Poco has just launched the X3 Pro internationally alongside the new F-series phone, the Poco F3. While the Poco F3 is a full flagship device with the Snapdragon 870 chip, the X3 Pro is more of a budget flagship device that aims to bring performance to the mid-range segment. The phone is, as the name suggests, a Pro version of the Poco X3 that was released last year.
The Poco X3 Pro will also launch soon in India on March 30, and the Indian variant is expected to have the same specs. However, if you already have a Poco X3, should you think about upgrading to the Poco X3 Pro? Here’s a direct comparison between the two Poco X series phones.
Note that the device being compared here is the global variant of the Poco X3 Pro against the Indian variant of the Poco X3. If the Indian variant of the Poco X3 Pro shows any difference in specifications, we will update this article.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: Display
The Poco X3 Pro features a 6.67-inch FHD + display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling. That’s the same screen you get on the regular Poco X3. Even the position of the camera module aligned to the center is the same. However, the Poco X3 Pro is protected by Gorilla Glass 6, rather than Gorilla Glass 5.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: design
Both the Poco X3 and the X3 Pro look identical, the body of the devices is the same. It still has the same glass front, plastic frame and plastic back in a vertical two-tone finish and a large circular camera module on top. The camera module also retains the ‘X’ shape for the four sensors and the flash.
The location of various buttons, including the fingerprint sensor on the power button, remains the same. Both phones have the same stereo speaker setup.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: performance
While the two phones are identical on the outside, what’s under the hood is what really sets the two Poco phones apart. The Poco X3 Pro features a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset, which is an updated version of the Snapdragon 855 chip. This chip doesn’t offer 5G support, but it should offer flagship-level performance and speeds, which is great considering that the Poco X3 Pro is an upper mid-range device.
Meanwhile, the Poco X3 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, which is a purely mid-range processor with no flagship power or 5G capability. While the Snapdragon 732G is a good processor in its class, the new 860 in the Pro is a significantly faster chip that will also offer more camera performance in addition to faster boot times, application load times, etc.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: Camera
The Poco X3 Pro actually features a slightly degraded camera module on the back compared to the previous Poco X3. The new X3 Pro features a 48MP main sensor, along with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and two 2MP macro and depth sensors.
Meanwhile, the Poco X3 featured a 64MP main sensor along with a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and two 2MP camera and depth sensors. While the Pro variant retains the same settings, the main and ultra-wide sensors won’t be able to capture photos as high-resolution as the original Poco X3. On the front, both phones feature the same 20MP camera sensor.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: Software
Both the Poco X3 Pro and the vanilla X3 are based on MIUI 12. However, the Indian variant of Poco X3 is still on Android 10 with an Android 11 update in the works. The Poco X3 Pro comes with Android 11 out of the box.
For this same reason, we can expect the Poco X3 Pro to get an additional Android update when Android 12 comes out, while the same cannot be said for the Poco X3. The Redmi and Poco devices are known to get a major Android update, followed only by MIUI and security patch updates. So the X3 Pro should be a bit more future-proof on the software side.
Poco X3 Pro vs Poco X3: battery and charging
The Poco X3 features a 6000 mAh battery, while the new Poco X3 Pro has a slightly smaller 5,160 mAh battery. Both phones support 33W fast charging. Since the battery is bigger on the Poco X3, you will likely see a bit more screen time on the phone compared to the Poco X3 Pro, which, on the other hand, should take less time for a full charge.