Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

Xiaomi did not have time to please us with the new king of the mid-budget smartphone – Poco X3, as it has already presented another inexpensive smartphone called Poco M3.

The official sale began on November 27, 2020. The company knows a lot about sales, as starting to sell the device on Black Friday will give a good boost.

Now a little about the price tag, currently Poco M3 can be purchased at a very sweet price. This is $ 130 for versions 4 and 64 GB of memory and $ 160 for versions 4 and 128 GB of memory. In addition, when buying from $ 160, you can use a $ 10 discount coupon. As usual, I will leave a link with the official store below where you can find out the details of your purchase.


Okay, but what can you expect from a budget smartphone under $ 150? Let’s take a look at the technical details. The first thing that makes the Poco M3 stand out is its large 6.53-inch IPS Full HD + screen, a new Snapdragon 662 processor, a dual speaker and a high-capacity 6,000mAh battery.

Indeed, it is the killer of any budget smartphone. But let’s see how the device handles everyday tasks. Will it have UI issues? Therefore, I propose to start my detailed and in-depth review with unboxing.

Xiaomi Poco M3: Specifications

Xiaomi Poco M3:Specs
Display:6.53 inches IPS with 2340 x 1080 pixels, 60Hz
CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Octa Core 2.0GHz
GPU:Adreno 610
Internal memory:64/128GB
Memory extension:up to 256GB
Cameras:48MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 8MP front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS
Battery:6000mAh (22.5W)
OS:Android 10
Weight:198 grams
Dimensions:162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm

Unboxing and packaging

Poco’s main color is yellow. Therefore, it is not surprising that the packaging is completely yellow. On the front, you can find the designation of the model name and the main feature of the 6000 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

Inside the package, everything is standard – this is a separate envelope in which a silicone transparent protective cover was packed, instructions in various languages ​​and a needle for a SIM tray.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

Slightly below the smartphone itself is located in a protective film and here you can also find a 22.5 W power adapter and a Type-C cable.

Considering its low cost, the complete set received everything necessary for the first use. I was also glad to see a power adapter with support for fast charging, which is important for a fairly high battery capacity. I can also note that the device has a global version, so all the inscriptions are completely in English.

Design, build quality and materials

Xiaomi Poco M3 is not only the most inexpensive smartphone with good technical stuffing, but it also has an attractive appearance. Besides the design, the device boasts a perfect combination of materials used.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

For example, a combination of two materials is used on the back of the case. The main one is matte corrugated plastic, which in its structure resembles a rubber material. It lies well in the hand and I didn’t have the feeling that it could slip out of my hands.

The upper part of the back of the device uses a glossy platform. It’s not as durable as matte plastic, but it is used as a mirror. Therefore, you will be able to take a beautiful photo with the main camera module. There is also a rectangular module of triple cameras and an LED flash on the top left corner.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

It is worth mentioning that the manufacturer presented the device in three different versions – these are black, blue and yellow. But at the moment only black and blue are available.

Now a little about the dimensions, the Poco M3 received 162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm and the smartphone weighs about 198 grams. Despite the fact that the body is made of plastic, the device is rather weighty. I think it’s easy to guess why? It’s all simple because of the rather large battery capacity, but I will talk about it a little later.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

On the right side of the device is a fingerprint scanner and a volume rocker. I would like to note that the scanner works quite quickly, it is accurate and the location is comfortable for the thumb.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

On the left side of the smartphone, there is only one slot for dual nano SIM cards and a memory card up to 512 GB. At the bottom, there is a microphone hole, a Type-C charging port and a main speaker.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

In addition, another additional microphone was installed at the top of the device. Yes, stereo sound is used here, but it’s hard to call it high-quality. For example, if the main speaker plays quite loudly, then the upper sub speaker does not play as loudly as we would like. Here you can also see a headphone jack, a hole for an additional microphone and an infrared port.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

The last thing to talk about is build quality. On the Poco M3, I did not find any assembly problems. The body is made monolithic and the back cover practically does not bend. In general, given its insignificant cost, I liked everything about the new model of a budget smartphone.

Screen quality and features

On the front of the Poco M3 smartphone, there is a fairly large screen by modern standards – 6.53 inches. The display received Full HD + resolution or 1080 x 2340 pixels. It’s surprising to me to see that even budget smartphones use high screen resolutions. At the same time, the pixel density per inch was 395 PPI.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

The aspect ratio got 19.5: 9, and the screen-to-body ratio was 83.4%. Yes, based on these numbers, it is easy to see that the frames around the screen are quite large. Especially in the lower and upper parts, but on the sides – the frames are insignificant.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

It is also worth mentioning that the brightness of the screen was only 400 nits and this is a very low figure. But do not forget that the Poco M3 is not a flagship smartphone, but I can attribute it to budget devices. Therefore, the screen will not have the best brightness value. It also uses an IPS matrix, which has a standard 60 frame refresh rate.

Performance, benchmarks tests and OS

It’s hard to find a low-cost smartphone right now that runs on Qualcomm’s chipset. But Poco always offers good options for its processor and the Poco M3 is no exception.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

A modern budget processor Snapdragon 662 was installed on board the smartphone. It received four Kryo 260 Gold cores, which operate at 2.0 GHz and four more energy-saving Kryo 260 Silver cores with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz.

Besides, the chipset uses 11 nanometer technology and shows good results in benchmarks. Below I will leave an album with the results of various benchmark tests.

Responsible for the graphics is the Adreno 610 accelerator, which also has good performance during games. Now, even budget smartphones below $ 100 can run heavy and demanding games. But Poco M3, although it is a budget one, will be able to run heavy games not at the lowest graphics settings, but even at high ones. At the same time, I did not find a strong overheating even for half an hour.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

As I mentioned, the new Poco M3 has a global version out of the box. Therefore, I had no problems with cellular communication and LTE connection. Yes, this smartphone does not support 5G connections, only 4G. Also on board the smartphone was installed Wi-Fi of the sixth generation, Bluetooth 5.0 version and a fast GPS module. But what I’m missing is a contactless payment module, there is no NFC on the Poco M3.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

The smartphone is controlled by the Android 10 operating system and of course has the MIUI 12 user interface. After testing for several days, I did not find any freezes or other serious problems. All functions work adequately and, most importantly, quickly.

Camera and sample photos

Most even inexpensive smartphones are equipped with a decent camera for their price. The Poco M3 is also no exception. There are triple main camera modules on board the device. The main sensor is 48-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture. The quality of the photos during the daytime is pretty good. In low-light conditions, photos using Night Mode are also good.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

The second and third camera module received a resolution of 2 megapixels with f/2.4 aperture. They are designed for macro and portrait mode respectively. If I have no questions about the bokeh mode and how it works, then they are present in the macro mode. I do not see any reason to use macro mode at all, since the quality of photos is rather poor and not bright, for example, on the main sensor.

On the front side, there is an 8-megapixel camera module with f/2.1 aperture. The quality of the photos is not bad and just right for social networks.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

But video recording on both the main and front cameras is possible only at 1080p resolution and at 30 frames per second. At the same time, smoothness is not enough, but for some reason the picture is clear and bright. Below I will leave an album with sample photos of Poco M3.

Battery and run time

As I said, the main feature of the Poco M3 is its large battery capacity, which was 6000 mAh.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

Considering its energy-saving processor, the battery life will be about 2 days with active use. This is, indeed, a high figure for a budget smartphone. For example, my tests showed that the smartphone was discharged during one hour of watching videos on Youtube at maximum brightness by 9%, and in games by 15%.

I can also note about the presence of fast charging with a 22.5 W power adapter. Therefore, a full charge will take you about 2 hours of your time.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

Xiaomi Poco M3 is not just the king of the budget segment of smartphones, but also a beautiful, productive device that will delight its owner every day.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

It copes calmly even with difficult tasks, for example, during my tests, I could easily play games such as PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty and others. In addition, I liked the work of the user interface with its many functions and features.

The appearance and build quality are at a fairly high level, given its segment and cost. I liked the grooved plastic design on the back of the device. Another positive side is the battery life and the availability of fast charging.

Xiaomi Poco M3 Review: King of Budget Segment for $130

But there were some drawbacks, I can attribute to them – this is a 2-megapixel macro module, lack of 4K video resolution and an ultra wide mode sensor. Also, the smartphone is not equipped with the highest brightness level and has not received an NFC module.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

The official sale of the Xiaomi Poco M3 smartphone began on November 27, so now you can purchase the device at a very attractive price for only $ 129.99 for the 4/64 GB version and for $ 159.99 for the 4/128 GB memory version.

This is a really good price for such a smartphone with interesting technical stuffing. And you can hardly find a better deal than the Poco M3. I also assume that the price for a smartphone will rise after a few days of sales, so if you are interested, then it is better to buy Poco M3 now.


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