POCO's new budget-friendly smartphone M3 Pro 5G has been released on 22nd May 2021 in China. According to the makers, the Poco M3 Pro 5G is designed to provide unrivalled performance and beyond expectation entertainment within this price range. This article will go through all the crucial features and discuss if the phone can live up to this bold promise. Poco M3 Pro is more money-demanding than its prior phones of the Poco M series.
Poco M3 Pro 5G Full Review
With Poco M3 Pro, designers have chosen to break the trend of Xiaomi's typical design pattern. They have come up with a design of their own, which they have even put below the back camera "Designed by Poco." However, the smartphone resembles Redmi's latest models.
Poco M3 Pro's both front and back sides are glossy plastic made, which is a pretty fingerprint capturer. The phone maintains a dimension of 161.8×75.3×8.9 mm and weighs only 190g. This super-light phone easily sets in the hand, and manipulation is also smooth. There are three color variations of the phone- Poco Yellow, Power Black, and Cool Blue.
Unlike the ancestor Poco M3, this phone is hybrid, therefore the user must pick between two SIM cards or one SIM and a memory card. The slot is located on the left side. Volume controls and a power button with a fast fingerprint scanner are located on the right side. An infrared connector and a 3.5mm audio jack are placed on the top. And the bottom has a Type-C USB port, a microphone, and a speaker.
The new device lacks a stereo, which is clearly a downgrade from the original Poco M3.
The POCO M3 Pro 5G has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display. If you are looking for an AMOLED display, M3 Pro will dishearten you. Nowadays, many lower priced competitors are offering AMOLED display. Therefore, POCO needs to consider this point.
It comes with an FHD+ screen resolution, a max brightness level of 500nits, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a pixel density of 405ppi. The display also implements Adaptive Sync, which allows it to change the refresh rate from 30Hz to 90Hz according to the material shown on the screen. Users can choose between 60Hz or 90Hz from the options menu. Apart from that, customers can also change the dark mode and select one of three color schemes: Auto, Standard, or Saturated.
The display's daytime visibility and viewing angles are good to go with. And there is no problem with readability also. Users can stream videos in Full HD resolution on sites like YouTube and Amazon Prime Video using the Widevine L1 DRM of the phone. The display screen has been protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which will keep minor scratches at bay.
Unfortunately, the display lacks water resistance and splash.
Cameras & Captures
In terms of cameras, POCO has stuck to the most basic configuration available at that pricing range. A primary lens of 48MP, along with a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor, has been placed on the camera panel. There is also an 8MP selfie camera.
Lack of an Ultra-wide sensor keeps M3 Pro 5G behind many contemporary phones under similar or even lower price ranges.
The camera app of the phone includes Macro mode, 48MP mode, Pro mode, Portrait mode, time-lapse, slow motion, and max 1080p video recording at a 30FPS rate.
The daytime photos shoot turns out to be very excellent, with realistic colours and a well-balanced dynamic range. Regarding the foliage and plants, the details could be faint sometimes. There is a pro colour option that increases the saturation level of the images. It will be loved by the brightness-loving people.
The primary camera takes pictures at 12MP mode by default, but users can manually switch it to 48MP mode if they want. The specialized 48MP mode captures images with excellent clarity, although some noises can also be there.
In low-light situations, the camera produces comparatively more noisy images with smeared details than its previous versions. Turning on night mode can improve exposure level to an extent; however, the noisy effect and crushed details still persist.
In affluent lighting, the front-facing 8MP selfie camera produces excellent self-portraits. The POCO M3 Pro 5G will not disappoint selfie lovers. The images are full of details and also look crisp. The work of selfie portrait mode is also respectable, although soft edges may occur in certain instances owing to factors like stray hairs and others.
The term 'Pro' of the M3 Pro refers to the CPU up-gradation above the regular model. The performance of M3 Pro's MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor is promising and creates an edge for the phone. It doesn't show any touch-responsiveness or latency problems, as the prior non-Pro model has shown.
POCO M3 Pro is available in two variants: 4GB by 64GB and 6GB by 128 GB. In this device UFS 2.2 data transfer technology is available.
The M3 Pro's capacity to run games is good. High-definition games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, and COD run smoothly without occurring any discernible overheating or lagging.
The phone has used android 11 based MIUI 12, manufactured by Xiaomi, which might get irritating sometimes. It shows different problems that hamper the overall operation of the phone, making it the most inconsistent Android software we've seen.
Battery & Charging
When it comes to battery life, a 5,000mAh battery has come with Poco M3 Pro, which lasts a long time. Users will be able to get a full day's moderate usage with just around half the battery life. Even several hours of heavy gaming won't drain out the battery in one day. You can charge the phone overnight and easily have around two full days of regular use.
The phone offers an 18W charger which is apparently not as fast as other phones of POCO. But it still it gets its job done within fewer hours.
POCO M3 Pro 5G Price in Bangladesh
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro is still not officially available in Bangladesh. However, users can still buy two variants of this phone at unofficial prices. The 4GB × 64GB variant costs around BDT 18,000 (approximately) and the 6GB × 128GB variant costs around BDT 21,000 (approximately). The price may vary depending upon sellers.
Final Verdict: Is POCO M3 Pro 5G Worth Buying?
Though there is nothing significant in the features of Poco M3 Pro 5G phone; except the 5G enabled technology. The MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset combined with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU offers a good gameplay experience. Users will also get elongated support from a 5000 mAh battery.
While competitors like Samsung A22 is offering AMOLED screen at a much lower price range, M3 Pro’s IPS display literally brings it down. Lack of stereo speaker is another drawback of this phone. Provision of an ultra-wide sensor in its rear camera series could make M3 pro 5G a better deal.
Overall, Xiaomi's Poco M3 5G comes with a good look and some standard features. People who need a budget phone for low to moderate level gaming and average camera performance can consider collecting it.