The recently launched Poco X3 NFC made a big splash with an entry price of just Php11k. It’s also the first smartphone to be powered by the newer Snapdragon 732G chipset.
The Poco X3 is certainly geared towards gamers with its 120Hz high refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate with a very capable Adreno 618 GPU coupled with Elite Gaming features. The Adreno 618 GPU on the Poco X3 is 15% better than the other 618 in previous 720G and 730G chipsets. The 732G is composed of a dual Kryo 470 @ 2.3GHz and 6-core Kryo 470 @ 1.8GHz which puts the maximum clock speed a tad faster than the 2.2GHz of the 730G.
Right out of the box, the phone feels solid and nice, a bit hefty on the hands with a glossy finish at the back that looks like its made out of glass. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom, along with the speaker grill, primary mic and the 3.5mm audio port. On the left side is the SIM card slot, noise-canceling mic up top with the IR blaster and (surprisingly) a secondary speaker grill as well. On the right side are the volume controls and power button that also serves as the fingerprint sensor.
At the back is the large camera module that protrudes off the back panel. The. quad-camera setup is composed of the main 64MP f/1.9 wide shooter with PDAF, and ultrawide 13 MP, f/2.2, a 2MP f/2.4 macro, and another 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. There’s a dual-LED flash alongside them, making the module look like a 5-eyed monster.
The cobalt blue color that we got has a nice band of accent with strip lines that cuts along the middle of the back panel and a huge Poco logo at the bottom end. This aggressive look gives the Poco X3 a hint of gaminess owing to the massive camera setup and the gamer-centric performance it offers.