POCO Pakistan has officially launched two new smartphones. In today’s launch event, POCO X3 Pro and POCO F3 are introduced. The X3 Pro is an all-new device and a successor to last year’s POCO X3 NFC. While the F3 is a Redmi re-branded. X3 Pro provides a high price to performance ratio. On the other hand, POCO F3 provides everything you need and that too on a decent budget. Both are now available in Pakistan.
POCO X3 Pro
The POCO X3 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD Panel. It has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. The phone sports a punch-hole notch making it look modern. Coming to the camera, the POCO X3 Pro features a 48MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and finally a 2MP depth sensor. On the front side, you will find a 20MP front-facing shooter.
The highlight of the device is Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset. It is a new chipset in the family although only the name is new as this chipset is basically Snapdragon 855+ with some tweaks. But still, it is a very powerful chipset and the most powerful in this price range. With this powerful processor, the phone also supports UFS 3.1 storage which is really fast. Finally, the phone has a 5160mAH battery with 33W fast charging support. Other notable features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Hi-Res audio, Dual speakers, and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
POCO X3 Pro Design
The design of the POCO X3 Pro is just like the vanilla X3 NFC. It has the same camera module which is not liked by many. And a big POCO branding. However, the difference between the original POCO X3 NFC and this Pro version is that this phone has a glass build quality compared to the poly-carbonate of POCO X3 NFC. The phone weighs 215g and is 9.4mm thick. Also, the phone comes in three colors including Black, Blue, and Bronze.
POCO X3 Pro Pricing
POCO X3 Pro comes in the following variants: 6/128GB and 8/256GB. The 6/128GB variant costs Rs.41,999, and the early bird price of this variant is Rs.39,999. The 8/256GB variant costs Rs.47,999. The models will be available from today on Mistore.pk, Daraz, and more. While the 8GB variant will be available in the offline market as well from tomorrow.
Should you buy it?
Bringing Snapdragon 855+ to mid-range, even in 2021, is a great addition. You can enjoy high graphics games easily. However, other than the processor, the device is hard to recommend. If gaming is not your main gig, then go for the Redmi note 10 Pro. It comes with a glass back, superior display, better camera, and a better design.
POCO F3 Specifications
POCO F3 on the other hand is a more premium offering. It comes with a 6.67 S-AMOLED display with a higher refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz. It also has a 1200 peak brightness. The phone sports a triple camera setup comprising of a 48MP Primary, 8MP ultra-wide, and 5MP depth sensor. The front has a 20MP selfie shooter. Unfortunately, this phone is also not camera-oriented.
On the plus side, it offers Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor. It sits below the Snapdragon 888 meaning it is very strong. A flagship processor together with UFS 3.1 storage is the highlight of the device. The phone has a 4520mAH battery that can be fast-charged at 33W. The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out of the box. The phone comes with Hi-Res audio, GG6 protection, Dolby Atmos, X-axis linear motor, and three mics with 360 degrees spatial audio.
POCO F3 Design
It is an all-new design. Looks premium thanks to its flagship inspired design. It has a different look to it. The phone is light and slim compared to X3 Pro. It weighs 196g and is 7.8mm thick. . It comes in three colors including White, Black, and Blue. It does not have a very big POCO logo as on X3 Pro. But a smaller one which is acceptable. On the front, there is a similar punch-hole notch.
POCO F3 Pricing
The POCO F3 comes in the following variants: 6/128GB and 8/256GB. The 6/128GB variant is priced at Rs.57,999, the early bird price of this variant is PKR.55,999. The 8/256GB variant costs Rs.65,999. It will be available from the second week of April. The 6GB model will be available in online stores while the 8GB model will also make it to the offline market.
Should you buy it?
This phone is a perfect all-rounder. It is the best performance and display phone currently. Although the 48MP shooter and the lack of telephoto might be a deal-breaker for hard-core camera fans. It even lacks OIS which is available on Galaxy A52 & A72. Other than the average camera, this phone nails in every other segment.