Our Opinion

The POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
POCO X3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
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Excellence Score
62.4
26.2
Value for Money Score
89.5
68.4
Price ₹ 18,499 onwards ₹ 10,931 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.67 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Colour Temperature Adjustment, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 732GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 512
RAM 8 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.9 Aperture; 1/1.73" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 119-degree ultra-wide; 1.0um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/120fps; [email protected], EIS 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, Low Light Enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation (EIS), Burst mode, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Dynamic Bokeh, AI Studio Lighting
Secondary Camera 20MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1/3.4"; 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Selfie timer, HDR, AI Studio lighting, AI Scene detection
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 10 mmThick 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 225 gmHeavy 186 gmMedium
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IP53 Rated) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 33W Fast Charging (100% in 65 min) Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unique, flashy rear design - the polycarbonate back has a thick etched strip running through the middle with large Poco branding towards the bottom which shines in iridescent colours when light hits it
  • The front has a sleek look with just a single punch-hole camera in the middle-top and thin bezels
  • The Poco X3 is well-built for a phone at its price
  • The side-positioned fingerprint scanner is easy to find, very responsive, and accurate
  • There’s also IP53 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Vibrant and crisp 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen - the expansive canvas with smooth transitions and rich colours with high refresh rate make it one of the best in this segment
  • The 120 Hz refresh rate is exclusive to Poco for this segment - it makes the UI very quick and responsive and general content and scrolling on the display looks smooth
  • HDR10 support for content and sites like YouTube while Widevine L1 brings high-res OTT streaming
  • Poco's UI is identified as Poco Launcher as well as MIUI in different parts of the UI - MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimisation - everything is neatly categorized and colour coded for easier access
  • Excellent performance for the price from the new Snapdragon 732G SOC - it raises the bar in terms of how smooth budget phones can be - regular usage like scrolling pages, switching between apps is extremely fluid and heavy games like COD: Mobile can also be cranked up to higher graphics or frame rates for a respectable performance
  • Good quad cameras for the price - a 64MP primary snapper, a 13MP ultrawide shooter, followed by a 2MP macro cam and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from the main camera are excellent for this class - there is enough detail, high contrast, and commendable dynamic range - the colours are on the warmer side, but other than that the Poco X3 performs splendidly for its price
  • The ultrawide photos are quite good for a mid-ranger - they are quite detailed, the colours are nice and there is a reasonably wide dynamic range, the lens distortion correction is decent
  • The macro camera is decent for the occasional snap of a flower or bug
  • The portrait shots are pretty detailed - the Poco X3 is a capable portrait shooter with proficient subject separation and natural-looking blur
  • The low-light photos from the camera are decent, with enough details and light - the night mode brightens the whole scene and restores the highlights, the photos look great on the phone's screen and in low resolution on social media
  • The 20MP samples from the front camera present enough details, the colours are nice, and the contrast is excellent - portrait selfies are available and are decent
  • Video recording is good from both primary and ultra-wide cameras - electronic stabilization is available for the cameras
  • Good set of stereo speakers - the speakers get very loud with good enough bass
  • Excellent battery life from the 6000 mAh cell - the battery can last a whole day with heavy use, with light to moderate use it can be stretched for the second day
  • Very good fast charging from the 33W fast charger - it takes little over an hour to charge the phone completely
  • The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones in its segment - it crams in a huge battery, solid screen, good cameras, and excellent performance for an unbeatable price, add in the great audio setup and it makes for a fantastic package
  • Looks stunning, with an all-glass design - Xiaomi has gone the extra mile here and really knocked it out of the park in terms of an exquisite design
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy, premium build quality
  • Great hand feel
  • The front and the back are fitted with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 with an additional 0.8mm-thick layer for extra durability
  • The LED notification light sits comfortably on the chin - it can only be seen when it lights up, it's really subtle
  • Splash resistant body
  • The capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and it also has a different texture, so it's hard to miss - plus it's quick
  • Apart from the quick fingerprint sensor, the phone also has decently quick AI face recognition (under good light)
  • Big, sharp 6.3inch LCD screen with a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels
  • You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and colour temperature, which is nice
  • Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the latest version takes a more simplistic and clean approach
  • There is also an option to chose between the standard navigation buttons and navigation gestures
  • The excellent Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smooth without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games
  • Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7S also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Uses a similar high-res rear camera setup (48MP + 5MP) as the Redmi Note 7 Pro - though the sensor is different, and not quite as amazing
  • In daylight, the performance is good, as expected - there's plenty of detail, contrast is good, and colors are punchy
  • Decent Night mode - improves the colours and details a bit - though it's not as good as the excellent Night mode on the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Portraits with the dual rear cameras are also good - the detail is nice while the edge detection is good - indoor portraits are good too
  • With the front camera, the selfies turn out to be quite nice as well - there's enough detail from the 13MP snapper and its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm's length so you don't need to get really close to the phone to get the sharpest possible result - the portrait mode also seems to do quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing)
  • Overall, the cameras on the Redmi Note 7S are very good for the price bracket, and a step up over the Redmi Note 7, though not quite as amazing as Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Gets the modern USB Type-C port - a rarity in this price bracket
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7S also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Very good battery life - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC means you will comfortably get over a day of use - it's not as amazing as the Note 7 Pro though, which does significantly better, thanks likely to an even more efficient processor
  • The Redmi Note 7S is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great overall bang for the buck - the only significant compromise you are making over the Redmi Note 7 Pro is in terms of the camera - if that's not super important to you, you can go for the Note 7S and save some money
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A tad bit too bulky, measuring over 10mm and weighing over 225 grams
  • Brightness could have been better for direct sunlight use
  • There are still at least a dozen unnecessary apps pre-installed, though most of them can be uninstalled
  • At 186g, it's a bit on the bulky side
  • There continue to be pesky ads in the MUIU interface these days, and these do somewhat diminish the experience of using an otherwise excellent smartphone (there are ways to disable these through settings, but not a lot of people who buy the phone are going to be technically aware enough to know how to do that)
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, and though it has a decent charging speed (about 57% in 1 hour), you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy true 'fast charging'
Expert Reviews
  1. The Poco X3 is an outstanding smartphone with a great specs sheet on a bargain price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty capable phone where the specs do translate to real-life usage
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Poco X3 brings incremental updates, it does everything just a little better compared to the Poco X2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Xiaomi’s Answer To The Budget-Conscious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the best phones in India under Rs 20k
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones you can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. This is the best Poco so far
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Poco X3 make for a good smartphone to buy
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great performance
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  16. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
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  18. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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  20. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Not only checks all the boxes for a great mid-range device, but it also re-defines the meaning of budget phones
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Mostly the great phone that you think it is
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The complete budget package
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Premium all-rounder in a budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Outstanding device for the price
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easy to recommend
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A complete package
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Flawless for the price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Compelling
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. You will surely get your money’s worth with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. At this price tag the Redmi Note 7S is a sweet deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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