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POCO X3 Pro: Detailed Review and Specs

POCO X3 Pro Complete Overview


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Product name: POCO X3 Pro
Price: $300

With the Poco X3 Pro, Xiaomi combines an actually low price with a fast processor and a lavish camera equipment. The review will show you whether a real “Pro” comes out of this smartphone in the end.

With the Poco X3 NFC , the Xiaomi subsidiary brand Poco has landed a smartphone price tip under 200 dollars. For a manageable surcharge of only 15 dollars in relation to the RRP, the Poco X3 Pro should offer even more for 250 dollars range RRP and positioned itself within the Poco model family in the upper range. At first the plan worked and the price tumbled as usual.

We categorized every aspect of the phone and gave a star rating based on general price/ performance of the phone.

                                         LOOOKI, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

POCO X3 Pro: Pros and Cons

The Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro will also be one of the fastest cell phones in the price range under 300 euros in 2022. Therefore, the purchase is still worthwhile. However, the missing AMOLED screen and the non-existent 5G are shortcomings that need to be weighed up beforehand – especially if you want to use the cell phone for a long time.


  • Faster processor
  • Phone charges fast
  • IP53
  • Endurance


  • Heating Problems
  • Performance collapses under load
  • big and heavy
  • no OLED display
  • no 5G

POCO X3 Pro: Design

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating for Design = 7.2/10

Visually, the Poco X3 Pro is very similar to the base model. The front also features a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a small hole for the front camera in the middle at the top edge. The power switch is on the right side at thumb height. It also houses the fingerprint sensor. The volume button is a few millimeters above it.

The back is constructed similarly. In the middle of the upper third there is an oval bulge that houses the rectangular camera module including the LED photo light. Underneath is the lettering “Poco”.

You can only visually distinguish between the Poco X3 NFC and the X3 Pro by their color. The Pro model is available in blue, black and “metal bronze”, the basic version only in blue and grey. The blue tone of the Pro version is also lighter than that of the NFC model.

Both cell phones are also protected against dust and water according to IP53 , which is rather a rarity in this price range. Like the base model, the Poco X3 Pro isn’t exactly dainty. With dimensions of 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 millimeters, it is even larger than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and, at 215 grams, similarly heavy despite the plastic back.

Small mobile phones are now a rarity even in the middle class in 2022.

POCO X3 Pro: Screen

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating for Screen = 7.3/10

As in the Poco X3 NFC, an LCD with a diagonal of 6.67 inches and a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels is still used. If you value a high-contrast OLED, you have to use the Poco F3 . Xiaomi shows with the Redmi Note 10that a crisp OLED is definitely possible for 200 euros. The screen in the Poco X3 Pro is not bad, the display is sharp and with activated 120 Hertz the high screen change frequency also ensures a pleasantly clear display with fast movements.

The touchscreen sampling rate is 240 Hertz. The dynamic adjustment to the requirements (you need full power for games, a low frequency is also sufficient when looking at photos) keeps the energy requirement in check.

Basically everything like the Poco X3 NFC with the difference that the display is now covered with Gorilla Glass 6 instead of 5. At 1506:1, the contrast is on the iPhone 11 level, and the brightness is only satisfactory at 552 nits per square meter (cd/m²). The Poco X3 NFC was a good 100 cd/m² brighter in the test and therefore also got the better intermediate mark for the screen.

There is also a lot in terms of color fidelity and color space coverage. The front camera in the display took satisfying selfies that turned out slightly better than the X3 NFC. The lens has a resolution of 20 megapixels and unlocks the cell phone via face recognition. Alternatively, the fingerprint sensor is disguised as a power button on the right side.

POCO X3 Pro: Performance and Processor

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating for Performance = 8.8/10

The processor in the Poco X3 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chip. Qualcomm’s 800 series marks particularly fast processors. In the benchmark comparison, the Xiaomi cell phone does not disappoint: In terms of performance, the cell phone will still be at the level of significantly more expensive devices such as the Galaxy A52s 5G in 2022.AnTuTu and Geekbench are tools for testing the performance of a smartphone’s hardware. Higher values ​​mean better results.

Unfortunately, the performance sometimes drops significantly under load. In order not to overheat, the Poco X3 Pro throttles its computing power. When the load is intense, only 71 percent of the actual computing power is available to you. In mobile games in particular, this can quickly become a disadvantage.

modelGeekbench (single core)Geekbench (Multi-Core)AnTuTu
ZTE Nubia Redmagic 71,242 points3,754 points1,045,538 points
realme GT2 Pro1,203 points3,543 points1,001,700 points
realme GT1,138 points3,572 points822,869 points
Black Shark 4 Pro1,138 points3,729 points841,297 points
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE1,090 points3,213 points762,238 points
Xiaomi Poco F3950 points2,957 points676,000 points
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G804 points2,903 points526,949 points
OnePlus North 2797 points2,482 points573,307 points
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G777 points2,804 points541,000 points
Apple iPhone SE (2020)1,319 points2,794 points463,869 points
Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro758 points2,726 points566,902 points
Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro687 points2,028 points397,876 points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G686 points1,958 points383,473 points
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G646 points1,909 points326,155 points
Fairphone 4 5G638 points1,881 points317,807 points

POCO X3 Pro: Battery

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating for Battery = 8.2/10

The Poco X3 Pro is powered by a 5,160 mAh battery. In the PCMark test, the lavishly dimensioned energy storage device achieved an average runtime of 12 hours and 56 minutes. This should allow the vast majority of users to get by for one and a half to two days without a power supply.

The cell phone does not offer a removable battery, but the battery of the Poco X3 Pro can be quickly recharged. In the test, the battery indicator jumped from 4 to 60 percentage points within 30 minutes. The battery was fully charged again in less than an hour. The cell phone is charged with a maximum of 33 watts, the Poco X3 Pro does not support wireless charging. Nevertheless, in terms of battery performance and charging speed, the cell phone is still up to date.

POCO X3 Pro Battery Test Comparison Video

POCO X3 Pro: Camera

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating for Camera = 7/10

The main camera of the X3 Pro uses the same sensor as the F3 (1.6 µm pixel size), which takes standard 12-megapixel photos from 48-megapixels using 4-in-1 pixel binning. And that doesn’t make Poco bad at all. In the mobile phone camera test , the X3 surprised with extremely good photos in daylight. The Poco X3 Pro was a bit weaker, but still good. In low light, the measurements of the Pro were slightly better.

There was a draw in the visual test. In good lighting, the X3 NFC was slightly ahead. And while we measured a shutter lag of 125 ms for the Pro, the X3 NFC was spotless with 0 ms.

POCO X3 Pro: Full Specs

Release Date2021, March 24
Out Price$249.00 / €207.00 / £179.10
Aspect Ratio and PPI20:9 ratio - 395 ppi density
Size6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~84.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
ColorsPhantom Black- Frost Blue - Metal Bronze
Dimensions165.3 • 76.8 • 9.4 mm (6.51 • 3.02 • 0.37 in)
Weight215 gr (7.58 oz)
MaterialGlass front (Gorilla Glass 6), plastic back
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
3.5mm JackYes
USB TypeUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
TechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
2G BandsGSM - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G BandsHSDPA - 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 - International
NavigationYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Network SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA)
SIM Card TypeHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Number of SIM Area2 SIM
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
FM RadioYes
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7 nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.96GHz Single-Core Kryo 485 Gold
2.42GHz Triple-Core Kryo 485 Gold
1.78GHz Quad-Core Kryo 485 Silver
GPUAdreno 640
Android VersionAndroid 11, MIUI 12.5 for POCO
RAM Capacity128GB 8GB RAM
Storage128GB (106GB available)
UFS 3.1
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
SD Card SlotmicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Battery Capacity5160 mAh
Battery TypeLi-Po
Charging Speed33W
Camera Specs
Image Resolution48 megapixels
Video Resolution and FPS4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps, gyro-EIS
Optical Stabilisation (OIS)No
FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Front Cam Resolution20 MP
Video Resolution and FPS1080p@30fps
FeaturesHDR, panorama

POCO X3 Pro: Conclusion

POCO X3 Pro: Our Rating General = 7.1/10

The Poco X3 Pro is a faster Poco X3 NFC with slightly better endurance. In terms of the camera and the display, however, it has no advantage. One would wish for a crisp OLED and 5G from a real “Pro”. The catch in the story is a smartphone with high processing power yet lacks of other specs such as camera quality and screen.

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