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POCO X3 NFC, analysis: you can't say no for 200 euros

The Pocophone F1, which saw the light 4 years ago, it was a pleasant surprise. Not only did a new name enter the Android landscape - under the protection of Xiaomi - but we also found a terminal that offered one of the processors of the moment and very interesting features at a fairly reasonable price.

Since then, and although we had to wait almost two years to see it, new "POCO" have joined the catalog of the Chinese firm. Today we will talk about the last of them, the LITTLE X3, which comes to compete in the authentic Roman arena that the 200 euros. Will have to face companies like realme, curiously also Xiaomi itself ...

Just take a look at the price and specifications of the Chinese terminal to understand that we may be facing one of the most recommended purchases of this final part of the year. However, and as we have repeated countless times, numbers are not everything.

During the last days I have used the POCO X3 as a personal device and I am here to tell you what I think. If you are looking for a terminal that is around 200 euros, you're going to hear a lot about the Chinese smartphone.

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POCO X3 cameras

POCO X3, all the information

Dimensions165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm
215 grams
screen6.67 inch IPS LCD
120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate
Widevine L1
ResolutionFull HD +
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 732G
OSMIUI 12 based on Android 10
Storage64/128 GB UFS 2.1 expandable by microSD up to 256 GB
CamerasRear: 64 MP IMX686 + 13 MP Ultra Wide + 2 MP macro + 2 MP Depth Sensor
Frontal: 20 MP, f / 2.2
Battery5,160 mAh with 33W fast charge
OthersSide fingerprint reader, USB Type-C, NFC, water-repellent coating, LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, haptic vibration motor, stereo speakers

Design and display

Rear of POCO X3

The POCO X3 is not a small terminal, but it comes with a fairly well used front that makes it manageable despite its large panel. In any case, we are talking about a smartphone that you will use with two hands many times.

The model I have used has a Cobalt Blue finish, a striking blue that sometimes turns purple - I think I'm color blind and I have a problem with these things - and that will not leave you indifferent. At the bottom of the back, a detail with which the Chinese firm wants to make its presence clear. LITTLE, with all the letters and a size, well, considerable.

The camera module is also striking, rounded and with a central part that stands out noticeably. Four cameras and an LED flash inhabit it, along with the well-known slogan “Designed by POCO”.

POCO X3 display

The only interruption to its front is a small hole.

The Chinese terminal incorporates a 6.67-inch IPS panel and Full HD + resolution. So far nothing surprising, the Android mid-range has found a good base above 6.5 inches and both the IPS technology and those 1080 x 2400 pixels give rise to a satisfying experience.

However, the panel of this POCO X3 does have a feature that makes a difference. Yes, it may be the geekiest data, nerd, or whatever you want to call it, but the 120 Hz refresh rate makes the difference. It is quite surprising to see this technology in a relatively inexpensive mobile, especially considering how much it respects its battery. I'll talk about it later.

Beyond the fluidity provided by the 120 Hz, we find a good panel in which I have not missed brightness or resolution. Despite having IPS technology, it shows powerful colorsMaybe a bit too saturated but I have not disliked them. In any case, from the settings you can modify some parameters and configure the colors to your liking. Viewing angles are very correct too, along the lines of what we usually see in rival terminals.


The 5,160 mAh battery that this POCO X3 incorporates sounds quite good, although we can get to doubt if we take into account the 120 Hz rate of its panel. Regardless, there is no need to worry. The Chinese device has shown that you can enjoy a very high refresh rate and an outstanding autonomy.

I have had no problem getting to the end of the day with this POCO X3. In fact, if you are not a too demanding user you can reach two days of use with a single charge. All this, of course, with the 120 Hz of your screen activated. Lowering the refresh rate to 60 Hz will save battery life, but in my case it was not necessary.

Also enjoy a 33W fast charge, which has allowed me to go from 0% to 50% in less than 30 minutes. To fully charge the POCO terminal, you will have to wait about 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Screen hole POCO X3

In the bowels of the POCO X3 we find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G. Another edition of the "G" processors from the US firm, chips designed to perform well with games. I have had the opportunity to test one of the most common, the Snapdragon 720G, several times with good results.

As usual, I have spent some time (working) with games like Call of Duty: Mobile or Genshin Impact to test this LITTLE'S brain. Qualcomm processor performs quite well, there is nothing to stop us from enjoying the games. However, as is logical in a terminal that costs just over 200 euros, we cannot expect the same ease as with a high-end chip.

The 6 GB of RAM that includes its only version in our country are enough to manage a loaded multitasking, no problems during day-to-day use.

So are the cameras of the POCO X3

POCO X3 cameras

5 are the sensors that we find on its back.

Those responsible for POCO have added 4 cameras to the back of your X3:

  • One main sensor Sony IMX682 from 64 megapixels and aperture f / 1.89.

  • A ultra wide angle 13 megapixels and aperture f / 2.2.

  • A macro 2 megapixels and aperture f / 2.4.

  • A 2 megapixel sensor for the portrait mode, with aperture f / 2.4.

In the hole in its front we find a 20 megapixel sensor and f / 2.2.

Day photography and portrait mode

When the light abounds the photographs that this POCO X3 takes are good, in line with other similarly priced terminals. We find a realistic interpretation of the colors and correct results in most situations. Yes it shows a loss of quality in wide-angle photos, in which the limits of photography are further undermined.

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With enough light portrait mode maintains a good level of detail and colors close to reality. You won't have too much trouble with trimming, as always hair and accessories can be a bit of a problem.

Night mode

When night falls the night mode helps us to rescue a good amount of light. The POCO X3 is capable of collecting good photographs in which there is a sufficient level of detail and a correct interpretation of the colors. Nothing that we do not see in competitive terminals.

Things can get a bit more complicated with Shot indoors or in too much artificial light. Both indoor, low-light photography and noise can complicate results.

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Frontal camera

You will have the possibility to take good selfies with this POCO X3, they have a sufficient quality and I don't think anyone can feel disappointed. You can also take portrait mode photos, which demonstrate a fairly acceptable cutout.

In darker environments, or at night, sharpness is noticeably reduced and the level of photos is greatly reduced. We encountered more noise, nothing we couldn't expect.

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This is MIUI 12 in the POCO X3

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MIUI, Xiaomi's already veteran customization layer, not long ago released its version number 12. It is a fluid layer - now it seems even more so with those 120 Hz - that works well and with which you will not have too many problems.

Based on Android 10, it offers the user a wide variety of customization options and a design that is being made more minimalist with each new edition. Of course, in the middle of 2020, a dark theme flooding the entire system.

POCO X3: conclusions and opinion of Andro4all

Rear of POCO X3

Is the POCO X3 for all audiences?

The POCO X3 is a pleasant device on a day-to-day basis, a balanced set that may not stand out excessively in any of its sections, but that more than meets all of them.

A good screen with those –I think differentials– 120 Hz, sufficient performance for most, an outstanding autonomy and a good set of cameras. All this for just over 200 euros. We usually say it with many of the launches of Xiaomi, Redmi or POCO, it will be very difficult to compete with this device.

Price and where to buy the POCO X3

You can find the POCO X3 in two versions. To take you the one of 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage you will have to pay some interesting 229 euros. The model with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory part of 269 ​​euros in the official Xiaomi store. However, you can already find it for a little less in stores like Amazon.

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POCO X3, opinion and note by Andro4all
Should you buy the POCO X3?
In favor
  • The 120 Hz makes the difference in its price range.

  • Solvent performance thanks to the Snapdragon 732G

  • The battery endures its high refresh rate with surprising strength.

  • The photographic results do not stand out.

  • MIUI is still MIUI, and that may not appeal to everyone.

ConclusionsThe POCO X3 is a balanced terminal, with a really fluid screen, good performance and sections that meet to position it as one of the best options in the Android mid-range.


You can't say no for 200 euros.

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