POCO M3 Pro review: from video to software to final judgment

Emanuele Cisotti

03/06/2021 ore 13:42

POCO M3 Pro review

POCO, born from a rib of Xiaomi, is undoubtedly one of the most prolific companies in the recent past in terms of new smartphones. To the many already reviewed is now also added POCO M3 Pro.

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Packaging

In the yellow packaging of POCO m3 Pro we find a 22.5W power supply, a USB / USB-C cable, a silicone cover and some cute stickers LITTLE.

Construction and Ergonomics

From a constructive point of view this POCO M3 Pro it is undoubtedly nothing surprising. It is made of plastic and the rear glossy finish tends to collect fingerprints a lot. On the back we have a slightly protruding camera block, set in a black color, almost to suggest a separate single block, which it is not. Overall it is once again a very large smartphone, albeit not overly heavy. The 190 grams are balanced for the product.

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Hardware

The hardware of this smartphone is valid for the price range. The processor is the latest Mediatek Dimensity 700 at 7 nanometers, which we have already seen in other smartphones and which in this price range is undoubtedly one of the most interesting solutions to guarantee 5G connectivity in the cheaper price range. POCO M3 Pro is available in sizes of 4 and 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The internal memory goes hand in hand: 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1, expandable via microSD, but renouncing the support of the second nanoSIM. As mentioned we have full support for 5G, even dual SIM.

Present the Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, the NFC chip, the infrared port and surprisingly even the FM radio. Then there is the audio jack and the fingerprint reader on the right side works very well. In addition, there is no trace of problems with the proximity sensor here. Not a little given the recent negative trend of Xiaomi. The audio is mono, but still it is more than enough.

CARD: POCO M3 Pro

Camera

POCO M3 Pro has three photographic sensors available, even if, as often happens, only the main camera is the one that really deserves attention. We have one 48 megapixel ƒ/1.8 and two 2-megapixel ƒ / 2.4 cameras, one for taking macro photos and one for enhancing photos with bokeh effect. If these two sensors are therefore in fact just numbers on a data sheet, this is not valid for the main sensor which overall, and for the price range, performed well. Excluding some very particular light conditions (such as full backlighting) the photos were of good quality, also attributable to a higher price range. Shooting in portrait mode is sufficient. Even the shots at night are sufficient. The night mode increases the light captured even if the detail remains quite poor. On the other hand, the 8-megapixel ƒ / 2.0 front sensor for selfies is insufficient. Overall good videos in Full HD a 30fps. They are stable and have a good light balance.


Display

POCO M3 Pro has a 6.5-inch diagonal panel with resolution available FullHD + (1080 x 2400 pixels) and IPS technology. This is a screen that focuses heavily on its refresh rate increased to 90 Hz, giving up a little on maximum brightness (not very high) and viewing angles only in the average. Just pay attention to the fact that by setting the refresh rate to its increased value it will be locked on that value and there will not be an automatic switch to lower values ​​when it makes sense to save battery.

Software

POCO M3 Pro is launched on the market with Android 11 updated with the May 2021 patches and obviously customized with the interface MIUI 12, waiting for the update to the very recent MIUI 12.5. The software is always quite fluid, although we do not deny you that it is not entirely impossible to encounter some micro slowdowns in navigation. This is the usual very complete MIUI 12, albeit in its version with some advertisements and some more pre-installed apps. A classic for cheaper smartphones. In addition to the various functions of the MIUI we also have the POCO Launcher, which allows you to take advantage of some still different functions in managing apps and the drawer that contains them.


Autonomy

This smartphone also includes a battery from ben 5.000 mAh. A well-established trend in the cheaper market segment and which has the undoubted advantage of offering excellent autonomy. In fact, even POCO M3 Pro can guarantee a full day of use with a single charge and if used with more moderation, it can even get close to two full days with a single charge. Charging at 18W is not very fast, but in the price range it is certainly an acceptable compromise.

Price

The price of POCO M3 Pro is 199€, a fair price, but which still puts it in competition with more and more cheap smartphones, even equipped with 5G, in this price range. The 6/128 variant raises the bar a little, bringing it to 229€, a price in any case adequate to what it can offer in everyday life. The introductory offer, now expired, was tempting, but we do not exclude that it may be discounted again in the coming months. In the most powerful version it is also available on Amazon.

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Final judgement


POCO M3 Pro

POCO M3 Pro is another excellent smartphone from the Xiaomi ecosystem, sold at an affordable price. Its strong point was certainly its promotional price, but with possible future discounts it is certainly a safe choice for those who want to spend little and give up little. But not at LITTLE.


of Emanuele Cisotti

Pro
  • Good autonomy
  • 5G connectivity
  • Good hardware
  • Complete software
Versus
  • You have to choose between microSD and second SIM
  • Not perfectly fluid
  • Screen not the brightest
  • Only one valid camera
POCO M3 Pro

POCO M3 Pro

  • CPU
    octa 2.2 GHz
  • Display
    6,53″ FHD+ / 1080 x 2340 px
  • RAM
    4 GB
  • Front
    8 Mpx /2.0
  • Camera
    48 Mpx /1.8
  • Battery
    5000 mAh
POCO M3 Pro (6 GB)

POCO M3 Pro (6 GB)

  • CPU
    octa 2.2 GHz
  • Display
    6,53″ FHD+ / 1080 x 2340 px
  • RAM
    6 GB
  • Front
    8 Mpx /2.0
  • Camera
    48 Mpx /1.8
  • Battery
    5000 mAh

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