Pocophone F1. Little F2 Pro. Little X3. These are the Xiaomi Poco models that precede the M3. Phones that are not only great terminals, but have also exploded the mobile market in Spain in the 300 range, the one most sought by the national consumer. However, the family was missing something: an entry range, even cheaper.
It seemed difficult that Little could be overcome, especially after the bombings that supposed the F1 and the F2. But everything points to the Chinese company hitting the key again thanks to Poco M3 and its breakthrough price: 169 euros. In its highest version, in addition; the most basic version costs even less and does not exceed the 150 euros.
A ridiculous price for everything it offers. By outlay it should go on the shelves of the low-medium range. However, we have tested it in depth and we can say – without fear of being wrong – that this mobile solves one of the great problems of low-end Android phones: It has no limits despite the price.
Reimagine a good design
When it comes to low cost, we can expect to find two main problems with these devices. On the one hand low quality construction materials and a rather good design ugly. It is logical, it is one of the last questions that a user would look for in a cheap phone. However, the Poco M3 completely breaks that concept.
Because Poco has wanted to give personality to a phone that, presumably, should last many years in the hands of its owner. No glass or metal; the body is done in plastic, and that’s good news. It helps make the phone lighter and more portable (despite its huge battery) and also keeps it from getting dirty all the time.
Plastic, on the other hand, it is of great quality. Little, and by extension Xiaomi, has always had a good job in building its devices and this is no exception. It feels good, light and slim, and has a very premium for the price we have in hand. By the way, the plastic is rough, increasing the feeling of grip.
If we focus on the purely aesthetic, again we find this commitment to personality. The screen bezels, usually forgotten in these price ranges, they are thin (except the lower one) and opt for a design of notch drop type. The main protagonist is the plastic part attached to the three-camera module, on which we have the Poco logo.
Far from powerfully reminding us of a crew member from the popular video game Among Us, We think this design is cool in all respects. We’re not getting rid of the bulge in the cameras that the iPhone 11 started, but at least it’s hidden and aesthetic in its own way. Undoubtedly, This Poco M3 has opted for a disruptive design, and these days it is something to be appreciated.
Our biggest problem with cheap phones is the cuts, but not because they shouldn’t be done; in the end the manufacturer must make a profit. Disaster comes when you cut them there are too many. In the case of the Poco M3, we find a surprisingly low amount of cuts, which are quickly compensated by some great additions.
Poco and Xiaomi have wanted that whoever takes this phone, is not excessively limited. The 6.53-inch screen is Full HD +, and instead of micro-USB we have USB-C at the bottom. Yes, the fingerprint reader is on the side, but we have it and it works perfectly. While it is true that the screen, for its part, does not have high refresh rates it does have good color reproduction and good brightness outdoors.
The processor is mid-range and is not signed by MediaTek, but by Qualcomm. A Snapdragon 662 that will be enough for practically all the tasks that we throw at the phone, even games.
At the top of the phone we have the three cameras, with a 48 megapixel main sensor and a classic configuration of depth and macro sensors. The front camera is 8 megapixels and works with the sufficient quality required of a device of this price, just like its rear sisters. We even have a 3.5mm infrared jack!
But the characteristic for which it stands out is, without a doubt, its monstrous 6,000 mAh battery, with fast charging of 18W. The battery is camouflaged in weight by the materials chosen by the phone and fortunately does not make the device particularly cumbersome to use. In return, we take one of the best autonomies on the market in our pockets.
Even a demanding user will have excellent autonomy of more than a day and a half. If we do not demand much of the Poco M3, the autonomy will be easily extended at the two days, even more. Needless to say, it’s a real pleasure to get rid of the charger, and let the device work without worrying about reaching the end of the day.
As a curiosity, the Poco M3 includes a charger with a faster charge than the phone supports, 22.5W. A clear nod to the trend of manufacturers to include chargers with lower power than their phones support … or to remove the charger directly.
As we can see, Poco has not left anything in the pipeline and has provided the user with all the advantages of a mid-range phone below 200 euros. In fact, we’ve only experienced one problem: performance. And it is that despite wearing a decent processor, we have experienced some problems such as jerks and lags in the system, MIUI 12, the latest version of Xiaomi operating system.
However, everything indicates that this is an optimization problem and not so much the processor, especially speaking of Qualcomm. More than likely will be resolved in future updates of software.
It is very common that below 200 euros we find devices difficult to recommend on Android. Xiaomi, in fact, is a specialist in covering the range from 200 upwards of absolutely insane terminals when it comes to value for money. But if we don’t want to complicate our heads, this Poco M3 it is without a doubt the option to choose.
We do not believe that there are better alternatives (unless we look at previous generations). It gives us everything we need and more, and obviates the limitations that other manufacturers would have imposed in order to reduce costs in an industry that is increasingly expensive to maintain. If you are looking for an Android mobile for less than 200 euros, do not hesitate; the Poco M3 is one of the best purchases you can make right now.
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