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Poco X3 Pro quick review: Same face, new energy

Poco X3 Pro directly competes with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Realme 8 Pro. Is the chipset enough to beat the two other devices? We will find out in detailed review later.

twitter-logoManas Tiwari | April 5, 2021 | Updated 17:27 IST
Poco X3 Pro
The Poco X3 Pro can easily be mistaken for the Poco X3 because of its almost similar back panel.

Highlights

  • Poco X3 Pro has similar design as Poco X3.
  • It comes with more powerful Snapdragon 860 SoC.
  • Poco X3 Pro makes few cuts too.

Fans have been demanding a Poco F1 successor for over two years now. They have finally got one, but with a different name. The Poco X3 Pro was launched in India last week as a spiritual successor to 2018's Poco F1, even though it has the blood of last year's Poco X3. The comparisons with Poco F1 are a result of the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC used on the new phone. The chipset is currently found only on OnePlus 9R in the country. The latter costs almost twice as the Poco X3 Pro.

Poco definitely deserves a pat on the back for keeping the X3 Pro India pricing under Rs 20,000. The 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant of the phone costs Rs 18,999 while the top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 20,999. This puts the Poco X3 Pro in direct competition with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Realme 8 Pro. Is the chipset enough to beat the two other devices? We will find out in detailed review later.

For now, we have got our hands on the Poco X3 Pro only couple of hours back and here is a quick first impression of this device.

Poco X3 Pro quick review: All that's good

The Poco X3 Pro can easily be mistaken for the Poco X3 because of its almost similar back panel. It has the same plastic rear panel with dual-tone finish and a large circular camera module. It works in favour of Poco to not experiment much with the design. It will be available in three colour options - Steel Blue, Golden Bronze and Graphite Black. The X3 Pro also has the same side-mounted fingerprint sensor and stereo speaker setup.

On the front, it features a reliable 6.67-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling. Again, the same screen was used on the Poco X3. The only difference is that the new smartphone is protected by Gorilla Glass 6, instead of Gorilla Glass 5 used on Poco X3.

There are some who may point out that both Realme 8 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max have AMOLED displays. What they don't, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC that powers the Poco X3 Pro. It's incredible that Poco has managed to bring this chipset in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment. The processor, coupled with smooth refresh rate should enable seamless gaming on the phone. We will be testing the chipset thoroughly over the next few days before bringing a detailed review.

As of now, it seems like a simple decision between a AMOLED display (which doesn't guarantee better visuals) or a better processor.

Poco has cut some corners by packing a relatively smaller 5160mAh battery on the X3Pro against the 6000mAh pack that is found on the Poco X3. Even then, the battery size is bigger than most phones in the segment and should be enough for a day. You continue to get a 33W fast charger inside the box.

Poco X3 Pro quick review: What could have been better

I have no complains about Poco going for an already seen design language. It could have put in a little more effort to reduce the size and weight of the device. The Poco X3 Pro remains to be a bulky unit and is not everyone smartphone.

The other thing that could have been better is the camera system. In fact, Poco has made few compromises here. The Poco X3 Pro features a 48-megapixel main sensor, coupled with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and two 2-megapixel depth and macro sensors. The Poco X3 had a 64-megapixel main sensor and 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens while the other two sensors remain the same. Both the smartphones feature a 20-megapixel camera on the front.

The company could have stuck to the same camera system.

Poco X3 Pro quick review: Initial Impressions

As I mentioned before, I have only spent few hours with the Poco X3 Pro so far and, it seems like a good value for money proposition. The cuts made by the company aren't that significant. Poco has focused on a department that helped it become fan favorite in the first place performance. But, this time the competition is tough. Stay tuned for our review of the Poco X3 Pro and detailed comparison with other mid-range devices.

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