Is the US$500-ish price tag of the new Pocophone still a bit much for your wallet? Well, the good news is, there’s now a mid-range Pocophone. Folks, meet the new Poco X3 NFC. A new addition to this year’s Pocophone lineup that, strangely, gets a 120 Hz display that its higher-end sibling doesn’t.
Power is derived from Qualcomm’s newest “flagship” mid-range chip, Snapdragon 732G, featuring 8nm process Qualcomm Kryo 470 CPU. Octacore processor, of course, and Adreno 618 GPU along with 4th-Gen Qualcomm AIE.
It is offered with 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and a choice of 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. Neither is the fastest in the smartphone realm right now, but it will do for a mid-range device like this one.
The display is a 6.67-inch item, a “DotDisplay” which is basically a fancy name for hole-punched display. Speaking of display, this mid-range device has something the flagship doesn’t have: a high refresh rate display (120 Hz) and 240 Hz touch sampling rate.
However, it is worthy to note that the refresh rate is adaptive. When the screen is not “in motion”, refresh rate is 50 Hz to reduce power consumption. But when you are scrolling or jumping between apps, the screen will adapt to the app.
Resolution is still FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and so, if you want anything more eye-watering, you have look elsewhere. It also has a slightly faster fast charging at 33W out-of-the-box and hold up… it also has a beefier battery, at 5,170 mAh.
Imaging is by the way of a quad-camera, comprising of a 64 MP Sony IMX682 sensor, a 13 MP ultra wide-angle camera (119-degree), a 2 MP macro camera (not superbly close though, at 4 cm), and a now rather rudimentary 2 MP depth sensor.
Over at the front, a tiny hole punch houses 20 MP “AI” selfie camera. The main camera setup can do up to 4K videoing at 30 fps and 720p super slo-mo at 960 fps.
The device has a hybrid SIM slot that supports a nano SIM plus another nano SIM or microSD card (supports up to 256 GB).
Other worthy mentions include GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, AI face unlock, LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, Hi-Res Audio certified, dual stereo speakers with “self-cleaning” support (???), 3.5 mm headphone jack and the usual suite of sensors, including an IR blaster.
All these for a starting price of US$238.80. Quite a steal if you ask me, but only if you don’t mind picking it up from AliExpress which is appears to be the only place that is selling it at this point. Oh, wait. We forgot to mention that the device will come with an “anti-bacteria case”: