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Poco M3 Review in Long Term Use: Standing Out For All The Right Reasons

Poco M3 review

The Poco M3 has proved to be the best-performing mid-budget phone in Pakistan. In this Poco M3 review in Pakistan, we will discuss the phones’ specs and functionalities as well as their pros and cons. The phone has all of the necessary characteristics to become a bestseller: attractive design, a great screen, large battery, stereo speakers, and a decent camera setup. And all of these luxuries are reasonably priced! Keep reading this Poco M3 review to find out more about the phone and whether it is suitable for you. Or if you are a little high on budget, then do check the successor, POCO M3 Pro 5G.

Price of Poco M3 in Pakistan

The popular low-cost Poco M3 comes in two different variants. The price for the 4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM version is Rs. 22,499, whereas the 4GB RAM and 128 GB ROM version cost Rs 24,500. Poco Pakistan and Daraz have joined hands and on flash sales, you can get the lower variant in 19,999.

The sale rate of Xiaomi mobile devices under official warranty is regulated by official dealers and warranty providers. The price of the Poco M3 in USD is $161. 

The Unboxing Of Poco M3

Poco M3 and the accessories that come in the box

The Poco M3 comes in an attractive dark yellow box. It houses a USB-C cord, a Xiaomi 22.5W QC3 charger. However, the Poco M3 actually supports 18W fast charging.

The SIM ejection tool, a transparent silicone cover, and a screen protector are also present.

Poco M3 Specifications

Price4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM: Rs. 22,499 4GB RAM and 128 GB ROM: Rs 24,941
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Operating SystemAndroid 11, MIUI 12
Display IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch  
Resolution1080 x 2340 Pixels (~395 PPI)  
CameraRear Camera: 48 MP+2 MP+2 MP triple cameraFront Camera: 8 MP
Battery & Charging(Li-Po Non-removable), 6000 mAh, 18W Fast battery charging, Reverse charging  
Network & ConnectivityDual SIM card – LTE
Dimensions162.3 x 77.2 x 9.6 mm  
SensorsAccelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint (side-mounted), Proximity

Poco M3 Review – Design

Xiaomi Poco M3 design offers a slew of features that make it not only visually attractive but also very customizable. The phone measures 162.3 x 77.2 x 9.6 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.38 in). The Xiaomi Poco M3 is made of a glass front (Gorilla Glass), a plastic back, and a plastic frame. Xiaomi Poco M3 sensors provide a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, and a compass. 

The phone is available in three distinct color versions: blue, black, and yellow. The Poco M3’s back panel is textured, which improves grip and in-hand experience. The upper part of the back panel has a big rectangular block in black. Another rectangular block will house a triple-camera sensor configuration with an LED flash. The power button-turned-fingerprint scanner and volume buttons are located on the right edge, while a SIM card slot is located on the left. 

Camera

Poco M3 Camera Results

The Poco M3 has a 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor featuring an f/1.8 lens, 0.8m pixels, and PDAF as its primary camera. The Poco M3 camera also comes with a night mode which brightens the entire scene and restores any highlights that have been blown out. 

While the phone has a triple-camera setup on the back, it’s as simple as it gets. There’s a 48MP main camera, as well as a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a single-LED flash.

The macro camera has a resolution of 2MP, an aperture of f/2.4, and 1.75m pixels, but no autofocus.

Finally, there’s a depth sensor with a resolution of 2 megapixels.

Behind an f/2.1 lens, the selfie camera houses an 8MP sensor. The camera’s performance is excellent, however, the setup has several limitations.  And the focus is also fixed. Having said that, there are pros and cons to everything. As the phone is under the 25k range, one shouldn’t expect excellent camera quality. Even though the low light performance of the camera won’t be good, as being under the 25k range, the camera quality is still very decent enough!

Although it can’t compete with the best camera mobiles, however for the price range you could do some decent photography during daylight. Don’t depend too much on clear and crisp photos during indoor lighting conditions at night.

Low light Performance of the Poco M3 is mediocre

Software

Software is the most important aspect of this Poco M3 review. The phone is relatively slow due to poor software optimization. You will not prefer this phone if you are switching from well-optimized smartphones like Samsung’s mid-range phones. The Poco M3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor and 4GB of RAM, yet it is slow with all the specs of Poco M3. Again, do tailor your expectation as to what you get in this meagre price range. Poco M3 won’t be able to stand a chance against the best processor mobiles performance.

Despite the fact that the company says that the phone is one of the fastest of its generation, you could experience some lag on your phone. However, with the Android 10 software, the phone can still work for a longer time without lagging much.

Having that said, the POCO M3 features Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 software, which has been modified for POCO devices. One of the most significant benefits is that, unlike previous Xiaomi phones, you will not see adverts baked into the skin. 

MIUI 12 has a lot of potential, especially in terms of privacy and security. In addition, the visual modifications give the interface a more sophisticated feel, and the UI is standardized. 

On the Poco M3, the system graphics are smoother, and MIUI 12 is a delight to use! Apart from that, coming to Android 10 provides you with more data security, transparency, and control.

Hardware

Due to budget constraints, hardware compromises are common in the Poco M3. Although the Snapdragon 662 SOC inside the Poco M3 isn’t a performance powerhouse, buyers can still enjoy a complete and seamless experience with the worldwide version of Xiaomi MIUI 12 OS. 

The Poco M3’s CPU performance is almost similar to some models operating the Snapdragon 665, according to Geekbench 5 and Antutu benchmark results. So, at the very least, the chipset’s software optimization is quite good. Another point worth mentioning is the multi-core performance, which is also very good when compared to the single-core performance.

Battery

The battery of the Poco M3 phone is 6000 mAh, which is excessively large for such a low-cost device. In addition, the Poco M3 has an 18W battery performance, which isn’t a particularly impressive fast charging technology for an Android device. It takes more than two hours to fully charge the device, which is insufficient despite its big battery capacity. But, seeing as how the iPhone also uses an 18W fast charging technology, you shouldn’t overlook this low-cost device!

Poco M3 Review – Gaming Experience

The Poco M3 offers a smooth gaming experience with certain settings tweaked

We won’t term the Poco M3 as one of the best gaming smartphones in Pakistan, but it has decent gaming performance. Despite the chipset, PUBG does not allow players to use HD or greater graphics on this phone. Instead, it can only function at a medium frame rate with balanced visuals. The Poco M3 is an excellent all-rounder phone. However, with smooth graphics settings, the frame rate can be increased. If you adjust the game resolution and graphics quality, you can use the Poco M3 for gaming. Yes, popular games like PUBG may be played smoothly if the settings are down. 

While gaming on your Poco M3, you could experience heating issues. Prolonged hours of use while charging your Poco M3 phone may cause it to overheat. And then there is the risk of overheating if you play games for too long as well. So bear in mind to not play games like PUBG or Minecraft while charging your phone!

Keep your expectations a bit low with high-end best mobile games as Poco M3 is not made for that. Though, you would be able to play these but with some lag and heating issues.

The Poco M3 is an excellent all rounder phone. Even though the running is not fully flawless in balanced graphics mode, a decent Poco M3 specs gaming performance can still be achieved with an average framerate of 50.22fps. The M3 could effortlessly run the game at well above 50fps with less volatility if it’s switched to smooth graphics.

Competitors

For most individuals, Realme C21 is the best competitor to the POCO M3. The 4GB, 64GB version is priced at 19,999 during sales on Daraz Pakistan. It has all the amazing features: a 5000mAh Massive Battery, 13MP AI Triple Camera, MediaTek Helio G35 Powerful Gaming Processor. It lacks in the camera department but does excel in gaming once compared directly with Poco M3.

Another tough competitor is Tecno Camon 17, which is launched recently. It has powerful specs to beat Poco M3. hands down. But the design of the Poco M3 is better if you are in habit of flaunting your phone amongst your peers.

Another upcoming mobile that can entirely wipe out Poco M3 is again from Realme. Realme Narzo 30 is rumored to be priced around 27000 in Pakistan and will be launched in last week of July 2021. Do keep an eye on specs if you are gaming enthusiast but constraint by budget.

Final Thoughts

That wraps up our Poco M3 review. In terms of performance and camera, the Poco M3 has certain drawbacks. However, it is a budget smartphone at the end of the day. It’s a nice one, too. The smartphone excels in many areas, including design, display, battery life, and audio output. Most markedly, it provides excellent value, which should be the primary consideration when purchasing a phone in this category. 

If looks are important to you, the Poco M3 is a smart option. It has a powerful processor and 4 GB of RAM, and it performs effectively. Gaming and multitasking are both pleasurable, and the 6,000mAh battery lasts a long time. Overall, in this Poco M3 review in Pakistan, we conclude that there are many other good budget phones on the market. Still, the POCO M3 is an exceptionally good one in the offered price range.

Do tell us your thoughts about Poco M3 in the comments section. Meanwhile do read the POCO F3 review if you are not under budget constraints

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