Why, thanks for watching 95, google here on youtube, remember to thumbs up hit subscribe and then tap the bell icon to be among the first to watch our upcoming videos? I think it would be criminal to dismiss this true, follow up to the cult classic and 2018 budget segment disruptor poco. F1. I genuinely think this might be the very best budget phone available today heck it could be the outright best bang for your budget smartphone for 2021.. Realistically, the very definition of premium has shifted so much in recent years that it is hard to often decipher what it really means any longer. When we’re, seeing supposed flagships like the galaxy s21 drop, formerly premium materials such as glass in favor of plastic for the main rear panel, then it could cloud our own perception of what constitutes high end, at least from a smartphone. I will say that the poco f3 feels far better than its predecessor, the poco f1 notice, how i’m not actually counting the poco f2 pro here, as i feel it wasn’t really a true follow up courtesy of that pro moniker, but it’s still a fantastic budget oriented Flagship device and sticking to the relatively short mainline poker series – and you can see some fairly huge design leaps here having spent time with the similarly excellent xiaomi mi 11 poco raided the parts bin and decided to grab some of the mi 11 trim for the f3. I think it’s a nice looking device that is simultaneously a hotbed for fingerprints on that glossy rear panel of the night, black color that i have at this point.
I have just accepted that the device will look grubby and greasy as i like, the super thin torso when used without a case. This is really a svelte smartphone that feels light and fairly sturdy overall, which i think is a really nice thing, especially when it costs. Next, to nothing i’m less worried about using the poco f3 without a case, i think for me: it’s the lower entry price and the gorilla glass 5 rear panel um, although you will want to get a case if you are worried about maybe dropping and smashing it. I just feel like in the hand, having come from much chunkier smartphones that are way heavier and hard to handle. This is just a breath of fresh air. The usage of what at first seems like a normal power button as well is a fingerprint scanner is something i really like here too. Unlike many other side mounted scanners that are slightly recessed, it just feels better integrated into the button and in no way mushy. When you tap it and use it it’s also fast and accurate too, which really does help this elevator above a lot of the other options out there. The display is one area, i can’t really fault the poco f3. This is a sub 400 smartphone with what is a very good six point: six seven inch amoled panel, plus it has the added bonus of 120 hertz refresh rate, although it is capped at full, hd plus, then, of course, you can factor in the added bonus of It being completely flat – and i think realistically you have a real winner on your hands – sure the bezels are not exactly the smallest, but who cares when this is a sub 400 smartphone? I think it’s, one of those things you can put to the back your mind, because the display really is pretty good there’s.
Also a super tiny punch, hole which is just another bonus. Just remember, though, to set the refresh rate to 120 hertz when setting up the device as it is set at 60 hertz out of the box. Also, the pre applied screen protector has already proved useful for me, as i’ve managed to prevent some serious gashes on the display, even after just a week or so of daily usage. So it might be worthwhile having to look for a backup screen protector. If you are running this device caseless, unlike the original poco f1, though the f3 doesn’t come with the highest end internals available on the market today, instead, the snapdragon 88 is ditched in favor of the brand new and still very capable snapdragon 870 chipset. As some of you out there probably already know, this is an overclocked snapdragon, 865 plus itself an overclocked 865. effectively. This means that performance levels are just a few steps below the latest 888 chipset, but a step also above the a65 plus you’re. Getting what is effectively the second fastest qualcomm chip currently available, which can handle just about anything you can throw at it without breaking a sweat personally, the faster ufs 3.1 storage is where i think i immediately noticed the major benefits. Often, when you get an affordable smartphone, they just forgo fast storage in favor of the highest end chip. The poco f3 hits a nice middle ground, so you get a little bit of both and you’re, not really missing out on too much performance levels from this phone.
My only problems with the poco f3 appear to be software related rather than hardware performance related. Some menus can hang here and there, while some animations can be suddenly cut short. It does leave a bad taste in what is an otherwise good everyday performance. Feeling me ui. 12 is still a little bit buggy and i think it needs a lot of polishing to really leave me confident enough to use it daily notifications for a start. Well, sometimes they never arrive on time, and i noticed with whatsapp in particular, it would go into what i can only describe as a deep sleep and have me missing notifications for hours until i actually manually open the app itself, xiaomi isn’t, the only chinese firm to Favor very aggressive, app background process management, but it really does start to hold back my love for using the firm’s devices. When i can’t get notifications in real time, i haven’t really done enough to push the poco f3 to its limits, but the brief period of gaming that i have done on this device is pretty much flawless. I think this could genuinely be one of the best affordable gaming phones of the year, courtesy of that 120hz display and they’re, not quite flagship processor, but still excellent internals. Overall. One thing i also need to note here is that i noticed severely different signal levels when putting my sim card in slot 1 versus slot 2.. I couldn’t actually figure out why this seemed to be a problem.
As my uk carrier, which is 3 uk, is fully compatible with the gsm, only device i’m still not sure what this issue could be, but signal levels could be significantly worse when using the main slot over the backup. Just something to note there. If you do have some problems of your own when catching signal and putting a sim card in sim tray one now, naturally, the camera is no world beater. On the poco f3, that said, i’ve managed to take some solid stills with this device in good lighting. The 48 megapixel main sensor won’t win any awards, but you’ve got a good array of options right at your fingertips, it’s only really, when you punch in where you’ll start to see things start to fall away compared to the competition i’m glad that xiaomi has tuned their Colours over the past few years, though, as while i wouldn’t say the colour reproduction is perfect, things look a lot closer to what my eye sees than the oversaturated efforts on previous devices, although xiaomi does need to fix the colour shifting issues when switching lenses, the difference Between the main telemacro and the ultra wide means that colours can sometimes drastically be different when using the various lenses on offer here, and it can be a little bit distracting when you do swipe through and look at certain images that you’ve taken throughout the day. I will say that images are still sharp, have fairly good dynamic range and in more consistent lighting, you can do a lot with the setup here.
The night mode is a bit hit and miss things often get soft and although images are more than usable, there are better night shooting modes out there. Overall, there are faults with the poco f3 camera setup, but it is good enough, given the rest of the package here, i wouldn’t quite call the battery exceptional, but boy does the poco f3 last a long time, at least for me. I think some of that is down to the app process management, but it handles even the heaviest of my days without too much pressure. I actually thought the 4520 milliamp hour battery might be a sore point once i activated hertz display. That fear was unfounded, though, through my seven day usage window. Only on two occasions did, i think i might need to top up before the end of the day. One of those was after using 5g gps for several hours whilst out on a long dog walk, but the f3 hung on there until 10. Before the end of the day, when i needed to hit the charger, the 33 watt fast, charging could be a little faster in 2021, although personally, i still would have taken this speed or slower wide speeds. If xiaomi could have added qi. Wireless charging, which is in a mission here, it’s the only thing, i’ve actively missed as i like to leave my phone on a oneplus wireless charger at my desk. So i can see the display during the day.
Maybe the poco f3 will finally add a wire free charging option, as it is something i would really like to see come on a future poco device, just wrapping up a few tidbits before we end, i think the haptics are genuinely excellent and just a tiny bit Below the similarly excellent xiaomi, mi 11’s vibration based feedback here you owe it to yourself to have these activated because it does feel really good considering this is an affordable, smartphone and also having true stereo speakers is awesome, but i found the maximum volume wasn’t, quite as High as i would have liked things sound a bit tinny, but overall they are fairly good. If you don’t like to blast things out at high volume levels, the parkway 3 does come pre installed with a little bit of bloat from the likes of amazon, linkedin facebook and pubg mobile plus likely some other regional variations. It’S still jarring. But all of these can be uninstalled, and the bonus here is that it likely helps keep that entry price down, which is an even bigger bonus in the long term. So i think if me ui, 12 can get out of the way a little more and gestures can start working properly with third party launchers. I could genuinely see myself dropping the pixel 4a in favor of the poco f3 that’s, probably the biggest compliment. I can give this device it’s strong in just about every single area in a similar manner to that of the original poco f1.
The screen is naturally a high point and it really winds off or rounds off what is just a very, very good, affordable smartphone. If you want a little taste of everything at just under 400, then it would be hard to recommend picking up anything else at this point in time. That said, it’s a tough phone to recommend in the us because of the 5g band support and the fact you have to import it naturally that won’t stop this from becoming one of the best selling value phones of the year across the globe. Xiaomi has taken what i would consider the poco f1 formula and managed to tweak and improve it to the point that it’s actually hard to recommend people shopping for a new device on a tight budget. Go out and pick up anything else, and that is a massive bonus, so that is the poco f3, a real contender for the best budget phone of 2021 and we’re only a quarter of the way through the year or thereabouts.