Poco M3 Review | NDTV Gadgets 360

The Poco M3 is the newest smartphone from Poco to hit the Indian market. The corporate has positioned it within the sub-Rs.15,000 value phase to compete with the likes of the Redmi 9 Energy and the Moto G9 Energy. It’s the successor to the Poco M2, and has some enhancements within the type of an even bigger battery, extra RAM, and upgraded cameras. Will this be sufficient to make it higher than the competitors? Take a look at our full evaluation to search out out.

Poco M3 design

The Poco M3 is roughly the identical dimension because the Poco M2. You get a 6.53-inch show with a dewdrop notch on the prime. The bezels are thick throughout however that is acceptable given the worth of the smartphone. Poco has used a plastic physique for the M3, and it feels strong sufficient. The again panel has a textured end which helps hold fingerprints off it, and helps when gripping the smartphone.

Poco has bumped up the battery capability on the M3, and it has a 6,000mAh battery in comparison with the 5,000mAh one within the Poco M2. Because of this the smartphone now weighs 197g, and that is noticeable if you are holding it. Poco has curved the again of the smartphone alongside the edges which makes it comfy to carry.

The facility and the amount buttons are on the proper, and are well-positioned, making them simple to hit. The facility button has the fingerprint scanner built-in into it. These buttons additionally offered good clicky suggestions which prevented second guesses. On the left aspect is the SIM tray, whereas the three.5mm audio jack and an IR emitter are on prime together with a secondary speaker. The Poco M3 has a USB Sort-C port on the backside of the body, together with the first microphone and the speaker.

The 8-megpixel selfie digicam sits within the dewdrop notch


The again of the Poco M3 is effectively designed and makes the smartphone look costlier than it truly is. The raised digicam module has a piano black design aspect round it that throughout the again of the telephone and has a big Poco brand. Whereas this seems to be good, it is the one spot on the Poco M3 that picks up fingerprints. This additionally prevents the telephone from rocking about an excessive amount of when mendacity flat on a desk.

You get a 22.5W charger within the field together with a clear case. Poco additionally pre-applies a display protector on the M3. There are three color selections: Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Energy Black. I had a Poco Yellow unit for this evaluation, and its vivid color did seize consideration.

Poco M3 specs and software program

The Poco M3 is among the many few sub-Rs. 12,000 smartphones to sport a full-HD+ show. Most producers provide an HD+ decision on this value vary, with the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Energy (Overview) being one different exception. The 6.53-inch show on the Poco M3 has a 19.5:9 side ratio which makes it tall and slender. Poco gives Corning Gorilla Glass 3 safety which is a neat contact.

When it comes to {hardware}, the Poco M3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor which is a typical alternative at this value. It is usually seen powering the Redmi 9 Energy and the Moto G9 Energy. You get 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM on the M3, paired with both 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage or 12GB of UFS 2.2 storage. I had the bottom variant with 64GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 10,999, for this evaluation. The upper variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. It’s a little odd that the storage variants have two totally different requirements. Given the small value distinction between the 2, there’s little or no incentive to decide on the bottom variant. Storage is expandable by as much as 512GB utilizing the devoted microSD card slot. When it comes to connectivity, the Poco M3 will get Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, twin 4G, and 5 navigation programs.

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The side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Poco M3 is straightforward to succeed in


You get MIUI 12 on prime of Android 10 on the Poco M3. The UI is similar to MIUI on Xiaomi gadgets, with a number of delicate modifications. This smartphone was operating the December Android safety patch which is current sufficient. The Poco M3 is meant to be freed from advertisements within the UI, not like its Redmi cousins, and I didn’t discover any in the course of the evaluation interval. There have been additionally no spammy notifications, which suggestions the scales in favour of Poco over Xiaomi. Nevertheless, you continue to get a good variety of preinstalled apps on the Poco M3 reminiscent of Fb, GetApps, Netflix, LinkedIn, Mi Credit score, Mi Pay, and some video games. I may uninstall all of those besides Mi Pay.

You probably have used a Poco or a Xiaomi smartphone prior to now, the UI will really feel very acquainted. Even if you’re switching from a unique system, you would not face any main points right here. The Poco M3 makes use of the three navigation buttons by default, however you possibly can swap to swipe-based navigation very simply. Different gestures such because the three-finger swipe to take a screenshot are additionally current.

Poco M3 efficiency and battery life

The Poco M3 ran with none complaints for your complete week I used to be utilizing it. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is handy to succeed in and fast to unlock the smartphone. You do have the choice to arrange face recognition too, and it labored effectively. I may multitask between apps simply, and with 6GB of RAM, the telephone may juggle between a number of apps earlier than killing them within the background. The show on the Poco M3 is first rate sufficient to be legible indoors however I discovered the brightness to be barely on the decrease aspect when outdoor. Whereas watching movies, the stereo audio system do improve the general expertise.

I ran the standard benchmark exams to see the place the Poco M3 stands in comparison with the competitors. In AnTuTu, the Poco M3 scored 180,594 factors, which is in the identical vary because the Redmi 9 Energy. It additionally managed to attain 5883 factors in PCMark Work 2.0. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core exams, it scored 312 and 1,340 respectively. The Poco M3 managed 31fps and 12fps in GFXBench’s Automobile Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics exams respectively.

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Poco M3 has a 48-megapixel major digicam


I performed Name Of Obligation Cell on the Poco M3, and it defaulted to the Excessive graphics high quality and Medium body fee. The sport was playable with none stutter however the rear did get barely heat across the digicam module. I performed the sport for 10 minutes and seen a 3 % battery drop. The battery drain is barely on the upper aspect, however given the large battery, it’s best to be capable of play for fairly a while earlier than needing to cost the telephone.

With my utilization, the Poco M3 may simply final over a day and a half. In our HD video loop take a look at, the telephone went on for about 16 hours. Charging the M3 utilizing the provided charger acquired it to twenty-eight % in half-hour and 54 % in an hour. Charging the telephone absolutely took over 2 hours.

Poco M3 cameras

The Poco M3 sports activities a triple digicam setup on the again consisting of a 48-megapixel major digicam, a 2-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter within the dewdrop notch. The digicam app is straightforward and straightforward to make use of. All of the settings are effectively laid out, however you continue to want to enter a sub-menu to make use of the macro digicam, one thing Poco hasn’t modified but. The digicam app has AI inbuilt, and when it is enabled, it will probably recognise what the telephone is pointed in direction of and apply settings accordingly.

Images taken with the Poco M3 turned out effectively. In daylight, the telephone managed first rate pictures however I needed to set HDR to Auto each time I relaunched the digicam app. Objects at a distance had first rate element in brighter areas however the shadows lacked definition. Shut-up pictures have been common, and I needed to wait at occasions for the telephone to lock focus. The Poco M3 did handle to separate the topic from the background and apply a mushy depth impact.

Poco M3 daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Poco M3 close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


In portrait pictures, the Poco M3 managed good edge detection. It’s able to recognising individuals in addition to objects, and it permits you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. The Macro digicam permits you to get nearer to the topic in comparison with the first digicam. The output is of a decrease decision with a lot decrease ranges of element.

Poco M3 portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Poco M3 macro digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Low-light digicam efficiency was beneath common and I may see grain within the output. With Evening mode enabled, the telephone takes about 4 seconds to seize a shot. The output in Evening Mode has higher element and grain is extra beneath management, however it seems to be oversharpened.

Poco M3 low-light digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Poco M3 Evening mode digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Selfies taken with the Poco M3 have been simply common and the color tone was a bit off. You do get the choice to take portrait pictures, which had good edge detection. Low-light selfies have been common as effectively, and had extreme smoothening utilized.

Poco M3 low-light selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Video recording tops out at 1080p for the first digicam in addition to the selfie shooter. There isn’t any stabilisation, leading to shaky footage.


The Poco M3 is a handsome smartphone, if that’s essential to you. It gives a succesful processor and 6GB of RAM, and delivers good efficiency. Gaming and multitasking are comfy, and the 6,000mAh battery delivers good battery life. Alternatively, digicam efficiency is not its strongest go well with. If you’re available in the market wanting on the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Energy (Overview), the Poco M3 is roughly the identical package deal with extra RAM and with out the advertisements. If you would like extra options to contemplate, do take a look at our checklist of one of the best smartphones beneath Rs. 15,000.

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