Poco has launched the Poco X3 in Indian and it bring some upgrades as well as downgrades when compared to the very popular Poco X2.
This is the new Poco X3 and this is the first Poco phone after the legendary F1 to have its kind of own unique design. It’s not a rebranded Redmi phone.
Poco X3 Price in India
|6GB RAM + 64GB Storage||₹ 16,999|
|6GB RAM + 128GB Storage||₹ 18,499|
|8GB RAM + 128GB Storage||₹ 19,999|
Coming to the pricing, the Poco X3 starts at ₹ 16,999 in india and that’s actually lesser than the current starting price of the Poco X2 and I think that makes sense because the Poco X3 is not a big upgrade over the Poco X2.
Poco X3 Specifications
|Display||6.67 inches, FHD+, IPS LCD, 120Hz|
|Build||Plastic Back, Aluminum Frame|
|Software and UI||Android 10, MIUI 12|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G|
|Front camera||20 MP, f/2.2|
|Features||1080p video @30fps|
|Rear camera||64 MP, f/1.9 (wide)|
13 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
|Features||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps, 720p@960fps|
|Charging||33W fast charging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Side mounted|
Poco X3 Hands-on Review
- Design and Build Quality
First let’s find out what’s in the box of the Poco X3. So in the box you get the USB-C cable, the 33W fast charger, the transparent silicon case, the sim ejector tool and that’s pretty much it.
Poco X3 comes with a plastic back and I don’t know why there’s this new trend of plastic in the sub 20k price range. The Realme 7 Pro has a plastic back Samsung phones have a plastic back and now the Poco X3 has a plastic back.
It looks fine in the shots, it does look like glass but the Poco X2 is still the more premium phone with the glass finish. If Poco was going with the plastic back on the Poco X3, they could have gone with a matte finish because the glossy back is a big fingerprint magnet.
As for the new style camera setup and the big bold Poco logo, I kind of like how it looks with the light falling in it. But this is very subjective and not everyone will like this big logo.
When it comes to the in-hand feel, it’s even thicker and heftier than the Poco X2 at 10.1 mm thickness and 225 grams of weight. The functionality is pretty solid though this whole design is IP53 rated so the phone should be fine with some splashes of water.
As for the ports and buttons, it’s kind of usual but there are a couple of key things to note. There’s an IR blaster on the top which is nice. The dual sim + microSD slot is a hybrid one so that’s something to note. There’s a tiny notification led on the top speaker grill.
There’s one upgrade in the design front that i really like a lot. I’m talking about the fact that the Poco X3 has 3d speakers and I like this new trend of steel speakers in the sub 20k segment. The Realme 7 Pro has it and now the Poco actually brings it and the speakers here seem pretty good.
- Poco X3 Display
Moving on to the display, it’s a 6.67 inch IPS LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling, HDR10 support and gorilla glass 5 on top. This seems to be another great high refresh rate display from Poco and I like it.
The scrolling and the MIUI 12 animations on the 120Hz panel look great and the display is pretty good too. It’s fairly bright especially in the auto mode and the contrast, the colors look fairly good.
- Poco X3 Performance
One upgrade that people have been confused about is the Snapdragon 732G chipset. Poco X3 is the first one to pack in the new 732G chipset so this an upgrade over the 730g.
Snapdragon 732G and snapdragon 730G have the same kryo 470 CPU and the same Adreno 618 GPU but the 732G has a slightly higher clock speed on both the CPU and GPU. Both the chipsets also have the same spectra 350 ISP, the same X15 LTE modem with Wi-Fi 6 support and the only difference here is the support for bluetooth 5.1 in the 732G.
Honestly the 732G isn’t exactly a big or any meaningful upgrade over the 730G, the slightly higher clock speeds result in slightly better benchmark scores as but yeah the real world performance shouldn’t be a big difference. Like the 730G the 732G should be able to handle high-end games and usual day-to-day tasks.
- Poco X3 – MIUI 12
When it comes to software, there’s MIUI 12 on board so you get all the cool new features and since this is MIUI for Poco, I haven’t seen any ads and there’s the Poco launcher. However the very cool super wallpapers from MIUI 12 are not installed here so that’s kind of a bummer.
As for any bloatware, there are apps like Amazon, Facebook, WPS office, Netflix, etc but you can uninstall each one of them. There are also some weird games which can be uninstalled too. As for any privacy issues, the phone does have the infamous cleaner app but it now only takes up the storage permission so i’m glad Xiaomi has fixed this.
Having said that, there’s the security app which takes up almost every single permission and there’s no way you can deny the app just permissions. This is weird and I don’t think a security app needs all these permissions like the microphone or the location.
- Poco X3 – Cameras
You still get the 64-megapixel primary camera but it’s now the IMX682 over the IMX686 on the X2, there’s a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens which on paper seems like an upgrade over the X2’s 8-megapixel sensor.
Apart from that, there are the customary 2-megapixel lenses that honestly nobody cares about. The Poco X2 had very good cameras for the price range and the photos from the X3 look good too. The IMX682 isn’t exactly a downgrade over the IMX686.
The only difference I know of is support for 4k 60fps in the IMX686 but that’s kind of irrelevant here. So it’s definitely seems good for a phone in this price range. On the front you get a 20-megapixel selfie camera and there’s no secondary depth sensor but I think that sensor was kind of useless.
- Battery and Charging
There’s a massive 6000 mAh battery that should last very very long and this is good because a lot of people who have bought the Poco X2 have complaint that it takes a lot of battery due to that 120Hz but this big battery should fix that.
The charger is faster too, this is the 33W charger you get in the box and I haven’t really tested it so far but it should be pretty fast.
- Poco X3: Conclusion
I mean the stereo speakers are nice and the big battery and faster charging are great additions but the rest of the phone isn’t a whole lot different from the Poco X2. There’s the same 120Hz display, the 732G is basically a slightly overclocked 730G.
There’s a downgrade too in the form of the plastic build, so yeah the Poco X3 is not a perfect phone or a perfect upgrade too. If you’re wondering if you should buy this or not, I’ll suggest you to wait because I’ll be reviewing this phone in the next few days comparing it to other phones and then come to verdict.
That was our first look at the new Poco X3 and if you have any questions around the phone, just comment down below and we’ll answer them in our full review. So make sure to comment down below. Also give this video a share.
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