Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC launched

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
– HDR10
– 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
• Bands:
– 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.