Realme 8 5G vs POCO M3 Pro vs. POCO X3 Pro: which is the best smartphone under 200 euros?

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Currently, right in the first half of the 2021, we are seeing the rise of so many interesting products. I am not speaking, therefore, of the various premium devices that over the weeks are increasingly defining this year's line-up, but above all of the lower-end devices. To date, in fact, even these phones can guarantee noteworthy performance, even with a list price that is often less than 200 euros. Moreover, then, the performances are remarkable and the hardware equipment of all respect. It is no coincidence, therefore, that some of these products also implement the 5G connectivity, a feature that will take root more and more in the coming years. Most likely now you can even do without it, but how could things change in a few months? No one is aware of it, so perhaps it is better to start with an advantage by choosing to buy one of these new smartphones, which probably represent the best solution in the Android field. Therefore, the challenge is played between Realme 8 5G, POCO M3 Pro e POCO X3 Pro, all devices that we have already spoken extensively but that until now we had never put to comparison. Lets Go!

Realme 8 5G vs POCO M3 Pro vs. POCO X3 Pro: which is the best?

Unboxing

Let's say that in this respect the various devices do not differ that much, showing at the end the same sales equipment. In the comparison, in fact, we find two home devices POCO which, even in terms of the design of the package, are identical. It does not differ much, however, not even Realme 8 5G which in terms of packaging is very similar to the other two models. Within these packages, therefore, we find:

  • Realme 8 5G, POCO X3 Pro, POCO M3 Pro;
  • USB / USB Type-C cable for charging and data transfer;
  • wall-mounted power supply with European socket;
  • short instruction manual, also in Italian;
  • pin for removing the SIM slot;
  • soft TPU cover, transparent;
  • warranty certificate.

Design & Materials

  • POCO X3 Pro: 165,3 x 76,8 x 9,4 mm with a weight of about 215 grams;
  • Realme 8 5G: 162,5 x 74,8 x 8,5 mm with a weight of about 185 grams;
  • POCO M3 Pro: 161,81 x 75,34 x 8,92 mm with a weight of about 190 grams.

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Analyzing for a moment these smartphones from an aesthetic point of view, we see how there are rather different characteristics in some of their parts. Going on the Retro, in fact, we notice very different designs, with POCO M3 Pro and POCO X3 Pro which are distinguished peer by the presence of some details. On the first of these two models, the company wanted to place its logo right under the photographic form, while in the second a solution has been chosen which foresees the presence of a central module characterized by a much more singular shape. The most anonymous of all in this respect is precisely Realme 8 5G which, all in all, shows nothing new in this panorama. In any case, the materials used and the quality of the same do not vary, which I must say is excellent on all three of these products and which involves the prevalent use of polycarbonate.

Even in the face of the numbers mentioned above, the smartphone by far the most uncomfortable among those in the race is POCO X3 Pro. In addition to the weight that largely exceeds 200 grams, the dimensions are greater than those shown by the other two devices, making it more difficult to use in everyday life. It always depends a lot on personal tastes, but with Realme 8 5G I found the right compromise between large display and maneuverability. There is no substantial difference, then, between the front design of the two branded products POCO, which show a central hole for the selfie camera. Realme, on the other hand, has once again opted for a different solution, adopting a punch-hole display with a hole on the left.

Unlocking Systems

Although there are three different smartphones competing, the unlocking systems used are the same. In addition to facial recognition, which I do not always recommend activating, however, we find the fingerprint sensor on the right frame.

There are really minimal differences in the speed of unlocking the display, As POCO X3 Pro e POCO M3 Pro show the exact same performance. Who excels in this sensor is Realme 8 5G, which in this case has no rivals for reliability and unlocking speed compared to other two models. All the various sensors, then, have been placed more or less at the same height along the right side, so I can tell you with absolute sincerity that they are very comfortable and easy to reach.

Display

  • POCO X3 Pro:  IPS LCD da 6.67 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, PPI 395, screen-to-body-ratio of 84,6%, refresh rate a 120Hz and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 5;
  • Realme 8 5G:  IPS LCD da 6.5 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, PPI 405, screen-to-body-ratio of 90,5%, refresh rate a 90Hz;
  • POCO M3 Pro:  IPS LCD da 6.5 "Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) with ratio in 20:9, PPI 400, refresh rate a 90Hz and protected by a screen Gorilla Glass 3.

From the information available to us, let's see how POCO X3 Pro presents, in the end, a slightly larger display than the other two smartphones. Let's say, however, that this difference in daily use is almost not felt and that, therefore, it could make you prefer the other two models which are slightly smaller and lighter. None of them, then, has an AMOLED display, so they are practically all on the same level in this respect. From the chromatic point of view we find bright and bright colors that, however, clearly suffer from the classic problems of the panels IPS, with light bleeding phenomena around the hole for the selfie camera and along the side edges. Nothing that affects, however, its use. We must also consider, in fact, that for the price at which they are sold it is normal that companies have opted for solutions of this type, a little cheaper.

Over POCO X3 Pro, which has a refresh rate of 120Hz, the other two models offer a display refresh rate of only 90Hz. To a careful eye the difference between 90 and 120Hz is noticeable only in certain situations, so I think that in the end they are equally valid solutions. In the scrolling of the pages, as well as in the navigation within the interface, there is a fluidity and a truly exceptional speed in movements. Even if this solution slightly affects the autonomy, I think it is now essential even for phones in this price range.

Hardware & Performance

  • POCO X3 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, Adreno 640 GPU, 6/8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage expandable via microSD;
  • Realme 8 5G: MediaTek Dimensity 700, Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 4/6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64/128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage expandable via microSD;
  • POCO M3 Pro: MediaTek Dimensity 700, Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 4/6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64/128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage expandable via microSD;

There are two absolutely identical models at the hardware level, namely Realme 8 5G and POCO M3 Pro. These share, in fact, the SoC MediaTek Dimensity 700 and memories, with the only exception of Realme which has a UFS 2.2 type internal data storage unit. Let's level up, instead, with POCO X3 Pro boasting one Snapdragon 860 capable of unleashing more computing power than the processor produced by MediaTek. Despite this, however, in everyday use it is not that this difference comes out in such a marked way. With these products, in fact, it is possible to surf the net, open the various social apps, watch a movie and much more, in equal measure. Where you notice some more differences is on the gaming side, given that with POCO X3 Pro we actually manage to get better graphics quality and a more stable frame-rate. Despite this, however, come on Call of Duty Mobile I was able to play without problems even with Realme 8 5G and POCO M3 Pro, also dabbling quite well in ranked matches. Despite the hardware differences between POCO X3 Pro and the other two models, therefore, there is no distance in terms of performance as abysmal as one might expect. The latter, in any case, remains the most pleasant to use due to the fluidity of the system, partly determined also by the presence of a 120Hz refresh rate.

After a few tens of minutes of intense use, these smartphones heat up slightly on the back, at the top. I have to admit, though, that temperatures never reach warning levels. It will also be due to a fairly aggressive management of apps, since these are not kept in memory for a long time. Taking advantage of the multitasking, in fact, we realize that often, after poco, the most recent applications are fully reloaded. And this is a clear sign that the system, precisely to save energy, has decided to close them early. However, it is not a problem that affects its use, given that in the reopening of the same apps these smartphones are equivalent in terms of speed, showing very few differences.

Benchmark

Software

  • POCO X3 Pro: MIUI 12, security patch of 01/04/2021;
  • Realme 8 5G: Realme UI 2.0, security patch of 05/03/2021;
  • POCO M3 Pro: MIUI 12, security patch of 01/04/2021.

I believe many of you are already familiar with the MIUI 12, which we find on board POCO X3 Pro e POCO M3 Pro. Here, in any case, the company wanted to customize the original software by making some substantial changes. Let's see, for example, how the application drawer has been completely upset, as well as some graphics inside the interface. Basically, however, all the various system apps are the same as those we find on any Xiaomi smartphone. We therefore have a good degree of customization and a lot of options that allow us to manage every aspect of the phone.

If Xiaomi's MIUI, including the one customized for POCO, should it seem a bit confusing to you, you should try the first Realme UI 2.0. From the first moment I put my hand on a Realme smartphone, I “criticized” just this aspect: the customization is so wide that it almost confuses. Entering the settings, in fact, we find a really high number of items. With the Realme UI 2.0, then, if possible this aspect has been even more accentuated, being able to modify the system in an even more intimate way. Most of the changes available are the graphic ones, being able to choose between different fonts, backgrounds, size and shape of the icons, and much more. For lovers of the Android world this system is a godsend.

Camera

  • POCO X3 Pro: 48 MP, f / 1.79, 1/2 ″, 1.6 µm, 8 MP f / 2.2 119 ° wide angle, 2 MP f / 2.4 macro, 2 MP depth of field and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 20 MP f / 2.2 sensor;
  • Realme 8 5G: 48 MP, f / 1.8, 2 MP f / 2.4 macro, 2 MP f / 2.4 white / black and Single Tone LED flash. Frontally we have a 16 MP f / 2.1 sensor;
  • POCO M3 Pro: 48 MP, f / 1.79, 1/2 ″, 1.6 µm, 2 MP f / 2.4 macro, 2 MP f / 2.4 depth sensor and Single Tone LED flash. On the front we have an 8 MP f / 2.0 sensor;

Taking a look at the specifications, a product stands out among all, that is POCO X3 Pro. This smartphone, in fact, is the best product in this respect not so much for the quality shown as much for the dynamism of its photographic sector. Of day, therefore, the challenge is won by this product which proves to be the most balanced. On the one hand, in fact, Realme 8 5G tends to saturate the colors a little too much, sometimes going to overexpose the images, while on the other with POCO M3 Pro we get duller colors and poco close to reality. There is also to consider, then, that we find the most dynamic optics on the X3 Pro, which also mounts one of the most useful lenses perhaps in the smartphone landscape, namely the wide angle.

Di notte the situation gets worse on all three of these phones but I have to admit that POCO X3 Pro continues to do very well. Compared to the other two, in fact, the photos are still characterized by a good dose of photographic noise but not as excessive as we might have expected. With the Night Mode, then, the situation improves on all three models, so in this respect we say that the performance is slightly better. Obviously, they are not camera phones, so it is still necessary to always take your photos in good lighting conditions to avoid capturing too much digital noise.

The performance becomes much more similar when we go to use the selfie camera, given that more or less these devices offer similar results. With all of them I have almost always noticed a slight beauty filter, although I have always been careful to manually remove it within the settings. Despite this, however, the shots are more than enough to be shared on social networks.

Audio & Connectivity

I'm going to talk to you immediately about everything related to the sector audio. Among the products of this comparison only POCO X3 Pro has a double speaker, while all the others simply use a single unit on the bottom. This penalizes them significantly in the comparison, since the audio turns out to be lower and much shallower. On Realme 8 5G e POCO M3 Pro basses are almost completely absent and there is a total preference for mid and high tones, which instead does not happen on POCO X3 Pro. This device, in fact, shows a higher volume and a more full-bodied sound, even at maximum power. What does not change, however, is the stance of these brands that on these models have categorically decided to also mount the audio jack 3,5mm, a component that is now disappearing from most models. I conclude this part by expressing only one very brief opinion on the telephone part, given that from the ear capsule the smartphone that satisfied me the most was POCO M3 Pro. In my opinion, the voice on this phone is very clear even in usually noisy environments, without ever showing any connection problems.

Regarding connectivity, I leave you below a brief summary of all the components present:

  • POCO X3 Pro: dual SIM 4G LTE or single nano SIM and microSD, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, IR sensor, and 3.5 mm jack input ;
  • Realme 8 5G: dual SIM 5G + microSD, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;
  • POCO M3 Pro: dual SIM 5G + microSD, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo, NFC and 3.5mm jack input;

Most likely, after the hardware sector, the connectivity one is the one that most unites them. Apart from POCO X3 Pro, which does not allow you to travel in 5G, the other two models offer this connectivity. Although in Italy it is not yet so widespread, it is still an extra feature that, perhaps in the near future, could be useful. I must also say, however, that at the consumer level at present, normal 4G connections are already able to allow us to surf at high speed. In case you are looking for something more from your smartphone, Realme 8 5G e POCO M3 Pro are the right ones for you. All the rest of the features are almost identical and in everyday use there is no difference between one model and another. Good, therefore, the Wi-Fi connection, as well as the performance of NFC, Bluetooth e GPS.

Autonomy

  • POCO X3 Pro: 5.160 mAh. 33W power supply;
  • Realme 8 5G: 5.000 mAh. 18W power supply;
  • POCO M3 Pro: 5.000 mAh. 18W power supply.

Do you want to know who wins? Regarding the autonomy we are in the presence of some of the most long-lived models in the space of a single day. With everyone, therefore, it is possible to reach the evening with a good 25-30% of remaining battery, obviously with a stressful use. What can make the difference in this case, however, is precisely the charging speed of the smartphone, and in this case POCO X3 Pro takes the scepter. In addition to mounting the larger battery, this device features a 33W able to recharge in poco more than an hour on the phone. It is, therefore, an aspect that for many could really make a difference and that puts this product on a higher step than the other two. Do not misunderstand, however, these words of mine: all three devices allow you not to remain dry after a busy day and, in my opinion, this is what counts.

Price & Conclusions

We have finally come to the end of this confrontation. Even before giving any judgment, however, we must turn our gaze to the availability and prices of these products. Obviously, however, in case there is some discount in place, or a coupon to redeem, you will surely be informed through our Telegram channels, which we invite you to follow.

  • POCO X3 Pro: 6 / 128 GB - 176 €; 8/256 GB - 229 €.
  • Realme 8 5G: 4 / 64 GB - 199 €.
  • POCO M3 Pro: 4 / 64 GB - 159 €; 6/128 GB - 179 €.

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At present, especially in light of the discounts available on the market, I believe that the inspiration POCO X3 Pro. There are, however, some preconditions. Taking a look at the technical data sheet it immediately comes to mind to focus on a smartphone of this type, and this thought is subsequently also endorsed by the very low price. So if you plan to keep your new smartphone for no more than a few years, X3 Pro could be the right choice for you. Alternatively, however, you may be attracted by the possibility of surfing the net with 5G, so you will have to turn your gaze towards POCO M3 Pro, the real best-buy in this market. There is no other smartphone, currently, that has such features and is able to work as well as this device, for a truly negligible amount. Therefore, I do not take into consideration Realme 8 5G just because the price at which it is currently offered is not as competitive as the other two. It is about poco, of a minimal difference, but which still exists. Should it go down a little more, it would certainly become a fearsome competitor, being manageable and rather performing. In short, the challenge is played on these factors and a lot depends on you and your needs.

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