Poco X3 review is the best Xiaomi smartphone and inexpensive!

19.09.2020 80773 3

Poco X3 review. Here he is - the king of middle-budget workers!

Design and equipment

Screen

cameras

Memory and performance

Operating system

Peculiarities

Outcome

Where can I buy?

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Poco has a very interesting fate. The history of the brand began within the walls of Xiaomi - it was they who gave their “daughter” a way into the world, having prepared a smartphone, which later some fans of Chinese smartphone construction called one of the brightest representatives of the mid-budget segment, and someone even still considers it legendary. We are talking, of course, about the Pocophone F1. And indeed the first pancake was not lumpy.

At the time of the presentation of the F1, and this, we recall, was already 2 years ago, no one could offer such specifications for such a ridiculous price tag. The flagship chip is the Snapdragon 845 and the official price tag is just over $300. Such an offer still sounds quite impressive.

The most interesting thing is that no one particularly scolded the Pocophone F1 either for the plastic case, which at that time was rarely found in smartphones from Xiaomi even for $150, or for the mediocre cameras for its chip. Everyone is just a fan of the combination of price and performance that this monster offered.

Time passed, interest in the brand grew, and fans were waiting for the continuation of the "banquet". But all of 2019, the brand has been fooling around, to be honest. After separating from Xiaomi, Poco decided not to break the connection with the "stepfather's house": the young company simply began to re-paste nameplates from already presented Xiaomi smartphones. Let's take the excellent Poco F2 Pro smartphone as an example. Many on the Web called it the "successor" of the F1 - precisely because of the top-end chip.

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But the problem is that the whole philosophy of the brand is lost somewhere. It was definitely not a cheap smartphone: at the start of sales, the basic version was already asking for almost $550. Of course, the price for this eventually sank to an adequate $350, but that's not the point - we still had in front of us not an independent product that should somehow reflect the company's values.

And so, after hearing a lot of negative feedback from fans, Poco decided to remind himself that it is possible to produce original devices. The first of these was the Poco X3 NFC. And, let's say right away, this device should definitely return the brand's position in the market of budget devices. There is everything here: excellent hardware for its price tag, and good cameras, and even that very originality. But first things first.

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Design and equipment Poco X3

We will meet a smartphone, as they say, by clothes. First, let's look at the package. In a strict black box, we are met by the smartphone itself, a fairly dense transparent silicone case and a massive 33 W charger unit, which cannot but rejoice. Naturally, in the box we will also find a clip to remove the combined SIM card tray and various documentation enclosed in the case. As always with Xiaomi and its sub-brands, all components of the delivery set are neatly laid out in their places.

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By the way, a huge plus in karma flies the company for the fact that a protective film is pasted on the screen already out of the box. Yes, other manufacturers also offer such a bonus in their smartphones, but this does not mean that you should not pay attention to such gestures. That is, upon purchase, you already receive basic protection for the first time.

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According to the precepts of the "grandfather" Poco X3 NFC, Pocophone F1, the novelty received a plastic case. Unfortunately, practicality has given way to appearance - here we have glossy plastic, and everyone knows what that means: eternal fingerprints and quickly appearing scratches. But in defense of the smartphone, it is worth noting that they did not save on the assembly itself - all the details fit perfectly, nothing crunches, creaks or falls off. Moreover, the Poco X3 NFC implements splash and dust protection, and the simplest, but do not forget about the cost of the device.

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The overall design, although distinctive, is somewhat reminiscent of Redmi Note 9 Pro . This is especially noticeable in the arrangement of the body elements. On the bottom of the device we find the opening of the main microphone, the main speaker grille, USB-C and the headphone cutout. On the right side - the power button, combined with a fingerprint scanner and volume buttons. Both smartphones are even in size one to one, that is, huge shovels, but, you have to understand, many people will like it.

According to the colors of the device, everything is simple - blue and black, and the first option does not have any gradients and overflows, everything is strict and concise.

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Poco X3 Screen

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Probably the most interesting moment for all skeptics concerns the quality of the IPS display installed in the Poco X3 NFC. After all, its main feature was the image refresh rate of 120 Hz. We all remember the fiasco of Redmi K30, which was one of the first in the budget segment to offer such a high image refresh rate. Yes, the picture was smooth, but soapy, the colors were dull, and the overall quality of the matrix was at a very low level.

In the novelty from Poco, there are no such children's sores - the buyer is waiting for a normal display with adequate color reproduction and a good margin of brightness. Why go far: we directly compared the displays of Redmi Note 9 Pro and Poco X3 NFC in bright sunlight, and did not notice almost any difference, that is, the text is read perfectly even in direct sunlight.

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The picture itself is not inferior to the screens of other smartphones from the same Xiaomi and Redmi: the pixels are not striking, the colors are bright, juicy. In general, it’s not a sin to watch a movie, and it’s also a pleasure to get stuck on Instagram. The second is especially nice to do, given the super-smooth and fast scrolling.

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cameras

The main camera block is designed quite unusually: a rectangle built into a circle. The decision, I must say, is rather controversial, but quite memorable, and at a time when all smartphones are similar to one another, this is almost the only way for a smartphone to stand out from the crowd.

The layout of the main unit is as follows: the main sensor is 64 megapixels, ultra-wide-angle 13 megapixels and two familiar “plugs”: a 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel depth-of-field sensor.

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In automatic mode, the main camera takes pictures with a resolution of 16 megapixels. We determined the quality of the pictures in comparison with the same Redmi Note 9 Pro. And, you know, we have not noticed any noticeable progress. But don't worry, it just means that for its price point, the smartphone takes very good pictures. Even in difficult conditions, the camera does not fall into the mud with its face and shows a decent picture.

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If we compare the devices side by side, then even here the pictures on the main sensor will be almost the same: someone will show better detail (not much), and someone will show more natural colors (again, not much). But what sets the Poco X3 NFC apart is its ultra-wide-angle module. It was pumped to be healthy: if in Note 9 Pro we had an 8 megapixel sensor, then in Poco we will have a 13 megapixel sensor, and this is really felt. The novelty shows a wider dynamic range and, most importantly, the sharpness of the picture has become much higher.

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Lovers of portrait shots will appreciate the work of the depth-of-field sensor. For this price segment, the shots look very decent: the main subject stands out well, and the bokeh effect looks as realistic as possible.

Also, the Poco X3 NFC has a good 20MP front camera sensor. I must say, again, with an eye to the price tag of the device, the front camera shows excellent results, and, in our opinion, it is definitely better than what can be seen on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In addition to the fact that the pictures on the selfie camera of the new Poco are simply more detailed, the performance of Redmi's image processing algorithms is also worse than that of its competitor. The X3 NFC has a better contrast ratio, making colors look more natural and vibrant.

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Now let's talk about the video mode. Poco X3 NFC has the ability to shoot 4K video with electronic stabilization, which previously seemed fantastic in the budget segment. It is worth noting that the stabilization works very well, but if you do not have enough smoothness, then the manufacturer screwed a tricky feature called “super stabilization”. When using it, the image resolution is reduced to FullHD, but the work of the “stub” is pleasantly surprising: on the smartphone screen, it seems that some simple steadicam was additionally used when shooting.

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Memory and performance

The smartphone memory sets are as follows: the basic modification is 6/64 GB and the top one is 6/128 GB. This is the standard for today's mid-range budget.

The latest chip from Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G is responsible for the operation of the device. This is the direct successor to last year's Snapdragon 730G. In general, nominally, according to the characteristics, we have two twin brothers in front of us, but still, “fresh” will be more pleasant. Even according to official data, it is 15% more powerful than its predecessor, and this is confirmed in real use: games run a little smoother, and the interface pleases with speed.

But autonomy, unfortunately, is not the strongest side of the Poco X3 NFC. No, he does not die two hours after being removed from the charge, but he cannot be called a monster of autonomy either. Which is strange, because he has a royal 5160 mAh battery. You can learn more about its survivability in our proprietary autonomy test.

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Operating system Poco X3

For the interface, as always with smartphones under the auspices of Xiaomi, MIUI is responsible. It's great that already at the first turn on we are greeted with a fresh 12 version of the popular shell. We already know everything about MIUI 12, but once again I want to mention the beautiful design, cute animations and very deep customization for a serial smartphone. In order to somehow differ from Xiaomi devices, Poco installed its eponymous launcher by default.

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As expected, at the start of sales in the firmware, dampness is occasionally observed: either the animations will glitch a little, or you can catch the application crash. But we all know that Xiaomi fans take new devices with a bright look into the future - after all, it is in it that, after several updates, the smartphone begins to breathe deeply.

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Peculiarities

I am glad that the manufacturer has provided the Poco X3 NFC with all the necessary joys: here you have a 3.5 mm mini-jack, a USB-C charging port, and even an infrared port for those who like to control equipment from a smartphone. As expected, the smartphone received an NFC chip with a working Google Pay out of the box. Poco seems to be so proud of having this chip that they even put its designation in the official name of the device.

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Despite such a low price tag, Poco was not too lazy and shoved stereo sound into the smartphone, that is, the earpiece sings along with the main one. Yes, it still gives away a chip for the sake of a chip - after all, a real stereo, which we are used to seeing in flagships from the same Xiaomi or, for example, Samsung, no one in the public sector will give us, but it's still better than using only one dynamics. Trust us, we've heard plenty of speakers for years to come and we have something to compare to.

I was also pleased with the work of the vibration motor. At the Poco presentation, they paid special attention to it, and it shows: it is very pleasant, of course, not a flagship level, but three heads higher than its competitors for the same price.

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Outcome

What can be said in the end? Even now, at the start of sales and with not the most polished software, the new Poco X3 NFC will give a light to many smartphones in the price segment of $ 200-250. It has stupidly everything for the average user, so as not to feel disadvantaged: a cool 120 Hertz display, and a good stereo, and cameras that are excellent for their budget. Also, the smartphone runs on a new shameless chip from Qualcomm, which will definitely be relevant for another couple of years. The manufacturer did not forget about the mandatory features of a mid-2020 smartphone, namely NFC, USB-C and the presence of a 3.5 mm mini-jack. It even has an infrared port.

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Of course, you can find fault with the device for its plastic case, but, oddly enough, even this gives the Poco X3 NFC individuality, because the brand's history began with plastic.

No matter how loud it may sound, but at the moment there is simply no better offer in terms of price-quality ratio. But over time, thanks to updates, the smartphone should only get better.

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Where can I buy?

At the moment, the basic version can be purchased on AliExpress for $230. But as soon as a more interesting offer appears, we will immediately post it in our Telegram channel with low prices andro-price .com. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on this cool offer!

We also remind you that you can win a Poco X3 NFC absolutely free by entering our contest. The conditions couldn't be easier, so feel free to follow the link and try your luck!

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Author: Егор Лебедев Publication date: 19.09.2020

Comments

Total comments: 3
 
 
Дмитрий Сапронов -1
какой емкости аккумулятор у него?
26.09.2020 20:31
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Серебко Луиза 4
супер!!!
21.09.2020 10:34
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Женё Женька 7
Сделай обзор и сравнение с poco x2, очень интересно мнение твоё
20.09.2020 14:05
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