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Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC review – one of the best cheapest phones

POCO X3 NFC Smartphone
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Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC review

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Poco X3 NFC price and release date

As part of Xiaomi’s marketing strategy, the POCO brand was created as a separate independent entity in India by establishing an independent company, responsible for the market mid-range handsets as well as flagship smartphones to compete with OnePlus and Samsung. The POCO X3 was recently launched in India on 2020 September 22nd and achieved great success with 100,000 os unit sales in just three days. It’s sold in India at a retail price starting at ₹18,499 ($251USD) for the 128 GB / 6 GB RAM model. on other stores, including Aliexpress you can also find it in a price range of $220-290USD.


Positioning and price

The POCO X3 is positioned as one of the top affordable smartphones for the end of 2020 and possibly beyond, due to its excellent specification price-value ratio. The average price range for the high-end model with 6GB and 64GB starts at $250 and above, depending on the internal storage space configuration.

POCO X3 was initially designed from the Indian market. Xiaomi desire to become a key dominant player in India and worldwide as started to prove itself. The new handset comes with features every user would like to have such as the built-in NFC function, dual stereo speakers, large capacity 5160mAh battery and a great 64MP rear camera array, that is more than capable in producing above-average quality photos.


Specs and Highlights

  • OS/Software: MIUI 12 (Android 10.0)
  • Chipset: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G, Adreno 618 GPU
  • Display – 6.67″-inch display, 10-Points Touch Bright, and clear display in resolution of 2400x1080px with Refresh rate 120 Hz and brightness 450 nits.
  • Memory & Storage: 6GB/8GB RAM – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage.
  • Sony IMX682 rear camera with a 64Mp sensor takes great pictures, and the 20Mp front camera is designed for selfies.
  • MicroSD slot – Yes, Expandable storage up to 256GB.
  • IR blaster – Yes
  • IP53 splash-proof – Yes
  • Available colours: Cobalt Blue, Shadow Gray.
  • A standard 3.5mm headphone jack – Yes
  • Built-in NFC – Yes
  • FM Radio – Yes
  • Battery: Li-Po 5160 mAh Large Capacity Battery with Fast charging 33W.
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, a compass.

Specification:

Release StatusRelease 2020, Sep
ProcessorOcta-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
ChipsetQualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G (8 nm)
GPUAdreno 618
RAM & Storage64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, UFS 2.1
External StoragemicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
OSAndroid 10, MIUI 12
BatteryLi-Po 5160 mAh, non-removable battery
Fast charging 33W, 62% in 30 min, 100% in 65 min (advertised)
Display size6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~84.6% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Display typeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
FeaturesCorning Gorilla Glass 5
HDR10
120Hz refresh rate
450 nits typ. brightness (advertised)
Dimension165.3  x  76.8  x  9.4 mm
Weight215 g (7.58 oz)
Body TypeGlass front (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame, plastic back
Water-repellent coating
ColorsCobalt Blue, Shadow Gray
Connectivity
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Data SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.1, A2DP, LE
NFCYes
InfraredYes
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
RadioFM radio, recording
Rear CameraQuad: 64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 13 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm + 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) + 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Front Camera20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
Video[email protected], [email protected]/120fps, [email protected]; gyro-EIS
Selfie: [email protected]
FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Selfie: HDR
Loud SpeakerYes, with stereo speakers
Sound JackYes
24-bit/192kHz audio
RadioFM radio, recording

Package(s)

  • Xiaomi POCO X3 Pkg 1
    Xiaomi POCO X3 Package - PIC 1 of 5
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  • Xiaomi POCO X3 Pkg 4
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  • Xiaomi POCO X3 Pkg 5
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Accessories Package

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What’s in the box

  • 1x POCO X3.
  • 1x TPU protective case.
  • 1x USB Type-C Cable.
  • 1x Warranty booklet.
  • 1x User guide.
  • 1x Charger.
  • 1x SIM eject tool.

POCO X3 | Unboxing All Items

  • POCO X3
    POCO X3 Unboxing | Main Package

POCO X3 | All Items

Xiaomi POCO X3 Items
Xiaomi POCO X3 Items

Design, materials, build quality

The POCO X3 Materials

The POCO X3 smartphone is made from an aluminium frame. For the display, Xiaomi used an impressive 2.5D curved glass screen combined with Gorilla Glass 5 protection that helps protect the device from scratch and short distance drops.

As for the back cover, Xiaomi made it completely from a very high-quality plastic material in three main colours: cobalt blue, and shadow Gray with an imprint of the POCO brand name.

Most likely, that the weight consideration was a key consideration because the rear camera array also carries some extra weight to the device, something that Xiaomi most likely wanted to avoid, and still keep the device considerably light. The POCO X3 weight without any sim or case weighs exactly 220 g. Some users would find it pretty heavy to carry, but again it’s a matter of personal convenience.

POCO X3 Weight
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The POCO X3 Design

In the design arena, we noticed the camera array located on the back of the phone that doesn’t give the device a very elegant clean look and sticks out in about 3 mm. If you buy the POCO X3 you would know that buying a good protective case is a real necessity. It will help protect the camera lens from drops and scratches.

The POCO X3 Build Quality

Excellent as with most of Xiaomi products. We didn’t find any flaws or problems in the design. The build quality looked very well and when holding the phone, we felt like holding an expensive premium device.

Xiaomi POCO X 3 | Full view


Display

The POCO X3 comes with a sharp 10-Points scratch-resistant LCD type display in resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with a density of 395ppi, 20:9 ratio, and a screen diagonal of 6.66 inches. It supports high refresh rates from 60Hz up to 120MHz. If needed, you can manually control the refresh settings under display settings section and probably squeeze some extra battery life.

The POCO X3 squared elongated shape display makes it very easy to hold and operate the phone in just one hand. Besides, Xiaomi also integrated a light sensor that works pretty good in automatically adjusting the display brightness level according to different environmental conditions those helping to save power.

Another key element related to the design of the display is the 20 MP, f/2.2 selfie camera with Hole-punch Notch design, which gives the phone a great elegant look we really liked.

Xiaomi POCO X3 Display 1
Xiaomi POCO X3 Display 1
Xiaomi POCO X3 Display 2
Xiaomi POCO X3 Display 2
POCO X3 Touch Screen
POCO X3 – 10 Points Touch Display

Hardware and performance

The POCO X3 is powered by a Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G processor dedicated to the smartphone sector, it has a total of 8 cores: two cortex-A76 cores capable of operating at a peak frequency of 1.80GHz and additional six Cortex-A55 cores working at a maximum frequency of 2.30GHz.

POCO X3 | CPU-Z System information

POCO X3 Hardware
POCO X3 Hardware
POCO X3 Antutu
POCO X3 Antutu

Designed for Gaming

At the heart of the POCO X3, you will find a Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU designed for upper mid-range users. To improve the gaming experience, Xiaomi included a special game boost feature that works with few popular games that were also pre-installed in MIUI software such as Block Puzzle Guardian, Bouble shooter with friends, Bubble story, Tile Fun, Block Puzzle Guardian, Crazy Juicer, and Dust settle.


Charging & Battery life

The POCO X3 comes with a large capacity non-removable battery Li-Po 5160 mAh battery can potentially that last up to 2-day in moderate use. In our opinion, the battery life is closer to a day in normal usage. Xiaomi used an LCD that consumes quite an amount of power instead of choosing an AMOLED display. Xiaomi also included their Cleaner app and battery power management tools that help clean temporary Internet files, cookies, history, memory, redundant and cache files.

Charging Time

Another important feature we found is fast-charging 33W support. Poco X2 has 33W fast charging over Power Delivery standards. It has three charging profiles at 5V 3A, 9V 3A and 12V 2.5A. According to our test, after fully discharging the battery it took exactly 60 minutes to charge the POCO X3 phone to %100 capacity.

POCO X3 Charger

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Battery life

POCO X3 comes with an exceptionally high capacity Li-Po 5160 battery that will last you about a day (depending on the type of usage). In a very modest usage with some browsing and IM with display brightness set manually to ~%25, the power consumption for %55 was 2855mAh with a very respectful time on Screen of 6h 53m. Keep in mind that with more aggressive power management settings, you will most like can achieve up to 7h of time on screen.

POCO X3 | Battery Power Consumption

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  • POCO X3 Battery 2
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Cameras

At the core of the POCO X3 quad-camera array, you will find a Sony IMX682 sensor with an aperture of f/1.89, along with additional three sensors for ultrawide, macro and depts photography. For the front selfie camera, Xiaomi implementer a 20MP camera with an aperture of f/2.22 that produces pretty decent quality photos.

Main (Back) Camera:

  • 64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF.
  • 13 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro).
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth).

Selfie Camera: 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm


What quality photos can you expect?

Optimal light conditions

In optimal light conditions, you can expect the POCO X3 to produce high-quality photos, nor less than those you can find in high-end smartphones. Based on our tests, the main 64 MP camera performance was pretty impressive and responded very fast when focusing on photographed objects.

Low light conditions

As expected, in low light conditions the POCO X3 64MP camera preformed pretty much as most mid-range smartphones, producing average quality photos. Again, being realistic, you should not expect a $250+ device to have the same level of optics as in a $500 premium smartphone. Having said that, The quality of the shots also depends on the specific light conditions. With the right conditions with just using street lighting without any flash assistance, we managed to produce some good photos.

Zoom Factor

The POCO X3 support optical zoom with a scale factor of x0.6,1x and x2. Beyond those values between x4 up to x5, you will still be able to take good decent shots, but when the zoom factor is increased using digital zoom, the shots will look less Impressive.

POCO X3 | Zoom shots of a building: x0.6 / 1x / x2


Xiaomi POCO X3 Camera samples

Day Samples

Night Samples

POCO X3 | Macro Shots (Daylight)

POCO X3 | Selfie (Daylight)


Video Recording

POCO X3 supports four recording mode: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] The rear camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) to counteract camera shakes. It works best in walking on a bumpy road or another type of light usage. Overall, our video experience was excellent.

Video Sample | [email protected]

Video Sample | [email protected]


Poco X3 vs Huawei P20 Main Camera

For reference, we tested the Huawei P20 phone with above descent quality 20MP as the main camera against the POCO X3 64MP camera. Although both devices use different camera sensors, the results were pretty supersizing and if we can honestly say that both phones are almost equal in terms of the quality of shots with a slight advantage for Huawei P20 device in producing more natural with less intense colours compared to the POCO X3.

Test Sample – 1 of 4 (Indoors)

X3
P20

Test Sample – 2 of 4 (Outdoors)

X3 1
P20 1

Test Sample – 3 of 4 (Outdoors)

X3 2
P20 2

Test Sample – 4 of 4 (Outdoors)

X3 3 scaled
P20 3 scaled

Sound

Experience listing to music with the POCO X3 was good. Its most likely you would not find almost if any dual stereo speakers systems in a $250+ smartphones. From our impression, the POCO X3 sound quality was good and reasonably loud.


Biometric unlocking

Xiaomi implemented a fast response side-mounted fingerprint sensor within the power on/off button, located on the right side of the POCO X3 just beneath volume rocker buttons. It’s a very comfortable having the fingerprint sensor on the side, because it’s very accessible within one handgrip, instead of trying to reach the sensor on the front or back of the phone.

POCO X3 | Control Buttons

POCO X3 Buttons
POCO X3 – Phone Control Buttons

Firmware and software

Xiaomi did a great job designing the MIUI 12.0.X, which is a very responsive user interface packed with tons of interesting features built on top of Android 10.0 OS. Our experience using the MIUI was nothing excellent, and everything worked very smooth.

How to Remove Unwanted Ads from MIUI 12

As part of Android OS, Xiaomi decided to implement googles advertisement recommendation engine that pushes unnecessary advertisement into few of MIUI system app. If you want to disable Google ads recommendation feature, you can do it in few steps:

Step #1 – Disabling msa Service:

Settings>password and security>Authorization & revocation and set msa off. Now, you will have to wait 10 seconds before you can tap Revoke.

Step #2 – Disabling Ads inside all MIUI system Apps:

Navigate to..Option to Disable
Cleaner> SettingsReceive recommendations.
Music>Settings>Advanced settingsShow ads
Online content services
Downloads>SettingsShow recommended content.
File Manager>Settings>AboutRecommendations
Mi Video> Profile option> SettingsPersonalized recommendations.
Themes>My page>SettingsRecommendations

Step #3 – Under Settings>Privacy> Ads enable Opt out Ads Personalization

Step #4 Removing advertising during apps launch: Just after installing any App click the upper right Settings button and disable Receive recommendations.


Other useful features

IR Blaster

Among the standard sensors you can find in most smartphones, Xiaomi also included an IR Blaster that lets you use your phone as a universal remote control unit. Using ‘Mi Remote’ app, you can control a wide selection of home electronic appliances such as AC, Cameras, TVs, and Fans based categories and manufacturer name.

Xiaomi also included Mi TV/Mi TV Box in the list of manufacturers. The IR blaster is not a must-have type of feature to have inside a smartphone. However, still, it’s nice to have it, especially if for some reason you lost your Mi Box remote control, and you don’t have any immediate alternatives to operate your device.

POCO X3 |Appliances list by categories (IR Blaster Apps)

POCO X3 IR Blaster
POCO X3 IR Blaster

IR Blaster App| Set-top box remote c. virtual keys layout

Xiaomi POCO X3 IR Blaster
Xiaomi POCO X3 IR Blaster

FM Radio App

The POCO X3 Radio App is easy to operate. It offers manual and automatic and manual radio stations presetting with recording option. Although, it’s less recommended we were able to receive a few radio stations without plugging an earphone to the phone 3.5 mm headphone jack.

POCO X3 | Radio App

POCO X3 Radio
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NFC

Also included NFC support inside the POCO X3. You can surely say its the amongst top highlight of this phone, becoming more popular worldwide. NFC secure technology is a real necessity when used in a wide selection of electronic wallet applications.


Verdict

POCO X3 is a superb high-value handest we definitely recommend buying. It has all the functions most users would ever possibly need and more, including NFC support at a super low price tag.

On the less positive side, you should consider twice when buying it for a young teenager that might not like the idea of carrying a 220gr smartphone that can accidentally drop the phone and cause damage to the back camera lens. Having said that, if you do choose to buy it, picking a high-quality rigid type case will provide excellent protection for this phone and is a real necessity.


Where can I buy the Xiaomi POCO X3 ?

If you find this smartphone very cool and affordable as we did, you are welcome to check more details on Banggood Official store link posted below:

Discount Coupon: BGPX3
Final Price: $229
Expiration date: 10.31

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

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Design
Build Quality
Value for Money
NFC
Cameras
IR Blaster
Battery Life

Summary

Cons:
– Weight ( 220 grams ).
– Grainy photos under low-light conditions.

Pros:
– More pros vs cons.

4.6

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