Poco F1, Xiaomi’s previous flagship phone, tried to outdo some of the top competitor brands of premium devices in 2018. After two years, the Xiaomi sub-brand made two sequential announcements with few months gaps revealing the Poco X2 and Poco X3 smartphones
Those smartphones provided excellent value for money, and again Poco sticks with the affordability factor with the latest Poco X3 Pro. Like its predecessor, the Poco X3 Pro possesses vital improvements, including the outstanding hardware, high refresh rate display, all these for Rs 20,000.
Poco X3 Pro Design
The Poco X3 Pro’s appearance is similar to Poco X3. It has a similar oversized camera unit at the middle of the rear, which seems like a round shape with the top and bottom flattened out.
More than half of the rear panel has a frosted matte finish. Still, it has a thick stripe right down the middle that isn’t only reflective and glossy but possesses a pattern of diagonal lines that are noticeable at specific angles. It’s this part of the rear that captures fingerprints. There’s a big Poco logo in this stripe too. But it’s outlined, unlike the one on X3 that is solid, so it is relatively less glaring.
The Poco X3 Pro weighs 213g and is 9.4mm thick. This made it big and weighty. X3 Pro’s body is IP53 rated, which means it is splash-proof. The front is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
It has a 6.67-inch display at the front, alongside a camera hole at the top center. A notification LED is hidden in the speaker grille at the top. As this is a standard feature, it isn’t visible or noticeable except you’re looking at the phone head-on.
It has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that’s a bit recessed. The volume buttons are above it. While the hybrid dual-SIM tray is at the left, you’ll have to do away with a second SIM if you desire to use a MicroSD card for additional storage or vice versa.
Xiaomi’s trademark IR emitter is at the top, alongside a hole for better sound via the earpiece when used as a second speaker. At the bottom, there’s a 3.5mm audio socket, the primary speaker, and the USB Type-C port.
Poco X3 Pro Display
The screen is the reason for Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro’s bigger size. And it’s worth it. It is a 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2400 resolution alongside a 120Hz refresh rate.
X3 Pro’s screen looks keen, and the color is bold. The screen size offers a great view for video, games, etc. Poco phones are pretty common among folks who love getting lots of tech for their money.
Having a 120Hz screen for this price is fantastic. And the ability to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz means that there’s a genuine boost to Android’s menu, easily scrolling at a higher refresh rate.
X3 Pro has an LCD screen, so it doesn’t have a perfect contrast, but the raised blacks weren’t too prominent even in an extremely dark room with mixed content. If you’re ready to spend more, you’ll get an OLED. And it’s quick responding pixels will use the 120Hz refresh rate effectively. At this stage, there are no significant complaints.
Xiaomi adds two-color intensity modes in the Poco X3 Pro: the Standard and the Saturated mode. These two modes are hotter than the sRGB color standard, so there’s no relaxed color mode.
The brightness is not top leading. It looks as if it gets a bit ‘turbo’ boost outdoors during bright days.
Poco X3 Pro Performance
The Poco X3 Pro has a beautiful chipset, the Snapdragon 860, which several people will like. It’s a mid-range chipset that has a power that’s similar to the Snapdragon 855 Plus used in Asus ROG Phone 2 and OnePlus 7T.
They are old 2019 smartphones, no doubt. But the old 8-series Snapdragon chipsets are more efficient and powerful than the recent 7-series chipsets.
The Poco X3 Pro is one of the best affordable Fortnite phones you can get. Apart from the short drops when new textures are loading, X3 Pro sticks glue-like to the maximum 30fps. It most likely merits a crack at the 60fps mode Epic Games unlocks for some expensive phones.
If you require an affordable smartphone with intense gaming power, then the Poco X3 Pro is an excellent choice. For Geekbench 5, the X3 Pro scored 2,530 points which nearly matches phones like the OnePlus 7T and Samsung Galaxy S20.
The Snapdragon 860 is combined with 128GB or 256GB of storage and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. But the Poco X3 Pro we tested has 6GB of RAM. It runs on Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 software on top.
The icons looked quite too big, but you can go to the settings to shrink the icons and fit in more icons per page. A display this big should have five columns of icons, not four columns.
Poco X3 Pro Camera
The subtraction that Xiaomi made to take in an expensive processor at an affordable price are mainly in the X3 Pro’s camera. It has a 48MP primary camera, a basic 8MP ultra-wide, and two wrong 2MP macro and depth cameras.
But, the X3 Pro’s primary camera does terribly better than some other options, like Xiaomi’s Poco X3 NFC and Redmi Note 10 Pro. The mid-tone contrast is noticeably worse, and it seems to make good use of the detail-eradicating noise reduction. The images are pretty soft, and the softness increases to a level in the ultra-wide, which is to be expected from a low-budget 8MP sensor.
The primary camera performance is popularly seen in phones with Samsung sensors, a few years back. But the X3 Pro possesses a Sony IMX582 sensor. It was also used in the cheaper Redmi Note 10, which implies that cost is most likely the problem.
The Poco X3 Pro camera isn’t an embarrassment. It can still take nice and beautiful photos better than the Microsoft Surface Duo that costs $1400. Also, it has a valuable night mode that makes a significant difference to images’ dynamic range and brightness.
But, it is outperformed by the Redmi Note 10 Pro, Realme 8 Pro, and Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC. This will be a severe problem if you value camera performance more than gaming power.
However, the selfie camera is quite substantial. It uses a 20MP sensor, which is similar to the more camera-focused X3 NFC.
The video tops out at 4K 30 frames per second in the video, but there is a standard stabilization for smoother clips.
Poco X3 Pro Battery
The Poco X3 Pro possesses a battery capacity of 5,160mAh, which is lower than the 6,000mAh battery on the Poco X3. But, it’s still good enough to serve you for a day’s usage considering the phone’s big screen.
It has an incredible charging speed, and the complete charging takes like an hour. Well, we tested this phone with a 120Hz refresh rate all through. But you can switch to 60Hz to get more battery life from the device.
The Poco X3 Pro has great things for that price. It’s a device that’s suitable for gamers and power users on a slim budget. It possesses a fast chip, a great GPU, headphone Jack, stereo speakers, UFS 3.1 storage, and a remarkable battery capacity.
Other improvements that would have made it more outstanding are: Having a glass back would have decreased the vibration on the back, the expensive 8GB RAM should have had 256GB storage. A 4G chipset implies you lose 5G support in India. But, for folks who are not concerned with future-proofing their phone anytime soon, you’ll get a superb deal with vital hardware components here, making this phone very easy to recommend.