So when the poco f3 first emerged roughly nine months ago now i healed it as one of the best value smartphones around and now that nine months has trickled on by and 2021 is about to sod right off nothing has really changed to be honest if you time it right you can actually grab the poco f3 for around 250-ish quid these days and considering you get premium performance a spooge-worthy media setup and some pretty decent camera tech that is an absolute bargain like seriously just go buy one now i’ve been keeping close tabs on the poco f3 these past few months and now that the phone launchers are finally starting to dry up for the year i decided to slap my sim back inside there and see if it’s still just as good as i remember it or was i just pouring 40 which single malt down my throat in a desperate bid to make it through yet another bloody lockdown so here’s my long-ish term poco f3 review and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers now the first aspect of the f3 that has definitely survived the test of time is that design i adore the matte glass finish in pearly white which only really gets proper greasy.
if you’re handling this thing in between fistfuls of chips and battered sausage you’ve got gorilla glass 5 front and back as well and the great news is it’s definitely doing its job the pre-installed screen protector here on the f3 came off pretty damn pronto but not a single scratch or scuff anywhere on that display it’s a bit of a shame you’ve got stuff like this crossed out wheelie bin here on the back end because it would be a neat and tidy finish otherwise with remarkably restrained logo action from paco as well as this gorgeous white color the poco f3 also launched in black and blue or else you can also grab it in this fresh new and very romantic sound and moonlight silver hue which has got a very snazzy patterned design on it and also unfortunately still that crossed out wheelie bin this mega sized mobile feels good to clutch with its curves and contours but it’s also an absolute heifer at near 6.7 inches weighing in at a very hefty 200 grams.
So if you have grand aspirations of a smartphone that you can easily wield one-handed well you better have mitts like one of those freaky sensitive body part models on the software side of things the poco f3’s received a fair few ota updates in the ensuing months although it is still a wee bit behind when it comes to the android security updates we’ve still got the august patch on here as we’re about to struggle and crawl our way into december see a few months behind which to be fair is pretty standard for a xiaomi blower xiaomi slash poko now the poker is technically left for any penance out there if you’re wondering when android 12 is going to hit the poco f3 well it’s been bugger all official word from paco but apparently a closed beta testing is underway in china so hopefully won’t be too long to wait and if you are gonna wait may i recommend pouring yourself a pint of scotch and lining up every single episode of last of the summer wine or something else that’ll keep you going at least the miui launcher is bang up to date with version 12.5 12.5.6 otherwise known rather sexually as the enhanced edition hitting the poco f3 just this past month this mostly gives the back end a bit of a kick in to smooth out the ui performance which to be fair was already pretty good here on the pocket features wise not too much has really changed here on the poco f3 these past few months.
So i won’t spend much time banging on about it all the ui can be tweaked so it’s a mostly stock android vibe complete with the apps tree google feed yada yada although the addition of that cheeky control center and other changes like the vertical recent apps menu still give me ui its own identity as do bonus features like the customizable always on display the slightly cluttered but likable gaming mode and that video toolbox and poco phones blissfully aren’t as bad as xiaomi’s on blowers when it comes to the amount of crap we’re heaped on this thing before you even get a chance to boot it up but i have completely eradicated most of the uh the crud like tick tock and all of that sort of shenanigans just to make the apps tree a bit more tidy more than anything else because thankfully i haven’t needed any extra storage space even after nine months because you’ve got 256 gigs of the stuff packed on this thing unless you’re doing my review model you can also grab 128 gigs if you want to save a little bit of extra cash i would say though if you do shoot a lot of photos and video maybe consider that 256 gig model because there is bug roll micro sd memory card support here and i’m still enjoying the edge mounted fingerprint sensor as well which is definitely a preferable alternative to in-display scanners and impressively responsive given the size of the bloody thing you’ve also got a bit of face recognition in backup as well which again does its job nicely although it does sometimes work even when you’re fully face masked.
I’ve got hats on and all sorts so i’m not entirely sure quite how secure this method is if i were you i’d probably just stick with the fingerprint sensor now for under 300 quid at least when it’s discounted the poco f3 serves up an absolute blinder of a screen this 6.67 inch amoled display isn’t just ready massive it’s also super bright and proper punchy yeah smaller panels can pump out sharper looking images but your picks and movies will hardly look pixelated here while the top brightness makes for perfect clarity when the sun does actually poke his wii head out you got strong contrast thanks to that oled tech and the full hdr 10 plus support for streaming while the ample display settings allow you to play around with the color output until you’re satisfied with what you’re seeing personally i was very happy with that vivid mode especially when i was kicking back with a bit of anime action and despite the fact that it is oled technology you do get 120 hertz refresh support here on the poco f3 as well although it’s not dynamic refresh so we’ll have to manually bump it back down to 60 hertz if you want to preserve some battery life instead of getting that silky smooth experience you do have a pair of stereo speakers here on the f3 although the balance is rather off it’s absolutely fine.
If you don’t have any headphones to hand of course but what’s more annoying is the fact that you don’t get a headphone jack here on the poco f3 so it is dongles or bluetooth 5.1 all the way and thankfully when i was streaming wirelessly to speakers like headphones absolutely no worries at all now one of the most impressive features of the poco f3 at launch was the fact you got a snapdragon 870 chipset bund inside back to my review model by 8 gigs of ram not only does this add a bit of 5g support on top of a tasty bit of wi-fi six actions it’s got super nippy connectivity but also means the poco f3 can basically piss through any app out there and yes it is very good news for any gamers out there as well the adreno 650 gpu can keep up with even the most demanding android fair like gentian impact no worries you can boost those detail levels up to the highest setting keep it at 60 fps and you’ll get a smooth frame rate throughout even when things get pretty bloody intense the snapdragon 870 chipset does a pretty good job of staying cool under pressure as well and you’ve also got some liquid cool tech packed into the poco f3 a bit of copper piping plus some graphite layer action and what that all basically adds up to is even after a couple of hours of smacking 10 bells out of these bloody stupid troll thingies the poco f3 r10 still stays nice and cool as for the battery life of the poco f3 well subtle completes whatsoever for me in fact if anything it seems to have got better over the past few months after various updates compared with.
When i first originally reviewed it so these days usually even after a pretty long intensive day of lots of camera use and lots of other apps and plenty of audio streaming in the background as well even when the screen was turned off i still tend to get to bed with around 25 to 30 percent battery remaining the only way i’ve found of killing it before i’m all tucked up with teddy and i is by doing a good bit of gentian impact again apart from that it’s absolutely fine and if you do run out of charge you need to fast charge it well it’s 33 watt wide charging so not particularly nippy compared with some rivals but again not particularly lethargic and yet nine months on i am still happy with the poco f3’s camera tech as well its skills haven’t really changed up much at all these past few months admittedly but that 48 megapixel primary sensor still spits out some good looking 12 meg picks in pretty much any kind of conditions even nine months on it’s still one of the better mid-range mobiles for those optics coping well when the light gets dim even without having to rely on the night mode it’s probably just as well because that mode is generally ineffective live and breathing subjects are usually captured cleanly even when they won’t sit still as long as that lighting is decent otherwise yeah you can expect some fuzzy results and that portrait mode is a good in as well adding a good bit of flair to your photos when required meanwhile apocalypse 8 megapixel ultra wide angle snapper is nothing special serving up the usual alternative viewpoint while also sacrificing some detail and tonal accuracy pretty standard fare.
Then the final end you’ve got slapped on the off end of the poco f3 there is a five megapixel telemacro effort which to be honest i just completely ignore you’ve got very few issues with the video recording at this price point as well you can capture 4k footage with strong enough details so the picture looks good on your telly as long as the lighting is all right it does suffer a bit when you’re shooting indoors in what ambient environments while audio is also clear from all directions as long as it isn’t too breezy and you can swap to the ultra wide angle lens if you want by dropping to full hd resolution but definitely don’t really bother it just it just ain’t a good time and yes yippee hooray you’ve got a 20 megapixel selfie shooter which is perfectly respectable as well capturing all the sags and bags a little too easily skin tones look natural even in soft light or strong contrast so the poco f3 accurately makes me look like an exhausted apparition with decent portrait results on top so right there’s my full in-depth review of the poko f3 nine months on.
I gotta say nine months ago absolutely sung its praises and rightfully so and now that 2021 has almost soldered off i still absolutely ruddy love this thing yeah sure it’s got a couple of foibles it’s the typical sort of thing that generally impacts more premium smartphones though like the lack of a headphone jack the lack of expandable storage stuff like that and the fact that you do actually get a pretty premium experience out of this thing but now for under 300 quid is just stunning yes you could easily spend three times the amount and get slightly better camera tech slightly upgraded performance but honestly this thing will do a job for even the most demanding users out there so have you also had the poco f3 stashed in your bag or your pants these last few months and have you been enjoying it as much as i have well it’d be great to your thoughts down in the comments below.