Poco M3 Pro review: a smartphone with a unique design and some nuances

Poco M3 Pro Back Panel

Before we ordered the Redmi Note 10 5G, an order was placed in China for the Poco M3 Pro. In fact, these are two versions that differ only in appearance and at the time of ordering the M3 Pro from China, I did not think that the Note 10 5G would appear with us officially. But Xiaomi was able to surprise me, and after reviewing the Note 10 with 5G support, I have to review its clone. Since all the nuances of this smartphone are described in the review at the link above. Here I focus only on the main differences and nuances.

Opening the packaging and appearance

Complete with your smartphone, you will find everything you need to comfortably use your smartphone. Silicone case, screen protector, cable and power adapter max 22.5W.

But there is one more thing that aims to surprise the user. It is the unique design of modernity developed by Boco itself. Of course, the flight of the company’s designers’ imaginations played out on the back panel, as the front panel is an exact copy of everything we’ve seen before installed in the Note 10 5G.

The black and black area near the camera unit is supplemented by a reminder of who exactly the creator of this “budget miracle”. It can be combined with yellow and blue (our version) or the same black surface. In the light, everything shines with a different glow, and of course it is well smeared / rubbed, since the surface of the back panel is glossy.

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The front panel received three elements that suffer from gigantism – a lower edge that can be hidden with a suitable subject, a large black plastic “shelf” when moving from the frame to the display and a slot for the front camera.

In terms of thickness and weight, it turns out to be “strong” almost 9 mm and weighs less than 200 grams. But in height it is quite compact – 160 mm. In the hand, it rests comfortably due to the lateral rounding of the back panel, and in the jeans pocket it does not bulge and interfere as much as the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

On the side edges, everything is standard, except that behind the three holes on the upper edge there is no resonator, but an IR transmitter for controlling the equipment and a microphone for noise reduction.

The tray contains only two SIM cards, or a SIM card and a memory card.

SIM card tray

In a full silicone case, the smartphone, of course, becomes heavier and thicker, but at the same time, with its protrusions, it provides additional protection for the camera and for the screen.

Feature guides

Since I have already done a full review of a device with similar characteristics, now we will review the main features and disadvantages of this solution:

Show: This is a compact IPS panel, with a maximum brightness of 536 nits and rather poor viewing angles. But there is support for a 90Hz refresh rate and that brightens the overall impression a bit. Maximum brightness comparison to Redmi Note 10 Pro:

performance: Using Dimensity 700 in a cheaper smartphone allowed Xiaomi to achieve performance on par with the Redmi Note 10 Pro. According to various tests and in games, the 700 device does not turn out to be worse than the Snapdragon 732G and heats up less, but the main “affliction” of Mediatek can still be traced here. For example, in the game Call of Duty: Mobile, you can not select higher than average graphics settings, but the FPS in the game is at least 40. But the famous Genshin Impact works at the lowest settings and produces a constant 30 frames per second, but you can also choose High level of graphics. True, the FPS will “jump” from 15 to 30. By the way, memory groups from 4/64 GB to 6/128 GB. I have a smaller version in testing and haven’t had any problems with it. Tests and FPS in games:

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cameras: Three sensors, the most important of which is 48 megapixels from OmniVision (OV48B). The other two are 2 megapixels and do not deserve special attention. Daytime photos, in good lighting, are often quite good (considering the cost of the smartphone), but the main complaint about this sensor is poor image detail, especially in low light. Also, a significant drawback is the support for shooting in Full HD resolution, 30 frames per second. Comparison of camera capabilities with Redmi Note 10 Pro:

independence: The leader of our autonomy rating, like the Redmi Note 10 5G. For two hours in the game WOT: Blitz and the rest of the time on YouTube, it took up to 17 hours for it to completely unload. True, it takes two hours to wait for the 5000 mAh battery to replenish, since the smartphone supports only 18W fast charging.

Other nuances: The smartphone is pleased with the presence of NFC and a properly working proximity sensor. In order to support 5G networks, the manufacturer had to make a number of trade-offs. In particular, the smartphone lacks a notification sensor, there is no water splash protection according to the IP53 standard, and there are no stereo speakers.

If this brief information is not enough to understand what a smartphone is, then I suggest you read the full review of its version – Redmi Note 10 5G. Here I understand all the details in more detail (the video begins with an overview of the features of the display):

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