If you have been waiting for the successor of the “flagship killer” Poco F1, you’ll have to wait longer. Poco has instead launched the mid-range Poco X3 which joins the Poco X2 in the same series. Unlike some other recent Poco smartphones that borrow their design from their Redmi cousins, the Poco X3 has a fresh design. It also boasts of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC which is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 730G that powers the Poco X2. On top of that, you get a big 6,000mAh battery, and all.
Poco has gone ahead with a fresh design for the Poco X3 ₹ 16,999, and it does not look like any Redmi model that’s already in the market. Compared to the Poco X2 ₹ 18,999 (Review), the new X3 loses the dual selfie cameras and has a single one instead, positioned right in the centre towards the top of the smartphone. Poco hasn’t changed anything about the display though, and you still get a 6.67-inch panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. High refresh rates are slowly becoming common in the budget segment, and if you game a lot on your smartphone, this should interest you. The borders around the display are thin but the camera hole could be distracting for a few people.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Poco launching the X3 so soon after its predecessor. The Poco X2 was launched about seven months ago and managed to make a mark with what it had on offer. Poco hasn’t changed much about the formula; you still get a big full-HD+ display with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate. It doesn’t switch refresh rates automatically, but lets you choose between 60Hz and 120Hz. I had it set to the latter all the time which helped the Poco X3 deliver a smooth visual experience. The panel also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate and the X3 is quick to respond to your actions.
The Poco X3 has powerful enough hardware to deliver good performance, and I did not face any issues while using it. The X3 is quick to load apps and games, and it is capable of multitasking very easily. I enjoyed watching videos on the Poco X3 as the display has good viewing angles and the stereo speakers do enhance the experience. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick, and face recognition only needed a quick glance to unlock the device.
The Poco X3 has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.89 aperture, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a depth sensor. At the front, it has a single 20-megapixel selfie shooter. The camera app is easy to use and has multiple shooting modes that you can choose from.