The Poco X3 Pro and Poco F3 have arrived on Malaysian shores. They were the first Poco phones to launch here this year, following the Poco M3 which was released in late 2020. No doubt the new phones once again bring back the spotlight on the Poco brand and its beloved hashtag within the local smartphone community. Time to #BaikBeliPoco again, anyone?
What/Who Is Poco?
For the benefit of readers who might be hearing it for the first time, the Poco brand was born in 2018 as a series of mid-range smartphones under the Xiaomi umbrella. Its debut phone—the Pocophone F1—was a huge success thanks to its flagship-level specs with an incredibly competitive price. It then went on to release a succession of phones in the same mould, which won the brand a huge dedicated fanbase. In November 2020, Poco ventured out to be an independent brand.
The Poco brand enjoys huge popularity in several countries, including Malaysia. The endearing #BaikBeliPoco hashtag was born as a means of insinuating that buying a Poco phone is a smarter decision than throwing all your money on pricey flagships.
The Poco X3 Pro Is The Latest Flagship Challenger Underdog
Picture a smartphone with the following specs: a 120Hz high refresh rate display with 240Hz touch sampling rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor, up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, a quad-camera system, and a generous 5,160mAh battery. What would a smartphone decked out with this set of hardware normally cost?
If you think it’s impossible for such a device to carry a three-digit price tag, say hello to the new Poco X3 Pro. The base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs just under RM1,000.
Specs aside, it also has a few features that make it highly appealing to users. Its dual stereo speakers and dedicated cooling technology (coupled with the high refresh rate display and big battery) make this an awesome gaming phone.
It also offers NFC, a 3.5mm audio headphone jack, and an IR blaster—features that are increasingly rare in the present era of smartphones and dearly missed by many consumers. On top of that, it comes included with a 33W fast charger in-box.
The Poco F3 Ups The Ante With A More Powerful Chipset
The Pocophone F1’s proud legacy is held up by the Poco F3. It packs even more performance that includes a Snapdragon 870 chipset and 5G support.
The display is an upgrade from the X3 Pro. While the 120Hz high refresh rate stays the same, the F3’s AMOLED display boasts an even higher touch sampling rate at 360Hz. Furthermore, it features HDR10+ with a peak brightness of 1,300 nits.
Of course, it comes with a higher price tag too. The F3 also doesn’t have as big of a battery as its more affordable counterpart—offering a 4,520mAh unit instead. To add to that, it gives users three cameras at the back, which, although lacks a depth sensor, doesn’t affect the user experience in the grand scheme of things.
Similar features with the X3 Pro include dual stereo speakers, a cooling system, NFC, and an IR blaster, with a 33W fast charger included. No love for a 3.5mm headphone jack though.
Here’s a specs comparison between the two devices.
|Poco X3 Pro||Poco F3|
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ IPS (1080 x 2400 pixels) with 120Hz refresh rate & 240Hz touch sampling rate||6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED (1080 x 2400 pixels) with 120Hz refresh rate & 360Hz touch sampling rate|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 860||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870|
|Storage||128GB/256GB (expandable)||128GB/256GB (non-expandable)|
|Operating System||Android 11 (with MIUI 12)||Android 11 (with MIUI 12)|
|Rear Camera||48MP main lens
8MP ultrawide lens
2MP macro lens2MP depth sensor
|48MP main lens
8MP ultrawide lens
5MP macro lens
|Battery||5,160mAh battery with 33W fast charging||4,520mAh battery with 33W fast charging + Power Delivery 3.0 + Quick Charge 3+|
Poco X3 Pro And Poco F3 Prices In Malaysia
Below are the official pricing details for the new Poco phones:
Poco X3 Pro (available in Phantom Black, Frost Blue, and Metal Bronze)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage = RM999
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage = RM1,299
Poco F3 (available in Night Black, Arctic White, and Deep Ocean Blue)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage = RM1,399
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage = RM1,699
Get The Poco X3 Pro Today At Shopee Malaysia With Great Deals
The Poco X3 Pro is available for purchase now through the official Poco online store on Shopee Mall. All three colourways are available. You might want to act fast as Shopee Malaysia is currently having a flash sale promotion that gives you a discount of up to RM200! So, you can actually get the base model for only RM899 instead of RM999 and the higher-end variant at RM1,099, down from RM1,299—if you’re quick enough!
Don’t sit on these awesome deals while they last. You can find the purchase link here. #BaikBeliPoco
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