Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand has launched its latest entry-level mobile phone Poco M3. Like most other Poco phones, the M3’s relatively low price also has a strong specification sheet.
The Poco M3 has a 6.53-inch 1080p LCD with a waterdrop notch for an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The display is very basic: the chin at the bottom is large, the fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button on the side instead of the screen, and the frequency of the panel is only 60Hz, but it is clear enough to be used well.
The design of this phone will definitely stand out from the back, with a large glossy camera bump on it with a bright white “POCO” logo printed on it. The main camera is 48 megapixels, while the other two cameras have only 2-megapixel depth and macro sensors, so this is not a true three-camera setup.
Although the case of the phone is made of plastic, it uses a glossy leather appearance, which is much better to the touch than most other plastic phones. Available in black, yellow, and blue.
The M3 processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, paired with 4GB RAM. It runs MIUI12 on Android 10. The battery has an impressive 6,000mAh, and the phone weighs 9.6mm thick, but the weight is manageable, weighing only 198g.
There are 64GB or 128GB storage options, and the phone has two SIM card slots in addition to a separate microSD slot. There is also a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
Xiaomi will launch the Poco M3 online on Black Friday, November 27. The early pricing in the United States is $129 for the 64GB model and $149 for the 128GB model. Regular prices are $149 for 64GB and $169 for 128GB.
Even at these higher prices, M3 seems to be in line with American market standards. For example, you can compare it to this year’s Moto E, which starts at $149 but has a 720p screen, Snapdragon 632 processor, Micro USB port, 32GB storage space, and only 2GB RAM.