Poco F3 review: „brutal“ performance, premium design, sane cameras.
Poco smartphones have already made a splash in our market. The manufacturer sees the target audience as those users who are not used to compromises and want versatility from the device, regardless of scenarios, be it games, photography, chatting in messengers or watching videos. Here there is a similarity with Xiaomi, from which Poco gained independence not so long ago.
And now – a new presentation and new devices. To consolidate the success of Poco X3 NFC, an updated smartphone is called upon, which has received the same design, a more powerful processor and a Pro prefix instead of NFC. But the place of the flagship F2 Pro is taken by the hero of today’s review, the powerful and stylish Poco F3, significantly different from its predecessor both externally and internally.
This review is a close acquaintance with the new product and an attempt to assess its prospects in the market.
Design, dimensions, controls.
Those who closely follow Xiaomi’s novelties will recognize the Redmi K40 in the hero of the material. The devices are identical, both outside and inside. The rebranding of the smartphone available only in China for global markets gave two significant changes: Poco F3 received a bright blue version with a textured back panel hidden under the glass, and also lost the version with 12 GB of RAM.
Upon first acquaintance, the smartphone immediately declares its flagship ambitions. For its diagonal, it is quite compact, thin body (7.8 mm) is protected from both sides by Gorilla Glass 5, the frame is made of metal, there is IP53 protection, everything is as it should be. The tactile sensation leaves a positive impression, as does the visual component.
The black version of the smartphone was tested, the combination of color with a mirror effect gives a cool effect of a chrome surface.
But there is also a downside: Poco F3 is very easily soiled, the back of the gadget is instantly covered with prints and dirt, as well as dust. The official package includes a cover, which pleases. The glass is durable, during a week of testing it did not collect any scratches and clues, from the experience of using a smartphone with such glass on the back, we can say that, in the absence of critical drops, Gorilla Glass 5 shows decent protection results after two years.
On the other hand, the Poco X3 Pro has the sixth generation of this glass, but only on the front.
The front panel is notable except for a small cutout for the front camera, according to the manufacturer, it received a diameter of 2.76 mm. This decision does not cause much negativity, but it is unlikely to reassure those who have long wanted to see cameras under the display or are looking for a replacement for devices with an outgoing camera, the same Mi 9T or Poco F2 Pro.
On the back, it is worth noting the camera unit, visually similar to the solution in Mi 11. Its thickness is less than many solutions on the market, but when typing on a flat-lying smartphone, it still sways, albeit a little. Between the two large lenses is a mesh of the microphone system used to record sound when shooting video and the „audio zoom“ function: it allows you to increase the volume when zooming in the viewfinder to the sound source.
Next to it is an ultra-wide-angle camera, a little to the right is a flash.
Controls are concentrated on the right edge: there is a dual volume key and a power button, it is also a fingerprint scanner. The buttons are thin, with a quiet tactile response when pressed, there is no cutout for the fingerprint scanner, everything looks organic. Of course, it’s strange that the sensor is not in the screen, apparently, the side location is more popular with users.
Above and below there are slots for a loud and powerful speaker system, they swing efficiently, they do not wheeze at maximum volume. An IR transmitter is hidden in one of the holes for the speaker. At the bottom, next to the Type-C connector, there is a slot for two SIM cards; you New Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 256 GB Black cannot put a memory card.
For those who need more space, a 256 GB version is provided, and it was tested, a little over 225 GB is available to the user.
In contrast to slightly older smartphones, the Poco F3 screen looks very, very good. It uses an E4 AMOLED matrix from Samsung, and the wow effect of using such a screen is almost guaranteed. There is wide coverage in colors, and honest black, and brightness at peak up to 1300 nits, and 120 Hz refresh rate at a sampling rate of the sensor layer of 360 Hz, the eye is happy, and that’s all.
From the factory, the screen is protected by an average quality film, a good oleophobic coating is found on the screen.
In everyday use, the display evokes extremely positive emotions both in normal work scenarios and in games, we will return to them in the section on performance. It does not fail under the sun, especially if you set auto brightness, automatic color temperature adjustment is also available. The dark theme on AMOLED looks luxurious, the software has an option to hide the cutout, in general, subjectively, I’m very pleased with the matrix.
Like many modern devices, the geometry of the screen does not allow comfortable use with one hand; for this, a special software mode is available with three options for the diagonals of the display active zone. During testing, the 120 Hz mode was used, there is no intermediate setting between it and 60 Hz, an interesting fact.