Poco X3 Pro review, is it possible to do better?

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The time has finally come to give our final judgment to one of the smartphones that has attracted the interest of many users. In our final review of Little X3 Pro we will analyze the qualities of what undoubtedly looks like the smartphone to be recommended in the 200-250 euro range and we will discuss the changes made by the brand compared to the base model that we had appreciated so much.

Has the smartphone really earned the nickname "Pro"? Is this the true spiritual successor of Poco F1? The time has come to find out!



Poco X3 Pro is not a flagship but hides it very well

There really isn't much to complain about when it comes to the design of this device. Poco did a great job with the old model, bringing sleek lines and premium materials to a price range that almost didn't seem to belong to them and with the X3 Pro made the excellent decision not to change what is objectively difficult to improve without increasing costs.

It is really difficult if not impossible to distinguish the Poco X3 Pro from the model that preceded it. Same shell in glass-like plastic, same aluminum frame, same slightly protruding photographic module which however is intelligently positioned in the center of the smartphone.

These are absolutely not defects as you will hardly ever realize that the back of the smartphone is not made of glass thanks to the high quality with which it is made, I myself still find it hard to believe it.

Of course, the smartphone is not a twig with yours 215g, but the large battery and the solidity it returns in the hand compensate for this "inconvenience".


Staining Phantom Black in our possession which has a matte finish on the external sides of the body and a central glossy strip on which the brand logo stands out is in my opinion wonderful. Very reminiscent of the Huawei Mate made in collaboration with Porsche.


In the package, in addition to stickers and a welcome card, Poco has included a transparent TPU cover with flap to protect the smartphone from water and dust entering the USB Type-C port.

The fast capacitive fingerprint reader is once again located in the side power key, one position practical and comfortable.

A large, beautiful and fast panel

Even with regard to the display, the company did not want to make changes with respect to its younger brother. On Poco X3 Pro we find the same panel 6,67 ″ IPS with FullHD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

The maximum brightness of soli 458 nit it is not the highest, this is true, and the automatic brightness is a bit too conservative in my opinion, however it is a panel with a more than sufficient resolution and which compensates for the fact that it is not AMOLED with a refresh rate worthy of a top and a comparable color quality.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to use any always on display functionality, however waking up the smartphone with the power button or lifting it to wake it up via the accelerometer is comfortable enough not to be a problem. Little made up for the lack of AOD by including in the ear capsule a small RGB notification LED configurable.


At the top of the panel there is a hole for the front camera centered with respect to the width of the display. The frames are not the thinnest but at the price at which this terminal is proposed I would never have allowed myself to ask for better.


A smart choice

You may have heard it often or read somewhere about groups dedicated to smartphones going crazy on social media: often an old top of the range is better than a new cheap smartphone.

Little has taken this idea literally and it is precisely on this concept that the X3 Pro is based. Instead of a recent chip from Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700 series, such as the one used in Poco X3, the company has opted for a chip in this case. which made its debut on this model but which is actually an old acquaintance of ours.

Under the smartphone shell beats one Snapdragon 860 which is nothing more than a Snapdragon 855+ further improved in operating frequencies. This is not last year's top-of-the-range chip but an improved version of the flagship SoC from two years ago.

Said this I find that the choice really makes a lot of sense, especially in this price range. The performance is significantly higher than that of the mid-range chip of the old model while at the same time the costs for the manufacturer and users are kept lower. Well done!

To accompany the chip we find 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal UFS 3.1 memory, although there is a variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The latter I would recommend only to those who think they need more storage space as the amount of RAM, as often happens exceeded a certain value, makes no difference in everyday life.


The company born from a Xiaomi rib has even managed to find a place for a system of stereo speaker, even if the difference between the two speakers is well perceptible, for a jack from 3,5mm for headphones and even for a IR LED for checking the products that support this interface.


You will no longer be able to complain about your battery life

Does your smartphone always download on the coolest? With Poco X3 Pro this will be a problem of the past. With a cell from 5160mAh and a chip that by current standards has a limited power consumption compared to modern flagship processors, Poco X3 Pro is really hard to download before evening.

Even if like me you choose to always use the display at 120Hz, to constantly raise its brightness, to connect to the internet with two 4G SIMs at the same time while watching videos on YouTube at maximum quality with older generation Bluetooth headphones, it's really impossible not to make it to the end of the day. With more moderate use it is easily possible to reach two or even three days of use!

When you need a refill, the 33W USB Type-C charger included in the package will be able to get you back to 59% in 30 minutes and 100% in just 59 minutes. You will no longer be able to complain about the durability of your smartphone.

The true Achilles heel of Poco X3 Pro

If there is one area in which the Poco X3 Pro does not shine, unlike the rest of the smartphone, it is the photographic sector.

In the module located in the center of the rear body we find a main sensor from 48MP with f / 1.8 focal aperture lenses, a 8MP f / 2.2 and two further sensors from 2MP with f / 2.4 lenses dedicated to macro and depth detection.

Leaving aside the two 2MP sensors which, as I repeat in all my reviews, I consider useless and a waste of budget especially in a price range like this where every penny counts, We find no differences compared to the base model of Poco X3.

The smartphone already performed fairly well before and the same is true now, obviously always taking into consideration the market segment in which the product is inserted. Do not expect a cameraphone capable of competing with the big names in the sector and not even with products of the caliber of Pixel 4a or Oppo Find X3 Lite, however Poco X3 Pro has sufficient photographic performance and no flaws too serious to report.

The only real complaint, if you really need to make one, is the uninspiring rendering of cameras in the dark, especially of the ultrawide, despite the software supports the Night Mode.

In contrast, the front camera from 20MP f / 2.2 amazed me. It is often able to capture more detailed images of the main sensors and personally I prefer the quality of the images it produces to the other cameras of this terminal.

Poco X3 Pro is capable of recording videos in 4K but it stops at 30fps, while it can reach 960fps in slow motion at a resolution of 720p, not bad for an entry level. Optical stabilization is missing and can be heard in both photos and videos, especially when the sun goes down or indoors, however generally the EIS electronic stabilization does his duty well.

A software that scares at first glance

Although Poco X3 Pro's software is based on one of my all-time favorite Android skins, there are some considerations that need to be made about it. The MIUI 12 installed in this device at first start may perhaps scare a little but fortunately any "criticality" is easily solved.

First the smartphone arrives full of bloatware, which thank goodness no longer happens with the slightly higher-end Xiaomi. Also, another thing I haven't encountered for a while, even in this software version the smartphone is bombarded with advertisements in system applications. Of course, the latter can be deactivated and the apps can be uninstalled, however the first impact is unpleasant.

However, I understand that this is one of the reasons thanks to which the company is able to offer this excellent product ad such an aggressive price. Compromises were made in the design phase and you must make them too when choosing your next smartphone.

Conclusions

Poco X3 Pro is an unbeatable smartphone. At a price of 249,00 €, which can drop up to 199,00 euros during promotional periods, it is impossible to find better. Perhaps if your interest is less focused on "exaggerated" specifications and on a long-lasting battery, you can find smartphones that can surpass this best buy in the photographic field, otherwise it is practically unmatched.

For this reason, Poco X3 Pro deserves our award for the incredible quality / price ratio that we believe it will be difficult to be surpassed during this year or at least for many months to follow. If your budget is around this figure, there is no point in looking any further!


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