Poco F3 now available from £299 for a limited time from Amazon UK & Poco

I loved the Poco X3 Pro, it offered incredible value for money. However, if you can stretch your budget further, the Poco F3 offers a significant upgrade to both the display and the chipset. Switching from a 120Hz IPS LCD display to a 120Hz AMOLED. Then swapping out the Snapdragon 860, which is the same as the 2-year-old SD855+, with the SD870, which is a slightly higher clocked version of last year’s Snapdragon 865+.

Price and Availablity

The RRP of the Poco F3 is £329 and £349 for the 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB options, respectively.

For a limited time, you can get £20 off as part of the early bird special via Amazon and the Poco store.

For £299/£329 you are getting a phone with superior performance than the flagship devices of last year. That’s a mind-bogglingly good deal.

The downside is that the camera is a middling at best, but you have to make some sacrifices for this price.

POCO F3 VS POCO X3 Pro Comparison: 

  POCO F3 POCO X3 Pro 
Display 6.67“ AMOLED, ultra-tiny DotDisplay 6.67″ FHD+ LCD DotDisplay 
E4 material 2400×1080 FHD+  
2400×1080 FHD+  120Hz refresh rate 
120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate 240Hz touch sampling rate 
Contrast ratio: 5000000:1 DynamicSwitch 
Brightness: 900 nits (typ), 1300 nits (peak)   Contrast ratio: 1500:1 
True Color  Brightness: 450 nits (typ) 
True Display Sunlight display 
HDR10+ Reading mode 2.0 
MEMC (Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation) HDR10 
Sunlight display 3.0 
360° Ambient Light Sensor 
Body Arctic White, Night Black, Deep Ocean Blue Phantom Black, Frost Blue, Metal Bronze 
Corning®️ Gorilla® Glass 5 front and back Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 front 
2.5D glass front, 3D curved back 
Dimensions 163.7mm x 76.4mm x 7.8mm, 196g 165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.4mm, 215g 
Bands 2G: GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz         2G: GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz 
3G: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8         3G: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8 
4G: LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28/66         4G: LTE FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28 
4G: LTE TDD: 38/40/41       4G: TDD-LTE: B38/40/41 
5G*: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n41/n77/n78     
Performance Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 870 Mobile Platform Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 860 Mobile Platform 
7nm process technology 7nm process technology 
Qualcomm® Kryo™ 585 octa-core CPU, up to 3.2GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 octa-core CPU, up to 2.96GHz 
Qualcomm® Adreno™ 650 GPU Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640 GPU 
Storage LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1 LPDDR4X + UFS 3.1 
Heat dissipation LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus 
D5 copper heat pipe + multi-layer graphite 
Rear camera 48MP main camera 48MP main camera 
– 1/2″ sensor size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 large pixel – 1/2“ sensor size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 large pixel  
– f/1.79, 6P lens, AF  – f/1.79, 6P lens, AF 
8MP ultra-wide camera 8MP ultra-wide camera 
– f/2.2, FOV 119°  – f/2.2, FOV 119°  
5MP telemacro camera 2MP macro camera 
– f/2.4, AF (3cm-7cm) – f/2.4, FF (4cm) 
2MP depth sensor 
    – f/2.4, FF 
Front camera 20MP in-display camera 20MP in-display camera 
Connectivity Multi-functional NFC  Multi-functional NFC  
IR blaster IR blaster 
Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth 5.0 
Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 
5G Dual SIM, Dual 4G standby 
Unlock Side-mounted fingerprint sensor Side-mounted fingerprint sensor 
Face unlock Face unlock 
Charging 4520mAh (typ) battery  5160mAh (typ) battery  
33W in-box fast charger, 52 mins*** to 100% 33W in-box fast charger 
USB-C USB-C 
Audio Dolby Atmos®** Dual speakers 
Dual speakers High-res audio certified 
Hi-Res Audio  3.5mm headphone jack 
Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified  
Motor X-axis linear motor Z-axis linear motor 
System MIUI 12 for POCO based on Android 11 MIUI 12 for POCO based on Android 11 
Storage 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB 

Press Release

POCO X3 Pro – Flagship-level performance and speed for the small wallet  

POCO X3 Pro is the perfect companion for the budget-conscious gamer who does not want to compromise on performance and speed. The phone maintains the top-notch features that made its predecessor a prime choice for hardcore gamers and techies, but boasts an even better performance with one of the most powerful 4G mobile platforms currently on the market: the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 860 Mobile Platform. With upgraded speed, storage capacity, and RAM option, POCO X3 Pro takes gaming experience to a level unparalleled at this price point. 

Features including a Kryo™ 485 CPU with 7nm processing technology along with Adreno™ 640 GPU allows you to enjoy an ultra-smooth, high-quality gaming experience, even when playing processing-heavy 3D games at high settings. Super responsive, low-latency gameplay is ensured with a 6.67” FHD+ DotDisplay with 12Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, while DynamicSwitch optimises refresh rate for different applications.  

IP53-rated for dust protection and splash resistance, POCO X3 Pro is ready to join the fun by the British seaside or local Lido without much trepidation. To add to that, LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus ensures your device never gets too hot while Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 provides extra protection and peace of mind. And there is no need to worry about running out of power whilst being out on adventures as the ultra-large 5,160mAh (typ) battery can last up to two full days depending on use.  

But it’s not all about games, POCO X3 Pro is the perfect companion for capturing special moments through photo or video with its complete quad-camera rear setup, including a 48MP main camera and a 119° ultra-wide camera lens with Night Mode for amazingly detailed shots in any setting.  

Last update on 2021-07-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2 thoughts on “Poco F3 now available from £299 for a limited time from Amazon UK & Poco”

  1. Excellent article, but the first thing I look into when I purchase a new phone is what operating system it uses to get an idea of how long I will have it for.

    Eventually needed to go on an external site to find it uses Android 11.

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