POCO F3 REVIEW
A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL BUDGET SMARTPHONE
By Damien Wilde
April 12, 2021
The Poco F3 feels far better than its predecessor the Poco F1. Notice how I’m not counting the Poco F2 Pro here, as I feel like it wasn’t a true follow-up courtesy of the “Pro” moniker, but still is a fantastic budget-oriented flagship device.
This is a sub-$400 smartphone with what is a very good 6.67-inch AMOLED panel, plus it has the added bonus of a 120Hz refresh rate. Then, factor in the added bonus of it being completely flat, and you have a real winner.
Unlike the original Poco F1, the F3 doesn’t come with the highest-end internals available on the market. Instead, the Snapdragon 888 is ditched in favor of the brand-new and still very capable Snapdragon 870 chipset. As you probably already know, this is an overclocked Snapdragon 865+ — itself an overclocked 865.
The 48-megapixel main sensor won’t win any awards, but you’ve got a good array of options right at your fingertips. It’s only really when you punch in where you’ll start to see things fall away.
I wouldn’t call the battery exceptional, but boy does the Poco F3 last a long time. I think some of that is down to the app process management, but it handles even the heaviest of days without too much pressure