POCO probably is performing fine in 2020 thanks to the multitude of appealing devices in the release. However, its appeal among users is less than satisfactory after so many rebrandings. Things started to change with the POCO X3 NFC that so far has been a stellar smartphone with a 120Hz display, 64MP camera, 5160mAh battery (6.000mAh if you’re in India), and notably an original design. Now, POCO is moving on to launch its second originally-designed smartphone dubbed POCO M3. In counterpart to the POCO M2, which never left India, after all, it’s just a rebranded Redmi 9, the POCO M3 is coming directly to Global markets.
The handset will be revealed tomorrow, and most of its specifications are already known. The device passed through a multitude of certifications in the past days and even paid a visit to GeekBench which confirmed the presence of the 11nm Snapdragon 662 chipset. Today, POCO confirmed the presence of this chipset alongside a 6.53-inch display and a massive 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging. All details will be revealed tomorrow during the device’s launch, however, a new leak appeared a few hours ahead.
An attractive price and a capable camera
According to a reliable tipster, the prices for the POCO M3 will start at €150 -160 (~$177.68 – $190) for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage. If you want the variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage it will set you back by €170-180 (~$201 – $213). We also expect the phone to come with a microSD card slot for further memory expansion. Moreover, the company itself confirmed the availability of a 48MP camera. We expect a sensor from Sony which has been very traditional among Redmi smartphones now.
#POCOM3 POP QUIZ
What does 4800 stand for?
A. The price of POCO M3?
B. The number of pixels we packed into POCO M3’s Camera.
— POCO (@POCOGlobal) November 23, 2020
The device comes with a rather unusual, yet original design. The camera island sits on top of a black decorative panel that spans the width of the handset. This design is quite reminiscent of the old Pixel smartphones, however, we doubt that the POCO M3 will have a glass coating on the back. We’re betting on the good old plastic build here, to bring the price down. Xiaomi revealed a short video confirming the device’s design.
— POCO (@POCOGlobal) November 22, 2020
We expect all details to be revealed during tomorrow’s keynote. After the success of the POCO X3 NFC, we expect the POCO M3 to follow suit if priced correctly. We are curious about the resolution of this display and refresh rate. If it comes with an FHD+ panel and 90Hz refresh rate it will be a nice surprise and a strong competition for the likes of OnePlus Nord N100. However, we’re expecting a standard 60Hz panel, otherwise, POCO would be teasing this characteristic.
POCO M3 alleged specs
- 6.53-inch display, presumably an FHD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 11nm chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB / 128GB of Storage
- 48MP Triple-Camera Setup
- Waterdrop Notch design
- Side-mounted Fingerprint scanner
- 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging
- Android 10 with MIUI 12