The Poco division from Xiaomi has introduced the third generation of the smartphone in its line. Just a couple of months ago I saw the Poco X2 smartphone, but I was unable to test it. But now I will fix it and today I will talk about the new Poco X3.
In this full review, you can find out about the main features, what differences the third generation has received compared to its predecessor. And also I’ll tell you what I liked and what did not. In addition, at the end of the test, you will find out whether it is worth buying a new smartphone from Poco, or is it better to look for another alternative.
Now there is a big sale and promotion for Poco X3 on the official store from Xiaomi. The base model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage will set you back just $ 199. The 128GB version will set you back $ 50 more.
From a technical point of view, the smartphone has a modern and fashionable appearance, a large 6.67-inch IPS screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a dual speaker with stereo sound, and a large 5160 mAh battery with support for 33 W fast charging. Of course, the performance does not lag behind other competitors thanks to the presence of the new Snapdragon 732G processor, and the main 64-megapixel camera will make your images not only high-quality but also bright and detailed.
At first glance, this is the best smartphone in recent years, given its low cost and technical specification. But I will not jump to conclusions and therefore let’s start my full review with unpacking.
Poco X3: Specifications
|Poco X3 NFC:||Specs|
|Display:||6.67 inches IPS with 1080 x 2400 pixels|
|CPU:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Octa Core 2.3GHz|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-G72, 900MHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 20MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||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|
Unboxing and packaging
A black box came to my review, where on the front there is the name of the company and model, as well as the NFC designation.
Inside the box, I found an envelope containing a needle for a SIM tray, documentation, and a silicone transparent case. Under the envelope, there was a smartphone in a transporting film and basic technical features. Also included were a power adapter and a Type-C cable.
In general, the equipment is exactly the same as on most other smartphones from Xiaomi. I did not find any headphones or other optional accessories here. But the presence of a protective case in the kit is already a nice bonus.
Design, build quality and materials
Despite the fact that the back panel of Poco X3 is made of polycarbonate, it very much resembles glass. I have said many times that glass is a more fragile material, so plastic is even more reliable for me.
On the other hand, I cannot call the design of the new Poco smartphone unreliable, since the frame itself is not made of plastic, but of an aluminum alloy. This gives the device good torsional strength and is a small plus for construction and assembly.
Overall, the build quality isn’t the worst for a mid-range smartphone. It fits well in the hand, but using the device with one hand will be problematic. The X3’s dimensions are not the smallest – it is 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm and the smartphone weighs 215 grams.
From this, I can conclude that the thickness of 9.4 mm is not the worst indicator, as for the large capacity of the 5160 mAh battery. But if you look at the rear panel, you can see that the main camera module protrudes a little by 2 mm, so the thickness taking into account the camera is about 11 mm, which is also not bad.
If you use a protective case, the main camera module will practically not stick out, which will have a positive effect during the operation of both the camera itself and the smartphone. In addition, the protective case protects even the side ends and captures the front of the screen frames.
I would also like to note the beautiful iridescent pattern on the rear panel with the name of the Poco company. Above there is a module with four cameras and an LED flash. At first glance, it seems that the smartphone has received five cameras, but this is not the case.
The front panel received a large 6.67-inch IPS screen with Full HD + or 1080 x 2400 pixels. The aspect ratio was 20: 9, and the pixel density was 395 PPI. The glass itself is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 from scratches or other annoyances.
Another feature of the screen is the presence of HDR 10 support and 120Hz screen refresh. When testing the screen, the frame rate is high and gamers will definitely appreciate the high frame rate.
Below I will leave a few examples of photos where you can look at the color transfer. But from myself, I can note that I liked the quality of the screen, even in spite of the IPS matrix. Black has a rich hue, while white is well displayed in bright and sunny weather.
As for the bezels around the screen, they are not the smallest. But given its $ 200 price tag, you shouldn’t expect more. I also liked the round cutout at the top of the screen for the front camera. The uppermost frame has an earpiece and an LED indicator. This indicator will notify you of a new message or missed call, and it will also light up while charging.
In terms of management, everything is standard here, like most competitors. On the right side of the smartphone, there is a volume rocker and a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The scanner works very quickly and accurately, I had no problems with it. It also got a pretty convenient position and the thumb rests on him very comfortably.
On the opposite side, there is a hybrid slot for dual nano-SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD memory card.
The bottom end has a main speaker, a Type-C port, a microphone hole, and even a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the Poco X3 smartphone received stereo sound and the sound quality received rich sound with good bass and decent volume.
The upper end of the device has an additional microphone and an infrared sensor for controlling home appliances.
Another bonus I can note is the presence of splash and water protection under the IP53 standard. Of course, this is not full-fledged protection against water, but it’s also not bad, given its low cost.
As for the looks, the new Poco X3 smartphone received a good combination of quality materials and workmanship. Therefore, we figured out the design, let’s now talk about performance.
Performance, benchmark tests, and software
The new Poco X3 was equipped with the new Snapdragon 732G processor. Of course, this is not a flagship chipset, but as for its price, $ 200 is a very good combination. It is built on 8-nanometer technology and has 8 cores at its disposal. Where two cores are Kryo 470 Gold with a frequency of 2.3 GHz and the other six are Kryo 470 Silver with a maximum operating frequency of 1.8 GHz.
Poco has released not only a new smartphone model but also a new processor, which has not previously been on more than one smartphone. I can say with confidence that the new processor has got gaming roots, both for the middle-class devices.
In terms of gaming capabilities, the X3 has practically no problems. Yes, you cannot play at ultra-high settings, only at high settings. At the same time, the graphics accelerator Adreno 618 is about 15% more productive than its predecessor. At the same time, at a 120 Hz refresh rate, the smartphone received a good response in games from 60 to 80 fps.
Below I will leave a list of benchmark tests that show good performance for their price category.
Android 10 running the MIUI 12 user interface is responsible for the Poco X3 operating system. I tested the global version of the smartphone and did not have any problems with the language barrier.
The user interfaces itself is completely similar to its counterparts like Redmi smartphones or other flagship smartphones from Xiaomi. In the case of the X3, I had no major problems, each application opened quickly. In general, I liked the operation of the operating system, as well as its various capabilities.
I also wanted to talk a little about wireless communication. Poco X3 received a dual Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac network with Bluetooth 5.1 support and a fast GPS module. Another bonus is the presence of an NFC module for contactless payment of your payments.
Camera and sample photos Poco X3
As for a mid-range smartphone, the Poco X3 has a decent 64-megapixel main camera with an f/1.9 aperture. She shows good results both in the daytime and in the dark.
The second main camera module has a 13-megapixel resolution and is designed for ultra-wide snapshots. At the same time, the quality of photos is not worse than that of flagship smartphones. The edges of the photos are a little blurry, but this is not very critical for its price.
The third and fourth modules have a 2-megapixel resolution, the first of these modules is for bokeh shots, and the other for macro photos. In general, both modules work well and I have no strong complaints.
The front camera has a 20-megapixel resolution and an f/2.2 aperture. The quality of photos on the selfie camera is very good, even in poor lighting.
As usual, I’ll leave below an album of sample photos taken with the Poco X3. You will be able to compare the quality and evaluate the result of the taken photos of the new mid-range smartphone.
Battery and charging time
Inside the case, the Poco X3 uses a large 5160mAh battery. As my practice has shown, the battery life on a single charge was about 2 days with active use.
I also ran battery tests with Work 2.0 Battery life and the result is very positive – about 16 hours. During the test, the brightness was set to the maximum value and the 120 Hz refresh rate was turned on.
After the end of the test, I set the device to charge and the smartphone charged from 8 to 100% in just over one hour. This is a very good result, fast charging is present thanks to the 33W power adapter that comes out of the box.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
The Poco X3 is a completely perfect smartphone with no flaws. Of course, you can say that a smartphone would be better because of the AMOLED screen, glass body, and better water resistance. But then the price tag would not be $ 200, but over $ 500.
Therefore, as for the middle class, the X3 smartphone is one of the best modern, productive smartphones that I definitely recommend buying.
On the positive side, I can attribute it to a high-quality screen with 120 Hz, good performance, a 64-megapixel camera, high battery life with support for fast charging, and much more.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
On the official Xiaomi store, you can order the Poco X3 smartphone at a low price for only $199.99 with an 80% discount.
Considering its cost and technical features, the third generation Poco is the best mid-range smartphone for 2020.