Xiaomi Poco M3 full review with a discussion

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Poco M3 full review: Poco is globally known for their flagship-killing low-budget smartphones but they are now switching gears with the new model Poco M3. It’s a phone at a low price but it still comes with some excellent mid-range attractive key features, like big battery life super stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm jack with expandable memory options. Let’s see what it’s all about in our total review.

Poco M3
Poco M3

KEY FEATURES

  • PROCESSOR: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM/ROM: 4/64GB, 4/128GB
  • BATTERY: 6000 mAh
  • DISPLAY: 6.53″ IPS FHD
  • CAMERA: 48MP

Poco M3 review with specifications

The Poco M3 is a low/mid-level budget smartphone, but you would not guess it at first look. The backside is plastic and Poco does not try to hide that. They manage to look more unique with the glass accent and weird Poco branding logo.

BODY

Instead of pretending to be shiny glass, the back panel is a matte finish with a rough, almost leathery texture. This adds plenty of grips. The body frame is made of plastic not metallic as well and it’s sharp and handy which adds a more comfortable grip.

The Poco M3 is not lightweight, it is almost 200 grams partly because of its huge lithium-polymer 6000 mAh battery pack, but it feels great in the hand.

DISPLAY

On the front is a large 6.53″ IPS LCD, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with a 1080p resolution and a droplet-shaped notch at the top for the selfie camera. This screen is pretty beautiful, 1080p is great to have at this price point.

The content on the screen looks plenty sharp. The contrast is good with deep enough blacks and the brightness is decent quality. We measured up to 440 nits maximum in auto mode in bright conditions.

BATTERY

Another mid-range killing feature of the Poco M3 is battery performance. Thanks to Poco for its huge 6000 mAh battery. You had been hard-pressed to find a phone with better battery endurance. The Poco M3’s backup of screen on time averages 6-7 hours in our battery life tests in gaming and other heavy task.

On the other hand, the charging speed is not too impressive. Because it supports up to only 18W charging with its bundled adapter. A full charge would take almost 3 hours which is a bad thing about this device.

PERFORMANCE

The Poco M3 user interface is MIUI 12 over the Android 10 Q edition. In MIUI 12 you can see some changes from the previous UI. The notification panel and control panel, are like what you had seen on iPhone/iOS.

Under the heart of the Poco M3 is a Qualcomm snapdragon 662 octa-core chipset, which is a recently released, but low-end silicon and it has 4GB of RAM. As far as storage goes, you can opt for 64GB/128GB onboard and this is expandable through a microSD card.

CAMERA

Now, onto the Poco M3’s cameras. There are three cameras on the back as a primary shooter, but it’s a basic classic setup. There’s a 48MP Quad-Bayer camera, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. Photos from the main camera come out at 12MP and during the day these are superb for this class.

There’s more than enough detail, balanced sharpness, good contrast, and natural colors. The dynamic range is average and there is a bit of corner softness and visible noise, overall photos are much better in daylight than we expected.

CONCLUSION

So, that’s the Poco M3 review. This mobile punches above its weight class by offering a large FHD display, a huge battery, great-sounding stereo speakers, a feature-packed MIUI interface, and a surprisingly good primary camera.

Even though it’s a plastic body, I like its textured back design. The camera setup is not very versatile and both selfies and video recording are nothing to write about. We hope Poco improves to their next phone.

But still, the overall performance is a lot more than you’d expect for this cheap price. If you’re trying for a mid-level low-budget smartphone or want to save some money on a low-budget phone the Xiaomi Poco M3 is a good choice.

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