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Xiaomi Poco F3: The new king of the mid-range?

Poco F3: A lot of smartphone for little money.
Poco F3: A lot of smartphone for little money.
Xiaomi offers a whole range of high-end specifications in the Poco F3, starting with the 120 Hz OLED display up to the Snapdragon 870. In addition, there's a powerful battery with fast-charging technology, dual speakers, a triple-camera setup, fast Wi-Fi, and 5G. Is that enough?

Xiaomi calls the Poco F3 a real beast, and this doesn't only allude to the fast processor but also to the fast AMOLED display. The latter has a high refresh rate of 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360 Hz, values that are even sufficient for a gaming smartphone. The high brightness of up to 1,300 cd/m² is mostly found in much more expensive high-end smartphones. Dual speakers, a 4,520 mAh battery, a triple-camera setup, 6/8 GB of RAM, as well as 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage round off the overall package in a promising way. The price is the cherry on top, since you'll have to pay around $384 or $419, depending on the storage configuration.

But is this really enough to earn such a grandiose title? In direct comparison with the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, of which the predecessor was one of the best-selling smartphones in 2020 and is now at the same price level, the Poco F3 mainly offers much higher performance and a brighter display. However, that's about it. Apart from that, the Galaxy smartphone is better equipped. Starting with the more modern and better triple camera, the IP67 certification, microSD support and audio jack, up to the promise of long-term updates.

Above all, the IR blaster and the fast Snapdragon 870 are the real advantages of the Poco F3. Especially for users who like to play games, the Xiaomi smartphone is the better choice.

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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-05-27 (Update: 2021-05-27)