Poco F3 Overview Updated April 21, 2021

Xiaomi Poco F3: Full specifications, pricing, news, more

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March 2021 - April 2021

Xiaomi’s affordably-focused flagship Poco F3 is a true follow-up to the fan favorite Poco F1. Although not quite in the same vein, the Poco F3 comes with impressive upgrades and certain trade-offs that make sense as they help keep down the entry-costs.

Release date and pricing: When did Xiaomi release the Poco F3 and how much does it cost?

Xiaomi announced the arrival of the on March 22, 2021, during an online live-streamed event with the device heading to market at various dates in each global region. Early pre-orders were available from March 27th, 2021 with prices starting at £329 in the UK, €345 in European markets, $399 or ₹24,990 in India. Early-bird pricing brought the asking price down to £299 and €299 in the UK and Europe respectively.

Specifications

At the front, the 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display includes a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate. It comes with a 2400 x 1080 resolution in a 20:9 aspect ratio, with a decreased in-display punch-hole notch.

Inside, the Poco F3 comes packing the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, which is built upon the 7nm fabrication process. This chip offers some very minor performance bumps over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 from 2020 but offers more affordable 5G-connectivity than the Snapdragon 888.

Other internal hardware on offer includes faster UFS 3.1 storage, with the Xiaomi Poco F3 being made available in 6/128GB and 8/256GB configurations. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card expansion available here. There is also a 4,520mAh battery tucked away inside the F3 that also includes 33W fast charging but lacks Qi wireless charging. That said, a 33W USB-C charge brick is included in the box.

The rear camera setup shares a layout, but the Poco F3 packs in a triple camera array that relies on a 48-megapixel main sensor rather than a 108-megapixel option. That is flanked by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and 5-megapixel telemacro lens. The selfie camera clocks in at 20 megapixels.

If you are concerned about dimensions, the Xiaomi Poco F3 measures in at 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm and weighs in at 196g.

Features: What features does the Xiaomi Poco F3 have?

The Xiaomi Poco F3 is a fairly feature-rich affordable Android, but there are some hardware removals that fans may be disappointed by. Xiaomi removed the 3.5mm headphone port and microSD card storage expansion. Dual-SIM support is included for multiple connectivity options. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1 are also supported, while the display uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for added strength and durabilty.

Biometric security is provided by a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner. Unlike many others, the Xiaomi Poco F3’s fingerprint scanner is not recessed into the power button. It also comes with a stereo speaker setup that utilizes the earpiece and a bottom-firing speaker.

Video: Poco F3 review

Poco F3 Stories April 9

I think I may have jumped the gun in late 2020 by declaring that the OnePlus Nord might offer price-to-performance perfection because clearly, I hadn’t thought about Xiaomi’s efforts in the mid- to-low-end range. If you want a taste of things often reserved for far more exorbitantly priced devices, then the Poco F3 is an absolute steal.

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Poco F3 Stories March 22

The next Poco-branded flagship smartphone has now arrived with the unveiling of the Poco F3, one of the first smartphones to market with the more affordable Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G chipset.

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