The Poco M3 Pro 5G is yet another phone aimed at providing low-cost 5G access. While it’s unlikely that many people will be looking for something like this, the Poco M3 Pro 5G has a lot more to offer than just fast cellular access. The new smartphone is the successor to the Poco M3, which was released in February, and it provides a smoother 90Hz refresh rate, a new design language, and a better chipset for just Rs 3,000 more (base variant).
Poco M3 Pro Pricing
The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage edition of the Poco M3 Pro 5G costs Rs 13,999, while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 15,999. It’s less expensive than the top-end variant of the Realme 8 5G and even the basic edition of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, but the latter offers far more features and performance.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G may use the same internals as the Redmi Note 10 5G, but it looks drastically different. Poco has been attempting and succeeding in breaking free from Redmi’s appearance, and we like what we’ve seen so far. The new M3 Pro 5G is no exception; it appears to be different at the back, more premium if you will.
The rear of the Poco M3 Pro 5G appears to be brand new. Poco’s “switchblade” design features a blacked-out part on the upper left side of the body that resembles the camera module design on Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series, while the rest has a gradient finish. The back panel and frame are made of plastic, yet they are glossy and quickly attract fingerprints.
The phone is 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm in size and weighs 190 g. It’s not too thick, at 8.92mm, and it’s not too heavy. It has the same dimensions as the Redmi Note 10 5G and weighs 5g more than the Realme 8 5G.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G’s top features a 3.5mm audio jack, a second microphone for stereo audio in videos and noise reduction in calls, and an IR blaster. On the left, there is only one hybrid-SIM slot.
The USB-C port, primary microphone, and loudspeaker are all located at the bottom. The Poco M3 Pro 5G lacks a second speaker.
The 6.5-inch full-HD+ display is crisp and has accurate colour reproduction. Its maximum brightness, on the other hand, could have been higher. There is an ambient light sensor, but this phone felt a little sluggish in adapting the screen’s brightness to my surroundings, and I frequently had to manually boost or lower it. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display.
A significant upgrade over its predecessor is the Poco M3 Pro 5G’s 90Hz display, which is still uncommon in this price range. The Poco M3 Pro has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD display protected by a three-piece flat Gorilla Glass. The panel has the standard extended 1080p resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, which results in a 400ppi density and a 20:9 aspect ratio.
MIUI provides two Refresh Rate options: High (90Hz) and Standard (60Hz) (60Hz). The High setting is designed to be dynamic, switching between 30Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz based on the shown material. However, 30Hz support will be added at a later date. This implies that it may automatically transition between 90Hz, 60Hz, 50Hz, and 30Hz to conserve battery power while also providing a more personalised user experience. The fast refresh rate is especially noticeable when gaming.
The UI should be drawn at 90 frames per second when scrolling and 50 frames per second when static. The same is true for other static content shared by compatible apps. In games and streaming/local video playback, 60Hz should be used. While compatible 30fps films should be able to run at 30Hz.
Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm this because the integrated Refresh Rate indicator constantly displays 90Hz, even when a static image is displayed. The file manager, games, and several video apps are the sole exceptions (Mi Video, Netflix).
I found the display to be adequate for daily use. It is crisp and smooth, and it works well in most outdoor situations. However, the brightness and colours may have been improved. The contrast is considerable, which does not provide for a pleasant streaming experience. The dynamic range is likewise on the average side.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G was quick and easy to use in regular situations. It performed admirably in multitasking, and the 90Hz screen refresh rate enabled smooth and fluent scrolling in programmes as well as the UI. The Dimensity 700 SoC also performed well in benchmarks, with the M3 Pro 5G scoring 3,27,355 in AnTuTu and 557 and 1,753 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests, respectively.
On the Poco M3 Pro 5G, I played a variety of games, including Call of Duty: Mobile, Asphalt 9, and Modern Ops. After around 20 minutes of gaming, the rear of the Poco M3 Pro 5G became warm, although this was not cause for concern. The gaming experience on this gadget is very satisfactory, especially for the price.
Video playback was also good, although due to the display’s low brightness and reflective nature, viewing outside or under bright lights was not ideal.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G ships with Android 11 and Poco-spiced MIUI 12. The MIUI 12 version has been available for a while, and even though it is based on Android 11, you can’t tell because it is heavily skinned. The Poco launcher has a somewhat distinct system theme, including icons, which you can customize to your taste.
When I first started using the phone, none of the stock apps performed poorly, but after a few days, I began receiving a lot of spam in the form of notifications from apps like GetApps, Music, Mi Credit, and so on. Some of these apps can be deleted, but there is nothing that can be done for the others.
The Poco M3 Pro is powered by a big 5,000 mAh battery and has 18W charging capabilities. Despite having a smaller battery capacity than the Poco M3, the M3 Pro 5G managed to operate for 16 hours and 42 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is satisfactory. With normal use, the phone lasted around a day and a half.
The included charger charges the Poco M3 Pro 5G 5,000mAh battery from 0% to 33% in half an hour. That’s not quite quick, but it’ll last you at least a day.
Things don’t alter much in this department. Poco uses the same camera configuration as was used on the Poco M3. The new smartphone has a 48-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f/1.79, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the front. The camera app has conventional shooting settings such as Night, Pro, and others, as well as the ability to record movies in 1080p resolution.
The Poco M3 lacks an ultra-wide camera, which I was expected to see on the more expensive Poco M3 Pro 5G. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Landscapes shot in daylight were good on the phone’s display, but textures and the edges of things lacked definition and sharpness. Close-ups fared significantly better in this regard. Macro photographs were useful, but I didn’t use that camera very often. Portrait photos, particularly of people or animals, looked good.
Noise can be seen in both standard and portrait images taken inside. The macro lens performs admirably, however photographs can have a painting-like appearance. Despite these limits, many of the photographs captured by the rear camera are Instagram-worthy, but the phone suffers significantly in low-light circumstances. At night, the details are poor, and a lot of grain appears in the images.
Under terms of the front camera, selfies turned out nicely in optimal lighting conditions. Portrait mode distinguishes the subject from the backdrop, and the shots are beautifully lighted. The Poco M3 Pro 5G’s video recording performance is limited to 1080p @ 30fps.
Overall, I believe Poco could have used better sensors for this ‘Pro’ model, or at the very least provided purchasers with an ultra-wide camera to differentiate this phone from its sister.