POCO X3 NFC Review: As Good As It Gets

October 7, 2020

A midrange device that performs like a premium one.

The Lowdown: 

The POCO X3 NFC has everything you need for a mid-range device that comes with flagship features and it works great – if you don’t mind the built-in ads that come with MIUI.

The Review: 

Smartphones now vary in range, and there was a time when affordable smartphones tend to compromise on performance, but that is no longer the case. Companies like Xiaomi have managed to deliver high-quality devices with premium screens and cameras at a price that’s less than half of what most flagships cost.

The Poco X3 NFC arrives as a 1000 AED device that brings a decent feature set, including a 120Hz display and great battery life, which instantly makes it one of our favorite Android devices.

Design-wise, the Poco X3 NFC looks similar to most smartphones available – but while these smartphones managed to be slim and easy on the hands, this one is rather big and bulky which might not suit everyone’s taste, or hands. Behind you will find a glossy glass-like finish with a large POCO logo clearly seen, with the surface changing colors when hit by light.

The smartphone is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, so you’re assured that the glass will be durable enough against occasional hits or bumps. There’s an IP53 rating that makes it dust and water-resistant, which is a plus considering its price. You’ll also find a headphone jack along with a fingerprint sensor that’s embedded on the power button, along with a USB-C port at the bottom plus stereo speakers.

The Poco X3 NFC has a beautiful 6.67-inch LCD display with FHD+ resolution. This 120Hz display gave a smoother experience when browsing, especially when browsing text, and it’s difficult going back to a normal 60Hz display on a more expensive device after seeing it on the Poco X3 NFC. The display is also HDR10 certified, so it didn’t have any problems displaying bright whites and deep dark blacks. 

Running on the Poco X3 NFC is a Snapdragon 732G CPU partnered with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage that’s also expandable with a MicroSD card. 5G isn’t present, so keep that in mind in case you want to use the faster cellular network. There’s even an IR blaster present, letting you easily control your other appliances at home.

A quad-camera setup has been fitted on the Poco X3 NFC, which includes the main 64-megapixel camera, 13-megapixel ultrawide camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. Shots were surprisingly great, showing detail and brilliant colors with daylight shots. It does tend to suffer when shooting at night, but they’re still better than what smartphones in its price range can do. Selfie lovers will also enjoy the 20-megapixel front-facing camera. The Poco X3 NFC is also able to shoot 4K video at 30fps, and while it doesn’t support OIS, the electronic image stabilization is able to deliver smooth videos.

The Poco X3 NFC runs MIUI 12 based on Android 10. It’s fast and fluid and offers most of the basic Android enhancements. The only problem is that you’ll find the occasional ads when browsing, which was the main complaint from users. It was probably done to keep costs down, but I’m personally not a fan I won’t mind paying extra if they can remove the ads.

The device’s 5,160 mAh battery is enough for the Poco X3 NFC to last more than a day, which I even managed to stretch to two days with light usage. It doesn’t have wireless charging, but the included 33W fast charger is able to juice up the smartphone in just a few minutes.

Overall, you’re getting great value with the Poco X3 NFC considering that the price starts at only 899 AED. If you can do with MIUI’s annoying ads, then this device is the perfect mid-range smartphone that delivers.

We Like: 

+ 120Hz display

+ Decent camera

+ Great battery life

+ Affordable pricing

We Didn’t Like:

– Ads on MIUI are annoying

– Bulky built

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.