Nikhil is a freelance tech writer and smartphone enthusiast. He is following the Indian smartphone industry for around four years now.
Just a few weeks after the global launch in Europe, Poco has launched its latest smartphone Poco X3 in India.
The successor to one of the most popular mid-rangers in the country, Poco X2, the smartphone brings a couple of upgrades. Poco has unveiled the smartphone in a virtual event held 22nd September.
Poco X3 is the world’s first smartphone to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset. It comes with a 120Hz display, just like Poco X2, a new design, 64MP quad-camera, and a massive 6,000mAh battery.
Let’s talk about the complete specs and features of the smartphone. In the latter part of the article, I’ll share my thoughts and opinion the smartphone and also see the competition it’s going to face in the market:
Poco X3: Top Features
Let’s start with Poco X3’s features below:
1. Display and Design
Starting with the display, the new Poco X3 features the same 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 like Poco X2 with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
However, Poco claims that the smartphone now has a 240Hz touch sampling rate that gives a quick touch response time. At the top of the display, you have a 20MP tiny punch-hole selfie snapper.
It has a new ‘Go-faster’ design at the back that sports a humongous rectangular camera module housing the quad cameras. At the bottom, you have a big ‘Poco’ branding that produces 'rainbox' affect as lights from different angles strike on it.
To the right side, you have the power button that also acts as a fingerprint sensor.
2. Processor and Connectivity
Unlike Poco X2, the new Poco X3 is powered by Snapdragon 732G chipset. It became the world’s first smartphone to come with this new processor.
As compared to Snapdragon 730G, you will get a slight improvement of about 10% in the overall performance. Poco has claimed that this new processor has scored over 3 00,000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark score.
For uninterrupted gaming sessions and to prevent overheating, it has a LiquidCool heat pipe and multi-layer graphite that can decrease temperature up to 6-degrees Celsius.
The smartphone has almost all the connectivity features, such as Bluetooth, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and e-compass.
It is OTG compatible, which means you can transfer files to and from USB flash drives directly from the smartphone via the cable. As compared to the predecessor, the new Poco X3 also brings dual stereo speakers, which should be decent enough.
Until now, Poco X2 is arguably known as the best camera smartphone under Rs 20,000. Does it continue the legacy with the new Poco X3? Well, only time will tell. But in terms of hardware, Poco X3’s cameras look decent too.
It sports a quad-camera array with 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor (f/1.8), 13MP ultra-wide angle, and a 2MP macro and depth sensor, respectively. It has some cool features and filters, including AI Skyscape 3.0, AI Filters, etc.
The smartphone supports up to 4k video recording with EIS support. The camera array also houses an LED flash, if you ever need it.
4. Battery and Charging
The Indian variant of Poco X3 has a slight upgrade in battery size compared to the global version. In India, Poco X3 is backed by a massive 6,000mAh battery instead of 5,160mAh in the global variant.
However, the charging speed and technology remain the same with 33W fast-charging that the 33W adapter comes in the box.
As per the company, it should charge the smartphone from 0-100 in around an hour. But considering the humongous battery, it should take a little higher than what it is claimed.
Poco X3: Specs Sheet
- Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 5
- Storage: 6/64GB | 6/128 GB | 8/128 GB, expandable via microSD card, Hybrid SIM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G (8 nm), up to 2.3GHz clock speed, Adreno 618
- Rear: Quad-camera, 64MP (f/1.8) + 13MP ultra-wide 119-degree FOV + 2MP macro (f/2.4) + 2MP depth sensor (f/2.4), LED flash, up to 4k video recording at 30fps.
- Front: Top-centered 20MP (f/2.1) punch-hole selfie camera
- Software: MIUI 12 based on Android 10 out-of-the-box
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, OTG compatible, Dual VoLTE
- Sensors: Acceleration, gyroscope, e-compass, fingerprint (side-mounted), proximity, ambient light
- Battery and Charging: 6,000mAh capacity with 33W fast-charging
- Colors: Cobalt Blue, Shadow Gray
Poco X3 Competition and My Thoughts
The new Poco X3 is priced starting at Rs 16,999 for the 6/64GB variant. The 6/128GB and 8/128GB storage variants have been priced at Rs 18,499 and Rs 19,999, respectively.
Poco X3 is priced quite aggressively, seeing the intense competition in the upper mid-range segment. As for the completion, it will play as a direct rival to smartphones like Realme 7, 7 Pro, Samsung M31s, and the newly launched Realme Narzo 20 Pro.
However, in my personal opinion, all these smartphones will fall short in one or more segments. Poco X3 comes with an IP53 splash and dust resistant rating that no smartphone in this price segment has.
The new Poco X3 is also slightly ahead of all these smartphones in terms of performance as it is the world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 732G, which is a toned up version of 730G.
Overall, the new Poco X3 seems to be a complete package. However, it will be interesting to see how it fairs in comparison to these smartphones in camera and overall performance.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nikhil Sharma
Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on September 26, 2020:
Thank you for reading the hub.
I'm glad to know that you liked my work.
Pinky Godara on September 25, 2020:
Vary nice. You covered all points.
Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on September 25, 2020:
Sure, Mr. Danny!
Thank you so much for being such a voracious reader. I will check out your articles soon :)
Danny from India on September 25, 2020:
Yes I mean I liked your review. But will check for the smartphone online too.
Nikhil Sharma (author) from India on September 25, 2020:
Thank you for your wonderful comment, Mr. Danny. But this wasn't a review of the smartphone.
It was my personal thoughts and opinion about the newly launched Poco X3. I hope that you've some valuable information from the work. Stay tuned for more such articles, Mr. Danny!
Danny from India on September 23, 2020:
Nice review Nikhil. I liked the features of this new gadget and plan to check it online too. Thanks!