Xiaomi Poco F3 Hardware Performance/ Price and Camera Review
In the Poco F3 we get a glass body, a large AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and one of the best processors – the Snapdragon 870 5G. The stereo speakers have support for Dolby Atmos technology when battery life is still high. This new smartphone from Poco is good at everything.
Design and appearance
Externally, the Poco F3 smartphone in many ways resembles the Mi 11 – the new flagship from Xiaomi. The body on both sides is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, and the side frames are rounded.
The camera module on the back also repeats the Mi 11 and looks attractive. Protection against water and dust – no, unlike the Poco X3 Pro and X3, in any case, Xiaomi did not mention it anywhere..
We have three body colors to choose from: Arctic White, Night Black and Deep Ocean Blue. You won’t see any gradients or strange reflections. However, the first two colors have a glossy finish, which leaves a lot of fingerprints on it. If this is critical for you, I advise you to take the blue version.
The bezels around the F3’s screen are not very large, while the opening for the front camera is one of the smallest among the competitors. It’s located at the top of the panel, right in the middle.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the side, and the earpiece is hidden by a thin grill at the top, which forms a stereo pair with the main transducer. There is no notification LED, although in the settings you can enable a special option for backlighting the screen.
There is nothing on the left side, while the volume and power keys are located on the right. The power button has a built-in fingerprint scanner, it also activates the always-on mode. At the bottom you can find a USB-C connector, a dual SIM slot and a microphone.
The dimensions of the device are acceptable, being 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, which is approximately equal to the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The Poco smartphone weighs 196 grams, which is 20 grams less than the Poco F2 Pro and X3 Pro.
Smooth AMOLED screen
The Poco F3’s screen is perhaps the biggest update to the F2 Pro. While it is the same 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution, it now supports 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch layer polling rate.
There is support for HDR10 + and Widevine L1 DRM, which means you can enable the highest quality available on streaming video services. The refresh rate of the display is dynamic, it will automatically switch between 60, 90 and 120 Hz, depending on what is happening on the screen. You can also select the static 60Hz mode, which will save battery power.
When showing videos, the refresh rate drops to 60Hz, just like when browsing websites. It only increases with full interaction with the display.
The maximum automatic brightness reaches 900 nits, and when watching HDR video – 1300 nits. It can be manually raised to about 500 nits, which should be enough for most situations. However, the settings slider itself is not implemented very well here, the first 200 nits are stretched by 80–85%, while the remaining 300 nits are stretched by 15–20% of the slider length. The minimum brightness is 2.1 nits, which is a very good result.
Xiaomi Poco F3 cameras
In the new Poco F3 phone, we get three main cameras on the back. The kit is similar to the X3 Pro, but instead of a depth sensor, it has a macro lens with autofocus. The front selfie camera shoots at a maximum resolution of 20MP.
The Poco camera app is standard from MIUI. There is a 2x digital zoom option when Pro mode works for all three cameras. Available to us and the ability to shoot photos with a resolution of 48-MP. The main camera also has shutter speed settings up to 30 seconds, and ISO up to 6400.
The main lens is a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor with a Quad Bayer filter. The Sony IM355 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and the 5MP autofocus macro lens working at a distance of 3 to 7 cm are assisted. By default, the main F3 sensor shoots at 12-megapixel resolution. The quality is quite typical for the mid-range segment, but, with the Redmi Note 10 Pro and its 108MP camera, it cannot be compared.
The Xiaomi Poco F3 does not have a depth sensor, so the separation of the subject and the background in Portrait mode is inferior to the X3 Pro or Note 10 Pro. However, an important advantage of the main camera is that it shoots great in low light. Saturation and contrast are high and hues are balanced. Alas, saving photos while Night mode is active still takes a few seconds of your time.
There is good electronic stabilization available, for any resolution, although the SuperSteady mode was not available on the F3. Three microphones record 360-degree surround sound when shooting. They also eliminate background noise and can even sort of get closer to the subject when the cameras are zoomed.
Poco F3 runs on Android 11 OS with a Poco version of the MIUI 12 shell. Unlike the standard MIUI version, the themes and icons have been slightly changed here, although they can be easily changed.
The notification panel is divided into Notification Center and Control Center. As on the iPhone, to show them, you need to swipe down from the left or right. If you don’t like this approach, you can return to the familiar panel.
The task manager has hardly changed; it shows all open applications in two columns. Hold any of them to switch to split screen mode, swipe left or right will close the program. At the top there is now a button to enable Floating Windows, a new MIUI 12 feature. Alas, only one application can be made floating at a time.
Poco’s F3 uses one of the fastest processors in its class, the Snapdragon 870 5G as of today. This is an update to last year’s flagship-grade SD865 chipset. The clock speed of the cores has become even higher – it reaches 3.2 GHz. At the same time, the graphics processor has changed, now it’s Adreno 650.
The results in the performance test AnTuTu 8 are simply amazing, the smartphone is gaining 632 thousand points. It is far ahead of absolutely all competitors, the closest pursuer of the Moto G100 on Snapdragon 870, which has 556 thousand points.