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.


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    Excellent price/performance ratio

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    Impressive main camera

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    Fantastic battery life


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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, 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.