Poco X3 NFC review

The Poco X3 NFC is cracking camera phone at an exceptional price – but it does have some niggly quirks

Poco X3 NFC review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Poco X3 NFC could be the mightiest sub-£200 ($250) camera phone around. If you’re picking one up, brace yourself for a few gremlins within the UI - unsolicited ads anyone? If you can get past its quirks though, between the Poco's ample power, silky smooth 120Hz screen, and day-long battery, it's one of the most standout budget phones you can buy.


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    Smooth 120hz screen

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    Impressive camera clarity

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    Decent night mode

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    Stable video capture


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    Unsolicited ads within UI

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    Plastic backing

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    Camera surround collects dust

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    Styling won’t suit all

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Poco, a Xiaomi brand has been making affordable phones since 2018. It hit the scene with the flagship specced Pocophone F1, but two years on, it’s launching a budget phone, the Poco X3 NFC. Don’t write this thing off just yet though. Starting at £199 ($250), the X3’s specs read well for the price, combining a silky smooth 120Hz screen with a 64MP main camera. 

Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset, and paired with 6GB RAM, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more cutting edge midrange mobile for less, with Poco clearly going after Realme here. 

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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.