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Poco M3: price in India, specs, and launch date

The Poco M3 is the company’s latest affordable budget smartphone in the M series. It made its global debut on November 24 and was launched ...

The Poco M3 is the company’s latest affordable budget smartphone in the M series. It made its global debut on November 24 and was launched in India today (February 2). The Indian variant of the Poco M3 comes with slightly better specs and is also priced more aggressively compared to the global market.

The Poco M3 is the third M series device from the brand after the Poco M2 and Poco M2 Pro affordable devices. The Poco M3 will be the successor to the Poco M2 which has sold over 1 million units since it was launched in 2020 which is less than four months to clock 1 million number. 

As always, the Poco M3 teaser will be available on Flipkart. The Poco M3 has got its major update in terms of RAM and storage. The Poco M3 in India will come with 6GB RAM as a standard and comes in two storage variants - 64GB(UFS 2.1) and 128GB with UFS 2.2 standard. 

Poco M3 price in India and launch date

The Poco M3 is priced at Rs 10,999 for the base variant with 64GB storage and Rs 11,999 for 128GB storage. Colour options include Cool Blue, Power Black and Poco Yellow. It will be available on Flipkart starting February 9 at 12 pm

Here is what the Poco M3 brings to the table:

Poco M3: Design

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

First things one will notice with a smartphone is the design. To the rear, you get a unique dual-tone finish with a rectangular block which sports the triple camera module and Poco branding. This design in particular looks similar to the recently announced OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition. The Poco M3back panel comes with the top one-third consisting of a black glass “visor” which houses the cameras and a bold-coloured plastic back all-around with a faux leather finish.

The Poco M3 features a smooth curved back with a textured finish. This is also an anti-fingerprint design and will offer better in-hand feel and grip. The device is available in three colour options - Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black.  

Poco M3: Display

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

Next up, the display on the Poco M3 which hasn’t changed much from the forerunner. You get the same 6.53-inch Full HD+ dot drop display or dew-drop display. It has a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90.34% screen-to-body ratio, 70% NTSC colour gamut. A layer of Gorilla Glass 5 sits on top of the display. 

Furthermore, it is also TÜV Rheinland certified for low-light consumption and Widevine L1 certified to stream HD content on apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The display supports colour temperature adjustment, standard mode, reading mode 2.0, sunlight mode. A screen protector will come pre-applied on the phone.

Poco M3: Performance

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

Under the hood, the Poco M3 is powered by a Qualcomm chipset. The device has the Snapdragon 662 SoC in the heart. It is an octa-core chipset built on an 11nm fabrication process which runs at a max frequency of 2.05GHz and has a third-gen AI engine. Gaming and graphics performance will be taken care of by Adreno 610 GPU. 

The Indian variant comes in two variants - 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB USF 2.1 storage and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. There is also a dedicated microSD card slot which takes up to 512GB. For context, the global version of the Poco M3 is available in 4GB + 64GB UFS 2.1 storage and 4GB + 128GB USF 2.2 option. 

Poco M3: Camera

Coming to the cameras, the Poco M3 gets a big improvement in terms of  megapixels. It flaunts a triple rear camera stack. There is a 48MP primary sensor with a 1/2" sensor size, f/1.79 aperture, autofocus, etc. This is followed by a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor both with f/2.2 aperture. There is a dual-LED flash for the low-light scenario. 

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

The camera features include document mode, night mode, AI scene detection, AI beautify, portrait mode, movie frame, Panorama, Raw mode. For videos, you can shoot up to Full HD and slow-mo up to 120fps.

Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter which is located inside the dew-drop notch. It has an f/2,05 aperture. Some of the features include movie frame, AI beautify, filters, palm shutter, AI portrait mode, short video mode, and panorama selfie.

Poco M3: Battery

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

The Poco M3 packs in the biggest battery on a Poco phone yet with a 6000mAh unit. For context, the Poco M2 sports a 5000mAh battery. While the Poco M2 supports 10W fast charging, the Poco M3 goes further ahead and will offer you 18W fast charging. The phone also supports USB-C reverse charging as well

Poco says the device can last up to 40 hours for continuous calling or up to 196 hours of music listening or 17 hours of video. The company also claims that the Poco M3’s battery can last up to 2.5 years without major degradation which is about 1000 charge cycles. This is said to last 25% longer than other smartphones. 

Everything else

Poco M3

(Image credit: Poco)

Apart from the aforementioned specs, the Poco M3 runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 10 with no ads or bloatware. For security, the handset sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and also AI face unlock support. For audio, the device packs in dual speakers with Hi-Res audio certification. 

Furthermore, the Poco M3 packs in IR blaster, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, dedicated microSD card slot, dual-band Wi-Fi support, dual SIM, and Bluetooth 5.0. For navigation, there is GPS/ A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo and lastly, sensors onboard included Proximity, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic compass, and Vibration motor. 

Poco M3 specification

Poco M3 specification
Poco M3 Poco M2
Display 6.53" FHD+ 6.53" FHD+
Processor Snapdragon 662 MediaTek Helio G80
RAM 6GB 6GB
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Rear camera 48+2+2MP 13+8+5+2MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 6000mAh 5000mAh
Charging 18W 10W

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