Within POCO’s latest keynote, there were two phones announced – the POCO X3 Pro which we have reviewed recently, and also the POCO F3 which we are reviewing in this video.
So, let’s take a look at the POCO F3 and talk about its 6 key aspects of a smartphone.
We’ll start off with the performance. The POCO F3 comes with the Snapdragon 870 chipset, 8GB RAM, and also 128GB of storage. Is it better than the POCO X3 Pro with the Snapdragon 860? To answer that question, we did a comparison between both of those phones with Genshin Impact at the highest possible graphical settings.
As a summary, yes – the Snapdragon 870 is obviously better than the Snapdragon 860. But as shown in PerfDog, its performance is not consistent and stutters a lot, and also runs hotter, too. When I was gaming on the POCO F3 for a while, it already showed the “overheat” message. Oops.
I also checked with other reviewers and yes – they’re experiencing the same thing as well.
And I think it’s most suitable to talk about the screen now. That “overheat” message is what many of you are referring as “the dimming issue”. When the phone shows that “overheat” message, the screen turns dimmer.
But, when the POCO F3 isn’t overheated, the 6.67-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen which looks nice and bright – and can go up to 120Hz refresh rate. This is an obvious upgrade from the POCO X3 Pro.
And now comes the cameras. It comes with a total of 3 different cameras – and all of them can be used to take pictures. But it seems like the cameras used for the POCO F3’s main and ultrawide angle camera are the same as the POCO X3 Pro.
To see all of the camera pictures taken by the POCO F3, watch our video at the top of the review.
As a bonus, we also did a quick camera comparison between the POCO F3 and the Samsung Galaxy A72 (review here), which also has the same cameras as the Galaxy A52 – barring the telephoto camera.
Okay, so enough about the cameras. What about the battery? The POCO F3 has a slightly smaller 4,520mAh battery which lasts for nearly 12 hours in our battery life test at 120Hz refresh rate. It’s okay and can last throughout a single day without much of an issue.
The POCO F3 also comes with the same 33W charger as the POCO X3 Pro, and it charges the phone from 15% to 100% in slightly more than 40 minutes.
Then, the design. It’s plain and simple, nothing much to see here. It has a black and glossy design which also happens to be a fingerprint magnet. I honestly wish they’re using a matte finish here – that’ll be great.
It’s also slightly curved which makes the POCO F3 somewhat nice to hold with nice thinness.
And finally – MIUI 12 I won’t talk about it much here because we talked about it with more depth in our review of the Mi 11, so check that out at the top right corner instead. As a summary, MIUI is messy and the user experience is just not that good. They also need to make software updates more consistent, like Samsung.
Should you buy the POCO F3?
So, the POCO F3. At the starting price of RM1,399 – it’s still a clear step-up from the POCO X3 Pro in a few aspects – particularly the screen, the design, and also the performance. Yet it still comes with a few issues like the “dimming” issue which also appears while shooting photos outdoors.
Is it worth the price difference of RM400 from the POCO X3 Pro? I can’t decide for you. I honestly like the POCO F3 slightly more, but the smaller battery and the heat coming out of this phone while playing Genshin Impact is just not comfortable at all.