Xiaomi Poco’s sub-brand has launched its latest entry-level phone, the Poco M3. As with most Poco phones, the M3 comes at a relatively low price.
The Poco M3’s 6.53-inch 1080p LCD display has a water drop notch for the 8-megapixel self-timer camera. The display is pretty solid: the chin at the bottom is big enough, the fingerprint sensor is built into the power button on the side, not the screen, and the panel is only 60Hz, but sharp enough and perfectly usable.
The design of the phone certainly stands out from the back, with a large glossy camera bulge adorned with a bright white “POCO” logo. The main camera is 48 megapixels, but the other two cameras only have 2 megapixel sensors for depth and macro, so it doesn’t really make sense to set up a triple camera. While the body of the phone is made of plastic, it uses a leather coating that feels much more comfortable than most plastic phones. Available in black, yellow and blue.
The M3’s processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 paired with 4GB of RAM. MIUI 12 runs on top of Android 10. The battery is an impressive 6000 mAh, the phone is peppery but quite manageable at 9.6mm thick and weighs 198g. There is 64 or 128 GB of storage, and the phone has two SIM slots in addition to two separate SIM slots. There is also a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
Xiaomi will make the Poco M3 available online on Black Friday, November 27, with an early US price starting at $ 129 for the 64GB model and $ 149 for 128GB. The standard price is $ 149 for 64 GB and $ 169 for 128 GB.
Even at such higher prices, it seems that M3 will be very good value for money by US market standards. You could compare it to this year’s Moto E, for example, which starts at the same price of $ 149, but has a 720p screen, Snapdragon 632 processor, Micro USB port, 32GB of storage and just 2GB of RAM.