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Poco X3: Not a smartphone for everyone despite the top equipment

Poco X3
Poco X3
With the Poco X3, Xiaomi presents a small price-performance wonder for less than 230 Euros (~$272). The smartphone presents itself very complete and even offers modern equipment features such as a 120-Hz display and a Snapdragon 732G. However, it still has its weaknesses.

The Poco X3 NFC is run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G with 6 GB of working memory. In addition, you can choose 64 or 128 GB of internal UFS storage that can also be expanded via microSD card. This also shows that Xiaomi did not cut corners in the wrong places, since there is exFAT support for the additional storage, HD and HDR support for the display, a low-noise audio port, and an FM radio. Furthermore, at this point the high display refresh rate of 120 Hz is unique in this price class.

The quad-camera system offers a 64-MP sensor that should allow you to take good pictures. However, they remain behind our expectations and are often slightly poor in detail. In very bright light, the ultra wide-angle lens also shows some weaknesses, generating some chromatic aberrations. While the specs of the macro and depth sharpness lens look good on paper, they don't offer any additional value worth mentioning. A positive point is the full access of the camera API, so that nothing should prevent you from using alternative apps or mods.

However, the largest complaint goes to the display, since the use of Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) should make this a deal breaker for some users. And while the HDR10 support is nice on paper, in practice the panel is neither bright enough nor is the contrast high enough to show this effect off to its best advantage.

On the other hand, Xiaomi also does many things right, offering one of the best smartphones in its class with the Poco X3, which comes equipped with many features that are otherwise reserved for more expensive devices. 

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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-10-17 (Update: 2020-10-15)