Poco X3 Pro First Impressions: The F1 Successor Everyone Wants?

It's all about processor power with this new premium mid-range smartphone

Poco X3 Pro First Impressions: The F1 Successor Everyone Wants?

The Poco X3 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 18,999

  • The Poco X3 Pro looks very similar to the Poco X3
  • It has stereo speakers and a large, bright screen
  • It supports 33W fast charging and comes with a 33W charger

Poco launched the Poco X3 Pro last week in India, and the company claims that this is the true successor to the very popular Poco F1 (Review) which was launched back in August 2018. The Poco X3 Pro resembles last year's Poco X3 (Review) in terms of looks, but its insides are more powerful. Some of the key highlights of the Poco X3 Pro are its Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, 48-megapixel primary rear camera, and massive 5,160mAh battery. I got the chance to unbox the device, and here are my first impressions.

The Poco X3 Pro comes in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is priced at Rs.18,999, and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which is priced at Rs. 20,999. Poco offers three colours for the X3 Pro: Golden Bronze, Graphite Black, and Steel Blue. I have a Steel Blue unit with me. The device is very eye-catching and the back is visually divided into three panels. The middle one has a glossy finish with a large POCO logo, while both sides have a matte finish.

The Poco X3 Pro sports a 6.67-inch (1080 × 2400 pixels) full-HD+ LCD screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It also supports a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The display is similar to that of the Poco X3, but this time around, the bigger sibling gets Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.

A 20-megapixel front camera is tucked inside a punch-hole right in the upper middle of the screen. We can also see an earpiece that houses a notification LED and also acts as a second speaker. Stereo sound is always a nice touch, especially on phones that cost under Rs.20,000.

The volume and power buttons are on the right side. The power button also acts as a fingerprint sensor. We have a USB-Type C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a speaker at the bottom of the device. On the left, we have the hybrid dual-SIM tray. On the top, there's an IR emitter and a secondary microphone.

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The Poco X3 Pro has a 48-megapixel primary rear camera


Under the hood, the Poco X3 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC which has an integrated Adreno 640 GPU.

Coming to the back, the Poco X3 Pro sports a quad-camera module that looks just like the one on the Poco X3. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119° field of view, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The X3 Pro has EIS and can record videos at up to 4K at 30fps or 960fps for slow-motion video recording.

The Poco X3 Pro weighs 213g, however, I did not feel that the device was unbalanced. It was easily manageable for me, and one-handed usage is also possible. The Poco X3 Pro supports 33W fast charging, and you get a 33W charger in the box, along with a Type-A TO Type-C cable and a protective case.

The Poco X3 Pro runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out of the box. I noticed a few preloaded apps which can be uninstalled if you do not use them. In the Settings, you can choose whether you want to press the power button to unlock the phone with your fingerprint, or whether just a feather touch should do it. There's also face recognition.

The Poco X3 Pro goes on sale starting from April 6, 2021, on Flipkart.

  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent performance in benchmarks
  • IP53 rating
  • Good battery life
  • 120Hz display
  • Bad
  • Average camera quality
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Promotional content in MIUI 12
Display 6.67-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
Front Camera 20-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel
Storage 128GB, 256GB
Battery Capacity 5160mAh
OS Android 11
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels

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