Xiaomi-owned Poco has returned with two new phones that have some notable processor choices at low prices. Both the X3 Pro and F3 use new Qualcomm chips that are essentially updated and redesigned flagship processors from the last couple of years, making them an interesting offering for price performance.
First up is the Poco X3 Pro (pictured above and below), which is actually identical to last year’s Poco X3 NFC, but with a new processor. That means it still has a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD, a 5,160mAh battery with 33W fast charging and a four-camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor.
The new one is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, which has not been announced before. The processor appears to be a new version of the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm̵
Poco describes the 860 as “the leading 4G flagship processor in 2021,” which does not seem like a field with much competition. Nevertheless, it will probably surpass newer 5G chips in the mid-range like 765.
The Poco F3, meanwhile, is an advanced device that is one of the first phones to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, which was announced a few months ago. The 870 is a similar idea to the 860, but based on a year newer 865, which was Qualcomm’s highest chip in 2020. The CPU clock speed has again had a small bump to a maximum of 3.2 GHz. The 870 will not be as fast as the 888, but another way of thinking about it is that it would have been the fastest Android phone chip in the world a few months ago.
The F3 itself is a rebranded version of the Xiaomi’s Redmi K40, recently released in China. It has a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p OLED display, a 4,520mAh battery with 33W fast charging, and a triple camera setup including a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and what appears to be the same 5- megapixel “Telemacro” found on Xiaomi Mi 11.
Poco has not announced full global release details yet, but the X3 Pro costs € 199 for a model with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (or € 249 for 8 GB / 256 GB), while the F3 is € 299 for 6 GB / 128 GB and € 349 for 8 GB / 256 GB. These are prices for early bird – all models will be bumped up by € 50 after April 1 for the X3 Pro and April 6 for the F3. Even after that, they look like very good value for the segment. Both phones will go on sale later this week.