Anonymous, 17 Feb 2021If you already have Redmi Note 8 Pro, it's not a huge upgrade for you. It's much m... moreThank you very much! But I couldn't find the FPS meter in developer option I checked like 3-5 times from top to bottom and can't find the option , maybe I don't have it or I'm just blind! Tried to look for Power monitor but can't find it in developer option! Maybe I'm blind! And I don't really care about camera I barely take any ! And how's the temp when gaming for long hours doesn't heat?
Muzungo, 16 Feb 2021Thank you for your big explaination of the phone. I'm using a 'Redmi Note 8 pro... morei mean if it phones not giving ya problems u don't have to upgrade. that is unless u simply want 120hz
Gul, 16 Feb 2021Ahan man, thanks for these good tips and things to look out for. Im definitely going to keep t... moreYes, exactly! I'm also looking forward to 12.5.
There is another solution as well. I heard about stuttering & camera app issues from multiple Mi 10T users. They claimed to have fixed it by installing/flashing "Xiaomi.eu" ROM.
I haven't tried it myself. It's supposedly a official ROM by Xiaomi, but with less bloatwares & no ads.
Flashing ROMs voids warranty. Not sure if this will too as it's official, but it's a probability.
Muzungo, 16 Feb 2021Thank you for your big explaination of the phone.
I'm using a 'Redmi Note 8 pro... moreIf you already have Redmi Note 8 Pro, it's not a huge upgrade for you.
It's much more impressive but it depends on if what it offers is something you specifically look for in a phone. In which case, you might find it to be a decent upgrade.
I think here's what you can expect:
- Stereo speaker
- More accurate voice recording (as compared to Redmi Note 8, not sure about Pro & it's still just 96kbps)
- Some extra camera features (stabilised 4K from ultra wide & main camera, stabilised 1080p@60FPS, stabilised 1080p from ultra wide camera).
Its camera also has many fun features like VLOG, Dual Video, Clone Video & Picture, Macro video recording and more. I don't which ones Redmi Note 8 Pro has.
- If you play games then enable Developers Options, find Power Monitor & enable FPS Meter.
Try playing PUBG/other games & observe FPS fluctuations. Unlock Extreme/60FPS frame rate with GFX Tool.
If the FPS fluctuates or drops a lot, then you'll get better gaming performance in Poco X3. I'm playing PUBG on HD Graphics with Shadows using Gamers GLTool Pro, and I get stable 60FPS.
At best, it drops to 57,58 even with screen recorder.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think Helio G90T can manage around 50-55FPS on low graphics, right?
- Very good touch response. It has 240Hz touch sampling rate, which is very high compared to other phones - mainly good for gamers.
- Lower Screen Brightness, but it's still good.
- Faster charging. Almost twice as fast.
It charges 50-60% in 30min. I absolutely love this as a heavy user.
- The chipset is more battery efficient as well, so you should get somewhat better battery timing with same settings.
- A little heavier due to bigger battery, but you'll get used to it in 1-2 days.
If I had Redmi Note 8 Pro, I would probably look for a phone with:
1. More capable camera. Like the cameras of Samsung Galaxy A71, A70 (bad in low light & no EIS) & Vivo V20. They record better quality videos & pictures are more appealing in terms of faces/skin/people. And have lower sharpness.
I don't think Poco X3 camera quality is that much better than Note 8 Pro, just that it's more capable at video recording due to stabilisation.
If the camera has OIS, then even better. Something like OnePlus phones, especially OnePlus 7T & 7 Pro which have everything I'd like in a phone.
2. Better display quality, if I usually watch videos/movies on my phone.
Mainly a good quality OLED/AMOLED display as they show about a billion colors while IPS shows about 16 million colors.
3. Gaming performance, if I'm a gamer. In future, playing PUBG on 90 & 120FPS is going to be goal of midrange gamers, like Mi 10T (but it's bad other than for gaming). Stable 60FPS will slowly become a norm among midrange gamers.
Poco X3 definitely shocked me with its gaming performance. I honestly feel that it's better than iPhone X for gaming, as:
- It already gives 60FPS on HD Graphics with Shadows, same as iPhone X.
- It has very high touch sampling rate, so its touch response is better than iPhone X, or in worst case it's similar. (I felt it was similar when I played on iPhone X).
- Bigger screen, which makes spotting enemies easier.
- Way better battery timing. iPhone X lasts around 3-4 matches.
Anonymous, 15 Feb 2021Further Detailed Review:
Performance wise, it's amazing. I'm a he... moreThank you for your big explaination of the phone.
I'm using a 'Redmi Note 8 pro' is it worth to upgrade to Poco X3 ? It's like will I feel a different better performance compared to the Redmi note 8 pro ? Thank in Advance!
Anonymous, 16 Feb 2021Your software version will remain as it is on hard reset. Just your data & settings will b... moreAhan man, thanks for these good tips and things to look out for. Im definitely going to keep this in mind once i plan to hard reset my phone in the coming days or so, will update over here then. Fingers crossed meanwhile, you're right its vital to not allow any process/scanning applications, they're just using up our ram in the bakcground.
Also 120hz is smooth like you said but then again i face stuttering most on 120hz, rest gaming is fine and performance before this hard reset is around 7.5-8 with daily usage and gaming ocassionally, i just hope a hard reset makes my phone smooth forever with 120 hz, even if the refresh rates switches, i just hate the stuttering and everything.
Also i have reduced the animation and transition scale to 0.5 each..
Anonymous, 16 Feb 2021I forgot to mention. I don't recommend installing updates as faulty adaptation of update ... moreYeah noted man thanks about that tip, im also beware of the updates now and really do not want to download those updates which take away more than what they give. As a first time user of xiaomi phones im starting to appreciate this tip more and more :) just looking forward to mui 12.5 though..hoping its going to bring major upgrades
Anonymous, 16 Feb 2021Your software version will remain as it is on hard reset. Just your data & settings will b... moreI forgot to mention. I don't recommend installing updates as faulty adaptation of update often causes these bugs/issues.
That's also why sometimes only some user experience the problem while others don't.
I only update my phone if:
1. The update brings a specific feature I want. For example, Android 10 brought internal sound recording feature. Otherwise, Android 8 & 10 are practically same to me.
2. The update specifically mentions in its "Change log" that it'll fix a certain problem that *I'm facing*.
Gul, 16 Feb 2021I want to know that as i've commented here on the forum before about my stuttering experi... moreYour software version will remain as it is on hard reset. Just your data & settings will be gone. And yes, hard reset does fix issues/bugs caused by update most of the time.
For settings, I usually spend like 30+ minutes every time I buy a phone to set them properly - so I can't specifically write it down as I don't remember. My Poco X3 loses 50% battery in about 7 hours of continuous use - if I make it 60Hz. But I love its smoothness at 120Hz, so I keep it at that.
You should follow 1 generic rule for settings. Don't turn on/allow anything that'll require any "activity" to take place. On the contrary, disable things that are performing activities you don't need as well.
For example, I turned off face recognition, different kinds of scannings (Google Play Protect is also scanning process if you think about it), never log into Xiaomi account, some sync tasks & unnecessary/trivial AI processes and such.
You can also enable Developers Options & Disable App Monitoring. Also lower animation scales to make UI faster.
Anonymous, 15 Feb 2021I fully agree. I have the poco x3 since 3 months and I bought the Tecno Pova ( 60 hertz )2 wee... moreIts because it keep changing between 60 hz and 120 hz to avoid baterry drain too much thats why it keep stuttering when you in the same page too long
I want to know that as i've commented here on the forum before about my stuttering experience and slow animations of poco x3 nfc after around 2 weeks of use. So i have decided to factory reset the device for the first time since i bought it..Can anyone here recommend which settings to keep off and which to keep on which might had make my device behave like this when the shopkeeper set it up for me. Also will factory resetting flash the ram of my device as well? Will i still get to keep the mui 12.7 which i currently have on my x3. I'm using the global variant, 6/128..thanks
Anonymous, 15 Feb 2021I fully agree. I have the poco x3 since 3 months and I bought the Tecno Pova ( 60 hertz )2 wee... moreI have the same issue with my poco x3 nfc , been having it for more than 3 months now..the stuttering and slower animations really makes me disappointed but gaming performance and multi tasking goes well, however the stuttering remains weird in settings application, and whatsapp, like theres alot of stuttering even at 90 hz!;[
My phone's battery drops to 98% without any uses. Also, I have read reviews where people say their phone reaches 50% at around 6-7 hours. But mine drops to 30% with just 4-5 hours of browsing and youtube at 50% brightness.
At what percentage is it better to charge the phone?
Can anyone tell me what is the average hours of battery and how to stop the battery drain without any uses?
My phone is just 1 week old btw.
Bro, 08 Feb 2021The refresh rate is nothing. It's feels like any other phone.I fully agree. I have the poco x3 since 3 months and I bought the Tecno Pova ( 60 hertz )2 weeks ago it is way much smoother than the poco on both 60 and 120hz Like there is some "stuttering " when scrolling no smoothness at all.
Anonymous, 14 Feb 2021I bought it Poco X3 NFC (6, 128GB) 12 hours ago.
No screen flicker issue in my unit at max... moreFurther Detailed Review:
Performance wise, it's amazing. I'm a heavy user who multiple apps & plays some games, but has never lagged.
Display smoothness is as you'd expect from 120Hz (extremely smooth). It further makes its performance "appear" better.
You don't have to worry about poor performance in 2 years, as it's giving me 60FPS on High Graphics of PUBG with Shadows. Which means, it's very powerful.
Just avoid software updates unless necessary, because updates bring bugs & problems - which can lower performance, battery and even make camera worse.
For multitasking, it has only closed 1 background app so far in my experience. So it's fine as well.
Xiaomi phones are aggressive at closing apps, so it depends on how much multitasking do you personally do - and how heavy is each of the app involved (like too many browser pages will make it heavy).
So I'd say it's good, but not the best phone for multitasking.
Battery back up is pretty good. If you use:
- 60Hz screen Refresh Rate
- 25%-50% Brightness
- Normal apps (Facebook, Browser, Video Player, Music Player, WhatsApp, Messenger, Downloads, little bit Camera but not too much)
- Don't enable too many Xiaomi features in settings (like I haven't)
- Wired Earphones
Then it'll drain 50% battery in about 7 hours of continuous usage. *This is my honest & personally tested battery review.*
But if you use 120Hz refresh rate, then it'll drain faster. But it'll still be good enough.
Also, battery is not an issue for me personally as it charges 0-100% in just 1 hour.
Today, I warmed up food from fridge & by the time I finished eating it, its battery charged from 30% to 70% already.
I saw its drop test on a concrete footpath along with other phone from Samsung, Realme & I think Huawei.
He dropped each phone multiple times without cover & Poco X3 was the only phone whose display didn't break. Also note that Poco X3 was Indian variant which is heavier than Global/NFC variant.
Only its back camera glass broke, and that's why I recommend buying a new/special cover for it that protects its camera glass properly.
It has official dust & water/splash proof certification.
Which is reassuring for long term use - but don't test it, still protect it!!!
However, it didn't do as good as some other phones I've seen in "bend test". So avoid folding/twisting/pressing your phone.
But again, that bend test was performed on Indian variant which has plastic frame. Our Pakistani/Global/NFC variant has Aluminum frame which should make it little stronger than Indian variant.
You can find the test I'm talking about on YouTube. It's done by "Gupta Information System" channel.
It's important to understand that there are different kinds of cameras, and what kind of camera do you personally want for yourself.
- Oppo has very good & realistic beautification effect which has earned it the title of "Selfie King".
- Some cameras are better in low light, but usually aren't as good as other phones in daylight due to high level of sharpness. High sharpness is also bad for capturing faces, as it can make your skin appear to have big open pores even if you don't.
- Some phones are better for capturing details, like Pixels. But too much detail is not ideal for selfie cameras, as most people don't want their pimples & flaws to be too noticeable.
- Softness (opposite of sharpness) in selfie camera fixes both issues of too much detail & high sharpness. It can be implemented with the help of app called "Gcam".
About Poco X3 Camera.
1. It keeps noise very low even in low light (pixel ni phat'te) for both pictures & videos (including for 4K videos with only 12W bulb at night - except for 4K from ultra wide camera).
This makes its pictures & videos appear much clearer than most phones.
It's better than Samsung Galaxy A51, Galaxy A50 and Realme 6 Pro.
- Selfie camera has a bit of noise in low light conditions, but is still overall better than Samsung Galaxy A51, A50 & Realme 6 Pro.
- Using a suitable "Gcam" with right settings will fix this problem (adjust Luma & Chroma Denoise in Lib Patcher).
Key Note: "Suitable" & "Right Settings".
2. Details are good even in low light, for both pictures & videos. Which is impressive, because usually cameras with lower noise offer very low details (because removing noise also removes details).
- Detail levels in stock app is already comparable to Gcam of some other phones I've used. It's highly optimized.
3. It balances out shadows & highlights nicely (dynamic range) even in low light, for both pictures & videos.
4. Colours are slightly over-saturated like all Xiaomi phones. This is its biggest or perhaps only downside as far as my personal camera preferences are concerned.
- This is sometimes good (especially for food, objects, animals, lowlight conditions & sceneries) and sometimes but-not-always-bad (for faces - as in certain lighting, it can make your skin appear more brown than it actually is).
- Gcam will fix this issue as well (adjust Saturation in Lib Patcher, try Nexus 6P/Pixel 2/2XL in Base & also change Config in Base).
5. Sharpness isn't as high as Redmi Note 8 Pro, but still a little bit higher than it should be.
- Its sharpness is acceptable for most kinds of pictures (considering its lowlight quality), but it sometimes over-sharpens the skin which can make your face appear to have open pores - even if you don't.
- Note: Skin pores issue happens with Selfie Camera. Back Camera doesn't cause this, probably because people are usually 4 feet away from camera.
- Gcam will fix this issue (adjust Sharpness & Sharp Depth in Lib Patcher).
6. As for video recording, this is first time in Pakistan that a phone in this price has offered such useful video recording features.
i) It records good quality stabilise 4K videos, even in lowlight.
It's the only phone under 50k that offers stabilised 4K videos, and that too in good quality - which is already uncommon in this price.
ii) It records stabilised 4K videos from ultra wide camera.
It's the only phone under 63k to offer this.
iii) It records stabilised 1080p@30FPS videos from ultra wide camera.
It's the only phone under 55k to offer this.
iv) It records stabilised 1080p@60FPS videos from main camera.
It's the only phone that offers this under 63k to offer this.
v) In slowmo, it offers 1080p@120FPS & 720p@120/240/960FPS.
Not sure how this compares to other phones.
vi) It also offers some interesting features, like maintaining focus on a single moving target/person. There are some others as well, but I haven't tried most of them.
7. The camera sensors used in this phone haven't been used in any flagship phone, according to a YouTuber. Which doesn't sound good, but given its camera performance, I don't think it matters much.
8. It balances Shadows & Highlights very nicely (dynamic range & detail in shadows) for both pictures & videos.
In pictures, it slightly exposes your face to highlight it. Which is also good.
Its camera is overall among best, if not the best in price.
It's not the best for beautification of faces. As there are definitely some issues - especially concerning sharpness & saturation that can 'sometimes' make faces look a little bad.
But all of its issues can be easily fixed by using a good Gcam.
CosmoSCosmoS, 31 Jan 2021Can someone tell me the overall perfomance of this phone? Cause im planning to buy it and all ... moreBattery : 5160mAh does survive for 2 days if you use it as usual
Massive gaming maximum for 4+ hours
Performance : Multiple apps running but not really lagging due to 6GB ram and a great CPU
Camera : Not a professionalist, but looking good for the photos
Display : 120hz doesn't run on games, but don't really expect so much on a Snapdragon 732G, it's totally enough for Facebook, Instagram and social media apps, not for YouTube.
Weight : 200g+ might be heavy for you , especially when it hits your face, but still ok for bringing it as usual.
Charging Speed : 33W does help a lot, the average charging time 70-80 minutes, unlike what the advertisement claims, but still ok
Just one thing, if you usually use mobile network to use YouTube or social media apps, it might affect the speed
But just connect to WiFi if neccessary
I will give it a 8/10 for this price
Don't really expect it's as good as flagship phones, it's a budget phone.
Someone, 13 Feb 2021Poco x3 has allumunium frame? Or plastic frame?I think Indian (no NFC, 6000mAh battery) variant has plastic frame.
While Global (NFC, 5000mAh battery) variant has aluminum frame.
Anonymous, 14 Feb 2021Does anyone of you experienced freezing during taking a video in POCO X3? Because mine is free... moreTry clearing camera app data in settings & restart your phone.
I've only recorded short videos but mine hasn't freezed so far.