Xiaomi POCO M3 Review in 2021: Lower budget phone

Xiaomi POCO M3

POCO M3 Full specs, Performance, Pros/Cons, Display

Xiaomi POCO M3 is one of the best & cheap Smartphones in 2021 that comes with brilliant specs. It comes with Snapdragon 662 Chipset, Octa-Core CPU, Adreno 610 GPU, IR blaster, 48MP Wide camera, 6.5 inch IPS display, 1080p resolution, 6000mAH battery, and a lot of more good specs for just $149 or $168.

Xiaomi Introduces POCO as a sub-brand in 2018, but now POCO is an independent brand because they can launch powerful smartphones, which compete with other smartphones in the market. They made phones with something special at a reasonable price and also one step higher than other smartphones.     

There are two variants of Xiaomi POCO M3 available in the market, and also two variants come in Pakistan. One is 64GB/4GB variant in $149(24000pkr) and 128GB/4GB in $168(27000). In this price range, it delivers many features that we did not see in any other phones. Xiaomi POCO M3 is an entry-level Smartphone of POCO that offers premium-level features as well. POCO M3 is also a competitor of Galaxy A12, Galaxy A02s, Oppo A53, Oppo A55, Vivo y20A, and many more, but Xiaomi Poco m3 is a better option. 

The most surprising thing is that it has premium-level features like it offers 1080p resolution and dual speakers at this price tag because most phones give 720p resolution at this price. The features that Xiaomi Poco m3 offers we can see only in premium smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A12 is more expensive than POCO M3 which offers only 720p resolution. I say Xiaomi POCO M3 is the king of entry-level smartphones.

Price Table

 4GB/64GB4GB/128GB
POCO M3 Price in Pakistan2400027000
Price in the US$149$168
POCO M3 Price in India:11000 Indian Rupee12300 Indian Rupee
Price in the UK:£158.23 on amazon (UK market)£187.21 on Amazon(UK market)
Price in Saudi Arabia:632 SAR561 SAR
Samsung Galaxy A02s  Price in AUS:$195AUS$219AUS

Performance

The Performance of the Xiaomi Poco m3 is brilliant because it has a powerful CPU and GPU. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset (Octa-core CPU and third Gen AI Engine), Adreno 610 GPU, and it has 4GB LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 storage support. The LPDDR4X memory supports multiple apps and games running simultaneously, and UFS 2.2 storage support offers faster read speed and reduces the time it takes to open apps.

The Moto G9 also has the same CPU and GPU, but Moto G9 does not have more good specs than the POCO M3 has. 

Most entry-level smartphones come with a lower Snapdragon 450 processor and lower GPU, but POCO M3 comes with a powerful CPU and GPU. The chipset and GPU that have this phone come in only premium phones and Xiaomi is also offering flagship processors on entry-level smartphones.

OS: Android 10, MIUI 12

MIUI 12 based on android 10, offers a lot of improved security& privacy features and other new features, like a new control panel, new wallpapers, app drawer, new animations, new navigation gestures, floating windows, Mi share, focus mode, and a lot of more. That’s we not seen in this price range in any phone. This OS, we have seen already on Xiaomi phones, and POCO also inserted on his device. It is the fastest and most heavy software.

The overall performance of this phone is fantastic because it has powerful hardware. You can play PUBG at balance settings with a medium refresh rate. The important thing you need to know is that the 4GB/64GB variant has UFS 2.1, and the second 4/128GB variant has UFS 2.2.

Display& Design

POCO M3 has 6.5inch IPS Dot Drop LCD display with 60Hz refresh rate, FHD+(1080p X 2340) resolution, pixel density 395ppi, 90.34% high screen-to-body ratio, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 70%(Typ) NTSC and 400nits (typ) brightness. It offers FHD+ resolution that only flagship phones offer. POCO also claims a 1500:1 contrast ratio. There is also a Sunlight mode, and when it triggers, then it provides 440nits brightness. It also has reading mode 2.0, Standard mode, and color temperature adjustment support.

POCO M3 has smoothly curved edges, an ergonomic design, and the back has a textured anti-fingerprint design. It has a glass front with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a Plastic back, and a plastic frame. It is a much-lit-weight phone that feels comfortable in hand. POCO M3 comes with dual speakers (one speaker on the top and one on the bottom), and it’s brilliant because generally phones provide single speakers in this price range, and it comes in premium devices. 

Camera

 POCO M3 comes with a triple camera setup. It comes with a 48MP Wide camera+2MP Macro camera+2MP depth sensor and an 8MP Front Camera. The photos clicked by a 48MP camera are good and even provide every detail in the picture. You need to know that there is a 48MP camera mode, so first, you have to be on 48MP camera mode, then you clicked photos by 48MP. The video quality of the back camera is impressive with good color correction and even with every detail. The photo click-on panorama shot is also good with the Wide camera. But the photos clicked indoors are not good.

You can record 1080p+720p videos at 30fps, and you can also record slow-motion videos at 120fps with a back camera. Overall, the camera performance is good but not impressive.

Battery Life

POCO M3 packs the biggest 6000mAh Li-Po battery, and that’s impressive because it’s an entry-level phone and most phones in this price range come with 4000mAh. The most popular flagship phones don’t offer a 6000mAh battery like Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S21 Ultra, Oppo Reno 5 Pro, and even Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn’t offer.

The battery fully charged 0-100% in 3 hours because it got a big battery, and when it’s fully charged, it gives two to three days of battery life normally. It supports 18W fast charging, and the 22.5W fast charger comes in the box.

POCO claims 583 Hours stand-by, 40 hours calling, of-music 196 hours, and 17 hours of video watching.

POCO M3 Specifications

Storage: UFS:64GB, 128GB
2.1 and 2.2
RAM:4GB LPDDR4x
Height: 162.3 mm 
Width: 77.3mm
Weight: 198 grams
Depth: 9.6 mm  
Display:    
Brightness:
6.5 inch(165.5mm) IPS LCD Display, 60Hz 70% NTSC, 1500:1(typ) contrast ratio  
400nits (typical)
Screen Ratio:90.34%
ProtectionGorilla Glass 3
Pixel Density:395ppi
Resolution:FHD+(1080p X 2340p)
Video playing resolution:FHD+(1080p X 2340p)@30fps
Water Resistance:No
Speakers:Dual-Speakers
Battery: 6000 mAh(Typ) Lithium-ion polymer battery
The USB-c reversible connector port
Charging Support:18W Adaptive fast charging support
22.5W fast charger comes in the box.
Sim Tray:3 Card Slot
2 Sim card slot(size: Nano-sim)+ 1 MicroSD Card Slot
Sim1+Sim2+MicroSD Card(Expandable 512GB )
Finger Print Sensor:
Face Unlock:
Yes (Side-Mounted)
Yes
Sensors:Proximity Sensor / Ambient Light Sensor / Accelerometer Sensor/IR Blaster/ Electronic compass/ Vibration motor  
Headphone Jack:3.5mm
Connectivity:
USB Interface:
MHL:
Wi-Fi direct 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz,  Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio support    
USB Type-C
Not sure
USB version:USB 2.0
USB OTG:Supported
Location Technology:GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
NFC:No
Infrared Port:yes
 Processor:    
Processor Speed:

AI:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11nm) Octa-Core  
2.0GHz

3rd Gen Qualcomm AI engine
GPU:Adreno 610
Rear Camera:



Photography Features:


Video Record:
48MP Wide, f/1.79,0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
2.0MP Macro f/2.4, FF, 1.75μm pixel size
2.0MP Mono f/2.4,1.75μm pixel size  
Document mode, Night mode, AI scene detection, Google Lens, AI Beautify, Portrait mode, Movie frame, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Panorama, Raw mode  

FHD (1080p X 1920p)@30fps and 720p at 30fps SLO-MO at 120fps 
Front Camera:
Photography Features: Video Features:
8MP, f/2.05, 1.12μm pixel size
Timed selfie, Movie frame, Filters, Palm Shutter, AI Beautify, AI portrait mode, Panorama selfie  
Time-lapse, Short video mode, AI Beautify
Operating System: Android 10, MIUI 12
Released Date:Announced on 24 November 2020 and released on 27 November 2020
 Colors:  Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, Power Balck
Specs are taken from POCO’s official website

In My Opinion

POCO M3 ProsPOCO M3 Cons
AffordableNo NFC
Good DisplayCameras just OK
Awesome Battery 
Powerful Processor and GPU 
Brilliant features 

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