Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: All You Have to Know

Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: All You Have to Know
 
 
 
 

It's not every time you come across a powerful smartphone with great hardware, yet at a low cost. The Xiaomi Poco F3 is one of those phones, and it shines in many places. While it has a couple of shortcomings, it's one of the finest mid-range phones you can buy. The Poco F3 comes hot on the heels of last year’s Poco X3 NFC and brings out some impressive features, including a faster processor and excellent display. But, is Xiaomi Poco F3 the most powerful Android phone in its price bracket? Keep reading to find out.


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Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Price and Availability

The Xiaomi Poco F3 was launched earlier this year on March 22, 2021, alongside the cheaper Poco X3 Pro. It’s a spectacular phone with high-end features, making it the closest follow-up to the Pocophone F1 (Poco F1) we’ve seen.

It went on sale in the UK on April 12, with prices starting from £329 (approximately $450, AU$590) for the model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Upgrade to the 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and the price goes up to £349 (around $480, AU$625).

The price range puts the Poco F3 in the same league of phones like Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the Pixel 4a.

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Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Design

Although it's made with a plastic frame sandwiched between glass layers, the Poco F3 has a distinct design that’s appealing. It has a completely flat screen display at the front and sports a beautiful curvy shape at the back. The expansive screen and gentle curves make it comfortable and easy to use the phone when texting.

The phone is relatively thin at 8mm, however, it's quite large in terms of height and width, measuring 163.7 x 76.4mm. The 6.67-inch screen dominates the front of the handset with barely any bezels. It has a shiny finish at the back that is attractive, but it’s a fingerprint magnet.

At the front, there’s a central punch-hole camera featuring a shiny surround, which can be off-putting to some people. It supports dual SIM cards but doesn’t come with a slot for a microSD card. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also missing, meaning you have to resort to wireless headphones.

Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Display

As previously mentioned, the Xiaomi Poco F3 comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2400p resolution, 1300 nits peak brightness, and 120Hz refresh rate. The OLED panel and Full HD+ resolution give sharp and bright images and videos, although not to the level of QuadHD panels.

It supports HDR10 and 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage. The high refresh rate means smooth scrolling, and you can turn on the MEMC mode that upscales lower refresh rate videos. It also features a 360Hz touch sampling rate that enhances the responsiveness of your touch inputs, which gamers will find handy.

The expansive display is flanked by extremely thin bezels, giving you more viewing space. You get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner built into the power button, which is extremely fast and responsive.

Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Software and Performance

The Xiaomi Poco F3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 processor, which when combined with 6GB/8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, is powerful enough to satiate any kind of user. It also supports and up to 256GB of storage.

No doubt the phone can handle gaming without breaking a sweat. The only downside is that all that power is kneecapped by the software, Xiaomi MIUI 12, which has some serious flaws. From random reboots to disappearing/reappearing notifications to the refresh rate switching unsolicited from 60Hz to 120Hz, the software needs some work. Even the brightness drops dramatically when the phone is put to heavy use.

To make matters worse, the in-system advertisements popup on the phone randomly and can be quite annoying. No one wants bloatware in this day and age.

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Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Battery Life

The Xiaomi Poco F3 comes with a 4,520mAh battery that lasts a day with intensive usage. It’s the same capacity you get with the likes of the OnePlus 9 Pro. The phone does come with a battery management system to help increase the battery life. However, using battery management may lead to missing some important notifications, unless you allow your favorite apps to keep running.

You get a 33W charger in the box that can juice up to 100 percent in less than an hour. Poco F3 doesn't support wireless charging.

Xiaomi Poco F3 Review: Camera

The Xiaomi Poco F3 features a triple camera system, which takes decent photos for the price. The camera’s main 48MP shooter takes great but not terrific images. It's based on a Sony IMX582 sensor with an f/1.8 lens and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). There’s an 8MP f/2.2. ultra-wide and a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera.

The quality of images taken by the Poco F3’s camera was just okay, and the cameras seemed to function pretty well in daylight. However, it doesn’t capture that much detail compared to Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. The ultra-wide camera isn’t the best either. It alters colors compared to the main sensor, and shots can be blurry, probably due to lack of stabilization.

As for selfies, you get a 20MP f/2.5 front camera, which takes pretty amazing shots in good lighting.

Verdict

The Xiaomi Poco F3 is an affordable phone with a powerful performance at such a market price. It's fast, responsive, and packs a full-day battery. While the cameras aren't that great, it’s a phone many people will like.

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