Last week I took apart a flagship smartphone from the Poco brand called F3. In addition, the manufacturer presented another interesting model of the device, which has become an updated version of the Poco X3 NFC. Therefore, today we will focus on the Poco X3 Pro model.
In this review, you can find out the main features of the new device. I will also share with you the main differences between predecessors. Even in this article, you can find useful information, for example, various benchmark tests, game performance, sample photos and much more.
But the main question always remains relevant when choosing and buying any equipment – this, of course, is its cost. At the time of this writing, the price tag for the Poco X3 Pro is only $220. This is a very attractive price for its technical specs.
Therefore, let’s briefly tell you about the main features of the new smartphone model from the Poco brand. The first and most global improvement was in terms of performance, as the X3 Pro model received an updated Snapdragon 860 processor. There were also minor changes to the internal memory.
But some features have become worse, for example, I’m talking about the main and ultra-wide camera module. And I will tell you about their technical characteristics a little later. Among other things, I can note that the size and matrix of the screen remained untouched, as well as the battery capacity and the presence of fast charging.
Thus, let me begin my in-depth review to find out the main question that may affect the owner of the Poco X3 NFC smartphone. Should you buy the updated version from Poco if you already own the X3 NFC model?
Poco X3 Pro: Specifications
|Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro:||Specs|
|Display:||6.67 inches IPS with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120 Hz|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 860 Octa Core 2.96GHz|
|RAM:||6 and 8 GB|
|Inner memory:||128 and 256 GB|
|Expanding memory：||up to 512GB|
|Cameras：||48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP main camera and 20 MP front camera|
|Communication：||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS|
|Dimensions:||165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm|
Unboxign and packaging
Like the Poco F3 smartphone model, the new Poco X3 Pro device comes in completely identical packaging. This is a black and yellow box, which has a fairly strong cardboard in its execution. To me for a test, the box came without damage and this is already a good sign.
On the front of the package, I did not find any drawing, but only inscriptions with the name of the model and company. Okay, after unpacking, I found the following items. This is a welcome brochure, followed by a box with a needle for a SIM tray, a set of documentation with stickers and a silicone case.
Under this small box is the smartphone itself with a protective film and the main technical features. The package also includes a Type-C charging cable and a weighty 33W power adapter.
In general, I liked the package bundle, it practically does not differ from its predecessor. But it has everything you need for full use. Ok, now let’s talk about the appearance and what global changes the new device has received.
Design, workmanship and build quality
The first thing I would like to draw your attention to is the almost untouched appearance when comparing the Poco X3 NFC smartphone with the new Poco X3 Pro model. That is, the design of both models remained completely identical. But let me tell you what aspects have been changed in the new smartphone from the Poco brand.
The first is the quality of the materials used. Yes, the body on both smartphones is made of plastic, but the new generation already uses an updated protective glass of the Gorilla Glass 6 class. At the same time, the previous generation had a protective glass of the Gorilla Glass 5 class.
I can also note that the color options have changed slightly. For example, now the X3 Pro smartphone comes in three colors – black with a purple tint, bronze and blue. I have a black version of the device on my test and it differs slightly from black when compared to its predecessor. I’m also glad that the bronze color appeared, which slightly rejuvenates the device.
Other aspects of the appearance remained intact. For example, the dimensions and weights are identical. At the same time, the dimensions of the Poco X3 NFC and X3 Pro smartphones were 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm, the same applies to the weight, which lies within 215 grams. That is, the smartphone is not so good in the hand, since the dimensions and size of the large screen make themselves felt.
As for the workmanship, I did not reveal any strong remarks, but do not forget that this is not a flagship device. Therefore, you should not expect perfect build quality. This device belongs to the middle budget class of devices and for its value, it has a pretty good combination of build quality. In addition, the smartphone has received protection against splashes and rain under the IP53 standard.
The back of the Poco X3 Pro smartphone has a plastic back cover, as does its frame. At the same time, the edges of the smartphone received a slight rounding and therefore the device is quite comfortable to hold in the hand. Here I found two plastic combinations. For example, glossy plastic is used in the central part, but matte finish is used on the right and left sides.
The main camera module remains intact on the new Poco X3 Pro when compared to the previous generation Poco X3 NFC. But the sensors themselves have become different, but I will talk about them a little later.
Meanwhile, the fingerprint scanner is located on the right side, and it was built into the power button. Above this button is the volume rocker. But on the right side of the device there is a combined slot for dual nano SIM cards with the ability to install a microSD memory card.
The bottom end of the Poco X3 Pro smartphone has received a headphone jack, microphone hole, Type-C port and main speaker. The upper end of the device has an infrared module, a hole for an additional microphone and one additional speaker. That is, the updated generation X3 Pro also received stereo sound, as it was on its predecessor.
In terms of the sound quality of the speakers, I did not find any major problems. For example, the sound had a good volume level and decent bass. I also liked the presence of a headphone jack. At the same time, the sound quality with wired headphones was also good in terms of sound.
Screen and image quality
In addition to the appearance, the quality of the screen on the updated model of the Poco X3 Pro smartphone has not changed when compared with its predecessor. On the front of the device is a 6.67-inch IPS screen with Full HD + resolution or 1080 x 2400 pixels.
At the same time, the aspect ratio of the new model remained the same – it is 20: 9 and the device also received a good value for the pixel density per inch – 395 PPI. Yes, it is possible that the transmitted colors are not as bright as on the AMOLED matrix, but I cannot say that this IPS matrix is very bad.
For example, the contrast ratio is 1500: 1, and the maximum brightness level is within 459 nits. Of course, using a smartphone outdoors will not be as comfortable as, for example, with real flagship devices. Since they have a maximum brightness of more than twice that, around 1300 nits.
But I was glad to have features like 120Hz refresh rate. The Poco X3 NFC model had exactly the same screen frequency. During my testing, I liked the smoothness of not only the user interface, but also in games. Okay, now let’s talk a little more about games.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
The main difference between the new generation of the Poco X3 Pro smartphone is its performance. This time, the manufacturer has installed a new processor called Snapdragon 860. This is an improved model of the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.
The chipset is based on eight cores, where four cores are energy-efficient Kryo 485 Silver with a refresh rate of 1.78 GHz. There are also three more Kryo 485 Gold cores with a frequency of 2.42 GHz and another Kryo 485 Gold with an operating frequency of 2.96 GHz.
Below I will leave examples of tests of various benchmarks such as AnTuTu, GeekBench 5 and others. For example, in the AnTuTu test, the Poco X3 Pro smartphone scored about 495 thousand points. Indeed, compared to the Snapdragon 732G processor, the difference in benchmark tests was quite significant.
In addition, the graphics processor has also improved and instead of the Adreno 618, the new accelerator Adreno 640 is used. I easily managed to run heavy games such as PUBG Mobile and others. At the same time, the frame rate was always stable and I did not observe any failures. But it’s worth noting that after one hour playing various games, the device got quite hot. Although I cannot say that the smartphone is a gaming one. But playing even demanding games will not be a problem for the Poco X3 Pro model.
Another small improvement is the built-in memory. In the past generation Poco used the UFS 2.1 memory type, but on the new model, the UFS 3.1 memory type is already installed. This means that the speed of reading and writing will increase several times. For example, in the AndroBench test, the read speed was 1455 MBps, and the write speed was about 530 MBps. At the same time, the minimum memory capacity was 128 GB, while the previous version had 64 GB. But the RAM remained untouched – 6 or 8 GB version.
On paper, both smartphones have identical wireless connectivity. This is a dual-band Wi-Fi ac module, but the download and upload speed of the previous generation Poco X3 NFC was slightly better. Also, in the past generation, Bluetooth 5.1 was used, and the updated model has only Bluetooth 5.0. But it’s good that both models of smartphones have an NFC module for contactless payments.
Naturally, the Poco X3 Pro has the latest version of the Android 11 operating system with the MIUI 12 user interface. I had no problems with the operating system. All functions and applications worked well and opened quickly. Recently, Xiaomi has been adding quite a few extra third-party apps. In the case of the X3 Pro, I counted about 1.5 GB of memory clogged with unnecessary applications.
Camera and sample photos
A big disappointment for me was the main camera on the Poco X3 Pro. Currently, the updated version of the device has received a lower resolution value with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 Exmor RS sensor. But the last generation Poco X3 NFC had a 64-megapixel sensor. Yes, maybe on a global level, the quality of the photos will not be much affected. But the fact remains that the detail has gotten a little worse, but the aperture value has improved from f/1.89 to f/1.79.
The same goes for the ultra wide sensor, since the previous generation had a 13-megapixel resolution, but the new model received only an 8-megapixel module. At the same time, the rest of the modules remained untouched, this is a 2-megapixel sensor for macro and bokeh modes.
Also, the front camera on both models uses a 20-megapixel module. As usual, I plan to leave an album with sample photos below. But on my own I can note that the quality of ultra-wide mode photos on the new smartphone model has become a little worse. Especially when it comes to low-light photography.
Battery and run time
During my battery performance test, I used a brightness level of 60%. I also had the 120Hz refresh rate feature always enabled. The Work 2.0 Battery test showed a runtime of about 11 hours with the screen on.
This is really a good result of battery life. In this case, in real life, you can achieve up to 2 days of active use. Not a bad result for a 120Hz screen.
I was also pleased with the fast charging function with a powerful 33W power adapter. Thus, the device was charged in just 61 minutes from 12 to 100%, taking into account the fact that the battery capacity remained untouched – 5160 mAh.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of testing the Poco X3 Pro, I was left with both positive and negative emotions. For example, let me tell you what I liked about the new smartphone.
The first is, of course, the use of the new flagship Snapdragon 860 processor. I also liked the good screen for its class with the presence of a 120 Hz refresh rate. This will allow you to have a lot of fun while playing.
Other positive aspects I can attribute are good battery life and fast charging with a 33W power adapter.
But on the negative side, I can highlight – this is a degraded camera sensor, both the main sensor and the ultra wide module. Besides, the device overheats quite a lot after playing games for a long time.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Despite its shortcomings, I can still recommend the new Poco X3 Pro model for purchase. Yes, it may not be as compact and light as the Mi 11 Lite device, but from the technical point of view, the smartphone turned out to be very good.
Poco X3 Pro is currently available at a very attractive price for only $219.99. And believe me for that kind of money, finding the best device will be very problematic.