Poco F3 review: midrange smartphone ‘killer’

Poco F3 review: midrange smartphone ‘killer’

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2021-04-12 19:59:04

Since its inception, the Poco brand has always been associated with high-end, low-priced smartphones. That really is the right description for the latest smartphone version Poco has released. Even the Poco F3 can be considered as a cheap “Flag ship” that can compete with the high-end “Flag ship” smartphones.

Poco F3 converges almost all the features that a “flagship” needs such as luxurious design with metal frame, glass back, 6.7 inch screen with 120Hz refresh rate. Comes with one of the most powerful chips available today – Snapdragon 870 5G, stereo speakers from Dolby Atmos, a flexible triple-camera system and buffalo battery, with fast charging.

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The Poco F3 is traditionally packaged so you can use it right away. You’ll get the complete set, a 33W quick charger, a 3A-rated USB-A-to-C cable, and a transparent silicone back cover. The case is designed to add a piece to protect the charging foot from dust and water but is a bit inconvenient when charging or using headphones.

As a matter of course following the trend, the Poco F3 lacks a 3.5mm headphone port Therefore, the manufacturer has provided the user with a USB-C to 3.5 mm converter cord.


The sleek, sleek Poco F3 has been on trend this year in smartphones. The front and back of the device are fitted with Gorilla Glass toughened glass. The frame is made of curved and polished aluminum for a more comfortable grip. However, users will have to trade-off with the ability to get fingerprints easily. The camera cluster with symmetrically arranged lenses gives a solid feel to the character of Poco.


The display of the Poco F3 uses a striking 6.67 ” AMOLED panel with a maximum 120Hz refresh rate that promises a smooth experience when entertaining games with high-end graphics or enjoying top-notch VFX movies . HD + screen resolution with 395ppi pixel density and maximum brightness of 711 knit for the ability to display vivid, vibrant colors.

Perforated front camera has the smallest size on the market today. Its small size makes it almost as if it did not have too much effect on the overall overall. If you don’t like it, you can completely hide it with the app support.


With Snapdragon 870 chip, 8GB of RAM, Poco F3 has a powerful configuration on par with high-end smartphones. Antutu Benmark score of the machine reached 631850 points, showing that the machine is completely capable of “fighting” the heaviest mobile games on the market today.

Battery life

The battery of the Poco F3 is quite large with 4,520mAh capacity – almost 200mAh smaller than the F2. Even so, tests show that the F3 has outstanding battery endurance. If only using the call listening functions, the F3 can last up to 114 hours. The device always displays video at 60Hz and it also drops lower when surfing the web so the battery consumption is also reduced quite a lot.

Like the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Poco X3 Pro, the Poco F3 battery supports Mi Fast 33W charging and is also available with a 33W fast charger and 3A standard cable. The test of GMS Arena showed that after 30 minutes of plugging in, F3 is 67% full and will be completely full after 56 minutes.


The Poco F3 has a 48MP main camera using a Sony IMX 582 aperture 1.8 aperture lens that supports night photography. The second camera is a Sony IMX355 8MP 1/4 “lens with an ultra wide-angle 15mm f / 2.2. Night mode is also supported here. S5K5E8 5MP, f / 2.4 with autofocus working from 3 cm to 7 cm distance helps you to produce impressive still lifes.

Selfie camera uses Samsung’s 20MP Tetra-pixel sensor with fixed focal length f / 2.2. Machine with AI support to remove fonts is smoothing skin.

In daylight conditions, the F3’s main camera produces brilliant color photos with high detail and is quite realistic compared to the real scene. If using AI, the machine can automatically detect the scene to produce the best image. Low light camera is quite stable. The exposure and balance are stable, the color saturation is very well kept, and the contrast is good.

Night mode takes about 2 seconds to complete and saves a slightly brighter photo with when taken. Even so, the machine still gets a lot of noise in the far corners.

8MP wide-angle camera for photos in decent quality with true colors, but the image is quite soft with not too high sharpness. Camera’s low resolution could be a factor. However, the wide angle camera of the F3 remains high compared to other products in the same price range.

The 5MP macro camera supports autofocus and can shoot anything between 3cm and 7cm. That’s still a pretty limited range. You will need to hold the camera steady and with plenty of light to get great photos.

The front camera of the device can produce pretty realistic selfies with AI support for skin beauty. Also take note when shooting in bright light will burn a lot in the background.


The Poco F3 is currently priced at $ 400 in the U.S. In Vietnam, this model is expected to be released at under 10 million. With a powerful configuration, the camera system is stable with a long battery life, Poco F3 promises to bring users an unlimited experience like the “Flagship” smartphones with a price not too high.


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