Xiaomi POCO F3 vs POCO X3 Pro Compared – F3 aka Redmi K40 star of the show at £329 while X3 Pro is a bargain at £199

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Today, Xiaomi affordable sub-brand launched their latest two phones, the POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro.

Xiaomi likes to capitalise POCO, but I can't cope with writing that in an entire article, so from now on, it is Poco.

Xiaomi Poco F3 vs Xiaomi Redmi K40

Poco F3

First up, and the stand out option from the two new devices is the, however, it has technically already been launched under the name Redmi K40.

The Redmi K40 was launched in February with an official release on the 4th of March. The base model launched for CNY 1999 or £221 (UK price is higher).

Poco F3 vs Poco X3 Pro – Kinda the same but not

Poco X3 Pro

The naming convention of these phones seems a little off because they feel like they should be under the same model series with one being Pro and the other standard.

Display

Anyway, both phones have the same display size, 2400×1080 FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh size.

The Poco F3 uses a superior AMOLED panel with a 900nit typical brightness and 1300nit peak. It also has a higher 360Mhz touch sampling rate.

The more affordable X3 Pro used LCD with 240Hz touch sampling rate with 450nits typical brightness.

The F3 has slightly different overall dimensions and weight, being thinner and lighter.

Oddly, the Poco F3 lacks an in-display fingerprint scanner, instead, using a side-mounted one the same as the Poco X3 Pro.

Chipset & 5G/Connectivity – Poco X3 Pro is 4G only

One of the biggest differences is that the Poco F3 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 while the Poco F3 uses the Snapdragon 860.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 is essentially the same as the SD865+ with a few minor tweaks but importantly, it offers 5G connectivity. This is likely because all SD865 phones had the Qualcomm X55 modem as standard, even though it was an external modem.

The Poco X3 Pro, on the other hand, uses the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, which is literally identical to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+. However, with that chipset, it was optional to include the X50 5G modem, so in this case, the Snapdragon 860 does not have it and the X3 Pro is therefore 4G only.

Camera – Downgrade from the Poco X3 NFC?

Both phones use the same 20MP in-display camera front-facing camera.

On the rear the Poco X3 Pro retains the same camera design as the Poco X3 with the sensors mounted in a circle on the centre of the phone.

By all accounts, it would seem that the Poco X3 Pro has had the camera downgraded from the superb Poco X3 NFC. The older phone had:

  • 64 MP Sony IMX682, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 13 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Both the X3 Pro and F3 have a 48MP main sensor that has a 1/2 “sensor size; they then share the same 8MP ultrawide.

The X3 Pro then has a 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro, while the F3 has a 5MP telephoto lens.

Battery

The Poco X3 Pro retains the same massive 5160mAh battery with 33W charging that the X3 NFC had.

Annoyingly, the F3 has a smaller battery with 4520mAh and 33W

Price and Availability of Poco F3 and X30 Pro

POCO F3 comes in three colours, Arctic White, Night Black and Deep Ocean Blue, with two storage variants – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB – retailing in the UK for £329 and £349 respectively.

£329 for a phone that has flagship specs of a 2020 is an absolute bargain, and there is little need for anyone to buy anything else unless you need a decent camera.  

Poco X3 Pro comes in three colours Phantom Black, Frost Blue, Metal Bronze with two storage variants – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB – retailing in the UK for £199 and £249, respectively.

At £199 it is an incredible buy.

Both phones will be on Amazon and po.co/uk

Overall

Both of these new Poco phones have launched at exceptionally good prices.

The X3 Pro offers an insane amount of performance for under £200. Then the F3 is almost as good as  most flagship phones from last year (except the camera).

I am quite excited about the Poco F3, it ticks a lot of boxes for me. With covid limiting travel and other fun things for the foreseeable future, I am not sure if it is worth spending big money on a flagship device when I can't use it to its full potential (I am still tempted with the OP9 Pro, though).

I am a big fan of AMOLED displays, and the use of LCD in affordable phones is what puts me off committing to them. The SD870 should offer more than enough performance for most peoples needs. The SD888 is fantastic, but its power-hungry and I don't really need that much processing power.

I am a little disappointed that the camera isn't the 64 MP Sony IMX682 that was used on the X3 NFC, and I would have liked an in-display fingerprint sensory and larger battery. The latter two points are not a massive problem, but the camera could be a stumbling block for this being the perfect affordable flagship-like phone.

The F3 is impressive enough that there is a good chance I will commit to this phone for my personal device for the year; though if the OnePlus 9 Pro is not a rip-off, that is a strong contender too.  

Xiaomi POCO F3 vs POCO X3 Pro Specficication Compared

POCO F3POCO X3 Pro
Display6.67“ AMOLED, ultra-tiny DotDisplay6.67″ FHD+ LCD DotDisplay
2400×1080 FHD+2400×1080 FHD+
120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate120Hz refresh rate
Contrast ratio: 5000000:1240Hz touch sampling rate
Brightness: 900 nits (typ), 1300 nits (peak) DynamicSwitch
True ColorContrast ratio: 1500:1
True DisplayBrightness: 450 nits (typ)
HDR10+Sunlight display
MEMC (Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation)Reading mode 2.0
Sunlight display 3.0HDR10
360° Ambient Light Sensor
E4 material
BodyArctic White, Night Black, Deep Ocean BluePhantom Black, Frost Blue, Metal Bronze
Corning®️ Gorilla® Glass 5 front and backCorning® Gorilla® Glass 6 front
2.5D glass front, 3D curved back
Dimensions163.7mm x 76.4mm x 7.8mm, 196g165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.4mm, 215g
Bands2G: 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   
PerformanceQualcomm Snapdragon 870 Mobile PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 860 Mobile Platform
7nm process technology7nm process technology
Qualcomm Kryo 585 octa-core CPU, up to 3.2GHz
1 x2.96GHz Cortex A76
3 x 2.42GHz Cortex A76
4 x 1.80GHz Cortex A55
Qualcomm Kryo 485 octa-core CPU, up to 2.96GHz
1 x 3.2GHz Cortex A77
3 x 2.40GHz Cortex A77
4 x 1.80GHz Cortex A55
Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPUQualcomm Adreno 640 GPU
StorageLPDDR5 + UFS 3.1LPDDR4X + UFS 3.1
Heat dissipationLiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus
D5 copper heat pipe + multi-layer graphite
Rear camera48MP main camera48MP 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 camera8MP ultra-wide camera
– f/2.2, FOV 119°– f/2.2, FOV 119°
5MP telemacro camera2MP macro camera
– f/2.4, AF (3cm-7cm)– f/2.4, FF (4cm)
2MP depth sensor
    – f/2.4, FF
Front camera20MP in-display camera20MP in-display camera
ConnectivityMulti-functional NFCMulti-functional NFC
IR blasterIR blaster
Bluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 6
5GDual SIM, Dual 4G standby
UnlockSide-mounted fingerprint sensorSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Face unlockFace unlock
Charging4520mAh (typ) battery5160mAh (typ) battery
33W in-box fast charger, 52 mins*** to 100%33W in-box fast charger
USB-CUSB-C
AudioDolby Atmos®**Dual speakers
Dual speakersHigh-res audio certified
Hi-Res Audio3.5mm headphone jack
Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified
MotorX-axis linear motorZ-axis linear motor
SystemMIUI 12 for POCO based on Android 11MIUI 12 for POCO based on Android 11
Storage6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB

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