Poco X3 Pro review

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Introduction

The spirit of the first ever Pocophone – F1 – still lives on as part of the recently announced Poco X3 Pro and Poco F3. These two mid-rangers reach new heights with 120Hz monitors, flagship chips, stereo speakers, large batteries. And today we’ll explore the cheaper Poco X3 Pro – the first Snapdragon 860 operator – and its bang for the buck features.

The Poco X3 Pro builds on top of the Poco X3 NFC, and they both look alike. However, the Pro version uses much better hardware – it’s the first phone to run on the Snapdragon 860 SoC – a repackaged version of the once (and still) flagship Snapdragon 855+ chip.

Like the Poco X3 NFC, the Poco X3 Pro is IP53 rated for dust protection and splash resistance, it has a 6.67 “IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate support and the same 5,160mAh battery capable of 33W fast charging You get also stereo speakers, a microSD connector, NFC, an IR blaster and even a 3.5mm connector.

Poco X3 Pro review

Oddly enough, the camera is a little different and not in a good way. Look, the Poco X3 Pro has a quad camera on the back with a 48MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth snappers. It’s not bad, it’s just that the regular X3 model offered a 64MP main and a 13MP ultra-wide shooter, and we can not help but feel that the Pro has been demoted in this department.

Well, of course, the most significant upgrade since the original X3 is the much-improved SoC, which should allow it to reach beyond 60 fps on many of the popular games and unleash the full potential of the 120Hz screen. This is often a problem with the HRR-compatible mid-rangers and we will gladly take the update, be it at the expense of some camera megapixels.

Poco X3 Pro review

Let’s dig into the specifications now.

Poco X3 Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 165.3×76.8×9.4mm, 215g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), plastic frame, plastic back; IP53, dust and splash protection.
  • Screen: 6.67 “IPS LCD, 120Hz, HDR10, 450 nits (type), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 395ppi; 240Hz touch sampling.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7 nm): Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 Prime + 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 Gold + 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485 Silver); Adreno 640.
  • Memory: 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 3.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12, Poco-launcher.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 um, PDAF; Ultrawide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 119 °; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 20 MP, f / 2.2, (wide), 1 / 3.4 “, 0.8 .m.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 120fps, 720p @ 960fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5160mAh; Fast charging 33W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); Infrared port; NFC; Stereo speakers; 3.5 mm jack plug.

We can not think of anything missing from this € 250 phone. Yes, we liked a phone camera and an AMOLED screen, but maybe that’s why we have the Poco F3 and the supposedly upcoming F3 Pro?

We may feel like we’re in a treat with the Poco X3 Pro, but before we dig in, let’s remove this thing first.

Unboxing of Poco X3 Pro

The Poco X3 Pro retail package offers no surprises, and it is as rich as we are used to getting with Poco and Redmi phones. Inside the box you will find the promised 33W power adapter and a 3A-rated USB-C-to-A cable.

Poco X3 Pro review

There is also a transparent silicone case that has a small protective cover for the USB port. The flap is a bit annoying when you need to charge your Poco X3 Pro, but we can appreciate the extra care for the door.

And for the true Poco fans, the box also contains a lot of Poco stickers that you can put on your computer, monitor, desk, car and what not.

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