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We didn’t expect anything less. POCO Global today has taken the wraps off what looks to be another winner when it comes to the value the device offers. Meet the POCO M3 Pro 5G, the brand’s first 5G-ready M series phone, which will be available starting tomorrow, May 20.
(Update, June 6: Our review of the POCO M3 Pro 5G is up!)
(Update, June 1: A 5G phone for as low as P8,990 [$188], with early-bird prices starting at P7,490 [$157]! This is the POCO M3 Pro. See complete pricing and availability details for the Philippine market here.)
(Update, May 25: There’s already a launch date for the POCO M3 Pro 5G’s Southeast Asian launch! Look.)
The latest POCO is priced from €179, or roughly P10,462 in Philippine pesos or $219 in U.S. dollars, giving budget-constrained consumers access to the advanced generation of mobile network. See the complete pricing here:
- 4GB + 64GB: €179 (P10,462 or $219), early bird price is €159 (P9,2921 or $194)
- 6GB + 128GB: €199 (P11,628 or $243), early bird price is €179 (P10,462 or $219)
The #POCOM3Pro 5G will be first available on these platforms tomorrow with early bird pricing!— POCO (@POCOGlobal) May 19, 2021
And during the dates of May 20th to May 27th.
Please check your local region’s POCO social media account for more details! #MoreSpeedMoreEverything pic.twitter.com/XOyyuHddM1
Pricing and availability details at a glance
Because more and more 5G sites have gone live in the Philippines, with even new telco player DITO Telecommunity offering only 4G and 5G services, it would be nice if Xiaomi brings the M3 Pro 5G here, too. If the listing we spotted a few days ago is any indication, then the smartphone is likely going to become be released in the country. Cross your fingers.
At the heart of the POCO M3 Pro 5G is a Dimensity 700, MediaTek’s first 5G chip for the masses that is fabbed on a 7nm process and has two Cortex-A76 CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores, and Mali-G57 MC2 graphics — an indication that it’s decent for gaming.
Compare to the Snapdragon 662 and the Snapdragon 720G, the Dimensity 700 outperforms both on AnTuTu sitting close to the 350K!— POCO (@POCOGlobal) May 19, 2021
And with dual 5G capability and expandable storage up to 1TB!#POCOM3Pro 5G is truly #MoreSpeedMoreEverything! pic.twitter.com/drxfg5aL0f
More speed, more everything
To make the experience smoother when playing games, for one, even better, the 6.5-inch full-HD screen is given a high refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is also adaptive and not locked to 90Hz. You won’t worry about getting cut off in the middle of what you’re doing because of a big battery that’s rated at 5,000mAh and has support for 18-watt fast charging.
The POCO M3 Pro 5G is 8.92mm thin, weighs only 190g, and comes equipped with a 48-megapixel triple AI rear camera, a __-megapixel selfie shooter, a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power key on the side, a maximum of 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, which is expandable up to 1TB. It ships with Android 11 out of the box and is available in POCO Yellow, Cool Blue, and Powerful Black colors.
Video: POCO M3 Pro 5G global launch, in case you missed the livestream
POCO M3 Pro 5G specs
- 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD DotDisplay with 90Hz refresh rate (DynamicSwitch technology), 91% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core processor with built-in 5G modem
- 4GB/6GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 storage, expandable up to 1TB
- Triple rear cameras: 48-megapixel main, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth-sensing
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 5,000mAh battery that supports 18-watt fast charging
- IR blaster
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- POCO UI based on Android 11
- Colors: POCO Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black
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