200 euros and still flagship features

The Poco X3 is official: With this mid-range smartphone, the Xiaomi subsidiary is making a real challenge. On the one hand, the device is very cheap. But still has some features on board that you would not expect at such a low price.

A piece of flagship for the middle class

“The true master of the middle class” – this is how the Chinese company describes the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC. There are actually good chances of winning this title: The mobile phone has a 6.67-inch display that has a full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The latter is a small sensation: We have only seen 120 Hz screens from upper-class models such as the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 Ultra. The feature ensures a smoother display on the screen.

However, it is an LCD, not a better OLED screen. With a cell phone for around 200 euros, however, this is quite normal. The same applies to a plastic back. After all: the frame is made of aluminum and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC has a plastic back with “Poco” lettering.(© 2020 Xiaomi)

More power for gaming

A lot of power is hidden under the hood, which we would have expected from cell phones beyond the 300 euro limit: The drive is the Snapdragon 732G, which is slightly faster than a Snapdragon 720G (built into the Redmi Note 9 Pro) and a Snapdragon 730G (built into the Mi Note 10 Lite). The chipset’s graphics unit in particular is superior to its predecessors – which is why you can play more smoothly on the Poco X3 Games.

In addition, there is 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory. If that’s not enough, the Xiaomi Poco X3 supports microSD cards with a capacity of up to 256 GB.

Very nice: The new user interface MIUI 12 (we have already tested it extensively) is preinstalled together with Android 10 at the factory.

Technical specifications:

  • Display: 6.67 inch LCD, has a resolution of Full HD + and offers 120 Hz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • R.A.M: 6 GB of RAM
  • Storage space: 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage
  • Quadruple camera: Wide angle (64 MP), ultra wide angle (13 MP), macro lens (2 MP), depth sensor (2 MP)
  • Front camera: Wide angle (20 MP)
  • Battery pack: 5160 mAh
  • Operating system: MIUI 12 with Android 10 pre-installed from the factory
  • Connections: USB-C, headphone jack
  • Dual SIM: Present (4G)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Integrated in the frame
  • Extras: Infrared blaster (can replace remote controls), stereo speakers
  • Available colours: Dark gray, blue

Quad camera with special filters

The Poco X3 promises a lot in terms of camera quality: sharp images, rich in details. The main camera (wide angle) accordingly has a 64 MP resolution and the Sony IMX 682 sensor. This sensor is also found in the Redmi K30 Ultra and the Honor 30S – two other mid-range models. So photos should be good, but not reach flagship level.

These three lenses are also part of the quad camera: an ultra-wide angle (13 MP), a macro lens for close-ups (2 MP) and a depth sensor for bokeh effects (2 MP). The setup strongly reminds us of Xiaomi smartphones that are already available, such as the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite, which offer something similar. We assume that the camera quality will also be very similar.

As an additional extra, Poco supplies you with filters such as “Gold Vibes” and “Cyberpunk”. The former filter provides a crisp contrast and color tones that are reminiscent of film scenes. “Cyberpunk”, on the other hand, gives your pictures a wild sci-fi look and turns lights into powerful neon lights. There are also other nice photo features, but we cannot list all of them here.

The camera should move on the usual mid-range level.(© 2020 Xiaomi)

Audio: stereo and headphone jack included

There is two good news for fans of the good sound: On the one hand, the Xiaomi Poco X3 comes with stereo speakers – another feature that is more common in the flagship region. The speakers should even be able to free themselves from dust.

In addition, Poco has thought of a classic headphone connection. So you don’t have to lug USB-C adapters around with you all the time.

Two days of battery life despite 120 Hz

The battery with a capacity of 5160 mAh should ensure a high level of stamina. Overall, the Poco X3 should have two days of battery life. Charging is possible via USB-C with a charging speed of up to 33 watts. Cool: a full charge should only take 65 minutes.

Anyone who is now familiar will be a little surprised: Because features such as a 120 Hz display actually increase energy consumption. But to counteract this, the Poco mobile phone uses a variable refresh rate. The 120 Hz are only used when you need them. If you look at a still image without movement, for example, the rate drops to 50 Hz – which saves energy.

You can fully charge the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC within 65 minutes.(© 2020 Xiaomi)

Price: This smartphone is too cheap

120 Hz display, 64 MP camera and stereo sound: A quick look at the data sheet gives the impression that this is a cell phone that costs at least 300 euros. It is therefore very surprising that you can buy the Xiaomi Poco X3 at the start for only 199.90 euros – with 64 GB of storage. If you want 128 GB of storage space, you pay 249.90 euros. These are “early bird prices” that are only valid on September 10th on the Xiaomi website. From 1 p.m. for around 24 hours. Then both variants cost just under 20 euros more.

Nevertheless, we get the impression that this mid-range smartphone is actually much too cheap for this configuration. How much the mobile phone actually convinces in practice can only be shown by the first tests.

We think: The Poco X3 is really very similar on paper to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (here our test). In particular, the high frame rate and the stereo sound stand out in the Poco model and make it stand out more from the Redmi device.

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC appears in dark gray and blue.(© 2020 Xiaomi)

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