Poco M3 debuts with 6,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 662 SoC, and more from $129

The Pocophone F1 undercut its rivals when it debuted in 2018 with top-of-the-line specs such as a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM for $300. Today, Poco is out with another mid-ranger that could give its rivals a run for their money.

Poco announced today the Poco M3, its latest smartphone that retails from $129. Under the hood, it's powered by Qualcomm's 11nm-based octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with a clock speed of up to 2.0 GHz. The chipset is paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB of 128GB of internal storage that's expandable to up to 512GB with a microSD card. It also features Adreno 610 for graphics.

Perhaps the phone's main selling factor is its 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W charging. In addition, it comes with a 22.5W charger in the box. Poco claims the battery can last up to 40 hours for calling or up to eight days for basic tasks like listening to music, although these can vary depending on real-world settings. Still, these specs offer a better value than the likes of the Nord N100, which features a 5,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 460 SoC, and up to 64GB of storage for £179.

The Poco M3 sports a 6.53-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a Dot Drop notch that houses an 8MP selfie camera. Its screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Optics-wise, the phone rocks a triple AI camera setup at the back featuring a 48MP main shooter, 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Other features of the device include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, AI face unlock, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top.

The Poco M3 will come in Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black. The 4GB/64GB memory configuration will be available to purchase for $129 and the 4GB/128GB for $149 beginning on November 27 as part of Poco's Black Friday promotion.

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