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Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC smartphone review

Xiaomi Poco X3

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC: is it worth your purchase?

Pros

  • 120Hz display
  • 2 days of battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Very powerful performance

Cons

  • Thick and heavy
  • MIUI can be clunky
  • Unreliable fingerprint scanner

Our verdict

The Poco X3 has very good specs, an excellent camera, a beautiful screen, and absolutely fantastic battery life. Getting all that for just 249 euros makes the Poco X3 the best budget phone of the year 2020.

Retail price (RRP)

From £ 199 (around $ 250)

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC smartphone review

A cheap phone always comes with something lacking, that is inevitable. What matters is knowing how to choose the correct deficiencies. The Poco X3 is precisely the economic smartphone that has known how to sacrifice the most successful elements in order to lower its price.

Forgoing 5G and adding a little more volume to the box, Xiaomi has managed to put some very strong specifications in the Poco X3: a 120Hz screen, a solid camera, stereo speakers and a very powerful battery, somehow maintaining the initial price below 250 euros.

Design and build quality

Okay, let’s put the bad on the table to get rid of it as soon as possible. The Poco X3 – or Poco X3 NFC to give the phone its clunky full name – isn’t an ugly phone, but it’s not exactly pretty either.

Available in blue or gray, the first thing you’ll notice is the giant “POCO” logo printed on the back of the phone. It’s embedded in a striking finish that catches the light in rainbow patterns, but this only serves to draw more attention to a logo that you just wish wasn’t there.

I don’t know why some phone brands have started pasting text on the back, but I really think it’s a trend that should stop.

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The rest of the rear is decorated with a grid of diagonal lines that lead to the camera module in an unusual way. I’ll admit I don’t like the way it looks, but at least it’s something a little different.

The Poco X3 is unlike anything on the market, and there is something to be said for it, even if it is not to my liking.

The back is understandably finished in plastic, but the phone’s frame is aluminum and the large 6.67-inch display is embedded in Gorilla glass 5.

That big screen makes the phone elongated, but mostly thick (9.4mm) and heavy (215g). That’s a trade-off for battery, among other features, but either way you can’t get around the fact that this is a big, heavy phone.

The IP53 rating ensures decent dust resistance and some waterproofing, a rarity for a phone at this price, especially with a headphone jack as well.

When it comes to audio, the stereo speakers are another unexpected find in the budget space. I just did a review of another 700 euro phone that did not include stereo sound, so finding it on a 200 device is a pleasant surprise.

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Lastly, along with the volume rocker you’ll find a recessed power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner on the right side.

Here’s another little irritation: it too easily registers unsuccessful fingerprint attempts when the phone is grasped from the wrong side, and on the other hand, it often didn’t recognize my fingerprint when I wanted to open the phone.

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screen

Well then the Poco X3 is not entirely convincing in terms of design. But that’s only half of what a phone looks like, and Xiaomi has absolutely nailed the other half.

The screen may be gigantic at 6.67 inches, but the specs are hard to resist. It is a 120 Hz LCD screen with a FHD + resolution (1080 x 2400) and HDR10 support.

The colors are bright and punchy, and the high-speed refresh panel is an absolute steal at this price point – it’s hard to go back to a normal phone once you’ve tried it. Since it’s LCD, viewing angles and contrast suffer a bit, but you won’t find an OLED anywhere else at this price, and certainly not at 120Hz.

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The bezels are a bit thick, especially below the screen, with an overall screen-to-body ratio of 84.6%. You will quickly stop noticing it, and the central chamber is small enough not to harm either of you.

I’ll put it simply: right now this is the best phone screen you’ll find near this price point.

Specifications and performance

When it comes to the internals of the Poco X3, Xiaomi has made an interesting decision. It has adopted Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 732G chipset, one of the few new chips for 2020 that doesn’t support 5G connections.

This is, in a sense, an obvious downside: if you want 5G it’s just not here. But 5G isn’t that great yet, and accessibility is limited in many countries and cities, so why pay extra for it if you’re unlikely to see the benefit?

By making the decision to ditch 5G, Xiaomi is able to deliver stronger performance for the price. Along with 6GB of RAM, the Poco X3 runs flawlessly in just about anything you throw at it.

It even keeps up with phones like the OnePlus Nord that uses the more expensive 765G processor in our benchmarks, and beats the Pixel 4a, which uses the slightly slower (but also not 5G) Snapdragon 730G

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Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC: is it worth your purchase?

Pros

  • 120Hz display
  • 2 days of battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Very powerful performance

Cons

  • Thick and heavy
  • MIUI can be clunky
  • Unreliable fingerprint scanner

Our verdict

The Poco X3 has very good specs, an excellent camera, a beautiful screen, and absolutely fantastic battery life. Getting all that for just 249 euros makes the Poco X3 the best budget phone of the year 2020.

Retail price (RRP)

From £ 199 (around $ 250)

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC smartphone review

A cheap phone always comes with something lacking, that is inevitable. What matters is knowing how to choose the correct deficiencies. The Poco X3 is precisely the economic smartphone that has known how to sacrifice the most successful elements in order to lower its price.

Forgoing 5G and adding a little more volume to the box, Xiaomi has managed to put some very strong specifications in the Poco X3: a 120Hz screen, a solid camera, stereo speakers and a very powerful battery, somehow maintaining the initial price below 250 euros.

Design and build quality

Okay, let’s put the bad on the table to get rid of it as soon as possible. The Poco X3 – or Poco X3 NFC to give the phone its clunky full name – isn’t an ugly phone, but it’s not exactly pretty either.

Available in blue or gray, the first thing you’ll notice is the giant “POCO” logo printed on the back of the phone. It’s embedded in a striking finish that catches the light in rainbow patterns, but this only serves to draw more attention to a logo that you just wish wasn’t there.

I don’t know why some phone brands have started pasting text on the back, but I really think it’s a trend that should stop.

xiaomi poco x3 09 thumb

The rest of the rear is decorated with a grid of diagonal lines that lead to the camera module in an unusual way. I’ll admit I don’t like the way it looks, but at least it’s something a little different.

The Poco X3 is unlike anything on the market, and there is something to be said for it, even if it is not to my liking.

The back is understandably finished in plastic, but the phone’s frame is aluminum and the large 6.67-inch display is embedded in Gorilla glass 5.

That big screen makes the phone elongated, but mostly thick (9.4mm) and heavy (215g). That’s a trade-off for battery, among other features, but either way you can’t get around the fact that this is a big, heavy phone.

The IP53 rating ensures decent dust resistance and some waterproofing, a rarity for a phone at this price, especially with a headphone jack as well.

When it comes to audio, the stereo speakers are another unexpected find in the budget space. I just did a review of another 700 euro phone that did not include stereo sound, so finding it on a 200 device is a pleasant surprise.

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Lastly, along with the volume rocker you’ll find a recessed power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner on the right side.

Here’s another little irritation: it too easily registers unsuccessful fingerprint attempts when the phone is grasped from the wrong side, and on the other hand, it often didn’t recognize my fingerprint when I wanted to open the phone.

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screen

Well then the Poco X3 is not entirely convincing in terms of design. But that’s only half of what a phone looks like, and Xiaomi has absolutely nailed the other half.

The screen may be gigantic at 6.67 inches, but the specs are hard to resist. It is a 120 Hz LCD screen with a FHD + resolution (1080 x 2400) and HDR10 support.

The colors are bright and punchy, and the high-speed refresh panel is an absolute steal at this price point – it’s hard to go back to a normal phone once you’ve tried it. Since it’s LCD, viewing angles and contrast suffer a bit, but you won’t find an OLED anywhere else at this price, and certainly not at 120Hz.

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The bezels are a bit thick, especially below the screen, with an overall screen-to-body ratio of 84.6%. You will quickly stop noticing it, and the central chamber is small enough not to harm either of you.

I’ll put it simply: right now this is the best phone screen you’ll find near this price point.

Specifications and performance

When it comes to the internals of the Poco X3, Xiaomi has made an interesting decision. It has adopted Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 732G chipset, one of the few new chips for 2020 that doesn’t support 5G connections.

This is, in a sense, an obvious downside: if you want 5G it’s just not here. But 5G isn’t that great yet, and accessibility is limited in many countries and cities, so why pay extra for it if you’re unlikely to see the benefit?

By making the decision to ditch 5G, Xiaomi is able to deliver stronger performance for the price. Along with 6GB of RAM, the Poco X3 runs flawlessly in just about anything you throw at it.

It even keeps up with phones like the OnePlus Nord that uses the more expensive 765G processor in our benchmarks, and beats the Pixel 4a, which uses the slightly slower (but also not 5G) Snapdragon 730G

Xiaomi Poco X3 main camera

If all this data is too confusing for you, then stick with the most important thing: the Poco X3 exceeds its weight when it comes to raw processing power, making it a great choice for gamers on a budget or just anyone. try to buy a phone that won’t slow down in two years.

It comes with a 64GB or 128GB storage option. Normally I’d say you should go for the extra storage, but since the X3 also has a Micro SD slot, you’d better save money with the 64GB model and buy the cheaper expandable storage, though keep in mind that this will fill the second slot. SIM card, so dual SIM users should go for the 128GB version.

In terms of networks, you obviously don’t get 5G, but there’s Bluetooth 5.1, an infrared trigger, and – in case the name didn’t reveal it – NFC support for contactless payments.

Cameras

Xiaomi has placed a quad camera on the rear of the Poco X3, although the main lens is the star of the show.

This 64 MP, f / 1.9 camera is an unexpected shooter for a phone at this price point, offering decent details and vibrant colors. I’m not claiming that you can’t tell the difference between this camera and a flagship camera, but honestly the difference in quality – in good lighting at least – is small enough that you don’t mind.

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Low-light performance is definitely where the hardware shows its limits, and on dark settings details and color gamut drop dramatically. However, a decent night mode helps, providing really excellent color and dynamic range in night shots, albeit at the cost of introducing a fair amount of noise.

An ultra-wide 13 MP, f / 2.2 backs up the main lens, and while it’s less impressive, it’s certainly still decent. It helps that Xiaomi nailed color tuning here to deliver consistent results between the two lenses.

The other two lenses are 2 MP per piece, with a depth sensor to aid in portrait mode and a macro lens that, like the macros on most cheap phones, is best ignored entirely.

Up front you’ll find a 20 MP, f / 2.2 selfie camera that also delivers much better results than most competitors at the same price. Despite having a single lens, it also offers portrait mode shots with a quality similar to that of the rear cameras.

As for video, the rear cameras can shoot in HD at 60fps or 4K at 30fps, while the front camera is limited to HD at 30. There is no OIS, but the electronic image stabilization does a decent job of keeping the video. stable if you need.

Ultimately, the camera is another microcosm of the phone as a whole: undeniably imperfect, but for the most part better than it is entitled to be for this price.

Battery and charging

Remember I said the Poco X3 is a bulky boi? Well here’s the main reason: it carries a giant 5160mAh battery – which jumps to a silly 6000mAh on the Indian release, ditching the NFC instead.

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Even with “only” 5160mAh the Poco X3 spends two days of use with juice to spare, so even though battery life degrades over time it is likely to always be capable of lasting a full day and a bit longer.

In our benchmark for measuring the battery, it gave the best result we’ve seen of any phone in months, which doesn’t surprise me at all from my experience using the phone for a couple of weeks.

It’s no wonder you don’t get wireless charging at this price, but the 33W wired charge increased by 59% in just 30 minutes, which is comfortably over a day of use.

software

Let’s close the circle. After starting with the Poco X3’s only hardware flaw – its design – let’s finish with its second topic: software.

I’d rather not say that more than any other part of the phone, the software comes down to taste, but I’m not a fan of MIUI, Xiaomi’s Android skin.

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It’s certainly not the worst offender in this space, but the MIUI 12, which runs on Android 10, is far from my preferred Android experience. On the one hand, it’s much closer to iOS in core design, with touches like swipe down on one side of the screen for notifications and the other for control center shortcuts, clearly ripped from Apple’s notes.

If you are coming from an iPhone, this might reduce the learning curve, but other Android users will find the design confusing. I suspect that anyone will find the settings menu obtuse, while there is no defense for the sheer amount of bloatware – a mix of games, social media, and Xiaomi’s own apps. These are at least almost all of them removable, although there are some that can be hung.

MIUI 12 might sound clunky to you, but at least it’s stable and fluid, so once you get the hang of its quirks, there’s probably not much to really complain about.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC starts with a price of € 229 in Spain, which gives you 64 GB of storage. The version with 128 GB of storage costs € 249 , but how to get the 64 GB model.

You can buy any model directly from Xiaomi, or from Amazon .

The price puts the Poco X3 in front of a variety of other big budget devices. The Realme 6 offers very similar specifications – although with only a 90Hz refresh rate – from € 177, and Xiaomi’s Note 9S itself is priced at € 206, but when compared to the Poco X3 it lags a bit behind in as for the specifications.

Take a look at the rest of our cheap phone chart to find other buying options. 

Verdict

The Poco X3 is not perfect. Its so powerful battery makes it more voluminous than we would like, and on the other hand, the Xiaomi skin for Android 10, MIUI 12, does not convince.

For the most part, they’re small complaints, especially when stacked against the X3’s myriad of strengths: powerful specs, an excellent camera, a beautiful display, and absolutely fantastic battery life.

The fact that you can get all of that for just € 229 is almost unbelievable, and it makes the Poco X3 the best budget phone of 2020.

specs

  • Android10 with MIUI 12
  • 6.67in Full HD + (1080×2400) 20: 9 IPS LCD, 120Hz
  • Gorilla Glass 5 display, aluminum frame, plastic back
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G flyer processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 64 MP, f / 1.9, PDAF main camera
  • 13 MP, f / 2.2 ultra-wide
  • 2 MP macro
  • 2 MP depth sensor
  • 20 MP, f / 2.2 self-adapting camera
  • Video up to 4K @ 30fps
  • Fingerprint scanner (on the power button)
  • 11ac dual band wifi
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual-nano SIM
  • USB-C
  • IP53
  • Stereo speakers
  • Non-removable 5160mAh battery
  • 33W fast charge
  • 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm.
  • 215 grams

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