Xiaomi Poco F3 5G review: a smartphone with real power at a super low price

The Poco F3 5G screams value with flagship power, 5G data speeds, and great imaging for the price

Poco F3 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re in the UK, Europe or Australia, and have £329 (roughly US$465 or AU$550) to spend on a new phone, nothing else combines the power, screen quality, and 5G mobile data speeds the Poco F3 5G does. Its camera system misses out on the telephoto and ultra-wide quality of pricier, flagships, but you do get a welcome telemacro camera. Add stereo speakers and stellar performance to the mix, and you’ll be hard-pressed to get more screen quality and power for less.


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    Excellent display

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    Capable main and macro camera

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    Powerful internals


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    No telephoto camera

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    No autofocus on ultra-wide

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    Occasional touch-screen issues

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The Poco F3 is the latest chapter in the Poco story - and fans of this budget brand are not going to be disappointed by this latest 5G-enabled handset.

Xiaomi’s Poco brand sits alongside the Redmi line as the manufacturer’s affordable alternative to its own, Xiaomi-brand phones, with the Poco F3 5G being a low-cost flagship-powered contender for best budget camera phone.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.