Xiaomi Poco M3 Smartphone Review-Exceeds your expectations

A good deal for a low budget. A smartphone for 150 Euros (180dollars), can this work? In the case of the Xiaomi Poco M3, it works quite well. For this amount, you get a 6.53-inch Android 10 smartphone with an IPS display, a triple-camera setup, Snapdragon 662, and stereo sound. As a special bonus, you also get a huge 6000-mAh battery. The purchase price even includes a protective case and screen protector.

 

 

"Exceeds your expectations" – this is how Xiaomi summarizes the characteristics of its Poco M3 entry-level smartphone in brief. And in fact, despite its low price, the currently most affordable Poco model does bring hardware that you probably would not have expected to this extent.

 

The Poco M3 is officially available starting from 181dollars. For this amount, you will get a 6.53-inch smartphone with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB storage, Android 10, an IPS display with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, and the Snapdragon 662 as the central processing unit. While this does not turn the Poco M3 into a rocket, there should be sufficient performance for everyday usage. And considering the huge battery capacity, you can also easily use it for much longer.

 

This single equipment characteristic makes the Poco M3 particularly interesting: with its 6000-mAh battery, the Xiaomi smartphone possesses more battery capacity than most other smartphones.

 

Xiaomi Poco M3 (Poco M Series)                                                      

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Kryo 260

Graphics adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 610

Memory: 4096 MB , LPDDR4X

Display: 6.53 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, FHD+, sunlight mode, glossy: yes, 60 Hz

Storage:128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB , 107.5 GB free

Connections:1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, vibration motor, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Level 3

Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac(a/b/g/n=Wi-Fi4/ac=Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (bands2/3/5/8),3G (bands B1/2/4/5/8), 4G (bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41), head SAR 0,597 W/kg, body SAR 0,807 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS

Size: height x width x depth (in mm): 9.6 x 162.3 x 77.3 ( = 0.38 x 6.39 x 3.04 in)

Battery: 6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer

Charging: fast charging / Quickcharge

Operating System: Android 10

Camera: Primary Camera: 48 MPix (1/2" sensor size, f/1.79, 6P lens, AF, 0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel) + 2MP macro camera (1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4, FF) + 2MP depth sensor (1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4), videos up to [email protected]

Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 8MP (1.12μm pixel size, f/2.05)

Additional features: Speakers: dual speakers, Keyboard: virtual, 22.5 Watt charger, USB-C cable, SIM tool, protective case, screen protector, user guide, warranty card, MIUI 12, 24 Months Warranty, fanless

Weight: 198 g ( = 6.98 oz / 0.44 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)

Price: $ 179.99,169 Euros

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

Rating

Date

Model

Weight

Drive

Size

Resolution

78 %

01/2021

Xiaomi Poco M3
SD 662, Adreno 610

198 g

128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash

6.53"

2340x1080

78 %

10/2020

Motorola Moto G9 Play
SD 662, Adreno 610

200 g

64 GB eMMC Flash

6.50"

1600x720

80 %

11/2020

realme 7
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4

196.5 g

128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

6.50"

2400x1080

80 %

09/2020

Samsung Galaxy M21
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3

188 g

64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

6.40"

2340x1080

75 %

10/2020

Sony Xperia L4
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320

178 g

64 GB eMMC Flash

6.20"

1680x720

80 %

09/2020

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2

199 g

64 GB eMMC Flash

6.53"

2340x1080

 

A simple design and good haptics

You shouldn't expect a slick case design, fancy glass and metal surfaces, or an IP certification in a 180-dollars smartphone. While the Poco M3 is no exception here, it still does a lot of things right, in terms of the case.

 

At a weight of only 198 grams, Xiaomi's affordable smartphone is comfortably light, even it is one of the rather large smartphones with its 6.53-inch form factor. And although it has to fit an XXL battery underneath the hood, at 9.6 mm (~0.38 in), it is practically just as thin as its competitors.

 

Due to its matte, slightly rubberized plastic back, which reminds us of leather with its surface structure, the Poco M3 feels comfortable to hold. At the same time, it appears sturdy and robust enough, so that you wouldn't necessarily have to place the smartphone into the included protective case.

 

A matte plastic frame connects the back cover with its conspicuous "Poco" lettering and the display, which is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. The not-so-slim display bezels and the waterdrop notch for the selfie camera are design compromises due to the low price. The fingerprint sensor is integrated in the power button.

 

Xiaomi offers the Poco M3 in three case colors. Our test unit comes in black ("Power Black"), and additional colors are yellow ("Poco Yellow") and blue ("Cool Blue").

Equipment - Real dual-SIM and up to 128 GB of storage in the Poco M3

 

The Poco M3 offers 4 GB of LPDDR4X-RAM and optionally 64 or 128 GB of storage (150 or 170 Euro respectively; ~$180 or $205). However, since Xiaomi's smartphone is currently hard to find or not at all available in online shops, both those prices can be significantly higher. An interesting detail is the fact that the 64-GB version uses UFS-2.1 storage, while the 128-GB version uses UFS-2.2 storage. In terms of their performance, they are very close, however, so that you should not notice any speed difference between both storage versions.

 

The internal storage can be expanded via microSD card. In terms of its capacity, up to 512 GB are supported. However, it cannot store any apps but only media files. On the other hand, there is real dual-SIM, since the card tray is able to hold two SIM cards simultaneously in addition to a microSD card.

 

The OTG compatible USB-C port of the Poco M3 transfers data at USB-2.0 speed. The equipment also includes an IR sender and FM radio. DRM Widevine L1 is also supported, allowing you to reproduce streams in HD quality.

 

 

Software - Android 10 and MIUI 12

 

The Poco M3 uses Android 10 and Xiaomi's MIUI 12 user interface. The Android security patches were on the level of November 2020, so not very new anymore. Xiaomi usually provides new security updates for its current smartphones every three months, so that there should be a new update soon.

 

In addition to the Google and Xiaomi tools, there are only few third-party apps such as Amazon, Facebook, eBay, and TikTok, which can all be uninstalled, though.

 

Communication and GPS - LTE with good frequency band coverage, and low SAR values

 

The Poco M3 supports 4G connections and covers a solid amount of frequencies with the LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/38/40 and 41. Its low radiation values are also positive (head SAR 0.597 W/kg, body SAR 0.807 W/kg).

 

The Xiaomi does not support mobile payments, since it lacks an NFC chip. On the other hand, the communication equipment includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 5. At a maximum of 301 Mbit/s while receiving and 284 Mbit/s while sending, the WiFi transfer rates are in the middle of our field of comparison devices, so they are quite acceptable values.

 

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

 

The Poco M3 supports 4G connections for two SIM cards simultaneously. VoLTE and WLAN calls are also supported, as long as the network provider also allows this. In the test, the Xiaomi produced a good voice quality, and in speaker-phone mode, the voices are still transferred clearly and easily understandable.

 

 

Cameras - A triple-camera system with good image quality in daylight

 

The Xiaomi smartphone houses a triple-camera system, whose main element is a 48-MP lens (f/1.79) with autofocus. By default, it will combine the 4 neighboring pixels into a single pixel, taking 12 MP pictures. Optionally, you can also change to a "48M" menu in the camera settings, allowing you to use the full resolution. The camera records videos at a maximum of 1080p and 30 FPS. On the other hand, there is no image stabilization, so that you will need a steady hand.

 

Verdict - A lot of smartphone for 150 Euros

 

At a purchase price of 150 Euros (~$180) for the 64-GB version, the Xiaomi Poco M3 is very affordable. Even the 128-GB version is still affordable at 170 Euros (~$205). With 4 GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 662, the performance is sufficient for everyday tasks, and even allows you to play one or the other game sometimes.

 

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