Poco’s new phones have new-ish Snapdragon processors

Xiaomi-owned Poco has returned with two new phones that have some notable processor alternatives at small price ranges. The two the X3 Pro and the F3 use new Qualcomm chips that are fundamentally updated and repurposed flagship-course processors from the previous couple of decades, which make them an attention-grabbing value-functionality proposition.

Very first up is the Poco X3 Professional (pictured above and underneath), which is basically equivalent to previous year’s Poco X3 NFC but with a new processor. That means there’s even now a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p Lcd, a 5,160mAh battery with 33W quickly charging, and a quad-digital camera set up headlined by a 48-megapixel main sensor.

What is new is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, which hasn’t earlier been introduced. The processor appears to be a new version of the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm’s flagship section from two many years back observed in telephones like the Galaxy S10 and the Pixel 4. It makes use of the identical Kryo 485 main based on ARM’s Cortex-A76 CPU, but the clock pace has been slightly bumped to up to 2.96GHz.

Poco describes the 860 as “the major 4G flagship processor in 2021,” which doesn’t strike me as a field with a complete whole lot of level of competition. Still, it will likely outperform newer mid-array 5G chips like the 765.

The Poco F3, meanwhile, is a greater-conclude gadget that’s one of the initial phones to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, which was introduced a pair of months ago. The 870 is a comparable notion to the 860 but based on the 1-calendar year-newer 865, which was Qualcomm’s highest-conclusion chip in 2020. The CPU clock velocity has yet again received a slight bump to a max of 3.2GHz. The 870 won’t be as fast as the 888, but a different way to consider of it is that it would’ve been the quickest Android cellular phone chip in the environment a few of months ago.

The F3 alone is a rebranded edition of Xiaomi’s Redmi K40, which was lately introduced in China. It has a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p OLED display screen, a 4,520mAh battery with 33W speedy charging, and a triple-digicam set up together with a 48-megapixel principal sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, and what seems to be the very same 5-megapixel “telemacro” observed on the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Poco has not announced comprehensive worldwide release aspects still, but the X3 Professional expenses €199 for a product with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (or €249 for 8GB/256GB), even though the F3 is €299 for 6GB/128GB and €349 for 8GB/256GB. Individuals are early-hen selling prices — all models will be bumped up by €50 just after April 1st for the X3 Pro and April 6th for the F3. Even immediately after that, nevertheless, they look like extremely very good worth for their section. Both of those phones will go on sale later this 7 days.