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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?
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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
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 375 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for Notebookinfo.de, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 366 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-05-27 (Update: 2021-05-27)