Poco M3 Pro 5G: Poco’s 5G phone is a winner. Since its announcement earlier this month, the Poco M3 Pro 5G has received a lot of attention. Now that we have spent enough time with it let’s find out if it is worth all the hype.
It would be easy to conclude that the Poco M3 Pro 5G is a stronger version of the Poco M3, and it is. Poco made compromises in order to offer these upgrades and keep the price down. They removed stereo speakers and used a smaller battery.
Poco M3 Pro 5G currently is the most affordable 5G product in the company. As I mentioned in my first impressions article it competes directly against the Realme 8 5G, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, which are two other 5G smartphones that are affordable in India.
The M3 Pro 5G’s main attractions are its design, high refresh rates, and MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. Is the phone worth it? Let’s find the answer.
Poco M3 Pro 5G Prices and Variants
Poco M3 Pro’s basic variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is targeted directly at the Realme 8 5.
Both are priced at Rs. 13,999 The second variant, which I have for this review has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and is priced at Rs. 15,999. It is cheaper than the Realme 8 5G top-end variant, and even the base version of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G. However, it offers better performance and features.
Poco M3 Pro 5G Design
The Poco M3 Pro 5G’s back looks fresh. Poco refers to the “switchblade design” as it has a blacked-out portion on the upper left of the body that resembles the Samsung Galaxy S21 camera module design. The rest of the body has a gradient finish.
Although the back panel and frame are made of plastic, they attract fingerprints easily. The phone had some small scratches over the course of the week I used it. I recommend that you use the case with the bundled.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G, which measures 8.92mm thick, isn’t too heavy at 190g. The ergonomics are excellent, with good tactile feedback at the volume and power buttons.
The device has a headphone jack and an IR emitter that can be used to control infrared appliances and gadgets. On the right side, the frame has a recessive power button. This houses the capacitive fingerprint sensor.
The sharp 6.5-inch Full-HD+ display has good color reproduction. It could have had a better maximum brightness. Although the phone has an ambient light sensor, it felt slow at adapting to my environment.
I had to adjust it manually. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display. The overall design of the Poco M3 Pro is very pleasing to me. It is lighter than the Poco M3, which I find a plus.
Software and Specifications for Poco M3 Pro5G
The Poco M3 Pro 5G runs the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. It is very similar to Density 800U, except that it has a slower GPU and lower-clocked CPU cores. LPDDR4X RAM and UFS2.2 storage are used. The M3 Pro 5G has dual-band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, and Bluetooth 5.1. It also features a hybrid dual SIM slot. The battery is 5,000mAh and supports 18W fast charging.
At the time of writing, the phone was running MIUI 12.0.2. It is based on Android 11. The stock apps behaved well when I first used the phone. However, I began to receive spam notifications from apps like GetApps and Music. While some apps can be removed, others cannot be.
Poco M3 Pro 5G battery life and Performance
The Poco M3 Pro 5G performed well in everyday use. Multitasking was handled very well by the 6GB RAM version I tested.
The 90Hz refresh rate made it easy to scroll in apps and interfaces smoothly. The Density 700 SoC also scored well in benchmarks. The M3 Pro 5G scored 3,27,355 in AnTuTu and 557 and 1,753 in Geekbench single and multi-core tests, respectively.
Gaming performance was also good. Call of Duty: Mobile was a heavy title that ran smoothly, but the graphics quality was only Medium, and advanced options were disabled.
Although the back of the Poco M3 Pro 5G got warm after 20 minutes of gaming, it was not alarming. Video playback was excellent, although the low brightness and reflective nature of the display made it difficult to see outside or under bright lighting.
The M3 Pro 5G’s battery capacity is smaller than the Poco M3, but it still ran for 16 hours and 42 mins in our HD video loop test.
That’s quite impressive. With regular use, the phone lasted about a day and a half. The phone took a while to charge. The M3 Pro 5G charged at 18W and took nearly two hours to fully charge.
Poco M3 Pro 5G Cameras
Although the Poco M3 doesn’t have an ultra-wide camera, I would love to see one on the Poco M3 Pro 5G. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The camera setup is almost identical to the M3.
The camera setup is very similar to the M3. It has an 8-megapixel front camera, a 48-megapixel primary cam, and two 2-megapixel back cameras for depth and macros. You can also record videos at 1080p using the camera app.
Although landscapes taken in daylight looked great on the phone’s screen, closer inspection revealed that the textures and edges of objects were not sharp and clear enough.
This was not the case with close-ups. Although macro photos are usable, I don’t find that I use them as much. Portraits of animals and people looked great, especially when taken from a distance.
Low light conditions can make the image quality worse. It was difficult for the main camera to reproduce texture quality and details, and there was visible grain. Night mode was not very helpful in enhancing details, which is surprising.
1080p videos can be cropped heavily if stabilization has been enabled, but the video quality was average under good lighting. Low-light videos looked grainy and were not very useful. Although the front camera was able to capture usable selfies throughout the day, it struggled to capture backlit photos and low light.
Overall, I believe Poco could have used more sensors on the ‘Pro’ model or given buyers an ultra-wide lens to distinguish this phone from its sibling.
If you are looking for a phone that can handle 5G networks, the base Poco M3 Pro 5G variant is a good choice.
The 6GB version isn’t the most cost-effective, especially considering that you can get a 5G phone with more power, such as the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, for the same or even less price, if you take into account ongoing discounts.
As I said in my first impressions article, phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S or Redmi Note 10 Pro are of better value and offer similar performance as well as better features.