Here it is the newest Poco Phone from Xioami, but unlike its slightly older predecessor, this one is not all about pushing to get the bets processor into the cheapest phone possible. This time around we have got a phone that has been built to a price but with very few compromises being met on the way. This phone feels like it has been made with the Pixel 4A and the OnePlus Nord firmly in its sights.
The phone I am talking about is the Poco X3 NFC!
Like the Poco Phones from the past this phone has got a subtle gaming slant in that the phone supports a 6.67” FHD+ LCD DotDisplay with 240Hz touch sampling rate and 120Hz refresh rate. This makes it one of the very few LCD panels that have such a high refresh rate. It beats the Nord and 4a on the touch sampling and refresh rate but does fall in the screen type being that the others are AMOLED and OLED respectively. It is also using a faster chip than the Pixel 4a in the form of the Snapdragon 732 which is Qualcomm’s fastest 4G Chipset and more like the 735 that is being used in the Nord. Alongside this is an Adreno 618 Elite Gaming series GPU which is the same as in the Pixel 4a whereas the Nord has the 620 GPU.
Battery capacity is another big battle area for these devices and here we have The Poco X3 again coming out on top with a massive 5,160mAh high-capacity battery with 33W fast charging. You also get a 33W in-box charger. The Nord provides the next biggest with 4115 mAh battery and Warp Charge 30T fast charging with the compatible charger in the box also. Bringing up the rear in the battery department is the Pixel 4a with 3160mah battery and only an 18W charger in the box.
So we can see from the above info that these phones are all going to be pitched at the same sort of market segment, or at least that is what you think from looking at the screen, processor and battery specs alone. That is not, however, the full picture as there is another area that plays a big part in the Poco X3 and that is the price. This is an area where Poco and Xiaomi have always been groundbreaking and this time around things are no different. The phone is going to be available in two variants – 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, and come in two colours, Shadow Gray and Cobalt Blue. Priced at £199 and £249 respectively, both variants will be available for purchase from September 17th on mi.com/uk and Amazon.
That is not all though as Xiaomi like to treat their early adopters so they will be doing an early bird price will also be offered on the 6GB+128GB variant. From 1:00 PM (BST) on September 17th, until 11:59 PM (BST) on October 8th, customers can purchase this variant at £229, enjoying a price drop of £20. This deal will be available on both mi.com/uk and Amazon.
So what else do these phones have to offer aside from the highlighted features above? Well to be honest a very good looking spec sheet and one that i am quite excited about. Let us have a looksie
• Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 732G
– Kyro™ 470 octa-core CPU,
– Adreno™ 618 GPU with Elite Gaming
• LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1 storage
– 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB
• Hybrid SIM slot, up to 256GB expandable storage
• LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus
– Copper heat pipe + graphite
• MIUI 12 for POCO, based on Android 10
Display & Design
• 6.67” FHD+ LCD DotDisplay
– 20:9, 2400×1080, 395ppi
– 240Hz touch sampling rate
– 120Hz refresh rate
– Color gamut: NTSC 84% (typ), DCI-P3 87.4%
– Contrast ratio: 1,500:1(typ)
– Brightness: 450 nits (typ) / 380 nits (min)
– TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
– Wildvine L1 certified
• Dimensions:165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.4mm
• Weight: 215g
• Available colours: Shadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
• 2.5D glass front, 3D curved back
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 front
• Polycarbonate back
• Super aluminium alloy frame
• Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
• Splash-proof protection, IP53 TÜV SÜD tested
Battery / charging
• 5,160mAh (typ) high-capacity battery
• 33W fast charging
• 33W in-box charger
• USB Type-C
• Dual Stereo Speakers
– 4cc-equivalent 1012 upper speaker, open cavity
– 1cc-equivalent 1216 lower speaker
– Maximum speaker vibration amplitude: 0.5mm
64MP+13MP+2MP+2MP quad rear camera
• 64MP main wide sensor
– Sony IMX682
– 1/1.73“ sensor, ƒ/1.89, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 6P lens
• 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor
– 119° FoV, ƒ/2.2, 1.0μm
• 2MP macro sensor
– ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm, 4cm
• 2MP depth sensor
– ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm, FF
• Up to 4K 30fps, video recording
• AI Skyscaping 3.0, Night Mode, ShootSteady video, Vlog
20MP in-display front camera
• ƒ/2.2, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
• Dual SIM, dual standby
– 2G: GSM: B2/3/5/8
– 3G: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
– TDD-LTE B38/40/41（120MHz）
– FDD-LTE B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28
• Wi-Fi 5
• Bluetooth 5.1
• 3.5mm headphone jack
A lot of good stuff in there and the camera setup doesn’t look too shabby with that 64 MP Sony sensor with ƒ/1.89 aperture and 1.6μm. This unit should produce some good results and it is backed up by a good wide-angle unit in the form of 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor with 119° FoV, ƒ/2.2, 1.0μm. Nice to see the inclusion of the 2MP macro sensor at ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm, 4cm. To round things off we also have a 2MP depth sensor ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm, FF to get those all-important portrait style shots. Do i think going quad camera is a better approach than using the Pixel 4a’s approach of one lense put AI-assisted computational photography, unfortunately, we will not know until we have had the chance to test it out. I think the Poco X3 camera lines up nicely against the Nord and it will be interesting to see how it compares with the Pixel 4a.
Xiaomi unveils POCO X3 (NFC) – a mid-range champion
Top-of-the-line screen, battery and performance
UK, September 7, 2020 — POCO, the industry-redefining smartphone brand, launched its latest device today: POCO X3 (NFC). Tailored for young tech and gaming enthusiasts, it adopts a unique finish-line design that screams power. The device puts performance above all else, offering only the most useful high-end specs with no frills at a fraction of the usual price.
Debuting Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful 700-series 4G processor – SnapdragonTM 732G – POCO X3 (NFC) boasts incredible performance that lasts up to two days on one charge, thanks to the handset’s large 5,160mAh battery. Meanwhile, the phone’s 120Hz+240Hz display creates an incredibly smooth and responsive experience superior to most flagships on the market.
Exactly the performance you need with the brand-new Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 732G platform
As a perfect daily driver, POCO X3 NFC is all about incredible everyday use and an optimized gaming experience. Running on Qualcomm’s most powerful 4G processor to date, the Snapdragon™ 732G, POCO X3 NFC offers sustained peak performance and AI capabilities that will impress even the most demanding gamers thanks to its architecture based on the KryoTM 470 octa-core CPU and Adreno™ 618 Elite Gaming series GPU.
To ensure steady operation and frictionless user experience, the device embeds LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, combining an enlarged copper heat pipe with multiple layers of graphite that work together to reduce the heat of the phone’s processor by up to 6 degrees1.
The phone’s incredible performance can be further optimized for gaming thanks to the latest iteration of Game Turbo 3.0, the utility that tunes the phone in accordance with game requirements, that ensures users get the most out of the handset’s powerful hardware. Additionally, the phone’s Z-axis linear motor ensures superb haptic feedback with over 150 vibration modes for different scenarios.
Exactly the immersion you need with 120Hz + 240Hz display and stereo speakers
In line with POCO’s original goal of making innovation available to everyone, POCO X3 NFC sports a stunning edge-to-edge 6.67” FHD+ DotDisplay with a staggering combination of a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
POCO X3 NFC boasts one of the smoothest screens in its price category. The DynamicSwitch function allows the phone to save power by automatically switching between 50, 60, 90 and 120Hz depending on the use case and the format of content displayed on the screen. This allows the phone’s refresh rate to go up for use cases like gaming and down for lighter operations like reading – thereby optimizing power usage
The 240hz touch sampling rate further reinforces the phone’s extraordinary display capabilities, allowing it to beat most competition hollow. POCO X3 NFC boasts 33% faster response than most flagships currently on the market2, providing for an exceptionally satisfying user experience as well as giving users a noticeable competitive advantage even in the most sophisticated games.
To ensure utmost immersion, the device also packs a pair of flagship-grade stereo speakers. The 4cc-equivalent upper speaker, 1cc-equivalent lower speaker, and up to 0.5mm vibration amplitude provide for crystal clear stereo sound and an absorbing gaming experience. Meanwhile, the speakers’ ability to self-clean ensures unmuffled audio in the long run.
Exactly the photos you need with 64MP AI quad-camera system
POCO X3 NFC sports a top-notch rear quad-camera system consisting of a 64MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide angle camera, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor.
The phone’s main camera is a flagship Sony IMX 682 sensor featuring an ƒ/1.89 aperture and 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel that produces detailed and ultra-clear pictures. The 13MP ultra-wide angle camera boasts a 119° field of view propped up by ƒ/2.2 aperture and a 1.0μm pixel size, while the 2MP macro camera and depth sensor complete the setup offering extra functionality and reinforcing the main lens’ capabilities.
On the front, the device sports a tiny dot 20MP camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, ideal for taking unblemished selfies.
For those trying to stand out from the crowd, POCO X3 NFC packs a slew of creative features including six kaleidoscope options, Gold vibes mode, Cyberpunk mode, numerous new photo filters,as well as AI Skyscaping 3.0, presenting new creative ways to brighten up users’ social media feed.
Video enthusiasts can make use of the device’s 4K video recording as well as features including smooth video zoom, focus peaking and AE/AF lock. The included LOG/RAW format support and Vlog mode not only ensure that users can capture their most important moments in utmost quality, but also turn the phone into a semi-professional workstation for video content production.
Exactly the battery life you need with 5,160mAh and 33W fast charging
Top level specs are no use without a battery that lasts. To guarantee that users can enjoy all of its amazing features, POCO X3 NFC is equipped with a large 5,160mAh(typ) battery that lasts over two days under moderate usage. The handset supports 33W fast charging which not only means that the device can be charged to 100% in only 65 minutes, but also that a mere 30 minutes will fill it up to 62%1.
The increased charging speed is achieved through Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology. In conventional batteries, the electric current is coming from the bottom of the module, filling it upwards, thus resulting in considerably slower charging speed. Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology is based on an innovative method in which the battery receives the electric current from the middle and spreads it simultaneously to the top and bottom of the module. This allows for faster and more consistent charging speed, while also ensuring battery longevity, compared to traditional layouts.
POCO X3 NFC will be available with two variants, 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, in Shadow Grey and Cobalt Blue. Priced at £199 and £249 respectively, it will be available for online purchase from September 17th on mi.com/uk and Amazon.
Meanwhile, an early bird price will also be offered from 13:00 BST on September 17th to 23:59 BST on October 8th, on mi.com/uk and Amazon, when consumers can purchase the 6GB+128GB variant at £229, enjoying a price drop of £20.
POCO X3 NFC
6.67” FHD+ LCD DotDisplay
20:9, 2400×1080, 395ppi
240Hz touch sampling rate
120Hz refresh rate
Color gamut: NTSC 84% (typ)
Contrast ratio: 1,500:1(typ)
Brightness: 450 nits (typ) / 380 nits (min)
TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification
Wildwine L1 certified
Shadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.4mm, 215g
Dual SIM standby3
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 732G
– KyroTM 470 octa-core CPU,
– AdrenoTM 618 GPU with select Elite Gaming features
LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1 storage
LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus – Enlarged copper heat pipe + multiple layers of graphite, up to 6°C CPU temperature reduction
64MP+13MP+2MP+2MP quad camera
64MP main wide sensor
Sony IMX682, 1/1.73“ sensor, ƒ/1.89, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 6P lens, PDAF
13MP ultra-wide angle sensor, 119° FoV, ƒ/2.2, 1.0μm
2MP macro sensor, ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm, 4cm
2MP depth sensor, ƒ/2.4, 1.75μm
Up to 4K 30fps, video recording, AI Skyscaping 3.0, Night Mode, ShootSteady video, Vlog mode
20MP in-display front camera
ƒ/2.2, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Multifunctional NFC, IR blaster
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Battery & Charging
5,160mAh (typ) high-capacity battery
33W fast charging
33W in-box charger
Dual Stereo Speakers
4cc-equivalent 1012 upper speaker, open cavity
1cc-equivalent 1216 lower speaker
Maximum speaker vibration amplitude: 0.5mm
Hi-Res audio certification
3.5mm headphone jack
Z-axis linear vibration motor
MIUI 12 based on Android 10
Product images available here.
1 Lab results. Results may vary based on individual conditions.
2 The number refers to displays with 180Hz touch sampling rate.
3 Pricing and availability may vary between markets.