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
|POCO F3 5G - Smartphone 6+128GB, 6,67” 120Hz AMOLED...||£294.47||Buy on Amazon|
|POCO F3 5G - Smartphone 8+256GB, 6,67” 120Hz AMOLED...||£349.00||Buy on Amazon|
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|
|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|
|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|
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 2021-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API