Poco announced the launches of 2 phones – the Poco X3 Pro & the Poco F3 – their flagship model on March 22nd. The Poco F3 is aimed at being a mid-range smartphone with flagship hardware & internals while the Poco X3 Pro is an upgrade on the Poco X3 and is aimed at being a budget mid-range phone.
Poco X3 Pro: The Poco X3 Pro looks very familiar because of its outer design being very similar to its predecessor the Poco X3, the main differences lie on the inside though – the Poco X3 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset which is an improved version of the previously flagship level Snapdragon 855+ with the same 8 core CPU paired with an Adreno 640 GPU, the phone does not offer 5G support which is a bummer since even entry level phones have started supporting 5G bands but the processor is a big step up from the Snapdragon 732G in the Poco X3. The phone has a frame made out of aluminum with a plastic back & comes with basic IP53 water & dust protection. Poco X3 Pro runs Android 11 with Poco’s version of MIUI 12.
The X3 Pro from Poco packs a 5,160 mAh non-removable battery which should be good enough even for heavy daily usage. The display of the Poco X3 is a 6.67 inch Full HD+ LCD display with HDR10 support. The display has a maximum 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate&resolution of 1080×2400 pixels (20:9 aspect ratio). The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 & has a brightness of 450nits and should be good enough for use in sunlight albeit it will not be the brightest display outdoors.
Xiaomi has provided the Poco X3 with 4 rear cameras – a 48Megapixel f/1.8 lens primary camera, a 8MP ultrawide 119 degree field-of-view camera, a 2MP macro camera & a 2MP camera for depth sensing – all 4 cameras are supported by a dual LED flash. The front camera is 20MP f/2.2 unit that sits in a single punch hole in the front display. The phone also has dual video mode allowing recording from both front and rear cameras simultaneously,
The Poco X3 has an enlarged heat pipe with multiple graphite layers for maximum heat dissipation, Poco have named this the LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus. The phone supports 33W fast charging and thankfully ships with an adapter in the box. Poco claims the phone charges from 0 to 59% in 30 minutes and to 100% charge in 59 minutes. The Poco X3 has stereo speakers and also a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Poco X3 Pro will have dual WiFi band support, Bluetooth 5.0, all GPS functionality, USB type-C with UFS 3.1 memory system, NFC support (region dependent), hybrid SIM tray (either SIM2 or sd card), an IR blaster& a fingerprint sensor mounted on the side. The phone will be available in 3 colours – Frost Blue, Phantom Black & Metal Bronze. The phone will be available in 2 variants – 6GB RAM with 128GB storage (expected to cost around Rs. 21,500) & a 8GB RAM with 256GB storage (expected to cost around Rs. 26,000). The phone is expected to go on sale in India on 30th March 2021.
Poco F3: The Poco F3 is the flagship phone of the Poco brand & is aimed to be a flagship killer in the market by offering a smartphone with flagship level hardware at mid-range level prices. The Poco F3 looks like a new design in Poco’s range but it shares most of its internals with the Redmi K40 that was launched in China a couple of months ago.
The Poco F3 bundles a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G ready chipset paired with Adreno 650 GPU, LPDDR5 RAM type& UFS 3.1 storage. There are 2 variants of the phone – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage & 8GB RAM + 256 GB storage. There is no option for adding an extra memory card. Like the Poco X3 Pro, the F3 also has a copper heat pipe with layers of graphite to aid in keeping the temperature of the internals down – what Poco calls the LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus.
The Poco F3 has a 6.67 inch AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1300 nits along with HDR10+ support& resolution of 1080×2400 pixels (20:9 Aspect Ratio) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the top. The display has a sampling rate of 120Hz & touch sampling rate of 360Hz. The smartphone runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12 for Poco. The phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the rear sandwiching its metal frame and is 7.8mm thick.
The Poco F3 has 3 rear cameras – a 48MP f/1.8 primary camera, a 5MP telemacro camera & a 8MP ultrawide camera. The front camera is a 20MP f/2.5 shooter. The Poco F3 has a 3 mic array which allows it to record 360 degree audio & focus the sound from the object in focus. The smartphone also a dual speaker setup with Hi-Res audio certification & Dolby Atmos support, it misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The flagship of Poco’s range packs a non-removable 4520 mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging & Xiaomi claims can charge from 0 to 100% in 52 minutes. The Poco F3 supports 11 global 5G bands along with built-in WiFi 6 support which is nearly 3 times faster than WiFi 5; it also has dual-band WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, IR blaster, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, full GPS dual-frequency functionality, X-axis haptics for better feel & USB type-C 2.0. The phone will be available in 3 colors – Arctic White, Night Black & Deep Ocean Blue. The Poco F3 is expected to go on sale in the last week of March or the first week of April in India & expected to cost approx. Rs. 30,000 for the 6GB+128GB variant & Rs. 35,000 for 8GB + 256GB variant.