Poco M3 Review – The $129 Smartphone – Any Good?
We have i’m again from in depth tech reviews, and today i have a very special phone, the poco m3 and the reason i’m saying: it’s a special phone because of its price tag. You can get the 64 gb model of the poco m3 for only 129, and in some countries you might pay a little bit extra up to 149 dollars. I have here the higher end model with 128 gb, and this one will cost around 169 dollars. If you take a look at the box, the first thing you see beside the branding is the battery. It says here, six thousand milliamp battery, which is a huge battery for a phone like this, because phones with one thousand dollars price tag does not include a battery that big – and this is one of the key selling points of the poco m3. So now let’s take a closer look at the poco m3, but before getting started, let’s make sure to subscribe and hit the bell icon to get notified. Every time i post a new video, so let’s jump in Music. Now let’s take a look at the box contents. First, you get a faster charger with 22.5 watts, maximum output and it takes usb type, a connection, a usb, a to usb c cable, a clear case and the sim eject tool, a user guide and the warranty terms and finally, the phone itself. Now let’s start with the design on the back. You get this big poco branding that gives the phone a unique look.
The poco m3 is available in three different colors cool blue, which is, i have here, poco, yellow and power black. The back is made from plastic, but it has a prominent texture that makes it feel like leather when you hold it in hand, and it gives you a solid grip on the front. It has a 6.53 inches lcd panel covered with gorilla glass, 3., a teardrop notch for the front facing camera and the earpiece that also works as a secondary speaker at the bottom. It has a usb type c port, a loud speaker and a microphone on the top. It has an infrared blaster, so you can use your phone as a remote control, a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and another microphone on the right side. It has the fingerprint that also works as a power button and the volume rockers on the left side. It has the sim tray that can take two nano sim cards and sd card. The dimensions of the poco m3 are 162.3 millimeter length, 77.3 millimeter width, 9.6 millimeter thick and it weighs 198 grams, so it’s a big phone and it’s hard to reach all corners with one hand, but thankfully xiaomi added a one handed mode with three different sizes to Choose from which is very convenient, the phone feels solid in hand and it doesn’t flex easily. So, overall, when it comes to the design, the poco m3 exceeded my expectations. Despite its insanely cheap price tag, you get a 6.
53 inches display, stereo speakers, 3.5 millimeter, headphone, jack, infrared blaster, dual sim support a 6 000 milliamp battery and a solid build now let’s talk about the display. It has a full hd resolution 19.5 by nine aspect: ratio. 400 nits of brightness, 83.4 percent screen to body ratio and 60 hertz refresh rate the display specs are good enough for the price. The colors are vibrant and the blacks are deep, which is great, but there are two drawbacks. First, the viewing angles are not great. When i tilt the phone, the display becomes noticeably dimmer. Secondly, it’s not bright enough in direct sunlight, so, overall the display quality is average, but it’s not a show stopper by any means. Now, let’s talk about the sound quality. The poco m3 has a stereo speakers which is not easy to find in budget phones and surprisingly, they are loud and the sound. The quality is really good. So let’s take a listen Music. I Music but i’m a little stronger and if you are wondering about the sound quality in phone calls, it also sounds great either on a speaker or using the earpiece and here’s a quick sample using the loudspeaker. Only as i won’t be able to demonstrate the earpiece sound quality is before jumping to the next category. Let’S give a quick shout out to today’s sponsor cdkoffers.com from cdk offers. You can purchase original microsoft, windows, 10 and office keys in a very discounted price. Not only this, but you can also use my special promo code id20 to get extra 20 discount.
As you see, you can get yourself a windows, 10 oem key for 16.18, which is insanely cheap. Please check the links in the description below now. Let’S get back to the review now. Let’S talk about the performance. The poco m3 has a snapdragon, 662 and 4 gigabytes of ram, so don’t expect a great performance out of this phone. In my day to day usage, the phone takes more than usual to open apps. However, it’s still usable, but you need to be a little bit patient with this phone and when it comes to gaming, i tested few games. Asphalt. 9 was the worst. The graphics was set to minimum, even though it was very laggy. Pubg was a lot better than asphalt 9, but there was some lag every now and then call of duty, modern, combat 5 and need for speed. No limits worked well without any lag, and when it comes to ram management, i managed to keep a maximum of seven apps running in the background, which is not too bad. Overall, the poco m3 performance is below average. It takes around three seconds extra to open some apps, but if you are okay with that, you will be able to do your normal tasks like checking emails, browse the social media and the chat with friends, and when it comes to gaming, not all games are playable. So it’s a hit or miss next the battery – and this is where the poco m3 really shines.
This phone can easily stay for 2 days without a single charge, thanks to the huge 6 000 milliamp battery, not only this, but you can also use it to charge. Other phones via cable, which is very useful and finally let’s, talk about the camera. The poco m3 has three lenses: a 48 megapixel main camera with f 1.8, a 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel depth sensor for portrait shots. Both lenses have f, 2.4 aperture. So what about the photos and videos? Quality don’t expect a good camera performance using the native camera app of this phone, but i managed to install a very stable gcam mod based on gcam version 8.1 and it works on this phone flawlessly. And here are some camera samples using the native camera, app and gcam version 8.1 side by side and, as you see, it’s a day and night difference, so let me show you a quick slideshow for all the samples i have so now. Let’S sum up everything: the poco m3 sets a new standard in budget phones, paying less than 150 dollars to get a smartphone is mind, blowing and what’s more surprising. There are certain things that it does really well. It has an insane battery life, very good, sound quality. Modern design and solid build yes, it has some drawbacks, like the performance and the display, but it’s absolutely fine to have some compromises, considering the cheap price tag. In my opinion, the poco m3 is for anyone low in budget for someone that needs a secondary phone or you can get it for your kids without worrying about breaking it, so that’s pretty much it for today.
That was my review for the poco m3. Please let me know in the comments. What do you think so? I hope you like my video and if you do, please hit the thumbs up and subscribe for more videos.