It seems Realme has got some competition, with the UK launch of the Poco M3 Pro 5G. On paper it has near-identical specs to the recently launched Realme 8 5G.
Powered by the same MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast-charging, the same RAM and storage configurations (4+64GB and 6+128GB), a 48-megapixel primary camera and two 2-megapixel cameras for macro and depth-sensing, you could be excused for thinking this is the exact same phone as the Realme 8 5G.
About the only difference I can ascertain from the press release below is a variable refresh-rate display that can go from 90Hz down to as low as 30Hz (albeit with an over-the-air software update that will come after release).
Another feature missing from the Realme phone is an IR-blaster.
The Poco M3 Pro 5G comes with a crafted 3D curved back design that has three colour options: Poco Yellow, Power Black, and Cool Blue.
Pricing and Availability [Updated July 5th 2021]
Two models will be available from July 8th:
- 4GB+64GB – £179
- 6GB+128GB – £199
Early bird discounts will also be available, bringing the pricing down by £40 to £139 and £159 respectively.
POCO Launches Powerful POCO M3 Pro 5G with “More Speed. More Everything”
Equipped with the flagship-level MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, POCO M3 Pro 5G offers the performance and entertainment experience unrivalled at this price point
London, U.K., May 19, 2021 – POCO Global, a popular technology brand among the world’s young technophiles, released POCO M3 Pro 5G globally today.
Equipped with the flagship-level MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor, this new and upgraded device offers a brilliant performance and entertainment experience with 5G dual SIM support and a super smooth 90Hz display, all while delivering optimal power efficiency for an ultra-long battery life.
“We are very pleased to share that as of May 6, 2021, POCO achieved a total of over 17 million shipments since the launch of POCO F1 in 2018. For POCO M3 alone, the overall global shipment has surpassed 3 million units since its launch last November. Not only have we achieved tremendous growth in terms of shipment, but our fan-base has also been growing rapidly. Now we even have a POCO community app where fans can share their feedback that is later used in our product development,” said Kevin Qiu, Head of POCO Global.
Delivering 5G speeds and dual 5G standby with MediaTek Dimensity 700
For the first time ever, POCO is making use of MediaTek Dimensity technology, offering enhanced overall performance and speed. This powerful MediaTek Dimensity 700 offers flagship-level performance while maintaining lower power consumption for a long-lasting battery thanks to its 7nm processing technology. With an integrated 5G modem, the device supports dual 5G* standby, providing users with 5G that’s always on without physically swapping out SIM cards.
“The benefits of a fast 5G network go beyond super fast downloads, high quality videos and extra smooth gaming – 5G also allows for a more stable network in crowded areas,” said Angus Ng, Head of Product Marketing at POCO Global. “By taking advantage of the benefits brought by 5G at the current price point, a rarity in the market, POCO M3 Pro 5G is yet another proof of our promise to offer our users innovations that truly matter.”
POCO M3 Pro 5G’s high-level performance also delivers an exceptional entertainment experience. The processor sports an advanced octa-core CPU architecture, with two highly capable Cortex-A76 cores operating at up to 2.2 GHz. The CPU is paired with the Mali-G57 GPU, a new GPU architecture that delivers an additional 30% of performance density and energy efficiency. Along with the brand-new UFS 2.2 storage technology, the chipset turns the device into an entertainment fighter that effortlessly loads and plays large graphics-heavy games, video files and more.
Play smooth and fast with 90Hz FHD+ display, and more
To match the strong capabilities of the processor, POCO M3 Pro 5G sports display with the user experience that blows expectations. With the 90Hz refresh rate, POCO M3 Pro 5G offers faster visuals and a smoother experience for users. POCO M3 Pro 5G also upgrades from POCO M3’s Dot Drop to a DotDisplay. DynamicSwitch enables the display to automatically switch between 90Hz, 60Hz, 50Hz and 30Hz (30Hz following OTA update), allowing it to adapt refresh rate to content while saving power.
The 6.5″ FHD+ display produces images in a clear 1080P resolution and sports dual light sensors on the front and back to enable 360° light detection, allowing it to smartly and precisely adjust between 4096 levels of brightness for optimal visibility.
Delivering a complete experience with 48MP triple camera array and multi-day battery
At an accessible price, the triple camera array featuring a 48MP main camera along with a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor completes POCO M3 Pro 5G’s all-round user experience. The 48MP main camera enables users to capture clearer and more detailed images, particularly in low-light conditions. A host of camera software features, such as Night mode, Time-lapse video and Timed burst, greatly increases the camera array’s usage scenarios and allows users to get creative with photography and videography.
Supporting all this power is a large 5,000mAh (typ) battery that can last up to 2+ days. With 18W fast charging support and a 22.5W in-box charger, users can top up the battery and be back on the move in no time.
Stand out from the crowd with ergonomic 3D curved design
POCO M3 Pro 5G foregoes typical smartphone designs in favour of something more unique. Crafted with an ergonomic, 3D curved back design and glossy finish, the device feels natural and comfortable to hold while standing out with a stylish and premium look. The 91% screen-to-body ratio ensures immersive experience and premium feel. Supplementing POCO’s bold design language, the phone also comes in three amazing colours: POCO Yellow, Power Black and Cool Blue.
The device is also designed with usability in mind, offering a complete suite of features for ease of daily use, including an IR blaster, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
POCO M3 Pro 5G comes in two variants, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB. Both variants will be available to purchase in the UK from late June.