Poco X3 Pro review

Xiaomi's Poco X3 Pro misses perfection, but still nails fantastic value

Poco X3 Pro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Poco X3 Pro is one of the most powerful smartphones at its price point. Poco’s camera software has been boosted in 2021, so its pictures tend to better those of last year’s X3 NFC in most scenes, even though they aren’t always as detailed. Performance flies and the phone’s battery is also sensational, so if you can handle a few adverts dotted around the interface and some garish design, the X3 Pro is the obvious powerhouse choice, delivering across-the-board value and a very respectable camera.

Pros

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    Excellent price/performance ratio

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    Impressive main camera

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    Fantastic battery life

Cons

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    No AMOLED screen

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    Poor 2MP macro camera

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    Will be too big for some

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The Poco X3 NFC, a lower-specced version of the Poco X3 Pro, launched in 2020, with a fantastic camera, an affordable price, and Xiaomi’s infamous third-party adverts in the user interface. Honestly, when a phone’s smashing out such good value, our tolerance for weird things like baked-in adverts goes up, and besides, you can turn them off. And so, despite these ads returning for round two in the X3 Pro, we were still jazzed to welcome another X3 to the Pocophone family. 

Glancing over the specs though, and while the X3 Pro has seen a power boost, it’s also taken a hit when it comes to camera hardware compared to the X3 NFC. Last year’s 64MP Sony IMX 682 sensor has been dropped in favor of an IMX 582, the same sensor found on the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, and the 13MP ultra-wide camera on the X3 NFC is switched out for an 8MP ultra-wide on the Pro. More like no-pro.  

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.