NEW POCO X3 NFC – Too Good to Be True, or Best Cheap Phone??

by birtanpublished on May 19, 2021

So in the world of cheap phones there is a lot of junk out there a lot of phones that i would never recommend and then a few that are actually really good now this one right here seems to be too good to be true this is costing less than 270 dollars in some cases as low as 200 dollars and yet it's packing a ton of flagship caliber specs i'm talking four cameras 64 megapixels 64 gigabytes on board a huge battery a huge screen hole punch camera 120 hertz refresh rate like that refresh rate is better than the iphone 11. now does that mean the

Screen is better than the iphone 11 not necessarily but we have a lot to talk about with this phone because if it actually is as good as the specs show it to be it competing with phones well over 700 now obviously like i said this sounds too good to be true so there's a lot we need to talk about with this phone this right here is the poco x3 nfc phone available globally i'll put a link down in the top of the description so you can see the latest price in your area but there's definitely a lot

Going on with this phone so like i said in this video i'm going to dive into the good the bad and the ugly with the poco x3 here i've been using it for a little while now so i kind of got the ins and outs of it so i want to start off on the front of this phone and the first positive thing here is the screen so overall it's a very large screen 120 hertz refresh rate essentially means that when you're swiping around it just feels a lot smoother actually twice as smooth

As the iphone 11 or any of the older maybe the galaxy s10 it's not until just this past year that a lot of phones started bringing out a faster refresh rate to give you a really smooth experience on your phone that's something that if you haven't used it you don't know that you really would appreciate it and then when you start using it you realize like it's a lot smoother and then going back other phones just feel weird to use them so that's a really nice thing that they're adding on a phone at this price point also the

Small hole punch camera honestly that hole punch is is really small for this price point smaller than a lot of the other like samsung phones in their budget lineup now on the outside we have some bezels they're obviously visible there but honestly having a flat screen is also kind of nice a lot of people prefer that to the waterfall edges that we're seeing on the flagship phones now looking on the top another really cool thing here is actually the infrared blaster so you have something that we haven't seen

On phones in a little while you can use this as a remote for your tv or for whatever you're using your stereo stuff like that you can program it use it you know just on your phone there's an app built in and i think that's a really cool feature to have now on the right side we have our volume rocker and below that we have our power button which also doubles as a fingerprint reader and this is actually really cool so i see a lot of phones these days have face unlocked that means a big notch on the top

A lot of other ones have maybe a fingerprint sensor on the back or under the screen but having it right on the side is a pretty natural spot for your thumb to go especially if you're going to turn the phone on anyway i think that's a nice feature to have and it's honestly really accurate and very quick of just from my testing so far now something to note about this however as i've seen i mean i noticed it and i know other reviewers pointed this out as well it's actually a really sharp edge so if

You're rubbing your thumb along there it actually kind of scratches your thumb pretty intensely like i know i saw like dave 2d was actually scratching his thumbnail off on there so definitely very sharp but i guess it is what it is that's kind of a weird thing now touching in a slightly more negative aspect of the screen it's not an amoled screen so a lot of the flagships are using amoled which basically means you get darker blacks you're getting more vibrant colors you're getting brighter screens

But this one's still pretty good it's going to be as good as a lot of other phones out there except there are a few little things so you can notice like around the camera in other places on the screen like the top and the bottom really just the edges of the screen there are kind of like some shadows so if you turn this the screen to a different angle you'll see some small shadows again for this price point for a screen of this size it's not going to be a complaint for most people

But it's just something that you probably want to know about the screen it's not going to be as good as like the note 20 ultra now looking on the other side we have our sim tray which is also expandable storage it could be dual sim if you wanted to so plenty of options with that this has 64 gigabytes of storage on board which means music and videos and photos and and all the stuff you're looking to do you can save tons of it on this phone and if you need more you can expand the

Storage with an sd card on the bottom we have our speaker we have our headphone jack another microphone the other one is on the top and we have our usb type c port there you don't have super fast data transfer on this usbc port but you can get pretty fast charging the charger in the box i believe is 33 watts so you can charge this up very quickly and that brings us into another big positive of this phone being the battery now the battery on this phone is actually 5

160 milliamp hours and for those of you who don't know how much that actually is a higher number is better and a lot of other flagship phones like the really nice flagship phones are like 4 000 milliamp hours so more than 25 bigger battery on this phone and with a lot of the the down clocking meaning it's just running more efficient on board it slows things down when you're not using it i'm actually getting way more than a day of battery out of this i'm easily

Getting a solid two to three days battery life with this phone which is really unheard of in today's market being able to last like 10 hours screen time with this device i thought that was really impressive like yesterday i mean admittedly i charged it up around noon and by the time i went to bed i only lost like maybe 20 percent battery like it's a really good battery life on this phone now flipping over to the back of this phone uh again more good more bad that's kind

Of a common theme here you get some really good specs but there's always like a little caveat a little but right so the screen is good but it's an lcd display and there's a little bit of shadows now the back it's a plastic just it's a plastic back which is not bad i know a lot of people prefer that you're going to put a case on it anyway it actually comes with a case in the box which is great but if you choose to not use a case you will probably never find a phone that

Gets more fingerprints than this one this is really covered in fingerprints at all times and it has this big logo and kind of like the race car stripe down the middle i'm not sure how i feel about that but comment down below let me know what you guys think honestly you could easily just get a skin for this you could easily just get like a case for it to cover that up i know most people get cases anyway so it shouldn't really be a concern for

People the camera bump i think is interesting i give them props for making it different than a lot of other phones out there and i don't know if i like the design of the camera bump in the middle the cameras you know they have a very high megapixel count they have like 64 megapixels just a lot going on with that but being that you have a smaller chip on here you have the snapdragon 732g that means that it's not quite as capable of actually processing those photos

Because in today's cameras a lot of the photo is like you can take the photo but your phone's actually taking like 15 photos and stitching them together and like there's so much software that goes into making a good photo that even if you have a lot of megapixels it might not be capable of making nearly as good photos as like the google pixel or the iphone and like i said we'll test that out later on the video and i'll show you guys exactly what i mean

So starting off with the ultrawide lens here you can see a lot of color going on but definitely over sharpens things a little bit a little bit too much contrast you can see in the middle here as well but if you give it enough daylight this camera is definitely very capable it also has a 64 megapixel wide angle lens 13 megapixel ultrawide and the other two lenses are completely useless a macro lens that is only two megapixels and then as you can see here a depth camera actually not here this is the selfie camera 20 megapixels

Portrait mode kind of sucks on this in the rear camera even though it has a depth camera on there uh it doesn't really do a great job there's a lot of weird bubbles of clarity around my head and then they also have hdr but i noticed that it was a little doing a little bit of exposure hunting so it'd get brighter and darker when you got a good picture i think this looked pretty good here looking at the rear camera honestly the colors look pretty good it's pretty saturated but it's a little bit too

Contrasty so like that tree to me looks really dark in here but otherwise you see the auto focus on this seems to be a little bit slow but it gets there it does what it needs to and it is pretty stable overall so i'm shaking around a lot and for the most part it really keeps it stable now if we try to zoom in or out uh zooming out it doesn't allow us to go to the next lens so that's something to notice that you're gonna be stuck with whatever lens you choose

When you're making a video and now this is the front facing camera i started down there because the hdr was actually really good you can see it actually captured all the all the leaves above me and my face pretty well exposed here so i was impressed with the front-facing camera it does better than i expected but comment down below let me know you guys think of the audio quality and the video quality here this one's limited to 1080p not a 4k video unfortunately but it should get the job done for most

Kind of like video calls and stuff like that so i'm not entirely sure why you would want to do this but this phone has a lot of other cool features like front and back videos so it's like a picture in picture like you can see me in the corner and then on the other side is the what i'm looking at right now so i think that's kind of cool that you have that you also have things like clone photos if you want to see yourself like a bunch of times there's a lot of cool things that you

Can do with this so as we expected from a budget phone like this one the cameras show big numbers but they really were not impressive at all oh actually two other things to talk about with this phone the first one is the speakers are actually really loud on this they're very good for this price point honestly better than some of the more expensive phones i've tried they give them more room on this phone and they definitely make them louder and more full so that's good i really like that and

Then the second thing that's kind of interesting is under the speaker on the top they have a tiny led within the speaker hole that lights up as a notification icon all right so this is by no means a perfect test but i want to give you guys a quick speaker test to show you the quality of the speaker on this phone i'm just gonna hit play on a youtube video right here so you can see that overall the volume and the bass response was much more impressive than i expected especially

The phone of this price point so having the speaker on the top and on the bottom there uh and they're both relatively large speakers gives you a decent audio quality when you're listening to music or watching videos all right so now getting into some of the more negative aspects of this phone this is running miui 12 which is a version of android and it works well enough it does its job it does some things pretty well but i have some complaints about it the first one is that when you get this it

Comes with a ton of bloatware just tons of different stupid games and apps that i'm never going to use it also has some things that i can't get rid of some apps that i'm unable to uninstall but like just look at this right here all the different games it came with like crazy juicer tile fun like these games that i don't care about i don't want them if i wanted them i'd go download them and i wish they wouldn't just come with them pre-installed on the phone i think that's a weird thing to do and on top of that another thing this phone

Does is it just kind of plasters ads all over now if you go into something as simple as just a quick little update on your phone if you want to download an app if you want to literally do anything with this phone that involves settings it's very likely it'll show you an ad that is unrelated to anything maybe it's just another game that is being sold to you so i think that's kind of a weird it feels like cluttery and dirty on this interface it's not my favorite on top of

That running me ui 12 the interface like it's okay to use it but honestly i would rather use a different skin on here i made this one look like an iphone i thought it just looked cool i was messing around with that just testing it out but like you can obviously change with android it's one of the cool things about android is to get any different pack you want to make your phone look however you want so that's definitely a big plus to just make it a little bit easier to use

Similarly when you go into the camera they automatically put a watermark on all of your photos that said that says like taken with poco x3 you can turn that off but again like why are they doing that by default i assume it's because it's a cheaper phone you're paying less and they're just trying to cram more advertising dollars into your phone to make it you know sell at a lower price point it's obviously not a flagship so i can't complain too much because you can disable a lot of that but still it's things that things like

That just kind of decrease the quality of the experience so like i said in the box it comes with a case and actually on the phone there is a pre-installed screen protector awesome but not awesome because that screen protector sucks it's actually really sticky and hard to like swipe your thumb around on so i ended up peeling that off maybe i'll get another one maybe i won't but i definitely wouldn't recommend counting on that one to be a high quality screen protector and then the last big drawback obviously selling at

This price point you're not going to get a flagship caliber processor which means that when you're doing stuff on here it's going to be a little bit slower it's going to take an extra beat just to get things open and if you're trying to do any kind of gaming on here like some basic games would work but obviously any of the more intense like 3d games are going to be more of a struggle similarly if you're trying to edit videos on here exporting them is going to take a pretty long time it just

You know it's a slightly less capable processor it's not a big deal for this price point it's pretty standard to see one like this all right so guys overall the poco x3 i think there's two things to be said about this phone the first thing just to keep things plain and simple it's a great phone for this price arguably the best phone under 270 dollars i think it's really hard to argue with what this phone packs how capable it is given that low price point now the other thing is i think it does over promise a

Little bit so 120 hertz refresh rate on the screen yeah but it is an lcd display and has some shadows on there so it's not the best display also on the cameras you got four cameras 64 megapixels but it's not as capable of processing the photos so you see what i'm saying like a lot of things are over promised it's trying to match the spec sheets of the flagship phones but obviously it's going to be dialed back a little bit being that it's so much cheaper like

One fit the price of a lot of other flagships out there so guys overall do i recommend this phone i think it's a good phone for people on a budget if you want to spend a little bit more money there are also better ones out there but at this price point it's really hard to beat this one comment down below guys let me know what you guys think of the poco x3 is it a good buy or not if you enjoyed this video please consider liking and subscribing thanks for watching guys i'll see you

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