Poco X3 design
Poco X3 In the US, the company has opted for a new design and it doesn’t look like any of the current Redmi models. Poco X2 In comparison to (Review), the new X3 gets a single selfie camera, which is located at the top center of the smartphone. Poco hasn’t changed anything in terms of display though and you still get a 6.67-inch panel with 120Hz refresh rate. Getting a high refresh rate is slowly becoming common in the affordable segment and if you play a lot of games on your smartphone, this is a plus for you. There are thin bezels all around the display, but the camera hole can be a bit distracting for some people.
As soon as you pick up the device, you will notice that it is heavy. This smartphone with a weight of 225 grams Samsung Galaxy M51 (Review), which comes equipped with a massive 7,000mAh battery. The weight of the Poco X3 is well balanced and there is no chance of the phone falling from the hands. However, after using the device for a while, you may feel tired in your hands.
Poco X3 specifications
Poco X2 was launched almost seven months back and it has made a good mark in its segment due to its specifications. Poco hasn’t changed much in the new phone; You still get the big full-HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate. The panel also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
The phone is powered by the new Snapdragon 732G processor, which is similar to the Snapdragon 730G in terms of architecture, but with slight differences in CPU cores as well as GPU. As a result it gives better performance. Poco X3 is available in three configurations – 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. These three are priced at Rs 16,999, Rs 18,999 and Rs 19,999 respectively. This review is of the mid variant of the phone.
While the international variant of the Poco X3 gets NFC, the Indian variant comes with a bigger battery. We get a 6,000mAh battery, which supports 33W fast charging. The Poco X3 also features stereo speakers and the smartphone comes with an IP53 dust and water resistant rating.
Poco X3 has been launched with MIUI 12 based on Android 10. Our unit was running on the September Android security patch. There are many bloatware apps and games pre-installed on the X3 and we suggest you remove them if you don’t need them.
Poco X3 performance
The Poco X3 has enough hardware to deliver decent performance and we didn’t face any issues while using it. The X3 was quick to load apps and games, and makes multitasking very smooth. We enjoyed watching videos on the Poco X3, as the display has decent viewing angles and the stereo speakers enhance the experience. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is fast and uses Face Unlock for facial recognition, which is as fast as a physical scanner.
We played Call of Duty: Mobile and Among Us on the Poco X3 and the device did not show any lag. The screen refresh rate was set to 120Hz by default and we didn’t change it while playing the game. Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly on high settings without any issues. We played the game for 25 minutes and the smartphone’s battery dropped by 7 percent. After gaming, the phone got a little warm to the touch.
The battery life is good and the Poco X3 can last you up to a day without any issues. The phone lasted 18 hours, 31 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is pretty good. There is support for fast charging and a 33W charger is available inside the box. Using this, the battery was charged to 57 percent in 30 minutes and up to 92 percent in an hour.
Poco X3 cameras
The Poco X3 packs a quad-camera setup, which includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.89 aperture, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a There is a depth sensor. There is a 20 megapixel selfie camera on the front. The camera app is easy to use and has multiple shooting modes to choose from.
There are quick toggles for HDR as well as AI, which gives you the option of fine-tuning the camera features while shooting. The camera UI has changed in MIUI 12 and now it is easier to use. There’s a new Vlog mode, which adds background music and video effects while shooting. This is a brand new and useful feature for those who upload videos on social media.
Poco X3 adds watermark on photos by default, so make sure to turn off this option in camera settings before taking a photo. Its 64-megapixel primary camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default. Photos shot using the primary camera in broad daylight had decent detail and even text at a distance came through. However, the camera aggressively suppresses blacks, which reduces detail in shadows. Switching to a wide-angle camera gives a larger field of view, but lacks in details. The wide-angle camera also produced a slightly different color tone, which was clearly visible in the output.
The close-ups were good and the Poco X3 separated the subject and the background well. It also adds depth to the background nicely. Edge detection was good in portraits and the X3 also gives you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot. The macro camera is limited to 2-megapixel resolution and lets you get close to the subject, but the output got average.
Low-light camera performance was average. Photos taken in the default mode were soft and had a watercolor effect. Enabling Night Mode made a noticeable difference to the output – photos were sharper and had finer details. However, it takes 3-4 seconds to take a shot in Night Mode. The wide-angle camera is not good for shooting in low-light as it could not capture as much light as the primary sensor.
Daylight selfies were decent and you have the option of taking portrait shots using the selfie shooter. AI does not detect faces with masks and does not blur the background in such cases. Selfies shot in low light were average, but this phone lets you use Night Mode for selfies.
Poco X3 is an upgrade to Poco X2 and it brings some upgrades. It does everything a little better than the Poco X2. It delivers better performance and the bigger battery helps it last longer. However, it is much heavier than its predecessor. If you were looking to buy the Poco X2 but can make up your mind to spend a little more, then you can go with the Poco X3, as it offers some decent upgrades at a marginal increase in the price. Realme 7 Pro (Review) There is another suitable option, which you can buy for the same price.