Poco M3 is just $129, and with this attractive price point, the phone actually looks nice.
But looks are not going to get the real work done we saw how Poco X3 performed, and the credit goes to the poor software optimization.
This Poco phone looks nice and with this pricing, and it looks promising as well.
Poco M3 Specifications
- 6.53 Inches,IPS LCD
- 1080 x 2340 Pixels, 395 PPI
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android 10, MIUI 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Storage and RAM
- Storage – 64 GB UFS 2.1 | 128 GB UFS 2.2
- RAM – 4 GB
Yes, MicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
- 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, PDAF
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
8 MP, f/2.1, (wide)
- 6000 mAh
- Fast Charging 18W
- Reverse Charging
- Cool Blue
- Poco Yellow
- Power Black
Poco as a company initially belonged to Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi, but now they became separate and Poco now operating as an independent company. Poco operates from Delhi, India.
Please don’t take the pricing for granted, there are so many factors to test this phone, and I’m going to see how this phone performs in daily activities.
Let’s start with design first!
Poco M3 Design.
The Poco M3 has a 6.53 inch LCD with a brightness of 400 nits, and the display brightness is good.
The design of the Poco M3 looks nice, and it gives you a leather-like feel when you hold it in your hands.
This design will never get any fingerprints thanks to the texture on the back. There is a huge cut-out for the camera and alongside it has POCO branding.
The Poco branding on the camera looks like it glows, but it doesn’t.
On the front of the phone, there is a teardrop notch and alongside it has very thin bezels on the side.
The chin at the bottom is very small as well, and the display looks nice, but the viewing angles are not that great.
It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a large front-facing earpiece, and a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the power button.
Poco M3 Additional Features.
Poco M3 Features
- Dual Speakers
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Dual Sim Slots+ 1 MicroSD
- IR blaster
- Side Mounted Fingerprint Scanner
Poco M3 performance
This phone comes with a 6000 mAh battery, and that is the best thing about the Poco M3.
With having this huge battery, the Poco M3 still feels thin, and if you want to compare the phone size with a similar battery capacity look at the ROG phone 3.
You can charge other phones as well with its reverse wired charging option.
This battery can easily give you two days of use with the 60Hz refresh rate.
To charge this huge battery, there is 18W fast charging included.
Although gaming on this phone is possible, again there are some noticeable lags and stutters which can be seen while playing demanding games like PUBG.
MIUI 12 Software Problems.
Poor software optimization makes this phone very slow. If you’re switching from well-optimized phones like Samsung’s mid-range devices, then you will not like this phone.
The Poco M3 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB RAM, and with these specifications, the phone feels slow.
There is a huge delay in opening and closing the apps, waiting for animations to finish, and overall multitasking.
While taking the pictures, you will feel the dealy which is sad.
Considering the pricing of the phone, there is nothing much to complain about, but the software experience needs to be improved.
Poco M3 Camera
The main camera is acceptable and takes good pictures. Despite the poor dynamic range, the camera is able to click nice photos.
In terms of the main camera, the photos look good, and the overall colors are not saturated. The exposure is good, but in darker images, you can see a lot of noise.
The night-time photography is not good on this Poco phone. When there is lots of light coming into the scene, then only you will get better pictures.
The video with the main camera is not that great as well. It can shoot only shoot 1080p HD video, and the video stabilization is also very poor.
The same goes with the video when you shoot video at night time, the video looks very grainy, and it looks terrible.
I still don’t know why OEM’s put the micro camera on their phones, I personally feel it’s useless. The micro camera on this Pocophone has focusing issues.
The selfie camera takes decent photos when there is enough light involved. If you’re taking photos in low light conditions with the selfie camera, photos look overexposed with a lot of noise.
The macro camera is also useful if you like the details of the object.
The 2MP depth sensor is also quite useful, but please don’t expect anything special.
For the selfie, there is an 8 MP camera which takes decent photos again please don’t expect anything special.
- The user interface gives you a laggy experience, and apps take seconds to load, which is very slow. It can be improved with some software updates, and for that, you will have to wait.
- In general use, the phone works fine with daily needs like light gaming and social media.
- Speakers put out very good audio with the dual speakers. The microphone works just fine, and the audio output is acceptable.
The only feature that stands out on this phone is the battery. The battery is 6000mAh, and you don’t have to worry about charging this phone very frequently.
Keeping the pricing in mind, please don’t expect something very special out of this phone.
Things to consider before buying Poco M3.
Poco M3 Pros
- Poco M3 is not a high performance phone
- Camera for casual photos is ok
- 6000mAh battery
- 6.53-inch FHD display
- 18W fast charging
- Stereo Speakers
Poco M3 Cons
- The user interface is laggy
- The camera struggles in low light situation
- 6000mAh battery
- The fingerprint scanner is slow
The $129 price point is not for everyone and only those who are going to grab this phone early only are going to get this phone at $129 price point.
Once that deal is over the price will go up somewhere at $149.
If you don’t have any major demands for a smartphone and have a very low budget then you can consider buying this phone.
The battery lasts for 2 days with a single charge. The 33W fast charging is also available which can be charged 0 to 50% in 30 minutes.
Poco M3 uses the MIUI 12 over Android 10, and it needs a lot of improvements.
The MIUI is not optimized and it feels heavy compared to other versions of android like Samsung’s One UI.