POCO M3

Launch Date : 2 February, 2021
POCO M3
10,999
Highlights
  • 64GB, 128GB Storage / 6GB RAM
  • 48MP + 2MP + 2MP AI Triple Camera, 8 MP Front Camera
  • 6.53 inches 1080 x 2340 pixels, Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11nm), Octa Core
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 6000 mAh battery
64GB ROM

POCO M3: Specs Score

  • 3.5
    Camera
  • 4
    Battery
  • 3.7
    Display
  • 3.5
    Value for Money
  • 3.5
    Performance
Rated at 74.25%
  • Display: 3.7/5
    6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • Camera : 3.5/5
    Triple cameras at the rear with 48MP
  • Processor : 3.5/5
    Optimized for gaming in affordable smartphones
  • Battery : 4/5
    Massive 6000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • RAM : 3.5/5
    Limited 4GB RAM for multitasking
  • Storage : 4/5
    Dedicated microSD card slot
  • 4G/5G : 4/5
    Lacks 5G support.

POCO M3: TOP COMPETITORS

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POCO M3: Price

POCO M3: Review

Pros
  • Funky design
  • Massive 6,000 mAh battery
  • Efficient processor
Cons
  • No ultra-wide-angle lens

Poco M3: Design

The Poco M3 is the latest mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi's spin-off brand Poco. The device comes with a colorful back panel, which is made using plastic. Due to the properties of plastic, the Poco M3 comes out as a smudge-free fingerprint-free smartphone. However, it is susceptible to scratches if not used properly. The smartphone has a 6.53-inch display with FHD+ resolution. This is an IPS LCD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate, and the display is protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass. From the unique camera module to the colorful back panel, the Poco M3 is definitely a unique looking mid-range smartphone.

Poco M3: Hardware Performance

The Poco M3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core SoC based on 11nm fabrication. The device comes with 6GB RAM and 64/128GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for additional storage expansion. The device can handle normal day-to-day tasks without any issue, and it should also be able to handle games like COD: Mobile or FAU-G without any issue.

Poco M3: Camera Performance

The Poco M3 offers a triple camera setup at the back with a 48MP primary camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. At the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera. Though the device has a triple camera setup, it does not have a dedicated ultra-wide angle lens, which is a bummer. The primary sensor can shoot bright photos in day-light situations and captures 12MP images using pixel binning technology.

Poco M3: Price To Specs Ratio

The Poco M3 costs Rs. 9,999 for the base model (for a limited time), and it is a well-priced device for the features, and the specs sheet the Poco M3 offers. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs. 10,000, the device has everything one might want from a smartphone, including a massive battery, FHD resolution display, a trendy design, and more.

Poco M3: Important Features/Highlights

The Poco M3 comes with a massive 6,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Given the energy-efficient processor, the Poco M3 can easily last for more than one and a half-day on a single charge. Poco M3 can also be used as a power bank to charge other smartphones or electronic devices.

Verdict

The Poco M3 is a good mid-range smartphone aimed towards enthusiasts who are on a short budget. Just like every other smartphone, the Poco M3 is priced aggressively and is a good device for first-time smartphone buyers.

POCO M3: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android 10
Custom UI MIUI 12
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual Sim
Colours Cool Blue, Power Black, POCO yellow
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Global Release Date November, 2020
Indian Release Date 2 February, 2021
BODY
Dimensions 162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm
Weight 198 g
Body Material Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.53 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Form Factor Touch
PROCESSOR
Chipset Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (Quad 2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs)
GPU Adreno 610
STORAGE
Internal Storage 64 GB (UFS 2.1) Storage
RAM 6 GB (LPDDR4X) RAM
External Storage up to 512 GB
Card Slot microSD Card (dedicated slot)
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 48 MP (f/1.79,rear) + 2 MP (f/2.4,macro) + 2 MP (f/2.4,depth) AI Triple Camera with LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP (f/2.1,wide) Front Camera
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
Camera Features HDR, Portrait, Panorama
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, FLAC, APE, DSF, M4A, AAC, OGG, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB
Video Player MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, WMV, WEBM, 3GP, 3G2, ASF
Games Yes
FM Radio Yes
Speakers Yes, Stereo speakers
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non Removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Stand by Up to 583 hrs
Talk time Up to 40 hrs
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE
Infrared Port Yes
USB USB Type-C, USB OTG
GPS Facility Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Browser HTML5
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint sensor (Side-Mounted), IR sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Other Features 18W Quickcharing, Face unlock
Videos

POCO M3: FaQs

  • Should I buy the Poco M3?

    If you are looking for a budget phone with a huge battery that can also handle high-end games then can go for the Poco M3. However, for camera enthusiasts, it will not be a good choice as it does not offer ultra-wide-lens but you can get a 48MP main camera.

  • What is the capacity of the battery on the Poco M3?

    The phone packs a 6,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

  • What is the integrated processor in the Poco M3?

    The smartphone runs the Snapdragon 662 processor.

  • Is there a fingerprint reader on the Poco M3?

    Yes, the smartphone features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

  • What are the Poco M3 advantages & disadvantages?

    The advantage is the massive 6,000 mAh battery, expandable storage, while the disadvantage is that the Poco M3 does not have any ultra-wide-lens.

  • Poco M3 alternatives?

    The Realme 7i, and the Galaxy M11 can be considered as the Poco M3 alternatives.

  • How is the Poco M3 selfie camera?

    It has 8MP selfie shooter with an aperture of f/2.05.

  • Does the Poco M3 support the 5G network?

    No, the smartphone doesn't support the 5G network.

  • What is the screen size of the Poco M3?

    The Poco M3 features a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 1080 × 2340 screen resolution.

  • What is the Android version on the Poco M3?

    The Poco M3 runs on Android 10 with MIUI 12 for Poco on top.

How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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