For some time we have been witnessing an almost epochal event in the technological field. While some companies are increasingly aiming to raise the price bar on top of the range, others try to offer an experience as satisfying as possible while remaining on much more affordable figures. Among these, therefore, we certainly find Xiaomi and, not long ago, POCO. The latter brand, in fact, has become independent, so in the coming years we will actually see something different than what the Chinese giant produced. In the meantime, however, we can be content with this too POCO M3, a truly low-cost device that promises to offer unrivaled value for money. We have tried it and we can actually tell you how it works within this Full review.
Review POCO M3
Already taking a first look at the sales package you can see a rather youthful style. Most likely, in fact, POCO will try to appeal to the youngest too, gradually offering more and more products suited to their needs. Beyond these assumptions, however, we note how the following components are found within this box:
- POCO M3;
- wall power supply, with European socket;
- USB / USB Type-C cable;
- pin for removing the SIM slot;
- soft transparent TPU cover;
- brief instruction manual;
- warranty certificate.
Design & Materials
There is no doubt that with this smartphone POCO wanted to give a touch of color to their series. Who knows if the brand will continue on this line in the future. In case it does, I personally would be really happy. Beyond this, however, I must say that the design of this device only half convinced me. Excellent back, which in addition to showing a rough surface that facilitates the grip also offers a photographic form rather particular, included in this black rectangle with the brand logo. Sometimes it's the details that make the difference and this smartphone confirms it. What I liked least, however, is the presence of one plastic strip quite visible that divides the front glass from the side frame. I understand that we are talking about a low-cost product, but I would always prefer to see more care in the implementation of such a component.
At the level of handling we are not there. POCO M3 measures 162,3 x 77,3 x 9,6 mm, With a weight of 198 grams. There are no conditions, therefore, for a comfortable and effective one-handed use. Almost like all competitive devices, therefore, it turns out to be rather bulky. Let's say that it is saved, in part, only thanks to the texture on the back which, as already mentioned, makes it easier to grip. I do not want to neglect, however, all the ports and various inputs present on this device. Taking a look on the right, in fact, we find the fingerprint sensor, which complements the On / off button, and the volume rocker. On the opposite side, however, there is space for the SIM slot that can hold at the same time two nano SIM and a microSD, to expand the internal memory up to 512GB.
As mentioned, on the back resides a photographic module consisting of three sensors and the single LED flash. Looking at the bottom, then, we find the main microphone, the entrance USB Type-C and the system speaker. Above, however, we have the second speaker, the second microphone for the suppression of ambient noise and the audio jack from 3,5mm.
There are basically two main unlocking systems: the fingerprint sensor and the face unlock.
As always, I strongly advise against using facial recognition, because it is poco precise and reliable. This, in fact, relies on one 2D scan of the face, via selfie camera, which therefore is not absolutely accurate in slightly more unfavorable light conditions. Removed this aspect, therefore, I believe that the scepter of the best unlocking method definitely goes to biometric sensor placed on the right frame. Like many other sensors mounted on Xiaomi's smartphones and POCO, in fact, this proved to be quite accurate and responsive. Even today I think that this solution is absolutely winning, also preferring it to the units that are mounted under the display.
Here we find a IPS LCD da 6,53 " with resolution FHD + (2.340 x 1.080 pixels) with form factor in 19,5: 9 and 395 ppi, protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Of course, there is also the TÜV Rheinland certification against the blue light of the screen.
Don't expect a display that will amaze you in this price range, being just enough. From the chromatic point of view, in fact, there are no major problems, except that the whites tend to slightly yellow and the blacks are really poco deep. Around the drop notch, then, there are some problems with light bleeding which, however, are common to all devices of this type. This is not a very bright unit, then, so in direct sunlight it is not always easy to view all the contents on the screen. Also thanks to an oleophobic treatment that leaves something to be desired. What convinced me most is the brightness sensor, which in fact always manages to correctly calibrate the panel exposure, even in the evening.
I never had any problems with the touchscreen, not even when writing. Indeed, I must say that the vibration system is pretty good, returning good feedback. Therefore, we will almost never go wrong in writing a text, losing very few letters.
Hardware & Performance
On board this POCO M3 resides a Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 662, therefore an octa-core CPU with 4 x Cortex-A73 2,0GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1,8GHz. To accompany this unity, then, we find 4GB of RAM LPDDR4X e 64GB of internal memory, of type UFS 2.1.
I do not want to reveal the price of this device yet, even if you are probably already aware of it. I can still tell you, however, that for what it costs it doesn't turn bad at all. Here, therefore, I refer to another product that I have had the opportunity to try poco long ago, that is I live Y20s. Even in that case, in fact, for a rather small amount, we had a solid terminal, well functioning and with all the credentials to satisfy almost any type of user. With POCO M3, therefore, this aspect remains identical, from every point of view. In fact, I did not notice a speed so different from that offered by the vivo device, being able to navigate safely on all the apps I usually use, such as Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Whatsapp, Telegram, YouTube e poco other. Obviously you run into which lag, not everything is as fluid as on any top of the range, but I could not have expected better performance at this figure.
In case you want to enjoy a video on Netflix, as well as on other streaming platforms, you can safely do it but without being able to enjoy the highest possible quality, given that the certification Widevine it's just kind L3. I cannot forget, however, another fundamental aspect, namely gaming. Although the user to whom this smartphone is aimed is not too attentive to this aspect, I still want to have my say on it. Thanks to Adreno GPU 610, therefore, it is possible to dabble only in simple games that require a rather low effort from this device. With Call of Duty MobileOn the other hand, the performances are not enough, making it very difficult to finish a classified game in a dignified manner, due to different lag and a rather low frame-rate.
POCO draws inspiration, inevitably, from Xiaomi regarding the software. In fact, on board this device there is space MIUI 12 (12.0.3), obviously based on Android 10. Unlike what is offered on Xiaomi-branded devices, however, here there was from the first moment the need to make the experience more unique, adopting a slightly different philosophy . We therefore find some small software-side precautions, such as the application drawer which can be divided into different sections.
If on the one hand, therefore, POCO M3 looks different than a Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, to name one, on the other hand it is also true that all system apps are absolutely identical. From the first start, therefore, it is possible to take advantage of the device with everything that is inside it, including the Google Apps which therefore make the experience with this product richer. Beyond these aspects, however, the system is fluid and all the various options present, which are really many, work in an excellent way.
There is no shortage of the app for managing the phone, as well as all the customization options that we are now used to seeing on MIUI 12. Those who switch to this device, perhaps from a Xiaomi, will not find themselves too confused with this device.
Taking a look at the back we notice the presence of three different sensors. We have, therefore, a main unit from 48MP with an aperture of f / 1.79, a 2MP (f / 2.4) for macro and another sensor from 2MP (f / 2.4) used for the calculation of depth of field.
Di day the photos are average, turning out pretty good. There is a good white balance and the colors are quite realistic. Furthermore, I did not notice excessive overexposure even in particularly strong light areas, a sign that the main sensor is able to maintain a good balance even in these situations. Unfortunately, a telephoto lens is missing and, more than anything else, a wide-angle sensor which on many occasions would have been useful. We therefore find a low-quality macro sensor and an additional lens for calculating the depth of field which, frankly, I consider superfluous.
When taking some pictures of notte the situation changes drastically. The photos, therefore, are characterized by excessive photographic noise and a really bad lighting management. As always, however, the Night Mode comes to the rescue in this case, which manages to compensate for all these defects, giving the shot a completely different quality. If there was not the possibility of taking advantage of the Night Mode, therefore, I could not do anything but reject the photos at night.
Frontally resides a camera from 8MP, with an aperture of f / 2.05, which also offers a bokeh mode via software. I must say that the photos I got are pretty good, easily shareable even on social networks. Unfortunately, at night the captured light is insufficient, so it is very difficult to obtain noteworthy shots, unless you take advantage of the illumination of some artificial light source.
Audio & Connectivity
Not missing a module Wi-Fi ac Dual Band, and on this price range this aspect is by no means trivial. I must say, therefore, that even in rather unfavorable conditions in the less covered corners of the house, the device managed to guarantee a minimum of connectivity. With regard to the LTE network, then, I can say that with the 4G of Fastweb I have never encountered any problems, always keeping the connection active and stable. Among other things, we also have the Bluetooth 5.0 FM radio, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo. What, unfortunately, has not been included is NFC. Most likely they will have thought that the user dedicated to this device does not use, although with the passage of time I believe it will become more and more useful.
Let's say that in this period I have made several voice calls and from the ear capsule I never felt any problem. You can hear the voice well, clearly, and also from the other side confirm these performances. What made me even more satisfied with this sector is the audio part, the one relating to the two speakers mounted on this unit. On a musical level, in fact, I must say that this smartphone surprised me by offering a good one stereo effect. The bass is not very marked, but on a product of this type it is nice to find such a feature. In case, however, you were in the midst of many people, you could easily connect your wired headphones via audio jack, completely isolating yourself from the outside world.
Under the body resides a unit from ben 6.000 mAh. Part of the weight of this device, therefore, is also attributable to such a large battery, which allows you to reach even more than one day of autonomy. I was amazed at what this unit can do, safely guaranteeing you even more than 7 hours of screen on, on a basis of two days of full use. Not bad, then, for a phone that presumably could also be used by people poco accustomed to the world of technology. Really consume poco in standby, so it could also last for days without the need for any recharge.
This device comes with a 22,5W wall power supply, although the device ultimately supports only i 18W. Therefore, to go from 10 to 100% it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Price & Conclusions
POCO M3 it is sold by Banggood at a price of poco more than 100 €. We are talking about an almost negligible figure, which until recently did not allow you to buy a smartphone with these characteristics and these performances. We have really taken giant steps in this regard, because even for less than 200 euros it is now possible to find phones on the market, like this M3, which allow you to do practically everything. Those looking for a complete device able to surf the internet without problems, using the usual everyday apps such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others, cannot fail to consider a device of this type. Don't be fooled by the name: it's not at all "POCOWhat it offers.
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