Poco M3 is official with 6000 mAh battery at a budget price

by Johnson Daniel

Xiaomi’s sub-smartphone brand, Poco, has seen the release of the third member of the company’s most affordable series, Poco M3. From what you know about it being affordable, you should have in mind that there’s not much to expect from a device like this but the 6000 mAh battery is what catches the eye. Xiaomi Poco M3

The Poco M3 receives juice from a 6000 mAh battery that supports 18W charging and will even charge other devices at 18W with the correct cable. Poco claims up to 5 days of light use, 3 days of moderate, and a day and a half of heavy use. Some will appreciate the claim of 2 and a half years of use without notable degradation, too.

The Poco M3 grabs the attention with its striking design for a budget-friendly device. It features a mostly uninterrupted screen on the front is contrasted by a large rectangular camera island on the rear. The rest of the rear comes in a textured anti-fingerprint finish and three colors – Power Black, Cool Blue and the flashy POCO Yellow.

Speaking of the display, you can spot a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a standard 60Hz refresh rate, sitting under Gorilla Glass 3. The screen has a waterdrop notch up top for the 8MP selfie camera. At the back is a  triple camera on the rear, highlighted by a 48MP main sensor with 0.8μm pixels (1.6μm in 12MP binned mode) and an f/1.79 lens. The other two sensors are a 2MP f/2.4 dedicated macro and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.

Under the hood, the Poco M3 has an 11nm Snapdragon 662 chipset with 4GB of RAM. Storage can be 64GB or 128GB. The Poco M3 comes pre-loaded with Android 10 under MIUI 12 and the Poco launcher. Xiaomi will update the M3 for Android 11 in due time as well.

The Poco M3 goes on sale in the US on Black Friday, November 27. There are special discounted prices at first – $129 for the 4/64GB version and $149 for the 4/128GB model, after the promotion ends, the prices will be $149 and $169, respectively. In Europe sales begin on November 30, prices are €149 for the 64GB model and €169 for the 128GB model.

Xiaomi Poco M3 specifications

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2020, November 24
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, November 27
BODY Dimensions 162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.38 in)
Weight 198 g (6.98 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD, 400 nits (typ)
Size 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android 10, MIUI 12
Chipset Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
UFS 2.1 – 64GB 4GB RAM
UFS 2.2 – 128GB 4GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Triple 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.1, (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
Features Panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with dual speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging
MISC Colors Cool Blue, Poco Yellow, Power Black
Models M2010J19CG
Price $ 129.00

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