People often ask us about phones that are affordable and deliver on the value-for-money proposition. Here we are from that standpoint with a phone from Xiaomi’s Poco, a brand that sort of started that conversation for ‘flagship specifications for a lot less money’.
Their newest phone, Poco X3, not only offers a huge 5,000 mAh battery and a premium 120Hz display, it does it at an affordable price.
Check out our first impressions and unboxing of the device down below:
Design and Display
So, it’s a flashy back on this thing – the POCO logo looks fairly substantial. There’s a tribal-diagonal linearity thing going on in the middle with the Cobalt Blue color reflecting everywhere.
The whole thing has a really premium feel to it.
Starting on the outside, the device has an IP53 splash-resistant rating and plastic back. The phone has a 6.67-inch FHD+ Dot Display LCD with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
In the beginning, it was a fairly snappy experience with the display. After checking what setting the display was set to, we found the device is set at the 120Hz refresh rate out of the box. Quite a surprise there!
There’s a tiny punch-hole camera in the top-middle and the bezels are quite small for a spec sheet this great and a price so low. A capacitive fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side which doubles as a power button. The back houses a large quad-camera set up in an almost rectangular cut-out.
Internals and Storage
The internals are driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset and Adreno 618, thus openly challenging similarly retailed devices for the midrange throne. The phone POCO sent us packs 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, expandable with a microSDXC slot.
You get the latest version of MIUI 12 fresh out of the box on top of Android 10.
POCO X3 sports a quad-camera setup in the rear. There’s a 64MP main sensor, including 12MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors. The only thing missing here is the telephoto lens, but you won’t feel the need for it.
The quad sensor is loaded with features including long exposure, night mode, image stabilization, and more. The front camera inside the punch-hole cutout is a 20MP selfie shooter. Both the front and back cameras support 4K video recording at 30fps.
Battery, Price, and Availability in Pakistan
The massive 5160mAh battery is equipped with 33W fast charging, going from 0-100% within an hour at best. The fast charger is included in the box. We tested COD Mobile with this one, there wasn’t any substantial loss in power there.
The Xiaomi POCO X3 retails for an early-bird price-tag of PKR 41,000. The phone will retail at PKR 42,000 once the honeymoon wears off!
Xiaomi Poco X3 Specifications
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 618
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G (8 nm)
- OS: Android 10.0; MIUI 12
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE,
- LCD capacitive touchscreen, 6.67 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal: 64 GB, 128 GB
- Primary: 64 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
- Secondary: 20 MP
- Connectivity: LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, headphone jack
- Fingerprint scanner: Yes (side-mounted)
- Battery: 5160 mAh
- Price: Rs. 41,000 (early bird price), Rs. 42,000 (retail price)