I was one of the first in Europe to test the Poco X2 Pro and this excellent smartphone came to crush the competition in the price range between 350 and 400€.
I think a lot before choosing a phone to test because I don't have the time to test everything, so I have to make the right choice. However, I chose to test the Poco X3 without knowing anything about the device. The launch of the Poco X3 was prepared in secret and very little information leaked before the official launch. So I made a blind choice but I'm not taking too many risks.
The Poco machine is on its way, let's see if it will clean up in the 200-300€ segment like the Poco F2 Pro did in its segment.
What will the Poco X3 be equipped with? A Snapdragon 732G (+/- 300,000 points on Antutu) Camera 64 million pixels Quick charge 33W Battery 5160mAh NFC I will complete the details when I receive the phone.
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31/08/2020: awaiting delivery of the Poco X3
04/09/2020 I have received the Poco X3, I can now start my tests
Why this phone?
I really liked the Poco F2 Pro, it was the first Poco I tested. That's what motivated me to test the Poco X3 without giving it too much thought.
The Poco X3 will come with a SnapDragon 732G, it may not tell you much but it gives an indication of the phone's performance and positioning. With such a processor, the Poco X3 will come close to the performance of a Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite which sells for around €300. If the Poco X3 offers liquid cooling, it will be a joy for gamers who don't want to pay a fortune for a phone.
The Poco X3 offers a screen refresh rate of 120hz, which is unique in this price range. Most phones have a refresh rate of 60hz. A higher frequency ensures greater screen fluidity, the frequency brings a visual comfort that is usually only available on phones priced over 400€.
The Poco X3 will sell for less than 300€, so it will be much more accessible than the Poco F2 Pro, so it is highly likely that this phone will sell very well.
The Poco X3 uses the same packaging as the Poco F2 Pro. The box is black with yellow letters, the inside is also yellow to clearly mark the identity of the Poco brand.
In the box you will find the phone, a charger, a usb cable, a transparent cover, the needle for the sim drawer as well as the usual documents. Here too, it is the same as for the Poco F2 Pro.
Length : 164.8 Width : 76 Thickness : 8.8 Weight : 209 Jack output : Yes USB Type : Type C Infrared port : Yes
The Poco X3 is marketed with MIUI 12, the start-up procedure is quite fast and Xiaomi has managed to find a balance between what is necessary and what is not. Apart from the usual wifi and sim card configuration, you will be able to choose your favourite search engine and configure the screen lock.
There is a little subtlety at the end of the process when Xiaomi will propose you to access its cloud. Usually Xiaomi simply offers to register but here Xiaomi offers a Google button that makes you think you're going to use a Google service. This is not the case, you can now use your Google account to create an account with Xiaomi. It's clever of Xiaomi, I'm sure many users will register without realizing it.
The profile retrieval procedure works very well because it avoids having to completely reconfigure the device. As I'm testing several phones at the same time, it saves me a lot of time.
I created this article before receiving the phone, so I had to use an official image as an illustration. This image did not give me a good impression, I thought the phone looked weird.
When I received the phone, I changed my mind very quickly. The Poco X3 has the same basic shape as the Poco F2 Pro, the main difference being the photo sensor on the back. Instead of being circular as on the F2 Pro, it is rectangular and stands out quite strongly from the back of the phone. I'm sure this choice will provoke a lot of discussion.
Overall the finishes are good for a phone in this price range. The Poco X3 seems to be positioned like a gaming phone with its striped patterns on the back. This gives it a stronger identity than the Poco F2 Pro.
The Poco X3 uses a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone, I had already had the opportunity to test phones using this mechanism. It takes a bit of searching for the right method to unlock the screen but you get used to it pretty quickly and the unlocking is fast. The disadvantage of this type of configuration is that the buttons are very smooth and flat, so you have to look for them with your fingers. Here too it's a matter of habit.
The sim drawer is on the left and can hold two sim cards in dual sim standby mode, which means that both sim cards are listening and if one card is used, the other is paused.
At the bottom of the phone, there is a classic configuration with a c-type usb port and a grille for the speaker (mono) and audio jack connector.
The screen occupies 84% of the available space, the borders are thin but visible, this is a normal score in this price range. The screen is pierced with a small black dot to let the front camera through, its presence is very discreet.
Overall I think the Poco X3 is quite elegant, it has a style that reminds me of the Redmi Note 9s/9Pro range but with a little touch that sets it apart.
The information below comes from the Device Info HW application. The application provides detailed technical information about the tested phone.The Poco X3 is not a technical revolution, it takes what exists on other phones but its strength is its price and what you get for it.
As I wrote above, the Poco offers a good level of performance that should satisfy the vast majority of users but it offers a 120hz screen that is only found on top of the range phones. The screen is also optimised for the in-game experience by offering even greater responsiveness.
Other features include - NFC - Stereo speaker - 4 internal antennas for a better signal - a huge 5160 mAh battery - a Sony IMX 682 photo sensor
And all this for a price of around 200€ at launch, it's unheard of!
I scored just under 300,000 points with Antutu. For this level of power, the Poco X3 is the cheapest at the time of launch.
The Poco is at the level of the Redmi Note 9s in terms of processor, it is at the level of a Realme 6 for the graphics part (but costs 50€ less) and it is particularly fast in terms of memory. This memory performance will give it a fluidity in use (ex: switching from one application to another) which could make the difference in use.
Antutu score : 285833 Antutu CPU : 98456 Antutu GPU : 77880 Antutu UX : 63243 Antutu Mem : 46254 3D Mark Open GL : 2697 3D Mark Vulkan : 2504
Top 10 - performance ranking based on Antutu 1. Poco F2 Pro - 569559 2. Samsung Galaxy S20 - 503905 3. Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro - 430403 4. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5g - 385000 5. Oppo Reno 5g - 375000 6. Meizu 16s - 374190 7. Xiaomi Mi 9 - 372006 8. Sony Xperia 1 - 372000 9. Lg G8s Thinq - 371000 10. Lg V50 Thinq 5g - 370000
Number of smartphones in the ranking:102 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:26/102
Note: this ranking only contains the phones I tested as well as a few others that I added for reference.
Gaming To test the performance in game, I download the mobile PUBG game and evaluate the in-game experience, graphics level and depth of vision. This game is quite demanding and should help you evaluating the performance of a phone.
With a score of almost 300,000 points on Antutu, you will be able to play any game in good conditions. PUBG Mobile is perfectly fluid on the Poco X3 and with the 120hz screen you will enjoy a visual comfort superior to most phones.
The Poco X3 covers all 3G and 4G frequencies used in Europe and where the B28 was often set aside by Xiaomi, it seems to be present in all of the brand's recent phones.
I am surprised that the Poco X3 is not 5G compatible as this would have made it one of the cheapest 5G phones on the market. At the time of writing, another Xiaomi is in that position (Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite). I guess that shouldn't slow down buyers as 5G is not widely deployed in Europe.
3G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F), B5 (850), B8 (900) 4G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B20 (800), B28 (700), B38 (TDD 2600), B40 (TDD 2300) Bluetooth : Bluetooth 5.0 LE SAR / head : 0.720 SAR / body : 0.980 Volte : Yes VoWifi : Yes NFC : Yes Download speed : 232 Upload speed : 55
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The frequencies displayed below will allow you to see if this phone is compatible with your operator or if you will be able to use it in the country where you are going on vacation.
Signal 4G The ability to pick up the network correctly is an essential element for a phone but it is only very rarely measured. To measure a phone's ability to pick up the network, I perform a large number of measurements on the same cells to be able to compare phones under similar conditions. The signal is measured in dBm, a value of -90dBm indicates a worse signal than -70dBm. These measurements are therefore taken under real conditions and not in a laboratory, they are not scientific but give a good indication of performance.
Network signal sensitivity rating
Average signal (dBm)
Number of measurements:
Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A70
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi A3
Huawei Y6 2019
Meizu Note 9
Motorola G8 Power
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Umidigi S3 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Ulefone Armor 7e
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s
Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g
I will publish the results of my 4G tests later as I have completely revised the test procedure and still have to develop a module to display the test data.
In the meantime what I can say is that the Poco performs in the average range of what I am used to testing, it is neither bad nor good. If you live in a low coverage area, the Poco (and most Xiaomi's) may not be the best choice.
Download/Upload speed To test the download speed, I have identified some 4G cells offering good performance where I test all my devices several times to see what download and upload speed they can achieve. Top 10 - speed ranking in download 1. Samsung Galaxy S20 D:351Mbps U: 20Mbps 2. Poco X3 D:232Mbps U: 55Mbps 3. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g D:223Mbps U: 52Mbps 4. Poco F2 Pro D:207Mbps U: 53Mbps 5. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite D:153Mbps U: 68Mbps 6. Xiaomi Mi A3 D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps 7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps 8. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite D:149Mbps U: 60Mbps 9. Samsung Galaxy A21s D:147Mbps U: 51Mbps 10. Huawei Y6 2019 D:145Mbps U: 61Mbps
Number of smartphones in the ranking:30 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:2/30
Note: the theoretical maximum speed of a telephone is often limited by the configuration of the mobile network and the congestion of the network at the time of the measurement. So maybe you could get a higher speed on another network
The Poco X3 is not compatible with 5G but it is able to combine 4G frequencies (4G+ or LTE+) to obtain a very good download speed.
I got a download speed of 232 Mbps and an upload speed of 55 Mbps. The Poco X3 can theoretically go much higher but the speed is strongly determined by network congestion, I had no luck at the time of my tests.
The Poco X3 is therefore very fast in 4G, it is one of the fastest phones I tested this year.
To test a phone's ability to receive the network properly, I take measurements near my router and then remotely (and always at the same place). This gives me an average in dBm where a value of -90 dBm indicates poorer performance than a value at -30 dBm.
Wifi frequencies : 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11n 5GHz, 802.11ac Download speed : 251 Signal / close : -17 Signal / distant : -61
Wifi signal I measured a signal of -17 dBm near the router, this is a good score that ranks the Poco X3 above average. The Poco F2 Pro got a better score with - 11 dBm. At a distance from the router, I measured a signal of - 61 dBm, which is the best score I have obtained so far.
The Poco X3 therefore offers a good sensitivity to the wifi signal and should be able to pick up wifi where other phones have difficulties.
Top 10 - wifi sensitivity ranking 1. Poco F2 Pro -11dBm 2. Samsung Galaxy A21s -13dBm 3. Poco X3 -17dBm 4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s -18dBm 5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro -19dBm 6. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite -19dBm 7. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g -19dBm 8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 -19dBm 9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 -19dBm 10. Redmi 9a -19dBm
Number of smartphones in the ranking:30 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:3/30
Download/Upload speed To test the speed in Wifi, I connect to my router in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (if available) and use the Ookla application to measure the speed.I got a download speed of 251 Mbps and the phone can probably do better than that. With a score like that the Poco X3 is at the top of the charts and will allow you to stream in HD and download large files fairly quickly.
Top 10 - wifi download speed ranking 1. Samsung Galaxy S20 351Mbps 2. Poco F2 Pro 341Mbps 3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 319Mbps 4. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g 300Mbps 5. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 260Mbps 6. Poco X3 251Mbps 7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 250Mbps 8. Umidigi F1 220Mbps 9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 211Mbps 10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 207Mbps
Number of smartphones in the ranking:30 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:6/30
Note: I have a 400Mbps line and a modem capable of delivering higher speed, but I can never be sure how much bandwidth is available when doing a test.
To test the quality of the GPS signal I use the Offline Maps application and I make the same train trip in pedestrian mode. Why? In pedestrian mode, the GPS does not artificially correct the signal to stick to the road, it has no markings, so you can see the actual position. I then use an application to measure the accuracy of the signal.
I obtained a precision at 3m with the Poco X3, it's a score in the average. I generally obtain this score with all Snapdragon type processors where Mediatek processors get a better result.
Most gps applications are capable of correcting accuracy deviations of 3m, so you should not notice any deviation from the road (except in pedestrian mode).
Number of smartphones in the ranking:5 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:0/5
Note: An accuracy of 3 meters or less can easily be corrected by a good GPS application. Phone performance also plays a role in how fast your display updates, so good accuracy could be compromised by too slow a display.
Capacity : 5160 Fast charge : Yes W max : 33 Range (100% brightness) : 653.00 Range (50% brightness) : 1654.00 Charging time : 181.00 Discharge speed (100%) : 0.15 Discharge score (100%) : 7.90 Discharge speed (50%) : 0.06 Discharge score (50%) : 3.12 Charging speed : 0.55 Charging score : 28.51
From March 2020, I replaced my subjective battery test with a technical test to better measure the real behaviour of the battery. Now I test the autonomy and charging time under absolutely identical conditions. I perform several measurements, so this test alone takes several days during which I cannot use the phone for anything else.
Battery life - methodology To test the battery life, I measure the battery consumption every minute in strictly identical conditions to be able to compare phones and also to allow you to evaluate your phone in the same conditions. I rule out any influence of applications that could interfere with the measurement. The autonomy is not linear, the battery sometimes discharges much faster at the end. This is a frustrating phenomenon but with my measurements, you will know if you need to find a charger quickly.
Battery life The battery of the Poco X3 has a capacity of 5160 mAh and has discharged from 100% to 1% in 653.00 minutes with 100% brightness, it has discharged from 100% to 1% in 1654.00 minutes with 50% brightness. I obtain in this way an average discharge speed of 0.15% per minute with 100% luminosity and 0.06% per minute with 50% luminosity, the consumption is therefore 7.90 mA per minute with 100% luminosity and 3.12 with 50% luminosity. To be able to compare the efficiency of the phone and its influence on the battery, you have to compare the 7.90 (or 50%) score with that of other smartphones, the figure should be as low as possible.
Charging time - methodology To test the charging time, I always use the same charger with the same cable. I measure the charging time minute by minute to see the evolution of the charge as well as the charging speed. The charging speed of a battery is not linear, it is often faster at the beginning and slower at the end. The charger is compatible with fast charging.
Charging time The battery of the Poco X3 has a capacity of 5160 mAh and has been charged from 1% to 100% in 181.00 minutes. This gives me an average charging speed of 0.55% per minute and therefore an increase of 28.51 mA per minute. To compare the performance of the Poco X3 compared to other phones, you should use the 28.51 per minute score, this score should be as high as possible.
Important note: the charging speed is not always linear, the graph below gives you an indication of the battery behaviour.
The following table lists the phones tested with the technical battery test, they are ranked in order of efficiency. A higher battery capacity should logically result in a higher battery life but it is not always the case and it does not give any indication of the efficiency of a phone.
Battery life (minutes)
Battery life (minutes) / 50%
Efficiency Score / 50%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g
Poco F2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Motorola G8 Power
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Ulefone Armor 7e
helpHow to read these figures? The battery capacity is an important element in determining the autonomy of a phone but it is not the only factor. A phone with a large battery may have a shorter battery life if it consumes more power. If I had to take an example from everyday life, I would use the universe of the car. If a car has a large fuel tank, it should be able to drive a longer distance unless its average fuel consumption is higher. The battery efficiency score works the same way, it should be as low as possible and represents the energy consumption of the phone. These differences in efficiency are often related to the brightness of the screen, large bright screens will tend to consume more energy and even if they have a large battery, their range will be shorter.
In summary The brightness and size of the screen are determining factors for battery life. The Poco X3 has a large, bright screen. I have a factor of 2.53 between a screen lit at 50% and a screen lit at 100%, which means that by doubling the brightness of the screen, the consumption is multiplied by 2.53. I have observed the same thing on other phones, the Poco is in the middle range.
The graph clearly shows that the autonomy with the screen at 100% decreases much faster than at 50% but this does not mean that the autonomy is bad, it only shows that the Poco X3 is not the most efficient in terms of energy consumption.
With 10 hours of autonomy at 100% and 25 hours at 50%, you should be able to last 2 to 3 days in normal use.
Photo camera test
To test the quality of photos produced by a phone, I do a technical test (resolution, sharpness, chromatic aberration,...) in studio (identical conditions) to evaluate the technical part objectively. From the second half of 2020, I built my own laboratory to take completely objective technical measurements. I then take pictures in real conditions to see how the camera performs. I then evaluate these photos according to my criteria but I publish the photos so that you can evaluate the result according to your criteria.
Selfie / resolution : 20 Resolution : 64 Sensor : Sony IMX682 Video resolution : 2160p mm wide angle : 5.43 mm mm ultra wide angle : 1.86 mm
The Poco X3 is equipped with a Sony IMX 692 main sensor, this sensor is not yet widely used and once again the Poco is the cheapest of the phones using this sensor.
The Poco F2 Pro uses a Sony IMX 686 which is also used in the Huawei P30 Pro, this sensor is one of the best on the market. What is the difference between the Sony IMX 682 and the Sony IMX 686? The main difference is the ability to capture 4k video. With the IMX 686 you can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second while the IMX 682 can capture 30 frames per second.
This means that for the photo part, the Poco X3 will produce images with a quality equivalent to what you find on much more expensive phones (2 to 3 times more expensive!).
The default application for taking pictures is the same on all Xiaomi cameras running MIUI 12. There are sometimes some differences from one model to another but the functionalities are generally the same.
Xiaomi has done some cleaning in the input menu but most of the features are available in the "more" menu. New features have been added such as the light painting that allows you to take creative pictures during the night.
The settings for each photo mode have also been revised, everything is now available as an overlay on the screen.
This new version is in my opinion better than the previous one, the menus are clearer but I regret that Xiaomi persists in displaying semi-transparent icons overlaying the photo area because these icons are unreadable when the light is strong.
Photo test / studio Main sensor
Exposure: slightly underexposed Sharpness: good Colours: slightly too dark Depth of field: good Distortion: none Chromatic aberration: none Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
For this first studio test I observed a result quite similar to what I obtained with a Poco F2 Pro, the difference between the Sony IMX 682 and the Sony IMX 686 is not perceptible. The photo is sharp, the colours are slightly too dark but this is often the case for studio photos. The blue even tends to slide towards purple, this will be seen on the colour test a little further on.
Ultra wide angle sensor
Exposure: correct Sharpness: very localised Colours: correct Depth of field: shallow Distortion: very strong Chromatic aberration: none Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
Wide-angle sensors usually catch less light than the main sensor but here it does very well. The area of sharpness is very narrow, but a studio photo does not lend itself to this type of sensor, the sharpness is better for landscapes. The distortion is very present for the objects close to the lens, it's quite normal too but it is necessary to know it before using this kind of sensor.
Colorimetric test of the main sensor
This is the first time I have applied a colour test to a phone, so I don't have enough experience to make comparisons yet, so I will just evaluate the Poco X3 against an ideal situation.
The graph above shows the colour difference for 24 colours. It can be seen in particular that blue deviates very strongly from its reference colour, green also deviates strongly from the reference. This deviation should be perceptible for photos of the sky and vegetation but as I do not have enough hindsight I cannot yet judge whether this problem will be important or not.
Colorimetric test of the ultra wide angle sensor
Blue and green deviates more than the other colours, this is also the case with the main sensor but the deviation from the standard is less than with the main sensor. The sky and vegetation should have a more natural colour with the wide angle. I still need to do some outdoor tests to confirm this point.
Photo test / sunny
I took this picture in the late afternoon with the main sensor, the AI and HDR were disabled. Before going into the analysis, I will post the same photo taken with another phone at the same time to compare the result.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Poco F2 Pro
The Poco X3 costs 2x less than the Poco F2 Pro and 3x less than the Samsung. However, the photo it manages to produce is not 2x or 3x worse. The photo of the Poco X3 is richly saturated but it is above all the Samsung that forces the colours. The Poco F2 Pro has a more neutral rendering whereas it uses a very similar sensor.
The Poco X3 is the first phone that has undergone my technical test for photography. This test showed a colorimetric deviation from blue to purple and a deviation from green. I am pleased to see that my test works because if you compare the sky and the water in the photo of the Poco X3, you can see that the blue turns slightly towards purple where the Samsung reinforces the blue.
The sharpness in the foreground is comparable to other phones but the vegetation in the background loses sharpness and the colours blend together. The treatment seems too pronounced.
The following photo was taken in the same place with the ultra wide angle sensor of the Poco X3.
The first thing I notice is that the colorimetry is more correct and the treatment is less aggressive, which is quite rare for a photo module of this type. On the other hand, I also find the usual defects of this kind of sensor. The sharpness at the periphery is less good, the image is distorted and there is chromatic aberration. There is nothing dramatic here but the warned oei will see it rather quickly. I still find that the ultra wide angle sensor of the Poco X3 does quite well.
Here are two more examples with first the main sensor and then the ultra wide angle sensor:
Ultra wide angle sensor
I also tested the Poco X3 with Gcam 7.2 to see if these colour defects were related to choices made by Xiaomi.
With Xiaomi's photo application:
With Gcam 7.2
The photo with Gcam is less exposed but the colours are more neutral, the sharpness is also better.
Before finishing this photo test under the sun, I wanted to make a little diversion for the raw mode (RAW). The Poco X3 is able to take photos in raw mode (.dng) which allows you to do retouching with Photoshop. The photo sensor thus captures a maximum of information to improve the image according to your preferences and the result is really good.
The Poco X3 is capable of taking good photos with sometimes a few flaws that will be forgiven thanks to its very competitive price.
Photo test / cloudy Main sensor (5.43mm)
Exposure: correct Sharpness: good Colours: good Depth of field: good Distortion: none Chromatic aberration: none Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
The weather was cloudy when I took this series of photos, a small ray of sunlight had managed to pierce through to give a warmer colour to the scenery, this will no longer be the case for the photos that will follow. The Poco X3 manages to correctly capture the differences in brightness, it correctly restores the warmth of the sunlight at the end of the afternoon, the sharpness is good. I just find that the sky has been treated a little too hard, the AI mode sometimes produces improbable results in terms of colour.
Ultra wide angle sensor (1.86mm)
Exposure: slightly underexposed Sharpness: good but not uniform Colours: good Depth of field: good Distortion: light Chromatic aberration: minimal Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
The difference in photo quality is often very different between the main module and the ultra wide angle module. I find that the ultra-wide angle sensor on the Poco X3 does very well. The exposure is less good, the sharpness is not uniform but overall the photo is of good quality and I find that the processing of the sky is less aggressive than with the main sensor.
Exposure: slightly underexposed Sharpness: good Colours: too dark Depth of field: good Distortion: none Chromatic aberration: none Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
A few minutes after the first photo, the sky darkened and made it harder to take good pictures. The exposure level of the photo dropped a notch to slightly underexposed, but the overall picture remains correct. The Poco obviously makes the choice to capture as much detail as possible based on the brightest areas (sky) and this results in the vegetation being darker without it being completely dark.
Ultra wide angle sensor
Exposure: slightly underexposed Sharpness: good in the centre but average in the periphery. Colours: too dark Depth of field: good Distortion: slight on the periphery Chromatic aberration: light Vignetting: none Digital noise: none
I am once again surprised by the ultra wide angle sensor which produces above average results. Most ultra wide angle sensors produce photos that are much too dark in these conditions. The distortion is not too great and the sharpness does not degrade too much at the periphery.
The other photos follow a similar trend. These are not ideal conditions for taking beautiful photos with a phone but the Poco does relatively well.
Test photo / night Main sensor / normal mode
With an exposure time of 1/5 seconds and ISO 1660, I didn't expect to make a very sharp picture and yet the result is not bad. The main sensor is able to illuminate most areas of the photo while limiting digital noise. The edges are not always very sharp especially when looking at light sources and foliage but at 1/5 seconds you really need to have a very steady hand or use a stand to avoid this kind of problem.
The night mode allows in principle to correct this kind of problem by superimposing several images taken one after the other.
Main sensor - night mode
The level of detail in this photo is higher than the previous one, the foliage is more detailed, the lights no longer turn into a halo of light but I notice that the recomposition of the images is not always successful. Some areas are sharp, others less so. The colours are correctly restored and the lighting is globally quite good.
Ultra wide angle sensor
The ultra wide angle sensor cannot be used at night, it cannot capture enough light, the photo is not exploitable.
The Poco X3 is not a champion of night photography but it allows you to make photos of acceptable quality for this price range. I advise you to use the night mode as much as possible with a bracket to benefit from a more efficient recomposition. This is an advice that works on all phones but for the Poco X3 it is sometimes really necessary.
The following photos were all taken with the main sensor and the ultra wide angle sensor using the default Xiaomi photo application.
I took the following pictures with the Gcam application in version 7.1. Gcam uses a sophisticated algorithm to improve the quality of night photos.
Main sensor / Gcam 7.1
Gcam is able to produce more detailed and brighter photos. The result is not perfect but Gcam manages to do a little better than the default photo application. I had used the basic settings of the application to produce these photos. By changing the settings a little bit, I get for example this:
In this photo, the greenish veil has disappeared, the colours are more realistic, the sharpness is better distributed. It is undoubtedly possible to do even better by playing with the numerous settings proposed by the application and with a tool like Photoshop but obviously this requires a little more work.
The Poco X3 has a video stabilization system that helps to dampen some of the vibrations. It's quite rare to find a phone offering stabilisation in this price range but the stabilisation is not as effective as on a Poco F2 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S20 but given the price difference, I don't think you can complain.
Pixel recalculation is visible in movement but the Poco manages to correct the image very quickly.
Video normale conditions
The weather wasn't very nice when I took this video but anyway, the video shows pretty well what the Poco is capable of. The video was taken in 4k and 30 frames per second.
In spite of the overcast weather, the Poco manages to capture the light well and recreate the atmosphere. It recalculates the differences in brightness fairly quickly but these are still visible. The sharpness of the foliage is really good and overall the video is of good quality.
Video low light
The Poco X3 is not a champion for night video, the captured video lacks brightness and sharpness. The Poco X3 is not able to focus on the right depth and you can see that it is constantly looking for the right place to position itself.
To test the quality of the phone's audio output, I connect the device's audio output to a measuring tool, then play sounds on all frequencies and measure the differences between the original sound and the sound produced by the phone. In this way I measure the phone's ability to correctly reproduce all sounds.
I always start my audio tests with a subjective ear test. I don't pretend to be an expert, but from testing smartphones I can hear the differences between good and bad phones quite clearly.
The Poco X3 is to be ranked among the good phones, it more than likely shares the same audio equipment as the Poco F2 Pro but is equipped with two speakers. The Poco X3 is therefore capable of reproducing stereo sound (without headphones) which is quite rare in this price range.
How good is the sound from the speakers? It's really excellent! The bass sounds lack a little bit of power but that's normal, it's the same for all smartphones. The treble sounds are very well reproduced.
Listening through the headphones and the technical test that will follow will confirm what I thought, the Poco X3 follows the curves of the Poco F2 Pro perfectly. So I added one of the best phones for audio (the Samsung Galaxy S10+) to compare the 3 phones.
Frequency Response This test is intended to test the device's ability to correctly reproduce all frequencies. The white line in the middle of the graph is the ideal situation and the other colors come from tests on different phones. A deviation from the reference line indicates a deviation from the ideal situation. To see good sound at all frequencies, it is therefore necessary to get as close as possible to the reference line.
The Poco X3 is capable of reproducing all frequencies with a good degree of fidelity, it is a little behind the Samsung Galaxy S10+ in the low frequencies but it reproduces the other frequencies more consistently. The Samsung allows itself a few deviations.
The curve of the Poco X3 faithfully follows that of the Poco F2 Pro, which confirms that the audio hardware is the same.
Dynamic Range This test is designed to test a phone's ability to play sounds at different volume levels. Here too, the phones must be as close as possible to the reference.
The Poco X3 is capable of sustaining good volume on all frequencies, its curve follows that of the Poco F2 Pro with here and there a few passages below and above. The Poco is able to deliver a powerful sound but it is not the strongest at this game. The Samsung is able to deliver a more powerful sound on all frequencies.
Noise Level This test aims to identify if the device under test is able to reproduce sounds without too much noise. A high score indicates a low parasite rate, a lower score indicates a higher presence of parasites.
The audio output of the Poco X3 seems to be of better quality than that of the Poco F2 Pro but the difference is not very important. The difference with the Samsung is minimal here.
The Poco F2 Pro was an excellent phone for audio and the same goes for the Poco X3. They are not yet at the level of Samsung but you will probably have to have very good ears to perceive the difference.
Concert recording The purpose of this test is to measure the recording quality of the phone when there is a lot of ambient noise. Since I don't have the opportunity to go to a concert every time I test a phone, I simulate the noise of a concert in a closed environment.Not yet available / tested
To test the screen, I use a colorimetric probe that measures the color accuracy of a screen, as well as other parameters to see if a screen is able to correctly reproduce an image. I also test the brightness level to determine if the screen will be able to display an image in full sunlight.
Screen size : 6.67 Resolution : 1080 x 2400 Ratio : 20:9 Protection : Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Type : IPS LCD % occupancy : 84 dE white : 2.4 dE red : 1.4 dE green : 0.2 dE blue : 1.2 dE jaune : 8.5 dE cyan : 8.3 dE magenta : 8.9 White temperature : 6785 Contrast : 1658:1 Brightness : 466
Like most recently released Xiaomi, the basic screen settings are not correct. Xiaomi has chosen to saturate the default colours, colors are more vivid but from a colorimetric point of view, these colours are not correct. To improve the colorimetry, the display must be switched to standard mode.
With the colorimetric probe, I measured a colorimetric deviation (dE) of 4.4. This score is lower than what I have been able to obtain on other Xiaomi in the same price range. Looking at the test results more closely, I can see that the score on red, green and blue is rather good, it is the secondary colours that deviate the most from the norm. This is probably why the colour deviation is less striking.
Whites have a temperature of 6785K, so they are not too far from the norm at 6500K. The whites will be slightly warmer than the standard.
The Poco X3 challenges the established order on many criteria but not on colourimetry where it offers average performance but this should not affect your phone use.
Top 10 - ranking of the best screens by colorimetry 1. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g dE = 0.73 2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 dE = 1.2 3. Samsung Galaxy S20 dE = 1.4 4. Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite dE = 1.46 5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s dE = 1.47 6. Honor 9x dE = 1.5 7. Poco F2 Pro dE = 1.73 8. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite dE = 1.91 9. Samsung Galaxy S10+ dE = 2.01 10. Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro dE = 2.11
Number of smartphones in the ranking:29 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:20/29
Note: the colorimetric difference is measured in dE. After three, the human eye will perceive a colorimetric difference, so the dE should be the lowest. The tests were all carried out with a colorimetric probe.
Brightness / Contrast The Poco X3 has a maximum brightness of 466 cd/m² which can be achieved by activating the "light/sun" mode in the settings. This mode has recently appeared on the Xiaomi and is available on all models running MIUI 12 which I have been able to test so far.
With 466 cd/m² you can use the phone in full sunlight without any problem. I had attached the Poco X3 to the handlebars of my bike with full brightness, I was wearing sunglasses and could read the screen perfectly.
The Poco X3 uses an LCD screen, which means that the contrasts will be limited and therefore the blacks will never be really black. I measured a contrast of 1658:1, which is a very good contrast for an LCD screen.
Light Absorption/Reflection The smartphone screen reflect light and sometimes turn them into a real mirror. This mirror effect makes it harder to read.
The absorption index below indicates the percentage of light absorbed by the screen. The readability of a screen is better when the absorption index is high.
% light absorption
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
Redmi Note 9s
Motorola G8 Power
Poco F2 Pro
Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy A21s
The phones tested have an average absroption rate of54 %
The Poco X3 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. This type of sensor requires a bit of getting used to because the ignition button is in the same place.
It is not always noticed because the fingerprint sensor is seen as something basic but it is probably one of the most used features of a phone. If this sensor does not work well, it can ruin your phone experience.
This is the third phone with this kind of mechanism that I have had the opportunity to test and the Poco X3 is probably the best. The unlocking is very fast and I find it even better than the screen unlocking of the Poco F2 Pro.
The Poco X3 runs on MIUI 12, so the experience is exactly the same as on other Xiaomi phones using the same version of MIUI 12.
I have taken below a video I made for the Xiaomi MI 10 Lite, the Poco X3 uses the same interface.
I haven't encountered any bugs when using the Poco X3 but there is one thing that irritated me a little. The loudspeaker at the top of the phone is positioned on the edge of the phone and emits the sound upwards. This may seem trivial, but it forces you to position the phone low enough on the ear to hear the sound properly. I don't find this positioning very comfortable but it is a very subjective opinion.
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I assigned a score of 1 to 10 for each test that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a product. I am using 0 for criteria that have not (yet) been tested. A score of 1 to 3 indicates poor performance (and yes, it does), a score of 4 to 6 indicates average performance, a score of 7 to 8 indicates good performance, and a score of 9 and 10 indicates exceptional performance. . The score is calculated based on my measurements and when there are no measurements, it is a subjective opinion based on my experience.
The scores are not static, they change over time because the performance of new products changes and this must be taken into account.
The Poco is positioned like a gaming phone and it is a pity because this phone can be suitable for a wide audience. I received many questions from interested people who didn't feel that this phone was for them because they weren't playing. So forget about the marketing positioning of the phone, this phone will meet the expectations of a very large audience.
The Poco is big, it's heavy and its camera comes out quite strongly at the back...it's true but I've never had a problem with that. I have much smaller telephones and I can switch from one to the other without regretting the switch from one to the other. I even prefer this Poco to my Samsung Galaxy S20 as the screen size offers a more immersive experience.
The Poco offers a very good price/performance ratio and this performance is useful for gamers but not only. The performance offers comfort of use, there is almost no latency, you don't have to wait too long to load applications. The Poco is also fast in 4G and wifi.
The Sony photo sensor on the Poco X3 produces good daytime photos with a small deviation on the blues but overall it produces better photos than the Redmi Note 9s. For night shots however, the night mode is not as effective as on some other Redmi. Gcam partially compensates for this problem.
The sound produced by the Poco X3 is probably the best in this price range. You have to go up in price (250-300€) to find something equivalent.
The Poco's screen and more particularly its refresh rate is one of the marketing arguments put forward for this phone. It is clearly an asset and not only for those who play with their phone. On the other hand I find it a bit of a pity that the phone is not equipped with an Amoled screen because the contrasts are not as good and the Poco's colorimetry is not the best, the Redmi Note 9s does better.
Strengths - price/performance ratio - screen frequency - autonomy - daytime photo quality - speed 4G/wifi - sound quality
Weaknesses - night photo - loudspeaker/ear position
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