POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro, mobiles with a lot of power for little money

    Phones with high-end components, but that cost less than 300 and 400 euros, respectively

    The Chinese brand POCO has presented this Monday at an online event its new affordable flagship, POCO F3, which equips with the Snapdragon 870 processor from 349 euros, and has also renewed its mid-range with the new POCO X3 Pro model, with the Snapdragon 860 chip.

    The company, from the Xiaomi ecosystem, became independent from its parent company last year and launched its first three independent mobiles: POCO F2 Pro, X3 NFC and M3, and has exceeded 13 million mobiles marketed in the world.

    At its event this Monday, the company presented the new POCO F3, which it had anticipated would be the successor to its original POCO F1, with which it hit the market in 2018, and which it has described as “the real beast.”


    POCO F3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 processor, with a power of up to 3.2 GHz, higher than chips like Apple’s A14 Bionic, and with an app performance 12 percent higher than that of Snapdragon 865, the flagship Qualcomm from last year, while graphics performance improves by 10 percent.

    The Snapdragpn 870 chip enables the POCO F3 to run at 58 frames per second (fps) with video games, complete with the 1.0 Plus liquid cooling system. AI processing reaches 15 million operations per second (15 TOPs).

    Its internal configuration includes UFS 3.1 of up to 256GB and up to 8GB of RAM through the LPDDR5 system. It also supports 5G and WiFi 6 data networks.

    The POCO F3’s screen is 6.67 inches, with a flat design to avoid accidental taps on the curved edges. The front camera is perforated on the screen, with a dimensions of 2.76mm, lower than that of the Samsung Galaxy S21.

    It is composed of an AMOLED E4 panel “at the flagship level”, with 1300 nits of maximum brightness and 15 percent less energy consumption. It has a True Color function, which maintains professional color, and HDR10 + certification for high dynamic range.

    MEMC, meanwhile, analyzes the video and creates additional frames to improve fluidity, and to this is added a 360-degree ambient light sensor and True Display technology to protect the eyes from blue lights. Gorilla Glass 5 glass protects the panel.

    Display maintains 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate at POCO F3, but goes up to 360 Hz for the sample rate, “the highest in the industry” by brand. Game Turbo 4.0, meanwhile, improves GPU performance in video games, to which the X-axis linear motor is added to improve haptic response.

    POCO F3 employs a dual microphone system to avoid blocking the sound output, and is Dolby Atmos certified for immersive sound, as well as HiRed Audio and its version for wireless headphones.

    The new POCO terminal can be found in white, black and blue (with three different shades inspired by the ocean). It weighs 196 grams and is 7.8 mm thick. The fingerprint reader has been redesigned and is on the side.

    Its battery is 4,520 mAh capacity, with up to two days of autonomy on a single charge, providing up to 10 hours of video game use. Its fast charge is 33W, which takes 52 minutes to reach one hundred percent.

    POCO F3’s rear camera is triple, with a 48MP main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide angle and 119-degree range, and a 5MP telemacro lens for 3-7cm details. At the video level, it includes six new picture modes that can be activated with one click.

    The rear camera includes a dedicated microphone, located on the module itself, which enables the audio zoom function, which captures sound in the distance as the user zooms in as well.

    The base model of POCO F3, 6 + 128GB, is sold from 349 euros, with a price of 299 euros on reserve. The most powerful variant, 8 + 256GB, will be sold for 399 euros, with a discount for the reservation of 349 euros. It will be sold from March 27 to March 6 in reserve, with free screen replacement in the first six months.

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