POCO just launched two record-breaking flagship killers in the global market. POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro are the most affordable last-generation devices with flagship-class hardware you can actually find in Europe. Those who search the maximum performance with the minimum expense will love these two handsets due to their amazing processors. But is it worth spending more to get the POCO F3 or the POCO X3 Pro is enough for your actual needs? Let’s try to discover it together through this comparison between their specifications.
|Xiaomi POCO F3||Xiaomi POCO X3 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, 196 g||165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm, 215 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), AMOLED||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, octa-core 3.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, octa-core 2.96 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD Slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, MIUI for POCO||Android 11, MIUI for POCO|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
20 MP f/2.5 front camera
|Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||4520 mAh, fast charging 33W||5160 mAh, fast charging 33W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G, IP53 dust and splash protection|
The POCO X3 provides the best design because it is built with more premium materials. The back is made of glass with the Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the frame is made of aluminum. Further, the phone is thinner with a thickness of just 7.8 mm and it is even lighter as it weighs just 196 grams. Last but not least, the design of the camera module is definitely more elegant. The POCO X3 Pro has a plastic body, it is thicker and heavier than its rival. But you should consider that the POCO X3 Pro has the IP53 certification protecting the phone against dust and splashes.
The POCO F3 is superior even when it comes to the display, with a huge difference in terms of image quality. The POCO F3 has an AMOLED panel providing more brilliant colors and deeper blacks; further, it has a higher 1300 nits peak brightness and the HDR10+ certification. The POCO X3 Pro has a midrange-class IPS panel with less impressive colors and lower brightness. Despite it has an AMOLED display, the POCO F3 has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, just like the POCO X3 Pro.
Specs & Software
The POCO X3 Pro has a high-end hardware department, but the POCO F3 is again better thanks to a more powerful processor. We are talking about the Snapdragon 870 which sits in the middle between Snapdragon 865+ and Snapdragon 888, providing top-tier performance. The POCO X3 Pro has a Snapdragon 860 chipset which is essentially a rebrand of the Snapdragon 855+. While the POCO F3 supports 5G connectivity, the X3 Pro does not. The memory configurations are the same with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 native storage. Note that POCO X3 Pro has expandable storage, while POCO F3 does not feature a micro SD slot.
The cameras are the weakest points of these handsets. Unlike the hardware departments, these cameras are far from being high-end sensors. You get a lower-midrange camera setup with both POCO F3 and X3 Pro. The former has a better macro camera but it lacks a depth sensor, while the latter has a depth sensor but an inferior macro camera. The main sensor and the ultrawide cameras are the same. Both the phones feature a 20 MP selfie camera, but with different focal apertures: the F3 has a brighter focal aperture, which is why it should be able to click better selfies.
The POCO X3 Pro has a bigger battery than POCO F3 and, given that it does not support 5G, it should provide a longer battery life in a lot of scenarios. The POCO F3 has a more efficient display, but it does not seem to be enough to cover the gap between the two batteries. Despite that, the POCO F3 should still be able to cover one day of usage. Both the phones support 33W fast charging and lack wireless charging.
The POCO F3 has a starting price of €369/$435 for the European market, while the POCO X3 Pro starts from €249/$293 (but you can actually find it for just €199 thanks to the launch promo). Despite the X3 Pro packs a bigger battery the POCO F3 is a way better phone due to its better AMOLED display, premium design, better chipset, 5G connectivity, and slightly better cameras. However, consider that the POCO X3 Pro is the most affordable last-generation flagship and it can let you save a lot of money while still delivering an awesome user experience.
- Better hardware
- Superior display
- Premium design
- Higher price
- Bigger battery
- IP53 dust and splash protection
- More affordable
- Gorilla Glass 6
- No 5G
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