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POCO X3 product description

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC is a smartphone with a somewhat cryptic name and of which the presence of NFC is absolutely not the only or even the most important thing we should talk about. And 'X3' is also a somewhat unfortunate name because on the back it has 4 cameras instead of 3. But enough nagging, let's see what the POCO X3 is

Flagship-worthy screen

Xiaomi itself uses these 3 points to describe the POCO X3; a 120Hz DotDisplay, 64MP Quad Camera and a Snapdragon 732G. In itself an excellent summary but what does that say exactly? Starting with the screen. DotDisplay is a marketing term that Xiaomi uses more often and which in itself is not that special. What is special is the high refresh rate of 120Hz. Images are refreshed 120 times per second, which ensures a much smoother image when scrolling. This makes your phone feel faster. Xiaomi applies a variable speed. For example, X3 switches to 90 or 60 Hz during other activities such as gaming, depending on how many animations are shown. That should extend battery life. Though with a capacity of 5160 mAh, it won't be needed any time soon. In most cases, that will be enough for 2 days of use.

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Unnecessary versatile camera setup

As a camera system, Xiaomi has used a quadruple sensor. This is a 64 megapixel main camera of the Sony IMX682 type, a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle lens of 119°, a 2 MP depth camera and finally a 2 MP macro lens. Personally, the last one of us didn't have to. It does shoot extreme close-ups, but the lack of resolution makes them useless. We would much rather have seen a zoom lens and otherwise a drop in price. Even with a recommended retail price this POCO X3 gets nothing wrong. The camera has a portrait mode, AI filters and a Video Pro mode with smooth video zoom. Video can be shot in up to 4K but at up to 30 fps. Video is not its strongest point anyway, altho it is usually sufficient for social media

Main POCO X3 specifications

  • Bezel-less 6.67 inch screen with smooth 120Hz refresh rate
  • Quad camera with sharp 64MP, wide angle, macro and depth recognition
  • Big 5160 mAh battery with fast charging and USB-C charging
  • 20MP selfie camera is in small punch-hole
  • Solid Snapdragon 732G processor with neat 6 GB of RAM memory
  • Splashproof, so not completely waterproof
  • Room for memory card (slot shared with SIM card)

Ideal as gaming phone

Performance is provided by the Snapdragon 732G. A fine specimen which is only 1 step below the high-end Snapdragon 8xx series. Except for a few hiccups here and there we absolutely must not complain. For this amount it is simply more than you can expect. Gaming is also certainly one of the possibilities and thanks to the presence of stereo speakers is also extra fun. Xiaomi promises improved performance with sufficient frame rates thanks to Game Turbo 3.0. For daily use, the plastic housing is splashproof, has infra-red so the X3 can be used as a remote control and comes with an anti-bacterial cover.

POCO X3 in the news

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Xiaomi announces affordable POCO X3 NFC with 120Hz display

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Xiaomi has announced a new Poco phone with a somewhat illogical name: the X3 NFC. If you ask us NFC is definitely not the most important feature Xiaomi should emphasise. That would be the 120 Hz display or the quadruple camera system.

But that's not what Xiaomi's smart marketing guys think. The X3 NFC is the successor to the F2 Pro and the third model in the POCO series. As we are used to from this series, the X3 also has a low price tag. At least that's what we think of phones with a starting price of 229 euro.

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The POCO X3 NFC in 'Cobalt Blue' and 'Shadow Grey'

In return you get a 6.67 inch large DotDisplay. As far as we are concerned, this display is also the star of the show because it has a high 120Hz refresh rate. Until yesterday you had to pay almost 700 euros if you wanted a phone with a similar screen. The X3 automatically switches between 50, 60, 90 and 120Hz to get the best battery life. Not that the 5160 mAh large battery runs out quickly. What's more, it supports fast charging with 33 Watts. In less than half an hour, it's already half full.

First with Snapdragon 732G

On the back of the POCO X3 NFC, Xiaomi applies a four-headed camera system with 64MP main camera and f/1.89 lens, 13MP camera with 119° ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth of field camera. A separate zoom camera is missing, so you can zoom in on the 64MP sensor without immediately seeing any loss of quality. Inside, room has been made for a Snapdragon 732G; a slightly faster version of the 730G that was announced a week ago. The latter uses Xiaomi's flagship Mi Note 10 Pro. A powerful chipset for good performance.

Early-bird offer

Xiaomi will ship the POCO X3 NFC from 10 September in the colours Cobalt Blue and Shadow Grey. In terms of memory storage you can choose between 64GB and 128GB. The first version costs 229 euros and for more memory you need to pay 269 euros. In both cases you will get 6GB of RAM memory (RAM) which is more than reasonable in this price category. Xiaomi has an early-bird offer. From 10 September 13:00 till 14 September 23:59 you pay 199 euros for the entry-level model, the 64GB model will set you back 249 euros.

POCO X3 specification summary

Dimensions 165,3 x 76,8 x 9,4 mm
Weight 215 gr
Product code J20
EAN code 7423410221248, 7423410217234, 7423410212239, 6941059650454, 6941059650447, 6941059650430, 6941059650423
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 10
Colour display 6.67 inch, DotDisplay, hole-punch display
Camera 13 MP, 2 MP, 2 MP, 64 MP
Front camera 20 MP
Processor 2.3 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, octa core
Dirt and waterproof
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 5160 mAh
Fast charging

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POCO X3 alternatives

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POCO X3 (J20)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (N975)
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (G986)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (G781)
Motorola Moto G8 Power

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android109.0 (Pie)101010
Colour display6.67 inch, DotDisplay, hole-punch display6.8 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.5 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.4 inch, Max Vision Full HD+, hole-punch display
Camera13 MP, 2 MP, 2 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP, VGA camera12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 8 MP16 MP, 2 MP, 8 MP, 8 MP
Front camera20 MP10 MP10 MP32 MP16 MP
Processor2.3 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, octa coreOcta coreOcta coreQualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa core
Dirt and waterproof
P2i coating
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
Internal memory128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)64 GB (Storage)
Battery5160 mAh4300 mAh4500 mAh4500 mAh5000 mAh
Fast charging

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