POCO M3 Pro, analysis and opinion

After a week of use as the main mobile, we tell you our opinion and experience with the Poco M3 Pro 5G in an analysis in which we will review the strengths and least strong points of a phone that aims to allow anyone to access a 5G mobile.

Xiaomi is flooding the market with products and practically every week we have a new terminal - sometimes there are two - in hand by the Chinese company.

There are some more recommended than others and we get the feeling, sometimes, that they are not too clear about the target audience of certain models, but with the Poco M3 Pro 5G, we have it clear.

Of course, if you do not need a cheap 5G mobile, there are better options and we tell you the good, and the least good, of this POCO M3 Pro 5G in this analysis.

TittleM3 Pro 5G
screen6.5" IPS panel | 2,340 x 1,080 pixels | 90 Hz | Corning Gorilla Glass 3
processorMediatek Dimmensity 700 5G
RAM6GB LPDDR4x
storage128 GB UFS 2.2
Main cameras48 Mpx f/1.8 | main Macro and depth of 2 Mpx f/2.4
Front camera8 Mpx f/2.0
battery5,000 mAh | 18W | load 22.5W charger included
operating systemMIUI 12 for POCO + Android 11
Dimensions and weight161.81 x 75.34 x 8.92 mm | 190 grams

Good feelings to the touch and a screen that meets 90 Hz

POCO doesn't have a very clear design line. We have seen this year the POCO F3 -analysis-, the POCO X3 Pro and the POCO M3 -analysis- which have very different lines in the rear. We see that the name of POCO is big in the part, but it is the only thing that unites the different devices.

There is not, so to speak, a clear line of design, an identity as a family or something that makes them recognizable if we remove that 'POCO' logo, but hey, in the end, this to the vast majority of users are not interested or affected and we are only commenting on the fact so that POCO takes one more step.

Now, if we get into the design and materials, we have a mobile that has nothing to do with the POCO M3 of a few months ago. Here that 'Pro' last name fits perfectly with a glossy plastic finish that yes, is tremendously dirty, but that gives a more premium feel.

It's competing, in design, with 'big' siblings like the Redmi Note 10 S and Pro, so not bad in that regard. The camera module, on the other hand, is nothing hidden and is what we said, a way to attract attention by the logo rather than by the brand identity. The cameras do not stand out too much and with the little funding included they are protected.

It is a comfortable design in hand and the truth is that I have not slipped on a flat surface, but I already say that it is a terminal that traps footprints and dust with greed.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

Speaking of the cover, it is the typical Xiaomi silicone that gives us the feeling of covering the corners very well, but it has something that I do not like at all, the USB-C cover, something that some Xiaomi include and others do not and that, honestly, annoys.

The entire button is on the right side and the fingerprint sensor works in... correctly. It's not the fastest we've seen and I think it's due to the MIUI optimization for MediaTek's processors, as that's also happened to us on the Redmi Note 10S. We also have a photo unlock that works correctly.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

And yes, in a Xiaomi mobile of mid-range there is no lack of either the 3.5 mm jack for headphones at the top (I am a defender of this port but at the bottom) or the IR emitter. Well, Xiaomi in this regard.

But let's go to the screen since it is the element with which we will interact the most and, here yes, the panel begins to give signals of the price of the terminal, although there is a surprise.

We have an IPS screen that has some viewing angles... Correct. They are not bad, but I think that from 45º it clearly loses shine. It's not the logical thing to do with this technology, but it happens in the lower ranges.

And I think it also lacks some strength in the contrast, having somewhat washed colors that are more noticeable than in the YouTube videos (which also) in the same dash icons.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

The color reproduction lacks something from the outside, but you will be able to configure the palette by software and, in the end, you will watch videos and play video games comfortably both for the color (which without being optimal, is not bad) and for the resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels.

Xiaomi tells us about a typical brightness of 400 nits and 500 nits in high brightness mode. We've measured it, as always, and it's not the brightest or most uniform panel. In addition, during the day you are going to have to make a little effort to look outside.

In addition, the automatic brightness sensor is not very accurate and, although it is fast, it will force us to adjust manually from the quick settings panel.

Now, it has something I liked, and that's a 90Hz refresh. It is not that we are going to play powerful games at 90 Hz because the SoC does not allow it with ease, but in the apps compatible with this refresh (practically all social networks and day-to-day apps) there is an improvement.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

The sound is mono and lacks forcefulness in the media and bass. I don't miss two speakers in this range because it would be unrealistic and I also think no one has to expect the best-sized sound, but something that has struck me is that the maximum volume is not too high.

It's a speaker to get out of the way in YouTube videos and video games, but hey, at least we have the 3.5mm jack to improve, a lot, this section.

All in for 5G with a Dimensity 700 that performs well, but doesn't fit with MIUI

MediaTek is consolidating itself as a manufacturer that, now yes, is worthy of trust both by brands and, above all, by users. Gone are the days when AMD was old of mobile microprocessors with lower performance than Snapdragon and temperatures and consumption much higher than those of Qualcomm chips.

The Helio G95 (which performs great in terminals like the realme 8) or this Dimensity that allow you to have 5G at an affordable price are chips that, finally, do not bore us to try. In this case, we have an SoC with an eight-core processor with two at 2.2 GHz and six at 2 GHz, a configuration of 4 or 6 GB of RAM (ours is the 6 and is the one we recommend) and the GPU is the Mali-G57 MC2.

 POCO M3 Pro 5Grealme 8 5Grealme 8realme 8 ProRedmi Note 10 Prorealme 7 Oppo Reno 4ZOppo reno 4 ProRedmi Note 9T
processorDensity 700Density 700MTK G95SD 720GSD 732GMTK G95Density 800SD 765Density 800U
AnTuTu327.891360.810355.548287.264290.775291.085309.446323.134294.894
PC Mark8.43010.91710.0838.9998.1869.6907.7207.8038.780
Geekbench 5 Single562572535568-537518598601
Geekbench 5 Multi1.7641.7751.7171.707-1.6782.1611.7651.794
analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

The storage is UFS 2.2 and we find a speed in the line of other terminals with this standard:

Memory performancePOCO M3 Pro 5Grealme 8 5Grealme 8realme 8 ProRedmi Note 10 ProRedmi Note 9 ProLittle X3
Sequential write349.74 MB/s152.22 MB/s157.31 MB/s167.72 MB/s209.29 MB/s102.88 MB/s200.24 MB/s
Sequential reading631.81 MB/s611.80 MB/s457.41 MB/s239.25 MB/s415.19 MB/s420.32 MB/s495.76 MB/s
Random write20.33 MB/s24.12 MB/s8.33MB/s14.78 MB/s19.38 MB/s19.29 MB/s14.73 MB/s
Random reading21.70 MB/s15.93 MB/s13.17 MB/s11.84 MB/s17.25 MB/s14.06 MB/s19.03 MB/s
Memoriia copy speed5.75 GB/s6.14 GB/s5.01 GB/s4.89 GB/s4.83 GB/s4.75 GB/s4.76 GB/s

The numbers are all very well, but what matters is day-to-day and here we have ups and downs. Within the applications, and with the mobile at 90 Hz, the truth is that the performance has seemed appropriate to me.

In the system, it's another song. We don't have MIUI 12.5 yet and it's assumed that these bugs will be fixed when that version arrives.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

Now I have MIUI 12.0.8 and I have already commented that the automatic brightness does not work quite well, as well as some errors such as not closing all the apps when we want, jerks in Discover, that slowness in unlocking, and something curious like that in the car, the Bluetooth disconnects randomly.

It's a little annoying on a 15-minute journey or so where you usually have time to listen to three or four songs. And yes, it happened to me in the middle of a call that I was using the car's speakers and microphone.

And I already say that the performance is correct in apps and games (as long as we do not demand a lot) and I like that there is NFC in a mobile as economical as well as the star feature of 5G, but we return to a Xiaomi in which MIUI is not completely optimized.

Two days of use for almost any user with an 18W load

We have already seen that the screen does not have much brightness and the truth is that the Density 700 behaves well in terms of consumption, so the autonomy with these 5,000 is guaranteed.

Yes, it's 1,000 mAh less than the M3 a few months ago, but we also have a 90Hz display, 5G, and better overall performance at a very similar price, so I think the concession is understandable.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

In the day today, I have been getting between 7:30 and 8 hours of the screen with automatic brightness,5G, NFC activated, Spotify, networks, Bluetooth activated, some other game and that translates into a day of very intensive use without a problem. In the synthetic test, it leaves us 9 hours 14 minutes of the screen with the brightness at 100%, which is not bad at all.

I do not think it is the target audience of this terminal and I believe that practically all users who bet on this mobile will reach the day and a half / two days of use.

The load supported is 18 W, but interestingly Xiaomi includes a 22.5 W charger in the box. We will have 50% in 46 and 100% in 110 minutes.

Triple camera per engagement

Now, for the price we are paying we have very interesting components, but where you have to cut to offer the best possible price is in the cameras.

analisis POCO M3 Pro 5G

The MIUI app works well and I haven't had any problems instability and results... well, let's just say it's not his forte. It is not the best phone to take pictures and the terminals of 200 euros in a little to have some cameras that leave something to be desired.

Spending a little more we have very interesting mobiles, but here we have a main 64 Mpx with f/1.8 aperture and a half-inch sensor with a pixel of 0.8 microns. We need enough light to have some interesting results, but although we have that good light, the colors seem somewhat washed.

That has already expired and was for the 4 GB version (which I do not recommend at all, better to go for the 6 GB), but it is still the price of the most attractive if you need a 5G terminal. If 5G isn't necessary, better to spend a little more to have something of higher quality like the realme 8 or the Note 10S and Note 10 Pro from Redmi.

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