Poco F3 and X3 Pro debut with new Snapdragon chips
By Digital News Asia March 23, 2021
- Poco X3 Pro starts from US$242, features quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 860 SoC
- The Poco F3 brings 5G and Snapdragon 870 performancess at US$340
POCO Global has launched its two latest flagship smartphones: the Poco F3, and the Poco X3 Pro. The latter is an upgraded version of the Poco X3, now sporting a new Snapdragon 860 chipset.
The Poco F3, on the other hand, is a brand new device sporting a Snapdragon 870 5G chipset and 120Hz display, Poco said in a statement.
The Poco X3 Pro’s new chipset, the Snapdragon 860, features a Kyro 584 CPU alongside with the Adreno 650 GPU, which makes for a higher-quality gaming experience and capable of running 3D-heavy games at high settings. The device sports the LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, a cooling solution to reduce the device’s thermal capacity.
This all goes into powering the smartphone’s 6.67-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, which has a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. The X3 Pro is equipped with a 5,160mAh battery, with a 33W fast charger included in the box.
In the camera department, the X3 Pro sports a quad-camera setup in the rear, consisting of a 48MP main camera, a 119-degree ultra-wide camera lens, and a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor for those close-ups and portrait shots.
The Poco X3 Pro will be available in Malaysia starting March 24, in two storage variants: 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. They are priced at US$242 (RM999) and US$315 (RM1,299) respectively, and can be purchased on Xiaomi’s official store on Shopee.
[RM1 = US$0.243]
There’s a special promotion for the device. From March 24 to March 25, the POCO X3 Pro will be available at a discounted price of RM899 for the 6GB+128GB version and RM1,099 for the 8GB+256GB variant, while stocks last.
The real beast
The Poco F3, on the other hand, is touted as the brand’s most powerful device yet. It carries with it a Snapdragon 870 5G SoC – with the LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus – makes for a powerful device capable of 3D-intensive gaming and productivity processes. As opposed to the Poco X3 Pro, the F3 is a 5G device that also supports Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
It similarly touts a 6.67-inch 120Hz display, albeit with a higher 360Hz touch sampling rate. It also sports a dual-speaker setup and is Poco’s first device that enable Dolby Atmos.
This is a triple-camera device, led by a 48MP main camera alongside a ultra-wide lens and 5MP telemacro camera. Occupying the dot on the front screen is a 20MP selfie shooter. Notably, the device has a triple-microphone setup with one of them dedicated to the Audio Zoom feature, letting you 'zoom in' on the sound while shooting a far-away video.
Power comes courtesy of a 4,520mAh battery, which – with the included 33W fast charger – can be charged to 100% in 52 minutes, Poco claimed.
The POCO F3 will be available from March 27, and comes in two storage variants: 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. They are priced at RM1,399 and RM1,699 respectively.
Likewise, it has a special sale: from March 27 to March 28, the device POCO X3 Pro will be available at RM1,299 for the 6GB+128GB version and RM1,499 for the 8GB+256GB variant. It can be purchased here.
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