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Poco X3 Pro Review: the best low cost gaming smartphone

The Poco X3 Pro is a phone – θήκες κινητών – that gives you excellent performance at a very low price but with some compromises such as that it does not have an Amoled screen and that the cameras have been downgraded compared to the previous model but with 230 € you can get a top processor with enough RAM.

The Poco X3 Pro is the latest device from Xiaomi subsidiary Poco. The Poco X3 Pro gets some great hardware upgrades for a small price increase. The Poco X3 NFC was released in September 2020 and six months later Xiaomi / Poco has a better version to offer. The new Poco X3 Pro is basically the same device as the Poco X3 NFC. The main difference is a better Snapdragon 860 processor and up to 128 GB UFS3.1 storage.

With just around 230€ for the basic 6 GB / 128 GB version, this is probably the best gaming smartphone with a low budget and Snapdragon 8xx processor.

POCO X3 Pro Design

The Poco X3 Pro we saw comes in black but unlike a matte black (Redmi Note 9T) or a black mirror (Poco F3), the Phantom Black on this device displays some interesting shades of deep brown or burgundy depending on the light reflected on the rear plate. I am a big fan of this black color that changes color and I hope this is done by more manufacturers in the range of budget smartphones.

Apart from the color, there is also the big POCO branding on the back. Based on the light hitting the stripe, you get the logo to show a color gradient from blue to almost purple. Another hardware improvement is a Z-axis linear motor for vibration feedback. Tactile feedback is definitely better than most smartphones in this price range. However, you must select the “Higher” setting to feel the strongest tactile feedback.

Except for these two things, the rest of the hardware design is identical to that of the Poco X3 NFC. This means the same layout of the camera unit as with the fast fingerprint scanner built into the power button. The IR blaster is still there on the top rail along with the headphone jack on the bottom.

While other smartphone manufacturers remove chargers from their packaging, Poco increases the trend and gives you a nice matte clean TPU surface along with a fast charger! There is also a factory screen protector on the screen. which has Gorilla Glass 6 that protects the LCD panel. Overall, it is a well-constructed smartphone with no obvious flaws or design errors.

POCO X3 Pro Display

The latest Xiaomi devices have started if not all but most to have a high refresh rate AMOLED display. So using the Poco X3 Pro with a high-refresh LCD screen seems a step back. The screen is a large 6.67-inch panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 FHD + , which is a transfer from the Poco X3 NFC. The IPS LCD monitor supports an adjustable refresh rate of 120Hz and the standard 60Hz. For as long as I had it in my hands, I naturally chose the highest renewal rate. Then there are some other options you can modify in the screen settings that are very common for MIUI.

This is a screen with HDR10 compatibility, with a refresh rate of 120Hz and with very good color accuracy. To complete it, it becomes very bright with quite good visibility outdoors.

Poco X3 Pro Performance

Unlike the Poco X3 NFC that had Snapdragon 732, this device gets an impressive upgrade to the Snapdragon 860 7nm processor. It is the first smartphone to run on the Snapdragon 860 which is essentially a Snapdragon 855+ processor from the end of 2019.

The change to the Snapdragon 860 gives the X3 Pro a significant increase in performance at various benchmarks ranging from 45% to 60% further enhancing its status as a top low-budget gaming smartphone. Although the Adreno 640 GPU is now two generations, it is much better than most devices that use 7XX series processors.

On AnTuTu (v8) the score for the X3 Pro is 453223 compared to 283750 for the older X3 NFC. Same story as the GeekBench (v5.1) 2575 versus 1777 multi-core score. But the biggest surprise is the GFXBench test (ES 3.1 on screen) where the X3 Pro gets 38fps versus slightly 16fps for its predecessor. This means that playing several games with intensive graphics such as PUBG or Call of Duty mobile should no longer be a problem.

The other big story is the storage upgrade. The Poco X3 Pro has 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage in the base model compared to 64 GB of UFS 2.1 in the X3 NFC.

POCO X3 Pro Camera

The Poco X3 Pro has quad camera on the back with 48MP primary sensor, ultra wide 8MP, macro 2MP and 2MP depth sensor. The main camera on the Poco X3 Pro is 48MP and uses the Sony IMX 582 Quad-Bayer 1/2 with sensor with 0.8 μm pixels , 25 mm f / 1.8 lens. It has PDAF which means that in daylight it is easy to focus on subjects / objects. This sensor also has Night Mode support. Fortunately, there is also Night Mode support on the Ultrawide 8MP camera.

Poco X3 Pro Battery

The Poco X3 Pro retains the same 5160 mAh battery as the Poco X3 NFC. With normal use you can extend the battery life to a two-day charging cycle. This is the case if you do not play on it for long periods of time, which is the main reason for getting this phone. So, with heavy use, expect to last an entire day with just one charge.

Once you need to top it up there is quick charge support and it’s nice that the 33W charger is in the box. Xiaomi claims that the 33W charger will charge the battery to 59% in 30 minutes and 100% in 59 minutes. Although not fast, these are definitely pretty fast times for this price point.

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