POCO transformed the smartphone market in 2018 with the announcement of the POCO F1. The device was a monster in terms of specifications bringing the Snapdragon 845 to a $300 price level. The brand was put into hiatus in 2019, and Xiaomi filled the “affordable-flagship” section with the Redmi K20 series. While appealing, those devices were far from being affordable as the Poco F1. Last year, POCO made a comeback, but for the first two quarters of 2020, the brand concentrated on simple rebrandings of existing Redmi handsets. In September, the brand finally delivered what POCO fans were asking in form of the POCO X3 NFC. The device was inexpensive, came with a mammoth battery and high-refresh rate-display, and had a unique design. The POCO X3 NFC (POCO X3 in India), is regarded as one of the company’s latest hits. Now, it is about to get a new variant with higher specifications, called POCO X3 Pro.

POCO X3 PRO TO launch ON 30 MARCH 

POCO chose to tease the POCO X3 Pro launch today with an unusual teaser. The brand issued a letter on its social media talking about why no other phone has able to reach the insane 'value-for-money' levels of the POCO F1. According to the company, expenses and taxes have gone up, so an Rs. 21,000 (~$289) smartphone can’t get flagship Snapdragon SoC. There're some parts of the text in bold, and the exciting part of the letter, apparently, states that POCO X3 Pro is arriving on March 30. The device’s existence isn’t a shock, after all, it obtained various certifications lately. An earlier rumor even implies its launch for mid-March, but now we know that it's coming at the end of the month.

The most interesting aspect is that the POCO X3 Pro specs have been somewhat leak-proof right now. We only know the device’s name & nothing more as of right now. It’s hard to say if it'll have a design based on the POCO X3, or if it'll be based on another Redmi device. The Redmi K40 will launch as POCO F3 on global markets, while India will probably get it as Mi 11X & The K40 Pro will be Mi 11X Pro. Considering that the POCO X3 is a unique & original device, we think that its Pro variant also deserves to be original.


Rumored claims that the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 860 chipset. We’ve been listening about this particular chip since last year, but Qualcomm has not revealed it yet. However, the presence of a Snapdragon 870 gives a little more coherence to the existence of a Snapdragon 860. Using older Snapdragon chips is a tactic that many brands are utilizing to bring cost-effective flagships. Qualcomm is amply aware of this and the Snapdragon 870, or Snapdragon 860, looks to be good ways to satisfy the demand for affordable flagships. With the 'so-called' Snapdragon 860 SoC, POCO could give a Snapdragon 800-series smartphone priced under $300. That would be amazing at this point.

Other rumors imply that the POCO X3 Pro will come in two variants, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB Memory configurations. It will have the 120Hz screen of its predecessor, and considering the price point, it should be an IPS LCD. The large 5,200mAh battery will be present in the package with 33W fast-charging support. Based on the certifications it got, the phone is not a 5G handset, which suggests that the Snapdragon 860 has a 4G modem and should be a renewed Snapdragon 855.

Amidst the semiconductor chips shortages crisis, it makes absolute sense for Qualcomm to renew some of its chips to clean the stocks and keep supplying the smartphone market. We will know more further in the coming weeks.

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