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Poco, a Xiaomi spin-off, is releasing another budget smartphone, the Poco X3 NFC. The new device will be the first phone in the world to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G SoC (System on Chip).
The Snapdragon 732G is an 8-core CPU that uses Qualcomm’s semi-custom Kryo architecture. It has two 2.3Ghz Kryo 470 Gold (Corex A57-based) cores along with six 1.8Ghz Kryo 470 Silver (Corex A76-based) cores. As far as graphics processing, the Snapdragon 732G features an Adreno 618 CPU that is capable of running a 120Hz display.
The GPU found in the Poco X3 is actually pretty decent. The Adreno 618 is usually reserved for upper mid-range smartphones and tablets. It’s the same graphics processor that you will find in more expensive phones that use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and 730G SoCs.
The Adreno 618 GPU fully supports Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 11.
Speaking of which, the Poco X3 has a 1080 x 2400 (20:9) 6.67″ 120Hz display that comes in at 395 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). Its touchscreen interface updates quickly, taking 240 touch samples per second. That amazing display and touch system is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Poco X3 has an impressive 4K-video-capable 64MP quad-camera module in the usual place on the back. You won’t be doing 60FPS 4K video with this phone, though, as it is limited to 30FPS when recording video in 4K mode. It does, however, support slow-motion capture at 960 frames per second. The Poco X3 employs artificial intelligence for scene detection, filters, and studio lighting. On the front, you will find a 20MP selfie camera.
This budget phone has a whopping 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and can be configured with up to 128GB of storage. It, of course, includes an SD card slot that will accept SD cards up to 256GB in size. Also, it’s got a huge 5160mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.
The Poco X3 in an Android 10 device that has twin self-cleaning speakers, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack (the port that refuses to die), and an obligatory USB-C port. It’s also got a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which I happen to favor over the rear-mounted ones and full support for Google Pay.
What is a self-cleaning speaker?
A pass-down from Xiaomi, the Poco 3 uses low frequency (800Hz) vibrations to clear the speaker of dust and other debris that may have settled on the dual mesh layers of speaker.
Poco is providing a discount for early adopters, selling the 64GB version of the device on AliExpress for $238.80 (₱11,601.86). You can pick up the 128GB version for $298.80 (₱14,516.90).