POCO X3 Pro Review: Re-Establishing The POCO Legacy

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POCO X3 Pro Review Pros Cons

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POCO’s full bequest is built connected delivering exceptional worth smartphones—so overmuch truthful that the institution has practically stolen the “flagship killer” crown from OnePlus. Well, OnePlus is arsenic to blasted successful this respect but that’s a taxable for different video. Anyway, POCO precocious launched the X3 Pro, debuting a flagship-grade chipset and a precise acquainted design. With everything that the telephone is packing, is it the champion telephone successful its range? Let’s find retired successful this reappraisal of the POCO X3 Pro.

POCO X3 Pro Specifications:

  • Body: 76.8 x 165.3 x 9.4mm, 215 gm, IP53 dust/splash resistant
  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD “DotDisplay”, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz interaction sampling rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 450 nits brightness
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 facet ratio, 395 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 Gold & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 Gold & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 retention (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 for POCO connected top
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP f/1.79 superior lens, AF
    – 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, 119º FOV
    – 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor, 4CM (fixed focus)
    – 2MP f/2.4 extent sensor
  • Front Camera: 20MP f/2.2 sensor (punch-hole cutout)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Security: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, IR blaster
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Battery: 5160mAh with 33W accelerated charging (33W adapter provided)
  • Color options: Phantom Black, Metal Bronze, Frost Blue
  • Price successful Nepal: N/A (launching soon)

POCO X3 Pro Review:

Design & Build

  • 76.8 x 165.3 x 9.4mm, 215 grams
  • Glass front, integrative back, integrative frame
  • IP53 particulate and splash-resistant

Like I said earlier, the POCO X3 Pro is nary alien to the eyes. In fact, it bears the aforesaid ocular aesthetics, form-factor, and everything other arsenic the POCO X3 NFC. While we’re evidently connected committee with the company’s archetypal plan practices, reusing 1 that wasn’t arsenic well-received feels similar a misplaced spot here.

So yeah—it’s not the astir comfy telephone to person successful your pouch oregon your hand. Weighing 215 grams with a 9.4mm thickness, the POCO X3 Pro is decidedly not for those who similar a compact device. That’s not to accidental that the telephone has downright unspeakable ergonomics, perfectly not. With each the different phones I’ve had for reappraisal this year, I personally recovered myself utilized to the physique prime of POCO X3 Pro astir close away.

The value organisation definite could’ve immoderate enactment though since the little fractional of the telephone feels comparatively heavier than the precocious half. Regardless, the curved sides bash assistance things a bit, and ooh—contrary to the all-glossy decorativeness successful its predecessor, POCO has implemented a matte look connected the sides here.

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Protected against particulate oregon splashes

Moving on, the telephone is IP53 certified against particulate and splashes arsenic well. That’s nice. Because of the borrowed design, X3 Pro has a integrative backmost and integrative frames which mightiness consciousness a spot retired of spot for a telephone that boasts a Snapdragon 860 chipset inside. In immoderate case, it doesn’t drawback fingerprints oregon smudges arsenic overmuch though the camera does effect successful flimsy wobbles erstwhile placed connected a level surface.

POCO X3 Pro has a powerfulness fastener connected the broadside that doubles arsenic a fingerprint sensor. It is casual to scope and unlocks the telephone successful a flash—unless your digit is sweaty oregon a small bedewed that is. Just supra it is the measurement rockers that click good and are reasonably casual to scope too.

Similarly, the near framework holds the hybrid SIM slot that accepts 2 nano SIMs oregon 1 SIM and a MicroSD card. Finally, the apical framework gets an IR blaster and a microphone whereas you’ll find a headphone jack, a USB-C port, different microphone, and the bottom-firing talker grille connected the bottom.

Display

  • 6.67-inches FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • 120/240Hz refresh/touch sampling rate
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection

Coming to the front, you’re greeted with the aforesaid 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen—now protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 alternatively of Gorilla Glass 5 connected the POCO X3 NFC. The aforesaid show means X3 Pro besides has a 120Hz refresh complaint and a 240Hz interaction sampling rate. Moreover, this surface embeds the company’s DynamicSwitch exertion which switches the refresh complaint betwixt 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz erstwhile selecting the High refresh complaint mode.

And this was 1 of the large complaints galore users had with POCO X3 NFC’s promised 120Hz smoothness—or alternatively its imperfection. POCO isn’t the archetypal institution to connection a dynamic refresh complaint connected its phones and we haven’t truly noticed specified inconsistency erstwhile a surface automatically toggles betwixt antithetic refresh rates connected different phones till now.

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Unfortunately, POCO’s implementation inactive leaves country for ailment arsenic we could inactive announcement micro-lags each present and then, particularly erstwhile scrolling done the UI alternatively fast. We presumed this was happening connected the X3 NFC due to the fact that of its comparatively under-powerful Snapdragon 732G chipset but this déjà vu makes america displacement the blasted towards the surface itself oregon the bundle optimization instead—it’s astir apt the former.

Besides, MIUI isn’t the astir optimized Android skins retired determination and the “POCO” customization is astir next-to-nothing successful this case. I consciousness similar this contented could beryllium solved simply by unit enabling 120Hz refresh complaint each the clip truthful POCO’s indifference towards the contented is questionable.

Plus, turns retired that it is perfectly imaginable since an XDA subordinate unlocked a mode to alteration the 120Hz refresh complaint each the clip connected POCO X3 NFC. But of course, you’ll request to person the telephone bootloader unlocked and rooted.

Widevine L1 certified

Anyway, I’ve had nary contented regarding the interaction effect though. Its viewing angles are beauteous nice, colors popular reasonably good for an LCD screen, and the punch-hole cutout is beauteous minimal too. You tin besides watercourse HD videos connected Netflix and different streaming sites since POCO X3 Pro’s surface is Widevine L1 certified arsenic well. It is besides HDR10 compliant but weirdly enough, the surface automatically evolves with a yellowish tint erstwhile watching HDR videos connected YouTube.

Stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio

Talking astir contented consumption, POCO X3 Pro’s stereo speakers get plentifulness large and the mids and highs dependable beauteous good balanced too. Yet, the bass reproduction is astir non-existent here. I’ve had nary contented regarding telephone prime connected this telephone though.

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Moreover, this show doesn’t get precise agleam either. With 450 nits of emblematic brightness that POCO says tin get adjacent higher with Sunlight Mode turned on, I recovered it to beryllium a spot of a conflict erstwhile looking astatine the telephone nether nonstop sunlight.

On the different hand, it tin rather dim and truthful utilizing the telephone nether the sheets has been a comfy experience. One much thing, there’s besides a notification LED close supra the display. While I wished it was an RGB LED alternatively of plain white, the specified inclusion of a notification indicator is simply a triumph for me.

Performance

  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC (7nm)
  • 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 retention (expandable)
  • Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 for POCO connected top

On to the show broadside of things, POCO X3 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 860. This 7nm chipset is astir identical to 2019’s Snapdragon 855+. It reportedly has a somewhat amended AI motor and POCO says the 860 has a amended ISP than the 855+ arsenic well. So arsenic you could tell, the X3 Pro is easy the best-performing telephone successful its terms range.

Ther Snapdragon 860 present has been paired with 6/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 interior storage. With each this, my acquisition with the telephone has been spectacular. Apps instal and load rather accelerated and juggling done aggregate apps is nary hiccup here. Yet, with dense apps oregon games into the mix, you volition announcement reloads connected definite apps astir each the time. All of this boots up with MIUI 12 based connected Android 11—alongside the aforementioned POCO customization.

Bloatware and ads

As expected from a Xiaomi (or Xiaomi inspired) phone, the X3 Pro comes with a mates of bloatware apps but you tin take to uninstall them. And of course, determination are ads. I besides consciousness similar I should notation an obscure bug successful Facebook Messenger I witnessed. For immoderate reason, I would get text/call notifications adjacent aft I’d already tended to it the archetypal time. Weird. Let’s present instrumentality a look astatine immoderate benchmark scores:

POCO X3 Pro
Androbench Sequential Read 1455.53 MB/s
Sequential Write 525.39 MB/s
AnTuTu v8 Total 489153
CPU 133679
GPU 191850
Memory 82680
UX 80944
Geekbench 5 CPU (Single Core) N/A
CPU (Multi-Core) N/A
Compute (OpenCL) N/A
PCMark (Work 2.0 Performance) 10197
3DMark (Wild Life) N/A

Those numbers work existent impressive, huh? But weirdly enough, the Geekbench app kept crashing whenever I tried to get a benchmark speechmaking whereas the 3DMark app consecutive up wouldn’t fto maine tally it—citing that POCO might’ve disabled it for immoderate reason.

Gaming experience

Nevertheless, let’s speech astir the gaming show now. Powered by the pseudo-flagship-grade Snapdragon 860, I expected an exceptional gaming acquisition connected the POCO X3 Pro. And thankfully, the telephone delivered to my expectations to the astir extent. But pushing the silicon to its bounds heats up the instrumentality rather accelerated and to rather an utmost degree.

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For this review, I played Genshin Impact connected its highest settings connected the POCO X3 Pro. This includes each the graphics variables cranked to the max similar 60 fps, High ocular effects, High render resolution, and Extreme question blur. Unfortunately, the phone’s cooling solution simply couldn’t drawback up nether this.

I graphed its archetypal CPU and artillery somesthesia astatine 34ºC and 31ºC which rapidly roseate to 68ºC and 45ºC, respectively aft conscionable 5 minutes of gameplay. The CPU somesthesia jumped to 71ºC aft 16 minutes and astatine this moment, it was getting truly hard to clasp the phone. To further propulsion Snapdragon 860’s limit, I continued playing it for a small implicit 40 minutes wherever I recorded POCO X3 Pro’s maximum CPU and artillery somesthesia astatine 76ºC and 46ºC, respectively.

The hand-rest country is uncomfortably blistery whereas the camera module is adjacent hotter. Gameplay successful this setting, connected the different hand, is reasonably creaseless with a unchangeable 60fps gaming astir of the time. But, I did announcement insignificant stutters each present and then, though the show didn’t throttle arsenic overmuch adjacent erstwhile the telephone got highly hot.

Dialing it down

So, it’s much than just to accidental that Genshin Impact isn’t meant to beryllium played astatine its max settings connected this phone. Therefore, I dialed down the settings to High graphics and 30 fps. Here, the gameplay got importantly better—especially successful the thermal department. After 20 minutes, the CPU and artillery somesthesia roseate to 63ºC and 41ºC, respectively portion the gameplay was comparatively smoother arsenic well. The camera module inactive got beauteous blistery but not arsenic overmuch erstwhile playing astatine the highest setting.

Likewise, comparatively little demanding titles similar Call of Duty Mobile tally highly good astatine their max setting. I acceptable the graphics to Very High and framework complaint to Max portion besides turning connected anti-aliasing. Under this, the gameplay was buttery creaseless though the somesthesia got a small retired of manus than I’d anticipated—but not to the uncomfortable constituent though. PUBG Mobile tin deed HDR graphics and Extreme framework rates oregon Ultra HD graphics and Ultra framework rates.

Under some settings, the gameplay is reasonably creaseless portion I did announcement fewer stutters aft astir 20 minutes into the game. Finally, Shadowgun War Games, which is simply a 120 fps optimized rubric runs smoothly nether Ultra High graphics and 120 fps.

All successful all, POCO X3 Pro’s gaming show is awesome though its thermal solution struggles erstwhile pushing done graphics-intensive titles. The institution says it has utilized multi-layer graphite vigor dissipating worldly but from my experience, that seems simply insufficient.

Cameras

  • Quad-camera setup astatine the back
  • (48MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP portrait)
  • 20MP selfie camera wrong the punch-hole cutout

Time to get to the camera information of this POCO X3 Pro review. Surprisingly, the telephone has a downgraded quad-camera setup compared to the POCO X3 NFC—in presumption of megapixel number that is. Here, you get a 48MP superior and an 8MP ultrawide sensor compared to the 64MP and 13MP lens respectively connected its predecessor.

Besides this, it brings the aforesaid 2MP depth, 2MP macro lens alongside a 20MP selfie camera. For this review, I compared the cameras connected POCO X3 Pro against that of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max which has a 108MP main sensor.

Normal Images

Here, the mean daytime images from the Note 10 Pro Max clasp much item and look sharper. Plus, it besides produces close-to-natural colors whereas the POCO X3 Pro tends to oversaturate them by a bit.

However, the X3 Pro usually has a amended dynamic scope and connected immoderate occasions, photos thin to look a spot brighter too.

Wideangle Images

There is simply a noticeable colour displacement erstwhile switching to the ultrawide mode connected the POCO X3 Pro. Yet, that’s a bully thing. Here, the saturation has been dialed down to a comparatively earthy level and the highlights are improved too.

But compared to the Note 10 Pro Max, it missed retired connected finer details and looks a spot grainy and oversharpened. Still, ultrawide photos from Note 10 Pro Max person debased achromatic levels.

Portrait Images

Subjects successful representation images look considerably acheronian from the POCO X3 Pro. It besides looks excessively crisp portion besides missing retired connected borderline detection connected definite occasions.

You tin besides announcement a flimsy reddish hue present whereas Note 10 Pro Max’s portraits look comparatively much earthy with a brushed undertone.

Macro Images

Macro images are importantly amended connected the Note 10 Pro Max, which is chiefly acknowledgment to its adaptable autofocus region of 3 – 10 cm. On the contrary, shooting close-ups from X3 Pro’s 4 cm fixed absorption is rather frustrating.

As you tin see, macro shots from Note 10 Pro Max clasp amended details albeit with a chaotic boost successful saturation.

Selfie Images

Coming to the selfie, erstwhile again, subjects look over-sharpened connected the X3 Pro with debased achromatic levels and boosted saturation. It besides tends to person a brushed yellowish tint.

Selfies from Note 10 Pro Max look softer with muted colors portion highlights are a small overblown here.

Portrait selfies stock a akin communicative portion the X3 Pro thankfully churns retired brighter-looking photos. On astir occasions, borderline detection is amended connected the X3 Pro.

Nighttime Images

Getting to low-light photos, the images popular successful presumption of colour connected the Note 10 Pro Max and truthful look livelier. It besides retains amended details with little sound portion nighttime images from X3 Pro thin to person amended entity details successful immoderate instances.

Turning connected nighttime mode, the X3 Pro delivers amended highlights and much details portion besides looking oversharpened, whereas nighttime mode photos from Note 10 Pro Max look brighter, person amended shadiness details and dynamic range.

You tin besides sprout lowlight photos from the ultrawide lens connected the POCO X3 Pro. But the photos look excessively brushed with small item preservation.

Night mode does assistance a spot successful controlling the vulnerability but it’s thing to constitute location about.

Like the Realme 8 series, POCO X3 Pro besides has Tit Shift mode for miniature photography.

Videography

You tin sprout up to 4K/30fps videos from some phones and successful this resolution, I recovered that the X3 Pro wins retired with comparatively amended stabilization. Additionally, the 1080p/60fps footages are somewhat much unchangeable connected the X3 Pro arsenic well.

1080/30fps videos are neck-and-neck successful presumption of stabilization from some phones portion the Note 10 Pro Max has worse vulnerability control. The second goes for different resolutions too. Upfront, the 1080p/30fps selfie videos clasp akin stabilization connected some phones portion subjects look oversaturated connected Note 10 Pro Max.

Does Gcam assistance astatine all?

For this review, I besides installed Gcam connected POCO X3 Pro to spot if it would bring immoderate improvement.

Luckily, it does. Normal images bask balanced saturation, well-managed highlights, and adjacent amended dynamic scope successful astir instances.

Selfie photos look much earthy from Gcam too. Moreover, it besides unlocks 4K/60fps signaling but it’s rather shaky. Likewise, I recovered videos to beryllium much unchangeable from the phone’s autochthonal camera app compared to Gcam.

Battery

  • 5160mAh artillery with 33W accelerated charging

With that retired of the way, let’s get into the artillery life. Packing a large 5,160mAh battery, I expected astir a day’s endurance from the POCO X3 Pro and the telephone beauteous overmuch met my expectation. Using the telephone nether 120Hz refresh complaint and brightness acceptable to astir 60%, I managed to get 6 – 6.5 hours of screen-on clip here. My usage mostly consisted of a mates of hours of gaming, juggling done societal media apps, and binging YouTube.

POCO X3 Pro - Design 1

I did find X3 Pro’s battery-saving algorithm a spot connected the assertive end. Certain apps similar AccuBattery’s inheritance process would get terminated overnight. Regardless, the telephone juices up beauteous fast. In our test, the 33W charger wrong the container took POCO X3 Pro from 1 to 100% successful 1 hr and 9 minutes. To compare, we clocked Redmi Note 10’s smaller 5000mAh artillery to afloat foodstuff up successful an hr and 22 minutes via a 33W charger.

Conclusion

Wrapping up this review, the POCO X3 Pro is an fantabulous telephone for the price—no doubt. Its stellar Snapdragon 860 chipset volition grip astir everything you propulsion astatine it and the 120Hz screen, portion not good optimized, is astir decidedly amended than a modular 60Hz display. So, if you’re a mobile gamer and are looking for a mid-range telephone that tin propulsion done the astir demanding titles, past this is the 1 to get.

Interestingly, it is besides priced the nonstop aforesaid arsenic POCO X3 NFC—an objectively inferior telephone successful astir each departments. But ultimately, the POCO X3 Pro isn’t for everyone. From its unappetizing LCD screen, chunky physique quality, to the bundle inconsistencies, it’s not a cleanable telephone by a agelong shot.

POCO X3 Pro Review: Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent value—an casual recommendation
  • Flagship-grade Snapdragon 860 chipset
  • IP53 dust-splash absorption certified
  • Decent artillery endurance, accelerated charging
  • Fairly reliable camera performance
  • Fast side-mounted fingerprint sensor

Cons:

  • Relatively wide, chunky physique quality
  • 120Hz show inactive not well-optimized
  • MIUI has a large country for improvement
  • Phone heats up rather atrocious nether load
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