Review of POCO M3 Pro 5G smartphone based on Mediatek Dimensity 700

Conclusion

It has been sometime since we last reviewed an entry-mid range smartphone. Our experience with the POCO M3 Pro 5G based on the Mediatek Dimensity 700 is an eye opener for us. If you go into discussion groups, most people will discourage purchasing mediatek based smartphones, claiming that it overheats.

To our surprise, the temperature under intense gaming did not even go beyond 42 deg C while playing Need For Speed. Likewise, running demanding benchmarking tools didn’t push it beyond that temperature too.

Performance wise, the phone based on the Dimensity 700 is not as fast as the high end processors but is definitely comparable to a Snapdragon 845. As we are using 2 SIMs running one in 4G while in 5G, the chipset supports both dual 5G connectivity.

Design wise, we are fine with the plastic back plate The 90 Hz screen is pretty smooth while browsing. Throw in with NFC and FM Radio, this makes the smartphone an almost all rounder for the every user.

Surprise your friends with the impressive night shots from the phone. The back 1/2 inch sensor seems to be able to take wonderful night shots (in night mode) with lots of light. The photos taken in night mode is pretty good as compared to those taken using Gcam. The only thing is that some colours may be a bit over saturated and there is no differentiation of colour shades. There is no wide angle or optical zoom available.

In Conclusion, I think for the price of S$339, the POCO M3 Pro 5G is really a steal. If you intend to purchase a future proof phone, look no further. As for 5G SA support, it is still an unknown as it is more dependent on the telcos if they want to provision it to work on their networks.

OCWorkbench highly recommends the POCO M3 Pro 5G as your first 5G capable phone for those who want a taste of 5G speeds in the near future.

Pros :

  • Dual 5G sim slot
  • 5G NSA/NA bands
  • NFC
  • FM Radio

Cons:

  • Mono Speaker
  • No wide angle camera

Ratings

  • Performance 8
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Usability 9
  • Value for money 10
  • Score : 8.8 / 10