The Poco M3 Pro 5G has been unveiled yesterday through a live event. Poco is really excited about this one since they kept releasing multiple sneak peeks and teasers, and this phone was also rumoured multiple times. This is a budget 5G phone everyone was being hyped for.
Let’s get on with the specs shall we, starting with the processor.
The phone’s tagline is “More Speed, More Everything” and it can’t be truer than that. The phone packs a fast, almost flagship-level Dimensity 700, equivalent to a Snapdragon 750G chipset. This processor is processed on a 7nm node and is 5G enabled like almost all of Dimensity chipsets. For the GPU, it comes with a Mali-G57 GPU.
Seen through AnTuTu, it should obviously blow midrange 4G chipsets out of the water. This is a no-brainer, so we don’t know why Poco even included this other than for marketing purposes. Plus, the Snapdragon 662 is based on an 11nm process and the Snapdragon 720G is based on an 8nm process.
The camera is nothing special, it’s just typical to your other midrangers. It consists of a 48mp sensor (F/1.8, 26mm. 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF), and two 2mp depth and macro sensors. The main focus of this phone is 5G after all and this camera system may be a cost-cutting measure.
It’s amazing how budget phones get a higher refresh rate previously seen on flagship phones or higher midrange phones only. The phone is equipped with a 6.5in. IPS LCD with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone also has Poco’s DynamicSwitch feature which automatically adjust your refresh rate accordingly, to save battery life. For example, the phone will revert to 60Hz whenever you’re watching a video and then back to 90Hz when playing a game that supports this refresh rate.
In addition, it also has a punch-hole notch instead of waterdrop, making the phone look cleaner and feel more premium.
For the battery, Poco has used a modest size of 5000mAh capacity battery coupled with 18W fast charging. When you purchase the phone, you also get a 22.5W fast charger in the box.
Poco said the phone can last for up to two days, and in their testing, that’s equivalent of 16h of gaming, 22h of streaming and 178h of music.
While some Xiaomi phones don’t have an IR blaster, most of them have. It is a tradition. So, like most Xiaomi phones, this one includes an IR Blaster which you can use to control appliances and electronics with an IR port in them, like TVs, air conditioners and others. This also has a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can use your wired headphones on the go. In addition, the phone supports NFC, which is region-dependent.
Before we head on the pricing, let’s go first with the colours. Poco showed some of the colours that made the cut, and those that haven’t. On the left you could see a variety of colours that didn’t make it, including the pink one which would be cool if it did make it, as it stands out, and is already our favourite colour among the rest. There is also a yellow similar to Realme GT’s yellow theme.
The colours that did make the cut include the Cool Blue, Power Black and the flagship colour, Poco Yellow. The design is exactly similar found in the rumour mills.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G is ready for pre-orders today and, as promised, is priced below 200 EUR, although just barely below. The 4/64 variant is priced at 179 EUR (~10.4K php) and the 6/128 is priced at 199 EUR (~11.6K php). Xiaomi, as always, is offering an early bird price everytime a new phone debuts, so this phone also gets that treatment. Until the 22nd, the phone will be discounted to 159 EUR (~9.3K php) and 179 EUR (~10.4K php) for the 4/64 and 6/128 variants respectively.
Though the phone is not out yet in the Philippines, it is more than likely to be available here, alongside a livestream to go with it considering the Redmi Note 10 5G has recently been announced to be available as well. Also, the regular Poco M3 is around for sale.
Be sure to check out Poco’s Facebook page for updates!
Source: Poco M3 Pro 5G Livestream (has ended)