Here’s everything you need to know, including the latest rumours about the upcoming Poco X3 Pro variant, supposedly on its way to India very soon.
When did the Poco X3 release?
We reviewed the phone shortly after the launch, so read that now and find out why we almost gave it five stars.
How much does the Poco X3 cost?
The Poco X3 launched in the UK in two specifications:
- 6GB RAM + 64GB storage – £199
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – £249
What about the Poco X3 specs & features?
The Poco X3 NFC packs in some impressive specs considering the price point it’s hitting:
- Snapdragon 732G processor
- 6.67in 120Hz LCD display
- 64Mp main camera
- 5,160mAh battery
- 33W fast charging
For a phone that’s less than £250 that’s a solid spec sheet, which is really no surprise coming from Poco.
This was one of the first phones to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G, which offers really solid mid-range performance, especially in gaming, making it pretty powerful for the price. It’s worth noting that there’s no 5G support though, so this is a 4G-only phone.
As mentioned above, it comes with 6GB of RAM and your choice of 64GB or 128GB storage. If that’s not enough, there’s also expandable storage, with up to another 256GB.
The 6.67in LCD screen has a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling, with HDR10 support and an impressive 87% DCI-P3 colour gamut – meaning colour accuracy should be amazing. It’s interrupted only by a small punch-hole selfie camera in the centre, which offers 20Mp shots.
There are four cameras on the rear, arranged in a pretty unusual looking camera module. The main lens is a 64Mp, f/1.73 with the Sony IMX682 sensor (oddly a slight downgrade from the IMX686 in the Poco X2) that uses 4-in-1 pixel binning. It’s backed up by a 13Mp ultra-wide, 2Mp macro, and 2Mp depth sensor. It’ll also handle 4K video recording at 30 frames per second.
Then there’s the huge 5160mAh battery. Poco says the phone should last two days of moderate use, and with that capacity it honestly might. 33W fast charging is fairly nippy too, and should get you over 60% of the battery back in just half an hour of charging.
There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner built into the power button, dual stereo speakers, IP53 water-resistance, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and last but not least, NFC support – in case you couldn’t guess from the name.
There is also a non-NFC version launched in India, simply called the Poco X3, and this compensates with an even larger 6000mAh battery.
As for software, it runs Android 10 out of the box, using a version of Xiaomi’s MIUI12 customised for Poco. The company has also promised three years of updates for the phone, and will even make kernel sources available for each patch for the really techie users who want to tweak the OS exactly to their liking.
It’s available in two colours: Shadow Grey and Cobalt Blue.
What about the Poco X3 Pro?
Recently rumours have begun to circulate about a handset called the Poco X3 Pro, expected to launch in India soon.
Poco’s Anuj Sharma confirmed recently that the company is working on a new mid-ranger, to be priced around Rs 25,000 (£250/$350). That’s just a little more than the current Poco X3, which again would make sense for a new Pro model.
Little is known about the phone, but it passed multiple certification tests which revealed that it’s likely to be 4G, not 5G; will have NFC support; and has the model number M2102J20SG.
One Twitter teaser to celebrate the brand’s upcoming first birthday as an independent company contains a possible hint: it ends with chipset manufacturer Qualcomm promising “a gift for you in a few weeks”.
So last evening, a simple call from @qualcomm_in to wish POCO on our 1st Birthday🥳took an interesting turn.
The team at Qualcomm has promised us something special😎 and very exciting in a few weeks.
What could it be? What do you think?🕵️ pic.twitter.com/jJcDeUkunt
— Anuj Sharma (@s_anuj) February 5, 2021
This has been taken by some as a hint at a custom chipset for an upcoming Poco phone, potentially the X3 Pro.
Tipster Mukul Sharma claims to know what that custom chip is: the Snapdragon 860, which would presumably be a sort of souped up version of the 2019 flagship 855.
[Exclusive] POCO is indeed launching the POCO X3 Pro and the POCO F3 globally very soon
Launch could very well happen in March. POCO F3 = Redmi K40
Plus, as per my source, the X3 Pro could likely feature a SD860 processor, 120Hz FHD+, around 5200mAh battery.#POCOX3Pro #POCOF3
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) March 4, 2021
He goes on to add that the phone will also support a 120Hz FHD+ display – the same as the regular X3 – and a 5200mAh battery.
91mobiles has added more specs to the list, reporting that the phone will launch with two SKUs: 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. The site adds that it will launch in blue, black, and bronze colour options.