Poco X3 design
In Poco X3, the company has chosen the new design and it does not look like any existing Redmi model. Compared to Poco X2 (Review), the new X3 gets a single selfie camera, which is located at the top center of the smartphone. Poco however has not changed anything in terms of display and you still get a 6.67-inch panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. In the affordable segment, getting high refresh rate is gradually becoming common and if you play too many games on your smartphone, then it is also a benefit for you. There are thinner bezels around the display, but the camera hole may be a bit distracting to some.
On picking up the device you will see that it is heavy. With a weight of 225 grams, this smartphone is also heavier than the Samsung Galaxy M51 (Review), which comes equipped with a large 7,000mAh battery. The weight of the Poco X3 is well balanced and the phone is unlikely to fall 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 about seven months ago and has made a good mark in its segment due to its specifications. Poco hasn’t changed much in the new phone; You still get a large full-HD + display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The panel also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
The phone has a new Snapdragon 732G processor, which is similar to the Snapdragon 730G in terms of architecture, but makes little difference between CPU cores as well as GPUs. This results in better performance. The Poco X3 gets three configurations – 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. The prices of these three are 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 brings a larger battery. We get a 6,000mAh battery, which supports 33W fast charging. The Poco X3 also has a stereo speaker 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 X3 and we would suggest you to remove them if you do not need them.
Poco X3 performance
Poco X3 has enough hardware to give good performance and we did not face any problems while using it. The X3 was fast to load apps and games and multitasking very easily. We enjoyed watching video on the Poco X3, as the display has good viewing angles and enhances the stereo speaker 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 Poco X3 and the device did not show any kind of lag. The screen refresh rate was set to 120Hz by default and we did not change it while playing the game. Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly on high settings without any problems. We played the game for 25 minutes and the smartphone battery dropped by 7 percent. After gaming, the phone did get slightly warmer than touch.
Battery life is good and the Poco X3 gives you up to a day of backup without any problems. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 18 hours, 31 minutes, which is quite good. There is support for fast charging and a 33W charger is found inside the box. With its use, the battery was charged up to 57 percent in 30 minutes and 92 percent in one hour.
Poco X3 cameras
The Poco X3 has a quad-camera setup, with 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. The front has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. 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 to control the camera feature well while shooting. The camera UI in MIUI 12 has changed and is now easier to use. There is a new Vlog mode, which adds background music and video effects during shooting. It is brand new and features a lot of work for video uploaders on social media.
Poco X3 adds watermarks to photos by default, so be sure to turn off this option in the camera settings before taking a photo. Its 64-megapixel primary camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default. In the daylight, the pictures shot using the primary camera had good detail and even the text at a distance came out clean. However, the camera aggressively suppresses blacks, reducing the detail in the shadows. Switching to a wide-angle camera shows a larger area, but reduces the details. The wide-angle camera also produced slightly different color tones, which was clearly visible in the output.
The close-ups were good and the Poco X3 distinguished them well from the subject and background. It also adds depth to the background. The portrait had good edge detection 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 closer to the subject, but the output is average.
Low-light camera performance was average. Pictures taken in default mode were soft and had a watercolor effect. Enabling Night Mode made a noticeable difference in output – photos were sharper and had better details. However, taking a shot in night mode takes 3-4 seconds. Wide-angle camera is not good for shooting in low-light as it could not capture as much light as the primary sensor.
The daylight selfie was decent and you have the option to take a shot of a selfie using a selfie shooter. AI does not detect the face with a mask and does not blur the background in such cases. Selfies shot in low light were average, but this phone allows you to use night mode for selfies.
Poco X3 is an upgrade to Poco X2 and brings some upgrades. It does everything a little better than the Poco X2. This gives better performance and the larger battery helps it last longer. However, it is much heavier than its predecessor. If you were thinking of buying the Poco X2 but want to spend a little more, then you can go with the Poco X3, as it offers some nice upgrades at a slight increase in price. Realme 7 Pro (Review) is another suitable option, which you can buy at the same price.