Budget mobiles fill an important niche, but it often feels like they are made with the left hand. When another major manufacturer makes a phone for less than SEK 2,000, they often do not even release a press release that tells about the phone, and often they do not let us test the phone, perhaps because they feel that it is better that the potential customer does not know anything at all. about the mobile than that they can read to its pros and cons.
Therefore, it is a bit liberating with Poco, Xiaomi’s low – cost brand, which not only likes to talk about and send out test copies of its Poco M3, they even held an online launch where they proudly showed it off. It gives a feeling that if the phone has its limitations, it is more because you can not get everything for 2000 kroner than that those involved did not put any love on it. I think that feeling is also reflected in the finished product.
It is noticeable, for example, in the design. For this price, of course, most of the exterior is not a screen made of plastic, but the plastic has still been given a bit of its own character, partly by giving it a grip-friendly fake clothing structure on the back, and partly with a glossy panel on the upper part as does not fulfill any other function than just design and to highlight the Poco logo.
Under 200 grams
Xiaomi makes big mobile phones, and it would be an exaggeration to claim that the Poco M3 goes against the trend towards ever larger mobile phones, but in any case they do not fire on it. Keeping the phone’s weight below 200 grams may not sound like much to brag about, but several of the competitors in the price range have passed 230 grams.
The weight is still a bit impressive considering that the battery is 6000 mAh. It provides a screen time of over 13 hours even though the screen technology is not the power-efficient OLED technology but a more energy-consuming LCD screen. Xiaomi also has a rather harsh regime in its system of shutting down apps in the background, which makes the standby time on the phone feel almost endless. The downside is that some third-party apps that actually need to work in the background, to give alerts or notifications, do not work properly if you do not go into the app settings and give it exceptions from the battery saving features.
The screen can also not hide that it is a budget mobile. Admittedly, the resolution is full HD, and the maximum brightness is perfectly okay at least like this in the winter, but the screen changes quite a lot in color and brightness when you hold it and look at it from different angles. As I said, you notice that it is cheaper, but at the same time I do not feel that it affects my experience when I watch movies or surf the net.
The screen is surrounded by stereo speakers, which gives more depth in the speaker sound, but they are differently strong so the sound is not completely balanced.
The Poco M3 has three cameras, with the main camera being 48 megapixels. Normally, four pixels are combined into one for a 12-megapixel image. There is also a 48-megapixel lower, but when I compare, the detail is not better than in the 12-megapixel mode, so there is no need to use it.
The same can be said about the 2 megapixel macro camera, which allows you to take pictures of objects at close range, but the images will be worse than if you take a picture with the main camera and crop it. In any case, the assistant depth camera seems to do a decent job with the portrait mode, which gives a reasonable assessment of what should be sharp and blurry when the background is blurred artificially.
If the main camera can be said that it certainly gives a little worse detail reproduction at 100 percent zoom when I compare with the camera in a top model, of course it is a little worse in the dark, and maybe the color reproduction is a little gloomier. But the important word here is a bit, and then we talk about the camera in a mobile for 1800 kronor. For that price tag, it is definitely a camera you can feel more than happy with, but with a warning flag. Some of the pictures I take become inexplicably blurry, as if the autofocus has failed. It happens far from every time, but often enough for it to be worth mentioning. This is probably something that can be solved with a software update, if it’s even a general problem and not something that only affects my copy.
Mobiles for less than SEK 2,000 often feel a little tough, but the Poco M3 has on paper everything that is needed to prevent this from happening. 4 gigabytes of working memory and the new Snapdragon 662 chipset, which in performance tests provides values that feel fully sufficient for the user interface to flow smoothly. However, this does not always happen. It may take a few seconds to start the camera or exit an app. Since I also have a Motorola phone on test and it feels faster despite slower processors, my conclusion is that it must be because Xiaomi’s system is poorly optimized for the phone, which makes it slower than it should be.
The system in question is Android 10 with the user interface MIUI 12.0.5, and somewhere in the system there is also a ghost called Poco Launcher, but it is difficult to see any major differences in the user interface compared to other Xiaomi mobiles that are not Poco-branded. Regardless, this is a fairly large addition to what Android 10 Google delivers, everything from alternative own apps for browsers and media playback to a different look of everything in the system. Whether you like it better or worse than Google’s Android is a matter of taste.
Sure, you can find mobiles with better cameras and better screen that feel faster during use if you spend more money on just that, but possibly with the exception of 3D graphics, the Poco M3 never feels inadequate for any of what I use it for. For a price of 1800 kronor, I would have been prepared to accept poorer performance or camera than this. The Poco M3 is definitely a mobile that delivers value for money.
Questions and answers
Does the phone have NFC for contactless payments? No, it is one of the few features that are missing in the mobile.
Does it charge fast? You can not say that. The included charger can handle 18 watts, but with the large battery it takes several hours to fully charge.
What accessories are included? Charger (no longer a matter of course, protective rubber shell and a screen protector that you can mount on yourself.
If you want a cleaner user interface, Motorola’s Moto G9 Play costs about the same. The battery is a bit smaller and the screen has a lower resolution, but the camera and processors are similar.
In low light, the camera’s images lose some sharpness, but they do not have to be bad for that.
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