Not content with flooding the smartphone market under its own name, Xiaomi completes its offer via its daughter brand Poco (ex-Pocophone). After a Poco F2 Pro released in June 2020, the Chinese manufacturer is back with a more affordable mobile. The desire remains the same, however: to offer a very extensive technical sheet, for a minimum price of 229 €. At the risk of even competing with Xiaomi smartphones such as the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro.
The finishes of the Poco X3 NFC absolutely do not suggest that it is such an inexpensive mobile. Admittedly, plastic is omnipresent, but the level of materials is appreciable and the whole is elegant. Not surprisingly, the X3 is a great smartphone. Its 6.67-inch diagonal screen is based on an LCD panel in Full HD + definition (2400 x 1080 pixels). Logically, the contrast ratio will not reach the peaks of that of an Oled panel, but Poco and Xiaomi have accustomed us to good results on this side. One of the real advantages of the X3's screen compared to the competition remains the presence of a refresh rate of 120 Hz, usually reserved for much more expensive mobiles until now. Poco promises a mode that aims to save energy by varying this frequency from 50 to 120 Hz depending on usage. On the other hand, Poco claims HDR10 compatibility, but we can doubt the quality of HDR rendering on films with a brightness value that tops out at 450 cd / m² according to the manufacturer's admission.
The Poco X3 shouldn't be stingy when it comes to performance. It embeds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC, equipped with 8 Kryo 470 cores and coupled with 6 GB of RAM. The storage varies between 64 or 128 GB depending on the version chosen. Note that the X3 cannot accommodate a microSD card. To preserve the level of performance over long gaming sessions, the Poco X3 with LiquidCool technology that should be evaluated during our test. The power of the whole is left to the care of a battery of 5,160 mAh, compatible with a fast charge at 33 W.
As custom now seems to require, the Poco X3 has 4 photo modules on the back. However, this should be tempered, because only 2 modules are really useful for photography. The modules are distributed as follows:
- Main module: 64 megapixel sensor and wide-angle optics opening at f / 1.89
- Ultra wide-angle module: 13 megapixel sensor and optics opening at f / 2.2
- Macro module: 2 megapixel and optical sensor opening at f / 2.4
- "Depth" module: 2 megapixel sensor
After our first grip, we strongly doubt that the Poco X3 can do miracles in photos. We have very rarely come across high-performance mobile phones equipped with 64 megapixel sensors. The Chinese smartphone is capable of filming in UHD at 30 fps and the selfies are captured by a 20 megapixel sensor.
On the connectivity side, the Poco X3 NFC has Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE and NFC, of course. The X3 can count on 2 nano SIM ports and a 3.5mm mini-jack socket. Stereo speakers are also on the menu, which is quite rare at this price point. The mobile is powered by MIUI 12, the Xiaomi OS, adapted for the occasion in Poco sauce. The fingerprint reader is located on the right edge of the smartphone.
The Poco X3 NFC will be available from September 10, 2020. It will benefit from a promotion on that day and will be marketed at € 199.90 in 64 GB and € 249.90 in 128 GB. From September 11, the X3 NFC will return to its normal price of € 229.90 and € 269.90. For our part, we have already collected a copy of Xiaomi's smartphone and will offer you a full test very soon.