Colors can be exaggerated a little but overall the quality is slap bang in the middle of the road for a budget setup such as this. Things are interesting with the Poco X3 Pro performance levels, and it’s more or less all good news. The weird thing here is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 is effectively just a rebranded Snapdragon 855+.
Poco X3 Pro offers a 120Hz IPS LCD with HDR10, protected by Gorilla Glass 6. I know some of you would be amazed to see that it’s an LCD and not an AMOLED.
Almost all of Xiaomi’s budget to make this a new phone I guess was spent here. The design and display are the same as the Poco X3, but the internals are not. And for anyone wondering, the Snapdragon 8XX lineup is Qualcomm’s best of the best processors. Just like the Poco X3 NFC, it has a 5160mAh lithium battery. Even with a more powerful processor, its stamina remains impressive.
Oppo A9, but check out our full budget phone ranking for other top picks. Despite that, in actual use this still offers excellent longevity. With lighter use I’ve managed to get two full days out of the phone between charges, and heavier users and gamers should have no problem stretching it out to fill the day. Poco pairs the Snapdragon 860 with the choice between 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage – though there’s also a microSD slot to expand that further. The frame is still built out of aluminium, with a plastic back – and this is one of the phones where it really does feel plasticky.