The fresh new poco f34 definitely delivers this absolute unit costs from just 329 quid, and yet it boasts the super powered snapdragon 870 chipset with 5g support, plus a gorgeous amoled screen, stereo speaker setup and some very respectable camera tech. Now i’ve been using the poco f3 as my personal, full time smartphone for a good few days now. So here is my in depth review and for more on the latest greatest tech. Please do box subscribe and hitting that notifications bell cheers so the design of the poco f3 is perfectly functional and inoffensive. You don’t get any crazy slogans branded across the arse, unlike the new poco x3 pro. So that is definitely a bonus and, speaking of vast, that back end is constructed from gorilla glass, 5, exactly the same as the front end and it’s a shame. It didn’t get updated to grid of glass 6. But you know what it’s been absolutely fine i’ve been treating this thing pretty roughly these past few days and not a single scratch or scuff to speak of and even get a pre installed screen protector up front as well. So definitely awesome use if you’re a bit of a class and these glass slabs are separated by a bit of shiny plastic, edging, which also seems fairly hardy that’s for your color options, where you’ve got choice of three here with the poco f3 you’ve got this here. Arctic white model, otherwise you’ve also got night black or deep ocean blue, not particularly imaginative name in there on the color front, but they do what they see on the tin.
This white model is undeniably charming with a soft touch finish. That gives it great hand feel so to speak, plus that matte finish is great for repelling or hiding grubby fingerprints and marks. The poco f3 is definitely a bit of a brick at near 200 grams and of course one handed use is about, as pleasurable as genital torture, although you do, thankfully at least get some one handed help. If you need it now, the poco f3 sports, a tweaked version of xiaomi’s, miui, 12 launcher known, simply as the buckle launcher and on the surface you get a mostly stock, android, 11 vibe, but plenty of bonus bits have been packed in there, such as the excellent Control center, which has been 100 nicked off of apple, basically, all of the best bits all my favorite parts of me, ui 12, are present and correct, including the excellent video toolbox features which can be used for the likes of youtube and, as usual, you’ve got that Excellent game turbo mode as well, which i’ll bang on about in a bit coz me ui 12, is a massive improvement over previous incarnations of that miui launcher, but it still has its issues, such as the ridiculous number of pre installed. Apps you’ve got likes a tick tock on there. Facebook linkedin all of this crap, which you, thankfully, can get rid of fairly easily and yes, be warned. You will see some adverts lurking here in the pocket launcher as well, but these are very rare.
I only really saw them whenever i was installing a new app from the google play store, they’re very unintrusive. They certainly can just be ignored and they’re. Definitely not a massive issue like some people would have you think. As for security, well, that side mounted fingerprint sensor was a bit confusing at first, as it looks just like your typical power button, not a standard flat edge mounted scanner, but this does work impressively well, especially considering it’s, even thinner than my airline and it’s, also backed By a just as dependable slice of face recognition, which is absolutely fine as long as, of course, you’re not outside and all masked up now, the poco f3 rocks a 6.67 inch amoled display, which is bigger and brighter than most other oled screens that you’ll get from The likes of the realme 8 pro around this price point. You get respectable enough detail levels from the full hd plus resolution, although the sheer size of the screen means images aren’t as crisp as some of the competition. However, the colors are proper poppy on that vivid mode. More vibrant movies and photos will absolutely knock your socks off and that hdr 10 plus support means you get incredible. Contrast too, and yeah you’ve got full hdr support in streaming. Services such as netflix. You can really kick back and enjoy those natural, realistic. Looking visuals you’ve got 120 hertz refresh on this thing as well, which is absolutely stellar for an all ed display at this sort of price point now.
The poco f3 stereo speakers are certainly loud as hell on that maxed out volume, although the top speaker is quite tinny compared with the bottom effect. You’Ve got the usual audio tuning smarts on there to match, whatever you’re up to there’s, also an equalizer on there. If you want to fine tune the performance yourself and yeah boo hiss, there is no headphone jack action here on the poco f3, which is something that a lot of budget rivals do offer. But i really enjoyed streaming high fidelity tunes to my bluetooth headphones. I used a bit of the bluetooth 5.1 great sounding audio and the real highlight of the poco f3 and one area where rivals really cannot touch. It is the fresh snapdragon, 870 chipset stuffed inside now. For anyone who doesn’t know the snapdragon 870 was just announced by qualcomm a couple of months ago and it’s. Essentially, a snapdragon 865 plus plus it’s got basically the same architecture as that 865 plus. But it’s got a bit of a boost to the primary cpu core and considering the rog phone 3, which is dedicated to gaming, came out last year with that 865 plus, and this has got an even better fresher chipset on it. That tells you all. You need to know about the top performance of this thing and the base model for 329 quids. It comes with six gigs of ddr5 ram as well as 128 gigs of storage. You can upgrade that for just 20 quid more and get eight gigs of ram and 256 gigs of storage absolutely mental.
My review model of the poco f3 was the 8 gig version and it ran like a dream helped along by the nippy ufs 3.1 storage. If it’s gaming you’re after that adreno 650 gpu can keep up with even the most demanding android titles like gentian impact playing on the highest detail level and that frame rate rarely dipped, even the tiniest bit below the 60 fps maximum. The perfectly flat display also boasts a 360 hertz touch sampling rate, so every swipe and poke provokes an instant response. And if you want a game for the duration, where you’ve got that liquid cool text or copper, piping, plus graphite layers equals fingers, not getting singed and phone performance, not throttling when you spend all day capping, waffles or smacking ten bills at these annoying little jumpy here And then you’ve got that aforementioned game turbo feature packed into the pocket launcher as well, which serves up all of the usual stuff. Like notifications blocking and a bit of performance boost functionality too, this can be called up at any time with a simple swipe. Although some of the icons are a bit wishy washy, so it does take a while to get used to exactly what everything does and that’s. Not all because you’ve also got qualcomm’s x55 modem, so that means full 5g support on the poco f3, as well as a bit of wi fi, six action, so very tasty connectivity. One of the only areas where i wasn’t 100 in love with the poco f3, was the battery life.
You’Ve got a 4520 milliamp cell, stuffed in here uh, so not quite as big as that fresh new poco x3 pro, which launched at the same time – and i did find that i could generally make it through a full day on a single charge. But i was usually running on dregs by the time i was all tucked up with teddy and once i did manage to kill this thing by 7 p.m, although, admittedly, that was with a good bit of skype and gentian impact action, i’m done with charging front. Nothing particularly spectacular there 33 watt fast charging so power up again in about an hour or so there’s. No wireless charging support okay, so so far, so pretty bloody lovely. But what about that? Camera tech? Well, what you got here on the back end of the poco f3 is a triple lens setup, spearheaded by a 48 megapixel primary sensor. The good news is this: does a decent job with everyday picks? You’Ve got a bit of four in one pixel bin in which means the 48 meg sensor produces 12 meg photos on auto mode, and they look perfectly sharp when blown up now. Pixel binning helps to deal with less than ideal lighting, so you get bright balance shots most of the time, although some of my daylight shots were a bit oversaturated still colours look natural even with soft indoor lighting. As long as you stay clear of that ai mode as usual, while subjects that are flying about all over the friggin place are usually cleanly captured with bugger or blur, if the lighting is strong enough, you can shoot 48 megapixel picks using a bonus camera mode, and This clearly does add finer detail to your photos or, if you need an alternative viewpoint, the poco f3 also serves up a simple 8 megapixel ultrawide angle shooter, which is standard, fare the image, detail and colors take a bit of a hit, but not to a serious Degree you’ve also got a 5 megapixel tele macro lens, similar to the me 11, so you can get really up close shots of stuff without having to get too near and plenty of bodice camera modes have been shoved on here too, including a nifty portrait mode.
That has a slick and bokeh style effect to your shots and that can be tweaked after you’ve taken the photo. If you want to make it stronger or weaker. You’Ve also got a night mode which isn’t great it slightly brightens up low light picks, but the focus often struggles when things get dim anyway. As for video, you can shoot up to 4k resolution footage with respectable results once more detail levels are good enough to zoom. In and still get reasonably, sharp footage and stabilization is pretty good, even at that ultra hd level. Audio is clearly picked up too, with only a bit of distortion thanks to the wind and if you want to shoot video with the ultra wide angle, lens that tops off at full hd level and it’s. Okay ish the 20 megapixel selfie shooter on the poco f3, is good too capturing all of those sags and bags a little too easily skin tones look natural, even in quite soft light or strong contrast. So the poco f3 accurately makes me look like an exhausted spectre and there’s the usual portrait shenanigans to keep the focus square on your mug. So, on the surface level, certainly the poco f3 seems to be nothing particularly extravagant very functional design and everything, but it does deliver in pretty much every single area, including that gorgeous amoled screen and that fantastic performance as well, which is ideal for gaming in other areas. Like the camera, tech, it’s merely fine and the battery life is a bit of a disappointment.
Hopefully that will improve over time, but we’ll have to wait and see on that front, but yeah. The poco effort is definitely all about that performance. So if you want something that can cope with absolutely anything and that won’t show its age anytime soon on a budget of around that sort of 300 to 350, pound uh mark then definitely give it a chance so that’s what i reckon. What do you guys think it’d be great to hear from you down below definitely check out my poco x3 pro unboxing as well, which should be going live about the same time as this video a bit cheaper, not quite as sexy on the specs, but definitely got Some very good features and other bits packed in there. Please do plug subscribe and ding that notifications bell for more on the latest and greatest tech and have yourselves a fantastic rest of the week. Lots of content going live on the channel this week, so it’s gon na get busy uh. So yeah have yourselves a good one.