The Poco M3 was introduced before the holiday season, it is available since 15 December 2020, sold 160 euros and promises standard battery life tests

Poco can declare its independence loud and clear, and the manufacturer still lives in the shadow of his father, Xiaomi, not long? Without a doubt

The innumerable new manufacturer takes the components of the Chinese giant by offering smartphones at an unbeatable value for money The Poco M3 was launched on 15 December 2020, and it fits perfectly into this strategy

It is marketed from 160 €, it stands out for its very original design and its huge battery of 6000 mAh which promises an autonomy of 3 at 5 days according to manufacturer. Are they the only assets? Take this test

The Poco M3 is available since 15 December 2020 on the brand's official website. It comes in three colors: Poco Yellow, Ice Blue et Intense Black (test pattern)

The manufacturer offers its smartphone in two versions: 4/64 Go at the price of 15990 € and 4/128 Go at the price of 17990 € (test form)

The Poco M3 is therefore positioned as an entry-level model, perfect for your first smartphone and / or if you have a small budget

The Poco M3 will not leave anyone indifferent. The manufacturer plays the card of authenticity and relies on a design never seen before by its specificity: a huge glossy photo block covering the upper third of the body and decorated with the logo “Little bit” Another distinctive element: the textured polycarbonate coating that mimics a “ skin effect ” extremely pleasant to the touch

The face, the Poco M3 is more classic. The manufacturer chooses a flat screen with clearly visible black lines. The front sensor is positioned in a notch «water drop» very trendy in 2019, and much lower end 2020

Note that there is a size catch 35 mm on the top edge next to the first speaker The second is placed on the bottom edge with USB-C The physical buttons are placed on the right edge The power button hides the responsive fingerprint reader Finally, we welcome the presence of the microSD slot to expand the internal memory, a rare component in 2020

Despite its massive size (it has a 6000mAh battery), the Poco M3 remains light and comfortable in the hand however, you will have to forgo one-handed use, unless nature spoils you

Personally, I greatly appreciate the manufacturer's bias, a bit of originality in a room where all the models are the same it doesn't hurt but that's just my opinion Tastes and colors …

Requires an affordable smartphone, the Poco M3 does not have a modern screen Forget the OLED, the high refresh rate, it will take “be content” here from the LCD screen 6 inches53 inches at a refresh rate of 60 Hz (in this price range, Realme 7 only includes a panel of 90 Hz) and (all the same) Full HD definition

Despite these sacrifices, the screen of the Poco M3 is very pleasant, very bright, and it also shines with its very good contrasts we can blame it on slightly cool colors with the saturated screen in Standard mode, pulls slightly red The multiple settings of MIUI will correct these defects Small in a jiffy, to obtain a convincing result

Bonus, the Poco M3 has two speakers positioned at the bottom and at the top to broadcast stereo sound Quality rare enough in the entry-level model to confirm this, the Poco M3 will delight multimedia enthusiasts

Music fans will also have something for themselves since the smartphone has a jack 35 mm and compatible with Bluetooth 50 if only compatible with standard codecs, he fully meets the contract

With a Snapdragon processor 662 entry level (launched in january 2020 by Qualcomm) and 4 RAM Go, don't expect miracles, even the most demanding users will not find their Poco M3 accounts, so what could make more sense?

Priced at less than 200 euros, this smartphone meets the basic needs: navigation web, social networks, photos, videos and messaging Forget the current 3D games that either run with smooth graphics with daisies or don't work at all For example, whether Fortnite is running or Call of Duty Mobile or PUBG Mobile, they will encounter many bugs and regular crashes

On the other hand, the Poco M3 is efficient for everyday use and handles multitasking well, provided of course not to execute 50 resource-intensive applications simultaneously

MIUI optimization 12 helps to make the experience more pleasant. I won't dwell on Xiaomi's latest overlay. The manufacturer has done a great job including a default app drawer to delight purists

Multiple customization options adapt perfectly to a light and flexible interface You will not be tempted by the pleasure of using such software on an affordable model

The advantage of a poorly performing smartphone is that it consumes very little power and it takes hours of usage to drain the 6000mAh battery of the Poco M3 Xiaomi promises up to 5 days of battery life in light use, 3 days in standard use and 1 day and a half if you are one of the most connected users (That is my case)

In intense daily use, the Poco M3 exceeds the manufacturer's estimates and thus, it easily managed to last more than two days before going through the charging box so there is no doubt that more moderate users will be able to go through 3 or 4 days using energy saving mode. Record

Although it comes with a powerful charger of 225 watts, the Poco M3 is limited to 18 watts of power that would have qualified the charging system «fast» simultaneous This is no longer really the case, especially since the battery 6000 mAh is much bigger than anything we've seen so far

Expect to charge your usual smartphone at night as it takes more than 3 hours for the Poco M3 to regain its full power Allow more than an hour to reach 50%, the equivalent of a full day of use The least harm given its excellent independence

Also note that the Poco M3 is not compatible with wireless charging It is not really a surprise given the positioning of the pricing There is no smartphone unless 200 euros which incorporates this technology

The three optics shown on the back of the Poco M3 may look promising. Rethink again, the aesthetic illusion can strike the mark, photographic equipment remains essential and thus, the Poco M3 integrates:

For less than 200 euros, having an ultra-wide or telephoto lens would have been surprising though, Poco could have done without the macro lens, which turned out to be unnecessary because the quality of the shots is poor

In the absence of other secondary sensors, the possibilities offered by the Poco M3 are limited to get decent shots, you have to limit yourself to shooting in good lighting conditions, outdoors if possible. But even under the circumstances, you will have to pay attention to the turns. for example, the Poco M3 struggles to manage the backlight.

When the environment is favorable, the images are correct and will be enough to share on social networks because the images are still compressed. In general, the images lack sharpness, the colors are saturated, the contrasts are very noticeable and the noise is very present

You will not be able to let your creativity run free, because the shooting modes lack versatility. Should I specify that the photos in low light or enlarged (digital up to 8x) are unusable?

Finally, Portrait mode only works well even if the final display is unnatural The sensor before 8 MP also works with honors Portrait mode does the trick too., note that the Poco M3 can shoot at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second

You would have understood it, the camera is not the strong point of the Poco M3 for 160 euros, it’s hard to expect good results though, some competitors are more efficient in this area I think especially of realme or (as weird as it sounds) Xiaomi

When you buy a smartphone for 160 €, you have to accept to make a lot of sacrifices with the Poco M3, Xiaomi basically ignores photographic quality, which is slightly less premium materials, the screen is less complex and the performance is much lower than what can be found by more than 200 euros

However, the Poco M3 does well in many areas with a comfortable LCD display, son design original, its pleasant treatment and beats all independence records. It inherits the transmission of software knowledge to Xiaomi and has some small welcome bonuses like a microSD port or a 35mm socket at this price, and despite its weaknesses, it seems to me difficult not to recommend this Poco M3 which stands out as an entry-level reference

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