Poco Global, a smartphone company best known for its powerful, affordable phones, such as Poco F1 and Poco F2 Pro, has announced the Poco M3 Pro 5G. The new phone is the latest growing trend for low-cost 5G phones, made possible by the use of competitively priced processors such as the MediaTek Dimensity 700, which uses the Poco M3 Pro 5G and the recently announced Realme 8 5G.
It’s the first time Poco – part of Xiaom – has worked with MediaTek work hard to increase the impact of 5G. The Dimensity 700 is a 2.2 GHz eight-core chip built with 7 million processes, and while not MediaTek’s flagship 5G chip, it’s still designed to cope with games, videos and other energy-intensive activities. In the M3 Pro 5G, it is bundled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64GB or 128GB of storage.
The design of the Poco M3 Pro 5G is a bit reminiscent Samsung Galaxy S21, due to the shape of the camera module on the back of the phone, but it does not appear to be part of the frame like the Galaxy S21. The module includes three cameras – a 48 megapixel main camera, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth camera, and a subtle brand. There are three colors to choose from: bright yellow, metallic appearance blue and understated black.
The front has a 6.5-inch display with FHD + resolution and a dynamic refresh rate of up to 90 Hz. There are substantial frames around the screen, and Poco says the M3 Pro 5G’s screen-to-body ratio is 91%. The body of the phone has a glossy look, a 3D curve around the sides and is almost certainly made of plastic. Inside is a massive 5000 mAh battery with 18W wired fast charging. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC for mobile phones.
At the time of writing, we are still waiting for the final price of the Poco M3 Pro 5G. To be competitive is the very affordable Realme 8 5G, which costs £ 200 / $ 283. Poco says the 4GB / 64GB and 6GB / 128GB versions of the M3 Pro 5G will be available in the UK from June.