Hello guys, today we are going to talk about the Xiaomi Poco M3 smartphone. This comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 6000 mAh battery, 6.53 inch large LCD display, and Snapdragon 662 processor. If we talk about the camera, it has 48 MP primary, 2 MP depth and 8 MP selfie camera.

Key Specs

Specifications Value
Launched February 2, 2020
Display 6.53 inch
Processor Snapdragon 662
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 48+2+2 (MP)
Front Camera 8MP
Weight (g) 198.00
Charger 22.5 W
Fingerprint Side

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Xiaomi Poco M3 video

Poco announced their new Poco M3 smartphone and this truly is a budget device at launch. This is a $129 phone. So keep that in mind when we go through this phone talking about some of the specs and get some hands on with the device. We'll also take a look at what comes inside the box.

So let's go and get started with the unboxing of the Poco M3. And here's the Poco M3 highlighting one of the biggest literally features about this phone, the 6000 milliamp hour battery, which is very large. And then on the side it specifically says with easy access to the Google apps that use the most opening up a box. So let's take a look at what we get inside. We're going to set the phone to the side for now. So we've got our sim ejection tool inside looks like we have standard booklets here and look at this an extra as wow seems like not just one but two extra as a screen protector and a clear case pretty awesome that they're including some extras at that price point. continuing through looks like we have a few different whoops Poco style bracelets, a braided style bracelet and everything you need nothing you don't along with just the Poco logo.

Finally you have your charging cable USB Type A to USB type C and you do get your charging brick included this is a 22.5 watt charging brick and onto the Poco M3 here are some specs 48 megapixel main sensor 6.53 inch display, featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. So let's go ahead and take off our plastic and Ooh, pretty nice it actually does have I believe a full leather on the back of it which gives it a nicer feel in my opinion than plastic wood. Now let's boot the phone up for the first time and take a close look at the M3 down at the bottom is a microphone USB C slot and one of your dual speakers. Moving along the right side is your power button which has a bit of an indent to it because this is actually a side mounted fingerprint scanner we'll test that out in just a second. And then above that is your to volume rockers.

A quick look at that fairly minimal camera bump and moving along towards the top, you've got a microphone a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, you've got another one of the speakers and an IR blaster which I'm really happy to see that a lot of phones have those nowadays. On the left side is the dual SIM card slot and a micro SD card slot for expandable storage and flipping it over the back very unique look to the camera does have the Poco logo on the right side. Now you do have a 48 megapixel standard wide angle lens and then you have 2-2 megapixel lenses. One's a macro lens one's a depth sensing lens, they're probably not going to be of too much use. But I'm actually pretty excited to see what this 48 megapixel sensor can do. No ultra wide angle lens which again you got to keep in mind that price point and finally a really close look at that back again full leather feel which has a good amount of grip to it since it does have some texture to it. One more thing I'm noticing is that the back of the phone sort of slopes towards the display just gives it a little bit of a different feel when holding the phone regularly in no way is it uncomfortable. Now I'm going to run through the startup process and only talk about anything noteworthy. Now let's add our fingerprint I'm just going to set our thumb down on the right side lifted on up with a power button mounted fingerprint scanner I also find that I'll register one of my left hand pointer finger or middle finger so when I hold it with my left hand I can also unlock it that I accidentally just registered part of my middle finger so hopefully that doesn't mess with mess it up. I will test this out once I get it all set up and ready to go. Just continuing through and there we go added successfully you can add more later.

Let's go continue through you have the option to choose a theme classic or limitless. You can add more later as well. Now setup is complete you're ready to rock. We are now on the homescreen of the Poco M3 let's take a closer look at that 6.53 inch 10 EDP IPS LCD display there is that front facing camera. And if you're wondering the M3 comes with 4 gigabytes of RAM now let's go ahead and dive into display settings where you can actually turn on a dark mode if you'd like to you can schedule it. So there we go. dark mode is now ongoing back home. It even applies it to the lock screen. Which is kind of cool. There's also a color scheme option where you can change the colors if you want to have a little bit more saturated or just standard contrast. Or you can just define if you want a warmer cooler or a custom display. Now let's dive into the camera app. Maybe real quick, take a couple quick shots. There's one, it didn't take that time, there's too.

All right, so shutter speed, there's a slight delay, nothing too crazy. Now within the app, you'll notice there is an HDR mode that you can turn on auto or on. So we're going to turn it on the auto, there's an AI camera as well, which will detect what you are taking a picture of and adjust. And down at the bottom you have a Pro mode where you can customize white balance, ISO, aperture, all of that good stuff, video portrait mode, and if we go into more, they have a 48 megapixel mode to take full advantage of that camera lens and a night mode. Now let's test out that fingerprint scanner. I'm going to just rest my thumb on it and it did unlock so I didn't actually press the button there. So if you just rest your finger on it, it will unlock your phone. Now if I do quickly press on it and avoid my fingerprint it will take you to the lock screen and setting it down it does seem to be very quick. Now if I do press the button and have my finger on the fingerprint scanner it will unlock it right away when you press it so you can do it either way where you just rest it down without pressing or actually press it.

The M3 has the me UI skin on top of Android 10. At the moment, hopefully Android 11 will come soon. And scrolling through there are some additional settings such as a full screen display if you would like to use those full screen gestures. There's also button shortcuts so you can quickly go to specific apps or maybe turn on your flashlight with a combination of buttons and overall that is everything I wanted to talk about for now with the Poco M3 again 6000 milliamp hour battery and I have to say it really doesn't weigh too much. Overall it's kind of crazy how light this phone is considering it has such a big battery.

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