much attention due to its price point and the hardware it managed to pack inside. The faster refresh rate, bigger battery, and it lasts long.

The POCO X3 was launched on 7th September 2020 at a starting price of €199 and here is one important note and that is this price is only for limited devices and once this offer goes away you’ll have to pay €249 for the same device.

The expected price of Xiaomi Poco X3 in India is Rs. 16999.

The Poco X3 has some minor problems with it and if Xiaomi fixes those with the software updates this phone will really stand out.

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