This model is just another example of how powerful processors are becoming available in the middle class, the first middle class phone packed with the snapdragon 870 chipset. We got on our review was the motorola g100 that offered fantastic performance for the price of 440 usd. However, as it’s usually the case when xiaomi releases its new models, the paco x3 offers a similar package with a snapdragon 860 chipset, but for 110 dollars less than the g100 or 60 dollars less. If you’re opting for a version with more memory, we have to know that the snapdragon 860 still lags 30 compared to the 870 model, but its power is still respectable, especially for the price point it is in now. The main question is: how did paco improve its already good x3 nfc model, and how does the new pro model stand out from the competition? The x3 pro is essentially very similar to the nfc version. The case has identical dimensions, with a plastic back and most likely an aluminum frame as on the x3 nfc aluminum and nicely polished plastic back, look extremely similar on modern phones, so the only way to actually differentiate the two would be to scratch its surface with a Sharp object which we couldn’t do on a review unit, given their exact same dimensions. We can only assume that the pro uses the same chassis as in the nfc model compared to the gorilla glass 5. We saw on previous models.
The pro model screen has received an upgrade to the gorilla glass 6 protection. It kept its ip53 resistance rating, as well as the design of both its screen and back. The plastic back has a shiny stripe in the middle of the phone that is as wide as the camera body with the large pothole inscription at the bottom. The rest of the back is completely matte. In order to highlight the middle glossy stripe, the camera housing stayed. The same as on the nfc model, with the recognizable circular shape with an additional protruding part that carries the camera lens and flash. The package includes a transparent silicone case that levels the protruding camera body. So it would not be the first part of the phone to touch the table when you put the phone down. All connectors are located in the same spots as on the nfc version. The power button is also a fingerprint sensor, with a volume control right above and a slot for two sim cards on the opposite side. If you’re willing to sacrifice one sim slot, you can also expand the memory via microsd card. The top side of the phone contains an infrared transmitter as well as a secondary microphone, while the primary microphone main speaker and usb 2.0 type c are located on the bottom side. As with its predecessor, there is also a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, which is always a welcome addition for audio files that prefer to plug in their wired headphones.
The phone also packs a pair of stereo speakers, which is becoming an increasingly popular feature on smartphones, and it certainly raises the usability of the device. Performance is as expected, good with the top speaker that matches the primary speaker well enough, even though it has smaller openings. The headphone serves as an additional sound opening, and its grille has an led indicator feature. We all thought we’ve forgotten by now, while the back of the phone is curved, the screen is completely flat and has the same dimensions and specifications as on the september model. It is a 6.67 inch in size with the resolution of 2400 x, 1080 pixels, refresh rate 450 nits of brightness, as well as hdr10 support and touch detection at 240 hertz. It kind of feels like we’re talking about the paco x3 nfc all over again right. The only main difference between the two is that the pro has the new girl, glass, 6 protective layer. Even the bezels have remained the same with a slightly more noticeable chin. On the bottom side, the screen brightness is decent, but on a sunny day we wish that it could have been just a bit brighter setting the screen refresh rate to 120 hertz will give you a variable number of frames per second that will vary between 60 and 120 hertz with 24 fps movies and some apps lowering the refresh rate to 48 hertz. Unlike the screen, the snapdragon 732g has been significantly improved by the snapdragon 860.
. This chipset is actually slightly faster than the last year’s best chipset, the snapdragon 855, because it’s, essentially its byproduct, with a slightly higher operating clock at its fastest core. The cryo 485 gold and silver cores are arranged in the familiar 134 pattern, with a frequency ranges of 1.78 to gigahertz. The graphics are adreno 640. A serious improvement over the adreno version 618.. Note that the paco x3 pro is currently the only phone on the market that comes with this chipset. The memory subsystem got ta double the amount of storage memory, so instead of two different six gigabyte versions and one with eight gigabytes, we now have the opposite situation since the paco x3 pro comes in versions with six 128, eight 128 and 8 256 gigabytes, which is A really great upgrade from the x3 nfc model. Snapdragon chipsets also use the fast ufs 3.1 memory. So, in addition to the chipset, this is the most notable improvement over its predecessor. The cooling system on the paco x3. Pro surprised us quite pleasantly, as we didn’t get the experience the heat we saw on the last year’s snapdragon 855 models. It stayed lukewarm when playing titles like call of duty, mobile pubg and dead trigger 2 for longer periods of time. The connections are almost identical on both models, as are the battery and charger that come in the package. This means 5 160 milliamp hour battery that will set you up for two days of use and a 33 watt charger that will be able to charge 60 of the battery in just half an hour which became more relevant than the 0 to 100 charge.
The battery test showed 53 of the remaining capacity after 10 hours of youtube playback and the autonomy didn’t change. Much on the pro version. Two days of standard use is completely realistic scenario, with the possibility of autonomy increasing to two and a half days unless you’re a fan of demanding games which can’t seriously drain the battery. Just after a couple of gaming sessions, the camera system seems like the only thing that doesn’t deserve the word pro in its name compared to the nfc model. Instead of the last year, 64, 13, 2 and 2. We got a 48 with 8 2 and 2 camera system, while the selfie camera remained unchanged. The 48 megapixel sensor is well, you guessed it. The sony imx 582 a half inch photo chip with 0.8 micrometer pixels, a 25 millimeter focal lens with f 1.8 aperture and a phase detection auto focusing system. The 8 megapixel wide angle. Camera captures a wide angle with 15 millimeter lens and f 2.2 aperture. While the macro and depth sensor feature a modest 2 megapixels with f 2.4 aperture daylight photos are very good, as we’re used to from sony sensors and good enough lenses. It also has a very good dynamic range, nice colors and enough details, which are sometimes lost to an aggressive noise reduction, most visible on bushes and grass. The digital 2x zoom offered by the camera application is well just that a cropped portion of the main sensor so don’t expect much for it.
The downgrade that the 8 megapixel wide angle camera brings is not so noticeable because the camera has a very good performance. There is a surprising amount of detail: the sharpness is at a high level, as is the case with the dynamic range which is very important with cameras of this type. The lack of autofocus brings some limitations, but the fact this is a 300 euro phone makes these results quite impressive. The macro lens focus is fixed at about 5 centimeters, so it requires little getting used to the colors are washed out. The amount of detail is low, as well as the dynamic range, so the photos are semi usable and the camera is more of a marketing gimmick than is actually usable in the dark. The main camera takes decent photos without much noise. You won’t get blown away by the details due to the aggressive noise reduction, but the colors are very realistic with which is a big plus night mode works both on the main and wide angle, camera and improves stuff. Significantly, you get more sharpness and detail and brighter shadows the transition to an 8 megapixel wide angle. Camera is evident because the images are dark blurry with a low level of detail. Fortunately, night mode again improves things. A lot details stand out, dynamic range and colors are improved, making a difference between unusable and completely decent photos. The 20 megapixel selfie camera is the same as on the x3 nfc model.
The high resolution of the sensor produces sharp photos with a lot of detail and good colors and dynamic range, which is especially important when there is a great contrast between you and the background. There is also a software portrait mode which will struggle a bit with detecting background if your hair is too messy, but generally it does its job very well. Video shooting is possible in 4k at 30fps, with gyroscopic stabilization, full hd at 30 and 60 or 120 fps, and you can also record slow motion at 960 fps in 720p when it comes to image quality. The paco x3 pro did not disappoint 4k. Video is good. Detailed and nicely stabilized the dynamic range is at the high level, as well as the sharpness of the image, with some noise in the darker parts of the frame, the colors are true, making the shots realistic and appealing in case you want a good video of a Moving object or while are on the move, there is a super, steady mode that shoots in 1080p, with a very cropped frame, but great stabilization for when it’s worth sacrificing details for the sake of a steady image. Android 10 we saw on the paco x3 nfc was upgraded to a newer version 11, which is packed with a new and distinctive miui 12 interface for the paco phones and with the x3 pro model. Paco engineers wanted to improve the exceptional x3 nfc model. With the novelties that have been appearing in the meantime, namely the new chip said, but keep everything that the phone was known for last year, snapdragon chipset was too high, so xiaomi decided to cut some corners in the camera department by coming back to the previous generation Sony sensors, although there are differences, they are negligible, since we already know that this camera system is capable of taking very good photos and all lighting conditions with a price tag of 290 euros or roughly 340 us dollars for the 6128 version or ‘0 dollars.
For the a256 gigabyte version, paco x3 pro is a real pro when it comes to the price to performance ratio. A powerful chipset, a top of the line screen for this class. Good autonomy and decent cameras formed the backbone of the pro version of the paco x3 hadn’t kept the camera of the old paco model. With the more modern sony imx 686 sensor, the new model would have been an even better buy with the current camera system. It remains in the shadow of the paco x3 and fc model, which is often available on sale for just above 210 euros for almost 100 euros less. You get the whole package with a weaker chipset, but a better camera system. So you decide power or beauty. This year definitely started a lot more interesting with phones that offer some kind of variety, which leaves the end user to choose between a better chipset or a better camera, more power with an ips display or a bit less with an amoled display. Thank you for watching another bench house review consider subscribing to our channel for more tech reviews.