Review POCO M3 Pro 5G: the smartphone TO BUY for those who want 5G

That, by now, the market is divided by one thin border line which sees on the one hand the big brands raise the price bar more and more on the top of the range and on the other hand companies that try to guarantee a user experience that is at least satisfying while remaining at prices suitable for all budgets, is a fact of done. For some time now we have seen ultra-premium phones sold for well over a thousand euros, and products at the antipodes that with a cost 10 times lower offer complete products, but with all the necessary compromises.

And then there is Xiaomi, which with its thousand sub-brands has managed to create such a large ecosystem of smartphones, that it can now be a protagonist in both these market sectors. We have seen it with the Mi 11 Ultra, the real top of the range of the Chinese brand for this 2021, and we see it with POCO which, in recent times, continues to churn out products characterized by a crazy quality / price ratio.

And so, after the debut of the X3 Pro and F3 models, it is time for the POCO M3 Pro 5G that yes, it's worth saying right away so as not to have to talk about it anymore, as the technical data sheet is very similar to a smartphone that we may have already known under other guises despite the brand now POCO has become increasingly independent of the Chinese giant.

But rebrands and marketing strategies aside, this one POCO M3 Pro 5G is an important smartphone and not only for brands, but for the smartphone market in general: with its € 159,90, this is the early bird sale price until May 26, the POCO M3 Pro 5G in fact it is cheapest 5G smartphone in Italy, opening up to practically everyone the possibility of exploiting the new fast networks, whose diffusion is still proceeding a bit slowly in the Bel Paese, but continues to grow.

Review POCO M3 Pro 5G: the best-buy for those who want 5G

Package Contents

As with all the other products of the company, the packaging of the POCO M3 Pro 5G underlines the brand's intent in addressing a young audience. Its content is in line with what we have seen so far in the company's smartphones, and includes practically everything necessary to use the device in comfort.

Here is the contents of the package:

  • POCO M3 Pro 5G?
  • 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 and materials

POCO M3 Pro 5G confirms the new design line of the company which, with the POCO M3, has decided to make its smartphones much more recognizable thanks to a much more particular design in which the logo stands out at the rear. Logo that we find positioned in plain sight also next to the bump chamber of the POCO M3 Pro 5G, which is characterized by a black section right next to the camera module and which is totally shiny: the grip is good, but the polycarbonate with which it is made is a sort of magnet for dust and fingerprints.

Il aluminum frame which divides the front from the rear, however, is well made and fits quite perfectly between the two sections, minimizing teeth or any steps. The fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the power button, but unfortunately the speakers are not stereo.

Handling is also good. You want for the presence of a less capacious battery, you want for a lower weight, with the POCO M3 Pro 5G the company solved the difficulties of use with one hand that we highlighted in the review of the previous model (the POCO M3): of course, with his own 190 grams in weight is not among the lightest, but the size of 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm make it quite comfortable to use.

The entrance to the audio jack from 3.5 mm has been positioned above while the trolley for two nano SIM and one microSD has been positioned on the left frame: in this way, the on and off button and the volume balance have been positioned on the right side and are very comfortable to reach. There is also an IR blaster, which will allow the smartphone to transform into a universal remote control.


The biggest difference in the display between the POCO M3 Pro 5G and POCO M3, lies in the abandonment of the drop notch in favor of a rather generously sized punch hole. The panel used continues to be an IPS protected by a Gorilla Glass 3, which is characterized by a diagonal of 6.5 ", a resolution FullHD + and a density of pixels per inch close to 400 ppi. However, there is something new, and it concerns the refresh rate: the display of the POCO M3 Pro 5G guarantees a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz, a speed that with a future update the company guarantees will be able to go down to 30 Hz where necessary, improving the energy management of the device.

The contrast ratio of the panel is 1500: 1 and the peak brightness is 400 nits. And it is useless to go around it, do not expect a display that will amaze you, because the reality is that the POCO M3 Pro 5G brings with it all the limits of the technology used in the panel, especially in this price range: the blacks are poco deep, the colors are not overly vivid and the viewing angles of the screen are rather limited.

The brightness sensor then it is quite conservative and it is a feature that, combined with a not exceptional peak brightness, could lead to slight viewing problems under direct sunlight also thanks to an oleophobic treatment that is not exactly flawless. But, hey, let's always remember that it's one cheap smartphone which will cost initially poco less than 160 euros.

With the touch screen instead I never had any problem, not even in the writing phase. 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 and Performance

To animate this POCO M3 Pro 5G the Mediatek Dimension 700 with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU which will be available in two versions: one with 4 GB of RAM and 65 GB of internal memory, the other with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. In both cases the memories will be of type LPDDR4X and UFS 2.2 and to the skeptics of Mediatek chips I want to immediately underline one thing: do not worry about the fact that a Qualcomm processor was not used, because with the 7nm SoC used in the POCO M3 Pro 5G the steps forward compared to Swap 662 of Poco M3 are evident.

Of course, these are processors made with a different construction process, but the use of UFS 2.2 memories (instead of the UFS 2.1 of the M3) and the new Mediatek processor, make the POCO M3 Pro 5G more performing than its 4G predecessor. And the differences are especially noticeable in the benchmarks made with GeekBench, which are in favor of the latest addition to the Poco.

In short, the POCO M3 Pro 5G it is a solid terminal, which works well and which has all the credentials to satisfy the users it addresses. In short, for what it costs it doesn't run badly at all. Sure, some slowdown may occur or some sporadic lag if you use complex apps or have too many active processes, but for the price range in which it fits it is one of the smartphones with performance more convincing of this period and is clearly able to guarantee the proper functioning of the most common applications, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Telegram and similar.

Not bad when it comes to gaming. With the POCO M3 Pro 5G you will be able to run practically all the games available in the PlayStore, but those with more complex graphics such as Call of Duty Mobile will have medium / low graphics settings despite the framerate is pretty good. Poco bad though, because the problem of lag and slowness that we found in the M3 4G in the heavier games has been solved.

Good capsule audio, as well as the performance of the dual band ac WiFi module, disappointing that the 5G version of the POCO M3 has totally lost the stereo sound, a feature that we really appreciated in the 4G variant of the smartphone.


From the point of view of the cameras, the novelties are very few compared to the Poco M3. The module dedicated to photo and video continues to integrate 3 lenses, which respectively use a sensor 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. Still no zoom then, and above all still no wide angle. Let's say that from this point of view those of POCO it is not that they have worked miracles, but in fact it is a configuration that is there, given the selling price of the smartphone.

In good light conditions, photos taken with the POCO M3 Pro 5G they are good and in line with the market. The whites are well balanced and the colors are plausible. Dynamic range management is also not bad, also aided by an HDR that does its job well. In backlighting, for example, it will rarely happen to find overexposed areas and even if with a more intense crop you could notice micro-pastelings in the darker areas and the presence of a slight state of noise, I must say that all in all with good light the POCO M3 Pro 5G manages to guarantee more than enjoyable shots.

However, things change a lot in low light conditions. The noise is much more present and the management of the various lights could be quite difficult for the smartphone, especially in some particular conditions. Fortunately POCO M3 Pro 5G is equipped with a good night mode, which in these cases comes to the rescue and manages to solve most of these defects: although in some cases it activates automatically, when the AI ​​functions are activated in the camera app, my advice is to activate it manually to avoid ending up with unusable night shots.

Also the average front 8 megapixel f / 2.0 which is able to produce medium quality shots, and with which you can take advantage of both the bokeh effect and the night mode which, again, I recommend you use if the ambient brightness is not sufficient.

As for macros, we are in the market average, as well as for videos: they can be recorded at maximum resolution 1080p is 30 fps, but make you feel the lack of any optical stabilization. Okay, for 160 euros asking for an OIS is perhaps too much, but even the EIS in some situations could be in difficulty.


POCO M3 Pro 5G is animated by Android 11, customized with the now well-known MIUI 12. At the time of the review, the version of the Xiaomi graphic interface installed on the smartphone is 12.0.5, with which we find all the software features typical of the brand's smartphones, without any significant news.

Even in POCO M3 Pro 5G the application drawer can be divided into different sections, and all the features that we have already learned about with Xiaomi smartphones are present. For this, I don't think it's worth dwelling too much on the software now, so it's better to go straight to the point: yes, clearly with the Poco M3 Pro 5G you can use all the Google Apps, yes, it has Widevine L3 certification to watch Netflix in FullHD and yes, the software experience is fluid, pleasant and all the various options typical of MIUI work excellently.

Battery life

The battery of POCO M3 Pro 5G is a 5000 mAh compatible with fast charging that can take place via the 22.5w charger included in the package. Therefore, 1000 mAh of the 6000 mAh present in the M3 4G are lost, and even if the company guarantees about 2 days of autonomy, in reality in real life the performances are slightly different: with intense use, I managed to arrive in the evening with about 30% remaining charge and almost 6 hours of screen on.

E not a bad result, mind you, but it should be emphasized that I used the smartphone under the 4G network: unfortunately in Avellino there is still no 5G coverage, even if I would have liked to understand the battery drain in 5G than it would have become more evident.

Price and considerations

POCO M3 Pro 5G will be officially available at the price of €199,90 for configuration from 4GB + 64GB and at the price of €229,90 for version from 6GB + 128GB. Until May 26th, it can be purchased in early bird a €159,90 for the 4GB + 64GB version e €199,90 for the 6GB + 128GB version. Below, however, you will find a coupon with which you can buy the 4/64 version at 129,94 euros and the 6/128 GB version at 146,28 euros. And there is no doubt therefore, that this is the cheapest 5G smartphone on the market. But be careful: the discount coupon is valid from 00:00 on 20/5 for 48 hours.

At this price, you will hardly find a solid and well-balanced 5G smartphone like the POCO M3 Pro 5G, but we are still there: now this is the market, we can do it poco, and companies are betting everything on 5G by carrying out sacrifices that for some people could be important, such as an AMOLED display or the integration of a wide angle and it is a strategy that perhaps, for the Italian market, is still too immature given the very little diffusion of ultra-fast networks.

In any case, the rebrand of the Redmi Note 10 5G aside, for the price at which the POCO M3 Pro 5G it is among the most complete and well-made on the market and once again, don't be fooled by the name: it's not at all "POCOWhat it offers.

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